[erlang-questions] OO programming style in Erlang?
Mon Jan 22 14:31:49 CET 2007
Den 2007-01-22 13:52:44 skrev Ladislav Lenart <>:
> Ulf Wiger wrote:
> > As far as possible, try to separate side-effect free code
> > from that with side-effects. Typically, at least 90% of
> > your code can be made side-effect free, and it's a good
> > idea to really isolate the remaining 10%.
> > [...]
> Does this mean that 90% should be implemented as a
> library functions and the reminding 10% should be
> isolated in a process?
Well, it is highly implementation-specific how you
choose to use processes, but the above probably works
as a rule of thumb. See e.g. Joe Armstrong's PhD
thesis, Making Reliable Systems in the Presence of
Software Errors, esp. chapters 4 and 8.
There are different types of side-effects:
processes, ets tables, process dictionary, mnesia, ...
All have their place, but functions that do not
depend on side-effects are much easier to debug and
reason about, so it's important to structure the
use of side-effects.
It could also be that one first puts data in an
ets table, and later decides that it's better to
have a gen_server or other keeping the data. If
ets accesses are littered all over the place, this
is obviously very difficult to change.
> But one interesting solution using a wrapper
> module comes to my mind now:
You may want to read Richard Carlsson's
Parameterized Modules in Erlang:
The concepts described in the paper have actually been
implemented, albeit flagged as 'experimental'.
More information about the erlang-questions