Introducing Erlang: Getting Started in Functional Programming

Introducing Erlang: Getting Started in Functional Programming

by Simon St. Laurent


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If you’re new to Erlang, its functional style can seem difficult, but with help from this hands-on introduction, you’ll scale the learning curve and discover how enjoyable, powerful, and fun this language can be.

In this updated second edition, author Simon St.Laurent shows you how to write simple Erlang programs by teaching you one skill at a time. You’ll learn about pattern matching, recursion, message passing, process-oriented programming, and establishing pathways for data rather than telling it where to go. By the end of your journey, you’ll understand why Erlang is ideal for concurrency and resilience.

  • Get cozy with Erlang’s shell, its command line interface
  • Define functions, using the fun tool, to represent repeated calculations
  • Discover atoms, pattern matching, and guards: the foundations of your program structure
  • Delve into the heart of Erlang processing with recursion, strings, lists, and higher-order functions
  • Create processes, send messages among them, and apply pattern matching to incoming messages
  • Store and manipulate structured data with Erlang Term Storage and the Mnesia database
  • Learn about Open Telecom Platform, Erlang’s open source libraries and tools

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491973370
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/16/2017
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 1,188,654
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Simon St.Laurent is a Content Manager at LinkedIn Learning, focusing primarily on front-end web technologies. His interest is on the server side, and experience chairing the Open Source Convention (OSCON) made him think that Erlang approaches would be the future on the server. Simon has authored or co-authored several books, including Introducing Elixir, Learning Rails 3, and XML Pocket Reference, 3rd Edition.

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PrefaceChapter 1: Chapter Title

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