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Erlang is a functional language, designed for use in real-time distributed systems. It's used within telecom networks, and is notable for simple message passing with lightweight independent processes.
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About Erlang


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  "Hello, World!".

Erlang is a functional programming language, used for creating real-time distributed systems, which can easily scale in size.

It's best for concurrent applications, such as instant messaging and banking platforms, as each function call has their own process and operates independently. This is useful as code can run for a very long time without issues occuring. Also, processes and message passing are all built into the language by default - no need for any extra libraries!

It was designed within Ericsson, a Swedish telecommunications company, for use in their networks, and is currently used inside telecommunication equipment.

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Meet the Erlang Track mentors

Once you join the Erlang language track, you will receive support and feedback from our team of mentors. Here are the bios of a few of the mentors of this track.

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Yauheni Tsiarokhin

functional programming enthusiast
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Shanti C

I've written a lot of Erlang and Elixir for previous jobs. I've even contributed to the languages! Now I get paid a lot to be sad about PHP, but my love for Erlang will never die.
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Brujo Benavides About Me

Erlang developer and trainer for almost 15 years. Currently based in Spain.
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Brandon Gottlob Blog

After learning Erlang a few years ago, I became interested in building reliable, fault-tolerant systems. I hope to introduce others to Erlang and help spark their interests as well!
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Jan Uhlig

Having learned Erlang out of interest several years ago, I have been using it in several private and business projects since.
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Vladislav Promzelev

I'm a software engineer. I develop high load systems with erlang/otp and elixir. Also I have experience with ruby and some other programming languages.
Fun. Challenging. Interesting

Community-sourced Erlang exercises

These are a few of the 77 exercises on the Erlang track. You can see all the exercises here.

Space Age
All Your Base
Scrabble Score
pattern matching
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Meet the Erlang Track maintainers

The Erlang Maintainers are the brains behind the Erlang Track. They spend their spare time creating interesting and challenging exercises that we can all learn from. We are incredibly grateful for their hard work. Here are the bios of a few of the maintainers of this track.

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Norbert Melzer

Found out about erlang via exercism, got hooked by its lightweight processes and how they are used as first class citizen. After fixing some trivial bugs in the track, I have been added to the team.

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