About a month ago, as I've been wresting with an unbelievably annoying installation procedure for Ruby on Rails on my MacBook, I wrote the posting Erlang + Yaws vs. Ruby on Rails, in which I highlighted some of the advantages Yaws, an web server for dynamic web applications written in Erlang, has you over Ruby on Rails. I really like Rails, but at the same time I'm sometimes puzzled at the disproportionate amount of buzz it gets, especially as compared to Erlang, which by all indications is the software industry's biggest undiscovered treasure.
I wanted to share my thoughts on Erlang and Rails with the community, and what is the best way to do that in this day and age? Blog about them, of course!
Well, there is actually one more thing to do after blogging: submitting the article to Digg, the biggest social news website. That's what I did, and sadly enough my article only got dugg 15 times -- not nearly enough to make the front page.
"Oh well," I thought, "I did my share of Erlang evangalism. The crowds apparently aren't interested. I guess Erlang will remain obscure to most web developers, at least for a while."
Jokingly, a few days later I wrote an article comparing Erlang and the One Red Paper Clip Guy, half-seriously thinking that maybe that would get people's attention. I just wrote it for fun and I didn't bother submitting it to Digg, though.
In a strange twist of fate, a couple of days ago, somebody has submitted my Erlang + Yaws vs. Ruby on Rails article to reddit.com, another big social news site, and lo and behold -- the article made the front page! From reddit.com, the posting then spilled over to del.icio.us and made the popular page. Not bad for an article on which I have already "given up." :)
In the two days since posting got "redditted," my blog has received almost 4000(!) visits. Here are the graphs from Google Analytics:
It looks as though against all odds, my ramblings have actually made some people interested in Erlang. I wonder if any of them will actually become real Erlanger hackers. I'm not expecting a mass conversion by any means, but one or if one or two good hackers adopted Erlang, I would feel like it was a job well done.
If you are one of these people, please let me know!