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Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good!: A Beginner's Guideby Fred Hebert
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Erlang is the language of choice for programmers who want to write robust, concurrent applications, but its strange syntax and functional design can intimidate the uninitiated. Luckily, there's a new weapon in the battle against Erlang-phobia: Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good!
Erlang maestro Fred Hebert 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:
Packed with lighthearted illustrations and just the right mix of offbeat and practical example programs, Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good! is the perfect entry point into the sometimes-crazy, always-thrilling world of Erlang.
Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good! is a hilariously illustrated guide to the concurrent functional programming language you've heard so much about. You'll start out with the basics and learn all about the shell, tuples, list comprehensions, and bit syntax. Once you've got the easy stuff down, you'll work your way through tougher concepts like clients and servers, message passing, open telecom platform applications, and all of those other catchy Erlang phrases you'd love to brag to your friends about. As you laugh along with Hebert's brilliantly quirky drawings, you'll effortlessly pick up this complex language and have fun while you're at it.
About the Author
Fred Hebert is a self-taught programmer with experience in frontend web development, web services, and general backend programming in various languages. His online tutorial, "Learn You Some Erlang For Great Good!," is widely regarded as the best way to learn Erlang. He currently works at BLOOM Digital Platforms as an Erlang developer.
Table of Contents
ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1: Starting OutChapter 2: ModulesChapter 3: Syntax in FunctionsChapter 4: Types (or Lack Thereof)Chapter 5: Hello Recursion!Chapter 6: Higher-Order FunctionsChapter 7: Errors and ExceptionsChapter 8: Functionally Solving ProblemsChapter 9: A Short Visit to Common Data StructuresChapter 10: The Hitchhikers Guide to ConcurrencyChapter 11: More on MultiprocessingChapter 12: Errors and ProcessesChapter 13: Designing a Concurrent ApplicationChapter 14: An Introduction to OTPChapter 15: Rage Against the Finite-State MachinesChapter 16: Event HandlersChapter 17: Who Supervises the Supervisors?Chapter 18: Building an ApplicationChapter 19: Building Applications the OTP WayChapter 20: The Count of ApplicationsChapter 21: Release Is the WordChapter 22: Leveling Up in the Process QuestChapter 23: Buckets of SocketsChapter 24: EUnited Nations CouncilChapter 25: Bears, ETS, Beets: In-Memory NoSQL for Free!Chapter 26: DistribunomiconChapter 27: Distributed OTP ApplicationsChapter 28: Common Test for Uncommon TestsChapter 29: Mnesia and the Art of RememberingChapter 30: Type Specifications and DialyzerAfterwordOn Erlangs SyntaxColophonUpdates
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