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I’m just an Erlang hobbyst. Is this website for me?
Yes. This website aims to be a resource for any Erlang programmer,
While the main purpose of the site is for professionals and industry, there’s no reason hobbyists shouldn’t join in as well. The secondary mission of this site is to provide social networking. As the site is still young, it’s not clear what features will be implemented, but this site will be a great resource for any Haskell programmer.

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How do I suggest a feature for the website?
This website is quite new and we are constantly adding improvements. Suggestions are always welcome. If you have suggestions on content, functionality, design or usability, you can discuss them with us and other users through the Forum or contact the admin team on contact page.

What is Erlang and OTP?
Erlang is a programming language used to build massively scalable soft real-time systems with requirements on high availability. Some of its uses are in telecoms, banking, e-commerce, computer telephony and instant messaging. Erlang’s runtime system has built-in support for concurrency, distribution and fault tolerance. Originally developed at Ericsson, it was released as open source in 1998.
OTP is set of Erlang libraries and design principles providing middle-ware to develop these systems. It includes its own distributed database, applications to interface towards other languages, debugging and release handling tools. These tools and applications distributed by Ericsson are complemented by numerous other open source projects.

Where does the name ‘Erlang’ come from?
The name “Erlang”, attributed to Bjarne Däcker, has been understood as a reference to Danish mathematician and engineer Agner Krarup Erlang, and (initially at least) simultaneously as an abbreviation of “Ericsson Language”.