[erlang-questions] Distributed publish/subscribe system

Stu Bailey <>
Thu Jan 27 17:15:54 CET 2011

Folk might want to look at IF-MAP.  It's a systems oriented pub/sub system
with some interesting features like stateful aggregation and search.  It
looks like it would be simple to write an erlang client for it.



On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 8:04 AM, Steve Vinoski <> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 4:59 AM, Jerome Martin <>
> wrote:
> > Wouldn't using this defeat the whole purpose of moving beyond the RPC
> model,
> > and leverage what Erlang has to offer, as described
> > here<
> http://armstrongonsoftware.blogspot.com/2008/05/road-we-didnt-go-down.html
> >and
> > there <http://steve.vinoski.net/pdf/IEEE-RPC_Under_Fire.pdf> ? To
> re-quote
> > Steve Vinoski after Joe Armstrong:
> >
> > *"What all those years of CORBA taught me, BTW, is that RPC, for a*
> > *number of reasons, is generally A Really Bad Idea."*
> I couldn't agree more! :-)
> In Malcolm's defense, though, there's still a lot of CORBA out there,
> a fair amount of it in embedded systems, and it's not going anywhere
> anytime soon. For example, to the best of my knowledge certain
> telecommunications interfaces required by law are based on CORBA. A
> dozen years ago at the height of CORBA we always predicted it would
> still be in use in 2020, and so far it seems we might have been fairly
> accurate with that prediction. Malcolm and folks like him specialize
> in helping folks who have no choice but to maintain such systems try
> to fit it together with newer technologies changing and advancing
> around it. I'm happy to see Malcolm and his colleagues trying to bring
> Erlang into such systems in order to reduce maintenance costs, enhance
> functionality, and improve integration capabilities -- I think we
> should encourage more of that.
> --steve
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