Elixir vs Erlang: What are the differences?
Elixir: Dynamic, functional language designed for building scalable and maintainable applications. Elixir leverages the Erlang VM, known for running low-latency, distributed and fault-tolerant systems, while also being successfully used in web development and the embedded software domain; Erlang: A programming language used to build massively scalable soft real-time systems with requirements on high availability. Some of Erlang's 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. OTP is set of Erlang libraries and design principles providing middle-ware to develop these systems.
Elixir and Erlang can be categorized as "Languages" tools.
"Concurrency" is the top reason why over 124 developers like Elixir, while over 49 developers mention "Real time, distributed applications" as the leading cause for choosing Erlang.
Elixir and Erlang are both open source tools. Elixir with 15.6K GitHub stars and 2.22K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Erlang with 7.74K GitHub stars and 2.1K GitHub forks.
Poll Everywhere, NoRedInk, and Resultados Digitais are some of the popular companies that use Elixir, whereas Erlang is used by WhatsApp, Heroku, and thoughtbot. Elixir has a broader approval, being mentioned in 177 company stacks & 190 developers stacks; compared to Erlang, which is listed in 70 company stacks and 47 developer stacks.
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