[erlang-questions] "Cast" in gen_server et al

Edwin Fine erlang-questions_efine@REDACTED
Sat Jul 12 00:14:33 CEST 2008

The sense that I get is that it is like "cast" in "broadcast", except that
it's not being "cast broadly", so it's just "cast". To take the metaphor
further, it works roughly like a radio signal that is broadcast: the
receiver does not reply. Just like you said :)

On Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 10:13 PM, David Lloyd <lloy0076@REDACTED> wrote:

> Hi There,
>  From what I can tell, "cast(Name, Request)" means:
> "Send the message to the server with name Name with the request Request
> and return Ok.".
> I think one would use it to just send requests to the server if you
> didn't want to bother about receiving any response.
> Hence, I would assume that it's named "cast" in the sense of "cast a
> spell at" rather than in "cast a pointer to an integer"?
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