[erlang-questions] Lets build a stock exchange!

Torben Hoffmann <>
Mon Nov 12 11:18:39 CET 2007


Joel,

On Nov 12, 2007 1:58 AM, Joel Reymont <> wrote:

> Torben,
>
> On Nov 11, 2007, at 9:10 PM, Torben Hoffmann wrote:
>
> > It may very well be the case that a stock exchange is cooler than
> > poker, but
> > I think that the poker server has some interesting aspects that could
> > inspire others.
>
> I can always describe the architecture of the poker server in a series
> of blog articles.
>
> > Furthermore, I would rather see a well-written book on hard-core
> > Erlang hit
> > its window of opportunity than see the whole thing turn into "let's
> > make the
> > coolest application that will never run in real life just in order
> > to spice
> > up a programming book"-kind of projects.
>
> I firmly plan to hit my window of opportunity, that's my priority #1.
>
> I may have confused a lot of people by forgetting to mention that I
> don't plan to build a business. I do plan to write a book, one with
> examples based around software. I'm passionate about all things
> trading and I'm not passionate about poker, so I chose to build and
> describe stock exchange software instead.


I am very passionate about the success of Erlang so I am just worried that
the book might suffer from being written in parallel with the creation of a
non-trivial system like a stock exchange.

If you take a look a the mails in this thread you see a lot of enthusiastic
people - which is good - but my concern for the book is that most of them
are enthusiastic about the prospects of building a stock exchange. This is
very good indeed, but what Erlang needs the most is to keep momentum and I
feel that could be jeopardised if too many things are thrown up into the air
at the same time.

Living inside a big company (Motorola) it is more important for me to get
ammunition that shows the momentum than the particular case study in the
book.


> > A well written book with a clear example of usage including
> > discussions
> > about where the general ideas can be applied is what I would bet my
> > money
> > on.
>
> It will be done!


Super!

Cheers,
Torben

P.S. The views expressed above are 100% my own and is not associated with my
employer.
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