Erlang Handbook
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Erlang Handbook

By Bjarne Däcker
Free
Book Description

Originally written by Bjarne Däcker and later revised by Robert Virding, the Erlang Handbook is a summary of the language features and the runtime system. It is aimed at people with some programming experience, serving as a quick introduction to the Erlang domain.



Revision Tue Dec 10 02:07:20 2013 +0000. TeX source is available.

Table of Contents
  • Background, or Why Erlang is that it is
  • Structure of an Erlang program
    • Module syntax
    • Module attributes
      • Pre-defined module attributes
      • Macro and record definitions
      • File inclusion
    • Comments
    • Character Set
    • Reserved words
  • Data types (terms)
    • Unary data types
      • Atoms
      • Booleans
      • Integers
      • Floats
      • References
      • Ports
      • Pids
      • Funs
    • Compound data types
      • Tuples
      • Records
      • Lists
      • Strings
      • Binaries
    • Escape sequences
    • Type conversions
  • Pattern Matching
    • Variables
    • Pattern Matching
      • Match operator (=) in patterns
      • String prefix in patterns
      • Expressions in patterns
      • Matching binaries
  • Functions
    • Function definition
    • Function calls
    • Expressions
      • Term comparisons
      • Arithmetic expressions
      • Boolean expressions
      • Short-circuit boolean expressions
      • Operator precedences
    • Compound expressions
      • If
      • Case
      • List comprehensions
    • Guard sequences
    • Tail recursion
    • Funs
    • BIFs — Built-in functions
  • Processes
    • Process creation
    • Registered processes
    • Process communication
      • Send
      • Receive
      • Receive with timeout
    • Process termination
    • Process links
      • Error handling between processes
      • Sending exit signals
      • Receiving exit signals
    • Monitors
    • Process priorities
    • Process dictionary
  • Error handling
    • Exception classes and error reasons
    • Catch and throw
    • Try
  • Distributed Erlang
    • Nodes
    • Node connections
    • Hidden nodes
    • Cookies
    • Distribution BIFs
    • Distribution command line flags
    • Distribution modules
  • Ports and Port Drivers
    • Port Drivers
    • Port BIFs
  • Code loading
  • Macros
    • Defining and using macros
    • Predefined macros
    • Flow Control in Macros
    • Stringifying Macro Arguments
  • Further Reading and Resources
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