thanks for the library recommendations. will have to check em out.
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Erlang is great, but somewhat mind bending. It's probably best to think of it as an operating system.
One that runs applications and comes with daemontools built in.
By the way, it's distributed. Your applications send messages to each other, across networks or not, to get work done. Your apps literally have mailboxes for messages.
And, all of that is inside a functional programming language.
I've been using Python for just about two years now and find it useful for just about anything. Easy web serving, natural language processing, sophisticated math libraries and drivers for all the databases (even recent exotic ones).
Some of my favorite libraries: eventlet, boto, ujson, nltk
Some web frameworks: django, flask, tornado