Maybe Erlang is OO after all?
Fri Aug 22 16:43:04 CEST 2003
I have been reliably informed that maybe Erlang *is* OO after all.
The argument goes like this:
The two most important things in OO reasoning are:
- isolation, and,
All the other stuff - inheritance etc pales into insignificance in
Isolation is needed to implement true objects - they *must* be
isolated processes are a very good approximation to true objects (in
as much as two Erlang processes are fairly well isolated)
We can easily set-up polymorphic protocols to processes and write
polymorphic functions (like lists:sort) - why is polymorphism so nice
it make programming so much easier - all objects obey the same protocol
(at some level of abstraction).
Thus it might be argued that:
- Erlang *is* OO
- Erlang is *more* OO than any of the other so called OO languages
Put that in your pipe and smoke it!
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