[erlang-questions] Erlang is the best choice for building commercial application servers

Shahrdad Shadab <>
Wed Mar 14 01:23:42 CET 2012


On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM, james <> wrote:

> >There are many businesses that invested heavily in the previous
> >iteration of MS development infrastructure (COM-driven Visual Studio 6
> >and related tools), and then suddenly had the rug pulled from >underneath
> them in 2002 when .Net appeared and they were expected to >rewrite/migrate
> much of their code (I worked for such a victim, and >gathered many
> now-worthless skills).
>
> When did COM stop working?  When did you have to throw away working COM
> code because you want to use CLR?  When did an ability to write modular C++
> applications not apply on, say, Linux?
>
> You're a fashion victim.  It can happen to anyone, and probably will,
> eventually.
>
> Suggesting that there was any rug pulling is bizarre; some greener grass
> turned up over the fence.  Some people will call it progress.
> If you are working with or for people who 'expect to migrate' just because
> something shiny showed up, that's a problem and it can happen to you with
> nearly anything.  How long do you think 'cloud' will last?
>
> James
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Joe pointed to a very important fact, Java/J2ee is industry (so is c# and
.net) but Erlnag is a language.
  Each time I have to look at a WSDL or XML schema to fix a production bug
in a J2ee application is I ask why Erlang shouldn't be industry? Just
compare the simplicity and in particular the beauty of distributed Erlang
with awkwardness of webservice / JMS communications. Quite frankly folks,
they are really ugly! So are their .net siblings. This is not because I
love Erlang, I just follow the same sense of beauty that guided
mathematicians and theoretical physicists for years when they come up with
innovative ideas. As Hardy used to say "There is no place for ugly
mathematics". Why IT is missing (or ignoring) such a sense? I don't think
what we do is more abstract than pure math (Manifold theory for instance).
Maybe because IT is too young but still we need to start sometime from
somewhere.

Thanks
Shahrdad



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