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Excellent Free Books to Learn Erlang

Last Updated on May 23, 2024

4. Learn You Some Erlang for great good by Fred Hébert

Learn You Some Erlang for great goodFred Hébert starts slow and eases you into the basics: You’ll learn about Erlang’s unorthodox syntax, its data structures, its type system (or lack thereof!), and basic functional programming techniques.

Once you’ve wrapped your head around the simple stuff, you’ll tackle the real meat-and-potatoes of the language: concurrency, distributed computing, hot code loading, and all the other dark magic that makes Erlang such a hot topic among today’s savvy developers.

As you dive into Erlang’s functional fantasy world, you’ll learn about:

  • Testing your applications with EUnit and Common Test.
  • Building and releasing your applications with the OTP framework.
  • Passing messages, raising errors, and starting/stopping processes over many nodes.
  • Storing and retrieving data using Mnesia and ETS.
  • Network programming with TCP, UDP, and the inet module.
  • The simple joys and potential pitfalls of writing distributed, concurrent applications.

Packed with lighthearted illustrations and just the right mix of offbeat and practical example programs.

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5. Getting Started with Erlang by Ericsson AB

Getting Started with ErlangAs its name suggests, this book is a “kick start” tutorial to get you up and running with Erlang.

It tells only the simplest form of the syntax, simplifies material, and omits things like references, local error handling, and single direction lines. But it’s a great place to begin your adventures with the language.

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6. Concurrent Programming in ERLANG

Concurrent Programming in ERLANGThis book is intended for people who are interested in real-time control systems and have some previous programming experience. Previous knowledge of functional or logic languages is not necessary.

The material in the book is loosely based on an Erlang course which has been held many times in recent years at Ericsson and its subsidiary companies world-wide and at several Swedish universities. This course takes four days, which is more than sufficient to teach not only the language but also many of the paradigms used in Erlang programming.

The book is divided into two main parts. The first part, ‘Programming’, introduces the Erlang language and some of the most commonly used paradigms when programming in Erlang. The second part, ‘Applications’, has a number of self-contained chapters containing case studies of typical Erlang applications.

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