Erlang killer app?

Eric Merritt <>
Sat Jul 20 01:45:25 CEST 2002

Depending on the flexablility you need this can be
either pretty simple or damn hard. I do agree with
you, however, that using erlang would make it allot

I guess in this situation you would want to come up
with a generalized pluggable framework and build from
there. Add extension point for custom logic at key
points, probably some type of templating system for
the web aspects (lol going back to the original thread
lol). I am not really sure how you would do this as an
open source project but it would be an interesting
project to do.

On a side note I decided to use asn for some comm work
an erlang app I am working on. Between the natural
ease of erlang, and the spec writing ease of asn it
was almost simple. I havnt had this much fun coding a
project in a long time.

Ok back, Are you suggesting something like this be
done in the community? If so do you have any ideas on
how to go about it? generating specs etc.

--- Alex Peake <> wrote:
> Well, since you ask for a poll --
> I work on eCommerce systems.
> These involve geographically distributed warehouses
> around the US. We set up items (SKUs), receive
> Advance Shipment Notifications (ASNs), receive
> material, put away in the warehouse. We then receive
> orders from our web site or SOAP (Web Services) or
> ftp, and dispatch the orders to the appropriate
> warehouse. Orders in the warehouse are then picked,
> packed and shipped (UPS, FedEx and most others).
> We invoice.
> Our system is unusual in that we do this for about
> 100 clients, and every client has different
> rules. The web site is a common set of code, but
> looks like a different web site for each client.
> Our current technology is RDBMS in each warehouse
> and at the web site (SQL Server). Microsoft IIS,
> ASP and VB COM+ on the web site for application
> programming. MS Message Queues to distribute to the
> warehouses.
> We have a monster web-based reporting system for our
> clients - built around Actuate.
> The warehouse application is old and the whole
> system about to be re-written - hence my interest in
> Erlang.
> Alex
> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
> [mailto:]On Behalf
> Of Ulf Wiger
> Sent: Friday, July 19, 2002 3:21 PM
> To: 
> Subject: Re: Erlang killer app?
> On Fri, 19 Jul 2002, isaac gouy wrote:
> >Maybe the issue is really one of domain knowledge
> -Erlang
> >experts have domain expertise within Telcomm, not
> in other
> >domains where the technology might be applied?
> I don't think it's quite that simple.
> Personally, I spent a few years designing systems
> for emergency
> response, trooper dispatch, etc. Many of the things
> we worked
> with were database and groupware oriented. I picked
> up Erlang
> during that time, and considered it ideal for the
> flexible and
> robust messaging backbones we wanted to build.
> I'm convinced that Erlang could be used to design
> some killer
> groupware.
> I joined Ericsson because I wanted to work with
> Erlang, but knew
> fairly little about Telecom at the time. My fellow
> Erlang
> programmers at work have all sorts of backgrounds.
> I think you'd find a fairly wide variety of domain
> experience on
> this list. It would perhaps be interesting to
> conduct a poll...?
> /Uffe
> --
> Ulf Wiger, Senior Specialist,
>    / / /   Architecture & Design of Carrier-Class
> Software
>   / / /    Strategic Product & System Management
>  / / /     Ericsson Telecom AB, ATM Multiservice
> Networks

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