[erlang-questions] Erlang Intro/Evangelism Presentation -- Starbucks!
Fri Dec 17 13:48:10 CET 2010
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"... I started to think about how Starbucks processes drink orders.
Starbucks, like most other businesses is primarily interested in
maximizing throughput of orders. More orders equals more revenue. As a
result they use asynchronous processing ..."
"... we can see that the real world is often asynchronous. Our daily lives
consists of many coordinated, but asynchronous interactions...
asynchronous messaging architecture can often be a natural way to model
these types of interactions... also means that often we can look at daily
life to help design successful messaging solutions ..."*
I hope I'm not too late with this, but I really liked this old article by
Google's Gregor Hohpe on asynchronous message passing. He wasn't talking
explicitly about Erlang but the content should resonate instantaneously
with Erlang programmers while at the same time being insightful for
non-Erlangers. You might want to reference a few of his well-worded
analogies for evangelising some of the core ideas built into Erlang.
*Joe Armstrong made a similar compelling argument at the beginning of his
book. As a relatively new Erlang programmer myself, _THIS_ is the main
line of argument that convinced me to try out the Erlang environment.
Particularly the implications on concurrency which I had struggled with in
other environments (in retrospect, it was because those environments
didn't have these ideas built-in or actively encouraged -- I've found
Erlang does a lot of hand-holding to make sure you do the sane thing in
order to avoid painting yourself into a corner -- something you could
emphasise in your presentation.)
- Edmond -
On Sat, 04 Dec 2010 05:43:34 +1100, Ryan Zezeski <>
> I've been tasked with giving an introductory level presentation on
> Erlang at
> work. The focus is on why you would use Erlang and what does it look
> on the surface level. We have a lot of your standard Java/C#/C
> and this will act as a potential launching pad to introducing Erlang to
> company. There is the potential for a large number of people to video
> conference into this possibly spanning several countries so I really
> want to
> knock this out of the park.
> I'm writing as an inquiry for links to any prior art that I may use for
> inspiration or even steal and use as my own. Anything that you think
> be helpful is appreciated, even input on possible approaches. I'd really
> like to hear from people who have done this sort of thing before, i.e.
> speaking on Erlang.
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