[erlang-questions] Did I do it right?

James Rosenblum <>
Thu Oct 25 23:08:14 CEST 2012


Kind and Wise List;


 For selfish and professional reasons, I regularly attempt medium-to-deep dives on interesting technologies (Ruby, Go, etc.), and about 12 months ago I started looking at Erlang. I have become a huge fan of the entire Erlang Ecosystem and have tried to be a good student. 

Like many, I taught myself by reading the usual books, going to the usual websites, looking at existing projects, following this list and participating in stackoverflow.  And, like many I suspect, I wrote a cache ;)

What I wrote could solve a problem for my company which builds and deploys an enterprise application which needs to cache domain-objects (assembled from a variety of Oracle or MSSQL tables) and provide them to web clients. We currently use an in-process cache that is part of a fairly typical Java-stack application. Unfortunately it is difficult to cluster, and it doesn't provide us with the level of control and specialization that we would like. A successful cache needs to be available on 2 or 3 nodes for redundancy and to handle load. There are 200 - 400 clients producing about 50 transactions per second bursting to about 200 transactions per second for a few minutes at a time (probably 80% reads). Our software is installed in customer's data centers - no public Internet involvement. What I wrote would seem to fulfill these requirements.

As a company, based on my enthusiasm, we are considering Erlang, and my cache is going to be looked at as a reference implementation, learning tool and poc. 

What I don't know is: Did I create a piece of crap example of Erlang that does the entire community a disservice; or, did I do a reasonable job of representing what could, and should, be done with the technology?

If anyone is feeling charitable, and wouldn't mind helping develop a good Erlang Citizen, I would appreciate any comments or suggestions on what I have done. 

It can be found at https://github.com/jr0senblum/JCache

If this is an inappropriate request, I apologize and please feel free to ignore this all together.

Thanks in advance,

Jr0
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