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Excellent Free Books to Learn Erlang

Last Updated on May 23, 2024

7. Erlang/OTP System Documentation


This is the official reference manual for Erlang, written by the developer of the language.

OTP (Open Telecom Platform) is a large collection of libraries for Erlang to do everything from compiling ASN.1 to providing a web server.

This reference material runs to 376 pages.

Chapters cover:

  • System Principles – examines error logging, creating and upgrading a target system, upgrade when Erlang/OTP has changed, and versions.
  • Embedded System User’s Guide – describes the issues that are specific for running Erlang on an embedded system. It describes the differences in installing and starting Erlang compared to how it is done for a non-embedded system.
  • Getting Started with Erlang – a quick start tutorial to get you started with Erlang.
  • Erlang Reference Manual – this chapter describes the language itself, not its implementation.
  • Programming Examples – provides examples on using records, funs, comprehensions, and the bit syntax.
  • Efficiency Guide – gives a few pointers about what to avoid and what to use when optimizing code.
  • Interoperability Tutorial – information exchange between Erlang and other programming languages.
  • OTP Design Principles – they define how to structure Erlang code in terms of processes, modules, and directories.

This work is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

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8. Making reliable distributed systems in the presence of software errors by Joe Armstrong

Making reliable distributed systems in the presence of software errorsJoe Armstrong is a co-inventor of Erlang.

In this thesis Joe identifies the essential characteristics which he believes are necessary to build fault-tolerant software systems. He also show how these characteristics are satisfied in his system.

Some of the essential characteristics are satisfied in the programming language (Erlang), others are satisfied in library modules written in Erlang. Together the language and libraries form a basis for building reliable software systems which function in an adequate manner even in the presence of programming errors.

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9. Erlang Programming

Erlang Programming

Erlang Programming provides a good overview of this functional programming language.

The book has sections on basic Erlang, basic OTP, intermediate Erlang, object programming, popular modules, software engineering, advanced OTP, thinking in parallel, and advanced Erlang.

The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

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Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Erlang Handbook and more books
Page 2 – Learn You Some Erlang for great good and more books
Page 3 – Erlang/OTP System Documentation and more books

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