[erlang-questions] The future of Erlang and BEAM

Max Bourinov bourinov@REDACTED
Sat Feb 11 12:14:31 CET 2012

Hi Radek,

Before answering your question, could you please clarify to the list what
is so special in "LMAX Disruptor"? Why it is impossible to implement it in
Erlang? Does it really makes sense to use this technology? I asked those
questions because I read about "LMAX Disruptor" while ago, but I didn't
find anything special in it. Moreover for me is seems as an obvious thing
in a shiny package.

About Java vs Erlang: After many years in Java world (banking, investing,
transportation) I started to work with Erlang (including all guys in our
company). Now all our software is written in Erlang/C. It handles
huge payload, very easy to scale, in case of problems it heals itself
automatically. It is very easy to develop and maintain software in Erlang.
This is a true dream technology. We are really happy now. I don't see any
Java use cases in our company in the future.

p.s. Of course Erlang is not designed for UI.


So, thanks again for Ericson company and all those great people that
developed Erlang (I hope you read this mail. I am really proud to know you)
and all of those people that contribute to Erlang/OTP. Thank you!

Best regards,

On Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM, Radek <poprosturadek@REDACTED> wrote:

>  Hello Group,
> it's my first post here, although I've been reading many interesting posts
> here for quite a long time.
> Anyway, I posted a question on StackOverflow today with the same title (
> here<http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9239313/the-future-of-erlang-and-beam>).
> As I've written there, I don't want to start any flame-war, particularly
> because I'm actually an Erlang fan-boy :) but I'd like to know your opinion
> on the subject. Here's the original question:
> -------
> Some time ago I got seriously interested in Erlang (coming from
> C++/PHP/Java world) - and I've seen it has been successfuly used in the
> industry, by Ericsson, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, etc. So, I thought it would
> be a great platform to build high demanding apps, with low-latency profile,
> with a lot cleaner and nicer language than, for example, Java (for me).
> But after "wow effect" has gone, I discovered that there are many high
> performance Java libraries that seem to resolve many problems that Erlang
> is theoretically best suited for (real-time, low-latency applications,
> concurrency, fault-tolerance, etc.). Moreover, it seems that there are
> things that, despite Erlang profile, are just not possible to achieve on
> BEAM (like LMAX Disruptor concurrent framework).
> So the question arises: is Erlang still the best platform to build such
> demanding applications ? Wouldn't it be better if we stick to one, very
> mature (J)VM and try to make it even better than trying to achieve
> something similar with less resources available (size of OTP team vs. JVM
> team, supporters, etc) ? And is it possible at all to achieve this kind of
> performance and adoption with BEAM ?
> And just to make things clear: I don't want to init a flame war here. I am
> just curious becouse I really like Erlang and I think it's a great platform
> and I'd like to invest time and effort to build real-life projects on it.
> But I'd just like to know what others might say about that and - if I'wrong
> - maybe someone could correct me.
> -------
> I hope we can discuss it since I think it would be valuable not only for
> me.
> Greetings,
> Radek
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