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Programming Erlang

ikewillis Possibly the greatest programming book I've read (314 comments)

This book is written by the language's creator, Joe Armstrong, and provides one of the best introductions to a programming language I've ever seen. The entire approach is nicely bottom up, with the idiosyncrasies of the syntax presented immediately so they are not confusing later. More powerful features are introduced, such as the tools for concurrent and distributed programming, with the book finishing off with the immensely powerful Open Telcom Platform and its associated tools, such as the "one server to rule them all" gen_server implementation and Erlang's distributed database, Mnesia.

All in all this is an excellent book about an excellent language and I would highly recommend it to any programmer, especially those concerned with the multicore future which will increasingly demand concurrent programming languages.

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