Erlang for beginners

Chances are you are interested in using Cowboy, but have no idea how to write an Erlang program. Fear not! This chapter will help you get started.

We recommend two books for beginners. You should read them both at some point, as they cover Erlang from two entirely different perspectives.

Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good!

The quickest way to get started with Erlang is by reading a book with the funny name of LYSE, as we affectionately call it.

It will get right into the syntax and quickly answer the questions a beginner would ask themselves, all the while showing funny pictures and making insightful jokes.

You can read an early version of the book online for free, but you really should buy the much more refined paper and ebook versions.

Programming Erlang

After writing some code, you will probably want to understand the very concepts that make Erlang what it is today. These are best explained by Joe Armstrong, the godfather of Erlang, in his book Programming Erlang.

Instead of going into every single details of the language, Joe focuses on the central concepts behind Erlang, and shows you how they can be used to write a variety of different applications.

At the time of writing, the 2nd edition of the book is in beta, and includes a few details about upcoming Erlang features that cannot be used today. Choose the edition you want, then get reading!

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