[erlang-questions] Microservices vs. Erlang processes

Lloyd R. Prentice lloyd@REDACTED
Mon Jul 7 17:45:24 CEST 2014


We're hearing much about "microservice architecture" in system design circles these days:


Can anyone explain to me how this design practice differs from the Erlang practice of factoring a system into concurrent processes?

I think I understand that they have different interfaces and that Erlang processes can be easily monitored and supervised but, beyond that...

- Is this a case of another term for a functionally equivalent concept?
- Is an Erlang process typically coarser or finer grained than a typical microservice?
- What "itch" is being scratched by microservice design that can't be scratched by well designed Erlang?



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