Whenever I bump into erlang (which seems to be becoming increasingly frequent) I seem to follow the same mental journey. First I look at the advantages, then admire the quality of the applications, then I get mired in trying to get my head around the syntax. Eventually I back off and decide to just run whatever app has caught my fancy, but then I spend several hours stumbling around the installation and configuration process. The end result is often that I just shelve the project and move on to something else.
The only real use I currently make of erlang is a Windows installation of ejabberd which forms the reliable heart of my XMPP experimentation.
Anyway, it’s nice to see more take-up of erlang. Here are some examples from InfoQ: