How (& why) I've got a 1st sticker on my laptop

How (& why) I've got a 1st sticker on my laptop

This isn't really a story about a sticker (surprise, surprise), but it really exists & its on the top cover - here's the proof:

Whoooa, it's Erlang. Not GitHub/Akka/F#/AngularJS/OculusRift/Spark/Clojure/Heroku/Swift/Elixir or any other most fresh of the freshest Internet-era web-scale sexy thing. Bah, quite the contrary - it's a freakin' programming language straight from 80s.

Did it have a massive overhaul recently? Did they adapt it for iOS? Or maybe someone has released an overhyped & ultraopinionated web framework based on that? Does it even run on YARN?

No. No-no-no-no-no.

Why this sticker then? Just to keep people asking? :) No, I had my reasons:

  1. To indicate that a good stuff is a good stuff, regardless of when it was created. Erlang solves some real problems in a way that works today as well as it did in 80s. And you don't need any fancy-pancy new framework for that - many of them just ape what was done by Ericsson engineers decades ago. The way Erlang:

    • enables distributed processing
    • excels in error-handling
    • implements hot-loading
    • synergizes all above to provide crazy availability levels

    is as impressive today as it was 15, 10, 5 years before (except the fact that it is continuously getting better & better).

  2. To honour its creators & maintainers who have chosen opening the technology (which was closed & proprietary originally), instead of concreting it in its own, closed bunker (Big Blue, I refer to you ...). I don't just mean open-sourcing Erlang, but also active efforts in reviving the community & growing the Erlang (both profit & non-that-direct-profit) app / library ecosystem.

For me this is absolutely impressive - this platform, devoid of support from a company like Microsoft, Oracle or Google is as good as it never was - still continues to grow & expand its popularity. Relies on passionate & dedicated community, full transparency & top-notch engineering design quality - and still shines.

Ladies & gentlemen, you have my respect. And the purpose of this sticker is to remind me about it every day.

Sebastian Gebski

About Sebastian Gebski

Geek, agilista, blogger, codefella, serial reader. In the daylight - I lead software delivery. #lean #dotnet #webdev #elixir. I speak here for myself only.