Erlang is a programming language designed for programming concurrent,
real-time, distributed (possibly over internet/intranet), non-stop,
fault-tolerant systems. It is provided as the product Erlang System/OTP
(Open Telecom Platform). Erlang System/OTP is developed and used by
the world leading telecommunication company Ericsson. With business
in focus, such as short time to market, it provides the means for the
development of highly reliable, platform independent, telecom products.
Erlang System/OTP contains many components such as a real-time
database, libraries for the structuring of robust software systems,
various tools for debugging and performance analysis and much more.
Everything is based on and built in the programming Erlang. This
does however not limit an Erlang System/OTP application to only
be developed in Erlang. Components designed in other languages or
insourced can easily communicate with Erlang based components when
running on the Erlang System/OTP.
The key features of the programming language Erlang are:
- Concurrency - Erlang has a process-based model of concurrency with
asynchronous message passing. The processes are light-weight,
i.e require little memory; creating and deleting processes and message
passing require little computational effort.
- Hardware/OS independent - Erlang programs are compiled to
byte code executed by the Erlang virtual machine. This makes a
program portable on object-code level and possible to distribute
over a network of heterogenous computers.
- Real-time - Erlang is intended for programming soft real-time
systems where response times in the order of milliseconds are required.
- Continuous operation - primitives for code replacement in run-time.
- Robustness - mechanisms to detect run-time errors.
- Memory management - Erlang is a symbolic programming language
with a real-time garbage collector.
- Distribution - no shared memory, all interaction between processes
is by asynchronous message passing. The distribution is location
transparent. The program does not have to consider whether the
recipient of a message is a local process or located on a remote
Erlang virtual machine.
- Integration - Erlang can easily call or make use of programs written
in other programming languages. These can be interfaced to the system
in such way that they appear to the programmer as if they were
written in Erlang.
Current Version: 47.4.1
License Type: OpenSOurce
Source Code Availability: Yes (Open Source)
Available Binary Packages:
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- RedHat RPM Package: Yes, from Home Site
- Other Packages: No
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