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Concurrent Programming in Erlang [Paperback]

J.L. Armstrong , S.R. Virding
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1 May 1993 0132857928 978-0132857925
Erlang is a programming language for building robust concurrent systems. The language is the result of research into the combination of modern ideas about declarative programming with conventional process based models of computation for real-time applications. The language is being widely used in the telecommunications industry and has been used both for prototyping and product development. Erland integrates ideas from logic and functional programming with a process/message passing model of concurrency to provide a solid basis for the development of embedded real-time robust distributed software. Erlang programs are typically five times shorter than their equivalents in conventional languages, so project development times can be greatly reduced. This book is a complete description of Erlang and contains many examples of how robust real-time systems can be programmed using Erlang.

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice-Hall (1 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132857928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132857925
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 30 Jan 2012
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Compared to Armstrong's later (2007) introduction to Erlang this 1993 book delves into a factorial program after a paragraph of the first chapter!

This set the tone for the rest of the book. I'd recommend this over the 2007 book simply because it brings the user up to a level of competency that the later book fails to achieve, both in Sequential and Concurrent programming.

I expect this books intended audience were final year students of Computer Science degrees/MSc students and as such it moves at a reasonably fast pace with an assumption of some sort of Computer Science education. It has that kind of 'academic' feel to it I recall from my student days (coincidently of the same period although we used Occam back then).

This unarguably is stated by many to be the Erlang Bible and I have found it very useful in my Erlang education. Whatever route you take to Erlang I would always recommend you have this book to hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The other half of the Erlang book 23 July 2011
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Part one of this book is generally available as a free PDF file from many sources. The Part 2 in the book is only available in a print copy, and is absolutely worth is weight in your favorite measure. Seeing the language in practical use - even in a simple form as it is being used as a teaching tool, not necessarily as production-ready code - is invaluable.

I can understand why serious practitioners and serious students of Erlang, seek this book.
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