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Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good!--New from No Starch Press
A Lighthearted Guide to the Erlang Programming Language
San Francisco, CA, January 10, 2013--Erlang is a fast-growing functional programming language used
by companies like Facebook, Yahoo!, and T-Mobile. The language is sought-after for its built-in
support for concurrency, distribution, and fault tolerance, but its idiosyncrasies can seem spooky
and mysterious for first-time learners.
In Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good! (No Starch Press, January 2013, 624 pp., $49.95, ISBN
9781593274351), author Fred Hébert--named "Erlang User of the Year" in 2012--breaks down the
complexities of the language for new users. Hébert keeps the subject matter engaging by using
practical examples, clever analogies, and quirky illustrations. What better way to learn about
recursive lists in Erlang than seeing them drawn as cute, segmented earth worms? Written in a
casual, friendly manner, each chapter guides readers through valuable topics like building
applications, common data structures, event handlers, working with OTP, and more.
"Erlang’s got a lot going for it: concurrency, parallelism, distributed computing, an original
approach to fault tolerance. It is often hard to learn due to how unique it is, and there’s a lot
of hype that surrounds it," says author Fred Hébert. "Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good! aims
to make sense of these topics in an honest and fun way."
Hailed by Robert Virding, co-creator of Erlang, as a "complete description of the Erlang language,"
Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good! will teach readers how to:
- Test applications with EUnit and Common Test
- Build and release applications with the OTP framework
- Pass messages, raise errors, and start/stop processes over many nodes
- Store and retrieve data using Mnesia and ETS
- Network program with TCP, UDP, and the inet module
- Experience the simple joys and potential pitfalls of writing distributed, concurrent
Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good! eases readers into this sometimes-tricky language and
prepares them to unleash the dark magic that makes Erlang such a hot topic among today's savvy
About the Author
Fred Hébert is a self-taught programmer who used to teach Erlang. He is currently working on a
real-time bidding platform and was named Erlang User of the Year 2012. His online tutorial, Learn
You Some Erlang for Great Good!, is widely regarded as the best way to learn Erlang.
Fred Hébert is available for radio, TV, print, and online interviews. Please contact
Chapter 6: Higher-Order Functions (PDF)
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Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good!
Publisher: No Starch Press
By Fred Hébert
ISBN: 9781593274351, $49.95
January 2013, 624 pp.
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