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Erlang vs Go: What are the differences?

Erlang: A programming language used to build massively scalable soft real-time systems with requirements on high availability. 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; Go: An open source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software. Go is expressive, concise, clean, and efficient. Its concurrency mechanisms make it easy to write programs that get the most out of multicore and networked machines, while its novel type system enables flexible and modular program construction. Go compiles quickly to machine code yet has the convenience of garbage collection and the power of run-time reflection. It's a fast, statically typed, compiled language that feels like a dynamically typed, interpreted language.

Erlang and Go can be categorized as "Languages" tools.

"Real time, distributed applications" is the top reason why over 49 developers like Erlang, while over 441 developers mention "High-performance" as the leading cause for choosing Go.

Erlang and Go are both open source tools. Go with 60.4K GitHub stars and 8.36K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Erlang with 7.74K GitHub stars and 2.1K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Go has a broader approval, being mentioned in 901 company stacks & 606 developers stacks; compared to Erlang, which is listed in 70 company stacks and 47 developer stacks.

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.

What is Go?

Go is expressive, concise, clean, and efficient. Its concurrency mechanisms make it easy to write programs that get the most out of multicore and networked machines, while its novel type system enables flexible and modular program construction. Go compiles quickly to machine code yet has the convenience of garbage collection and the power of run-time reflection. It's a fast, statically typed, compiled language that feels like a dynamically typed, interpreted language.
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    What are some alternatives to Erlang and Go?
    Elixir
    Elixir leverages the Erlang VM, known for running low-latency, distributed and fault-tolerant systems, while also being successfully used in web development and the embedded software domain.
    Haskell
    Clojure
    Clojure is designed to be a general-purpose language, combining the approachability and interactive development of a scripting language with an efficient and robust infrastructure for multithreaded programming. Clojure is a compiled language - it compiles directly to JVM bytecode, yet remains completely dynamic. Clojure is a dialect of Lisp, and shares with Lisp the code-as-data philosophy and a powerful macro system.
    OCaml
    It is an industrial strength programming language supporting functional, imperative and object-oriented styles. It is the technology of choice in companies where a single mistake can cost millions and speed matters,
    Akka
    Akka is a toolkit and runtime for building highly concurrent, distributed, and resilient message-driven applications on the JVM.
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    CEO at Stream
    Review ofGoGo

    Go has been a joy to work with. Performance is often 30x of what we used to see with Python. It's a performant and productive programming language: https://getstream.io/blog/switched-python-go/

    How developers use Erlang and Go
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    Karma uses GoGo

    The first time I actually started using Go was for software on our devices. So on our hotspots we have some custom software running in the firmware. For the first device, that was actually completely built by our manufacturer. But for the second generation most of the parts are built by us in-house and we needed a way to quickly develop software for the device. But we don't have any C programmers in-house, so we were actually looking for something that basically sits in between the friendliness of Ruby, but the performance and the ability to be deployed on an embedded system which you get with C. That's basically what led us to Go and it's been awesome for that. It works so well and so great. Since it works so great, it pushed us into looking into whether we should start using this for some backend services as well.

    Avatar of Flutter Health Inc.
    Flutter Health Inc. uses GoGo

    The following basic API endpoints are implemented on the server written in Go:

    • Authorization (Sign Up, Sign In)
    • Update user profile
    • Community: add post, like post, add comment, delete post, add reply to comment
    • Self-diagnosis: send data from the app to the server
    • Journal: send user data from the app to the server
    • Add groups of community
    • Report post, report comment, report reply
    • Block user
    Avatar of Zinc
    Zinc uses GoGo

    We wrote our own image processing, resizing, and snapshotting service in Go to allow our clients to send photos and GIFs to each other. Files are stored in S3, resized on the fly using OpenCV, and then cached in GroupCache before being served to clients.

    Go allows it all to be quite fast and efficient, and entirely non-blocking on uploads!

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    Diggernaut LLC uses GoGo

    Our main web scraping engine is built usign Golang because of the way how efficiently and fast this language is. Also out compilation facility let people who dont know Golang build fast as flash scrapers to run ourside of our platform without any knowledge in programming in Golang.

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    Refractal uses GoGo

    For some of our more taxing parts of our applications, something able to handle high I/O load quickly and with fast processing is needed. Go has completely filled that gap, allowing us to break down walls that would've been completely impossible with other languages.

    Avatar of Analytical Informatics
    Analytical Informatics uses ErlangErlang

    The central business logic and ETL engine is written in Erlang.

    Avatar of Mathias Vonende
    Mathias Vonende uses ErlangErlang

    Very nice programming language, used for backend integration.

    Avatar of Ryan Jennings
    Ryan Jennings uses ErlangErlang

    foundation VM for phoenix framework

    Avatar of Software Joint
    Software Joint uses ErlangErlang

    Cowboy web server serves content

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    KongHack Inc. uses ErlangErlang

    Custom plugins for ejabberd

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