[erlang-questions] "Erlang, the next Java"

Mazen Harake mazen@REDACTED
Fri Aug 10 10:26:05 CEST 2007

Although I might be put on the cross for this but I really enjoyed his
way of reasoning about OO in Erlang. This is something I have frequently
discussed with both co workers and others and the general opinion seems
(note _seems_) to be that OO is a *bad* thing. However in this article I
think we come across on something that is very important to note:
"programming is modeling". The kind of programming I do (and I'm sure
many with me in the commercial field) has to do more with design
patterns and models more then math and theory (which sometimes can be
nice as well :) ).

I have to admit that when thinking processes I sometimes think
"objects", but not object in the sense of a Java object, but rather more
like Ralph describes in his review (mystical view I guess). Thinking
about processes as object I find it easier for example to think about
their state, their data include how they fit in the pattern or model. OO
and Concurrency can work together and I think that sooner or later we
will start to drift towards a happy marriage. Reading this article
(http://www.pragmaticprogrammer.com/articles/erlang.html) I read: "The
world IS concurrent. It IS parallel." And what does this world consist
of? Well... objects...

My 2 cents :)

Thomas Lindgren wrote:
> http://www.cincomsmalltalk.com/userblogs/ralph/blogView?showComments=true&entry=3364027251
> Ralph Johnson (gang of four) praises Erlang in a
> longish review of Joe's book. Great stuff from a
> veteran; here is the payoff:
> "Erlang is going to be a very important language. It
> could be the next Java. Its main problem is that there
> is no big company behind it. Instead, it is being
> pushed as an open source project. Its main advantage
> is that it is perfectly suited for the multi-core, web
> services future. In fact, it is the ONLY mature,
> rock-solid language that is suitable for writing
> highly scalable systems to run on multicore machines.
> ...
> I do not believe that other languages can catch up
> with Erlang anytime soon. It will be easy for them to
> add language features to be like Erlang. It will take
> a long time for them to build such a high-quality VM
> and the mature libraries for concurrency and
> reliability. So, Erlang is poised for success. If you
> want to build a multicore application in the next few
> years, you should look at Erlang."
> Best,
> Thomas
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