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Hard Problems · I spent quite a bit of to­day at the O’Reilly 2008 Con­cur­ren­cy Sum­mit. It was a con­ge­nial crowd, but at the end of the day kind of a down­er, be­cause we have lots of hard con­cur­ren­cy prob­lems and not too many so­lu­tion­s. Any­how, two sub­jects that came up were REST (which is con­cur­rent at the largest pos­si­ble scale), and, un­sur­pris­ing­ly, Er­lang. And it struck me that they’re kind of like each oth­er ...
WF IV: The Cascade · This is the fourth progress re­port from the Wide Fin­der Pro­ject. Fol­low­ing on my ear­li­er fum­bling at the con­trols of the Er­lang race-car, sev­er­al oth­ers joined the con­ver­sa­tion. For par­tic­u­lar­ly smart in­put, check out the Er­lang ques­tions mail­ing list and the already-linked-to Steve Vi­nos­ki piece, Tim Bray and Er­lang. Other voic­es have ques­tioned the project’s san­i­ty, and brought Scala and Haskell to bear on the prob­lem. But let’s push all that on the stack, and ask our­selves this ques­tion: what if pro­cess­es were free? An­swer­ing it turns out to be all sorts of fun; I seize the Er­lang con­trols back again, and steer it with a firm steady hand in­to a brick wall at top speed ...
WF III: Lessons · This is the third progress re­port from the Wide Fin­der Pro­ject. Giv­en that I launched this brouha­ha late on a Fri­day, to­tal­ly the worst pos­si­ble time, I’m as­tound­ed at the in­ten­si­ty and qual­i­ty of the con­ver­sa­tion that’s go­ing on. I want to ad­dress two themes that have emerged, one of which seems stupid and the oth­er smart ...
WF II: Erlang Blues · This is the sec­ond progress re­port from the Wide Fin­der Pro­ject, and a follow-on from the first, Er­lang Ho! The one thing that Er­lang does right is so im­por­tant that I’d like to get past its prob­lem­s. So far I can’t ...
WF I: Erlang Ho! · This is the first progress re­port from the Wide Fin­der Pro­ject. Er­lang is the ob­vi­ous can­di­date for a Wide Fin­der im­ple­men­ta­tion. It may be decades old but it’s the new hot­ness, it’s got a PragBook (@A­ma­zon), I hear heavy breath­ing from se­ri­ous soft­ware geeks whichev­er way I lis­ten. So, let’s give it a whirl. [Warn­ing: Long and de­tailed, but the con­clu­sion comes first.] ...
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