Using Erlang in Research and Education in a Technical University

Iurii Petrov, Andrey Alexeyenko, Galina Ivanova


This paper addresses the problem of using functional programming (FP) languages for research and education purposes. In order to identify problems associated with usage of FP languages, such as Erlang, an experiment consisting of two surveys was performed. The rst survey was anonymous, and aimed at establishing whether the participants prefer object-oriented or functional coding. The second one was a survey after students have nished an Erlang course. The results of these two surveys demonstrate that functional programming is underrated without apparent reasons. Possible steps to address this problem are suggested.


Parallel Programming; Distributed Programming; Teaching; Graph Theory; Concurrency; Recursion; Survey; Functional Programming

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