Over on Reddit, there’s been lots of buzz about Erlang recently. Yet Joel Spolsky didn’t even mention it in a post today about languages for enterprise web apps. This must be because it’s so thoroughly proven, respected, and well-established that you should use it for everything.
After all, I think there are some Swedish phone companies using it for some phone-related apps. And phone-related apps involve zillions of messages per second, so it will definitely be scalable.
Plus I saw this chart where YAWS is red and Apache is green and blue, and red does way better than green and blue. I’m not sure how the test methodology relates to anything you’d actually see in real life, but at least there is quantified evidence that erlang does better than apache at something.
See, the important thing is that you know it’s trustworthy because they made the critical parts so memorable, rather than concentrating on the complex and confusing methodology. After all, what indicates enterprise-readiness better than the existence of an executive summary?
P.S. Someone told me 37signals is developing their next webapp in Erlang. Pass it on!