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Design Principles

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This chapter describes the Erlang/OTP design principles. The first section gives an overview, the second one describes how systems are composed of applications, and how application are built using behaviours.

The following four sections describe individual behaviours in detail. These behaviours include:

The design principles are then summarized and numerous examples illustrate the tasks involved in developing Erlang applications. These include:

The final two sections describe special processes and error logging. Special processes contain information necessary to write specific applications which are not built from the standard system building blocks (behaviours), but are programmed in some other style. Such applications still have to follow certain basic protocols to in order to work with the rest of the system.

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