Comprehensive Erlang Archive Network

Posted on February 27, 2007

The Comprehensive Erlang Archive Network just came online recently. It’s basically the Erlang equivalent of CPAN. It brings Erlang programmers a user-level web tool for discovering and installing Erlang packages and applications for many different platforms; handling all dependencies and platform configurations for you and keeping everything up-to-date. This is pretty hard-core nerd territory here.

I recently started picking up a bit of Erlang out of curiosity (or bad habit — the division is hardly distinct anymore). I find it a very compelling language: it handles data processing tasks very well and appears very LISP-ish. It sounds complicated, but it should come rather naturally to Perl programmers. Overall it seems like a rather terse language (which I like) that can do some complicated processing with minimalist code. Certainly not for the faint of heart; but don’t let that put you off. I highly suggest heading over to the Erlang site and at least run through their beginner documentation.