Erlang is a distributed, fault-tolerant, concurrent functional programming language developed by Ericsson. It is worth noting that Ericsson considered both Lisp and Prolog for a project, and opted to create Erlang themselves instead. For over 10 years it has been used in real-life telecommunication applications, but is now expanding to other areas.

The whole development environment and documentation is now available as open source, and with lots of goodies such as distributed databases, multimedia gateways , and the first half of the book.

Research projects to compile Erlang into something faster than its traditional byte code include Hipe and ETOS, the Erlang to Scheme compiler.

Major open source projects developed in Erlang include Wings 3D a polygon mesh modeller, and Yaws, an incredibly fast web server.

The Erlang programming paradigm is sometimes marketed as "Concurrency-Oriented Programming", which is essentially equivalent to Actors.

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