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Introduction

This is the beginning of Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good! Reading this book should be one of your first steps in learning Erlang, so let’s talk about it a bit.

I got the idea to write this book after reading Miran Lipovača’s Learn You a Haskell for Great Good! (LYAH) tutorial. I thought he did a great job making the language attractive and the learning experience friendly. As I already knew him, I asked him how he felt about me writing an Erlang version of his book. He liked the idea, being somewhat interested in Erlang.

So I began writing this book.

Of course, there were other sources to my motivation. When I began, I found the entry to the language to be hard (the Web had sparse documentation, and books are expensive), and I thought ...

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