What is Erlang?
Some of Erlang's uses are in telecoms, banking, e-commerce, computer telephony and instant messaging. Erlang's runtime system has built-in support for concurrency, distribution and fault tolerance. OTP is set of Erlang libraries and design principles providing middle-ware to develop these systems.
Erlang is a tool in the Languages category of a tech stack.
Erlang is an open source tool with 9K GitHub stars and 2.5K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Erlang's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses Erlang?
150 companies reportedly use Erlang in their tech stacks, including WhatsApp, Postmates, and Klarna.
403 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Erlang.
Rollbar, Airbrake, Google Code Prettify, Hex, and Tile38 are some of the popular tools that integrate with Erlang. Here's a list of all 10 tools that integrate with Erlang.
Pros of Erlang
Real time, distributed applications
Works as expected
Facebook chat uses it at backend
Erlang Alternatives & Comparisons
What are some alternatives to Erlang?
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