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  • Erlang Copied Scala's Actors & Erlang's VM is almost a Clone of the JVM

    Erlang Co-creators, Joe Armstrong and Robert Virding, admit that Erlang is heavily inspired by the Java world. In an interview at ErlangFactory 2011 SF, they reveal how Scala Actors had shaped their work in what they then called Erlang Processes. Moreover, they acknowledge the fact that Erlang's VM is barely a clone of the famous JVM.

  • Python Wins Tiobe's Language of the Year Award for 2010

    Tiobe's award is given to the programming language that gained most market share in 2010. Objective-C was the leader for most of 2010 but got lost ground in the last couple of months. Python grew it's market share by 1.81% since January 2010, which is nearly 4 times the overall marketshare of SAP's programming language ABAP.

  • Cloudant releases Java based view server for CouchDB

    Cloudant the company behind CouchDB just released Java View Server for CouchDB. That means that not only Erlang and interpreted languages like Javascript or Python can be used to write Map-Reduce jobs but also JVM based languages.

  • Object Oriented Programming: The Wrong Path?

    In a QCon London 2010 interview with Joe Armstrong, the original developer of Erlang, and Ralph Johnson, long associated with Smalltalk, OOP, and Patterns, the question of whther we've gone down the "wrong path" w.r.t. object orientation all these yearrs. Both interviewees suggest that we have, but this is due to flaws in the implementation of object ideas and not the ideas themselves.

  • OpenCredo Announces AMQP Support for Spring Integration

    OpenCredo Ltd has announced support for talking to Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) based messagng servers from Spring Integration, a lightweight ESB-like messaging framework. The new support brings MOM vendors whose product doesn't support JMS to users of the Spring Integration framework. Some Message Queues, like RabbitMQ, are very scalable and don't support JMS.

  • BERT as Dynamic Alternative to Protocol Buffers/Thrift

    Google's ProtocolBuffers and Facebook's Thrift are options for binary serialization, but not ones that pleased the GitHub team - so they created BERT/BERT-RPC based on the Erlang's 'external term format'. BERT/BERT-RPC now power parts of Github's internal communication.

  • Empower Your Ruby With Haskell And Hubris

    Embedding C in Ruby or Rails applications is a way to fix performance bottle necks. RubyInline made this easy for C. Mark Wotton recently created Hubris, a bridge which makes it possible to call Haskell code from Ruby.

  • Exploring Tuple Spaces Persistence In Ruby With Blackboard

    Ruby has long been criticized for 1.8's limited green threads. Luc Castera gave a presentation at RubyNation about Concurrent Programming with Ruby and Tuple Spaces. He introduces 2 ways of implementing TupleSpaces in Ruby: Rinda and Blackboard using Redis (with plans to porting it to Erlang).

  • Presentation: Building RESTful Web Services with Erlang and YAWS

    In this presentation recorded at QCon SF 2008, Steve Vinoski shows how to create RESTful web services using YAWS and Erlang. The presentation introduces YAWS and offers YAWS-Erlang code snippets on how to implement REST principles.

  • Erlang and Ruby Roundup: 37Signals, Erlectricity

    37Signals is the latest company to use Erlang in combination with Ruby. The recent Erlang Factory conference also had other examples of Erlang use at EngineYard as well as a talk about Erlectricity, the library that connects Erlang and Ruby.

  • Declarative Concurrency For Ruby With Dataflow

    Part of the Ruby language was influenced by functional programming techniques. Larry Diehl brings a declarative concurrent model to Ruby by importing the concept of unification from Oz Language with the Dataflow project.

  • Axum, Microsoft’s Approach to Parallelism

    Axum, previously known as Maestro, is a Microsoft incubation language project meant to provide a parallel programming model for .NET through isolation, actors and message passing. The language borrows many concepts from Erlang but with a C#-like syntax.

  • Interview: Lennart Augustsson on DSLs Written in Haskell

    In this interview filmed at QCon SF 2008, Lennart Augustsson talks about writing DSLs in Haskell, presenting the advantages offered by the language. In that context, he talks about embedded DSLs, static and dynamic languages, syntax and semantics, monads and many other related topics.

  • Presentation: CouchDB and Me

    In this talk from RubyFringe, Damien Katz explains what drove him to create CouchDB, why he chose Erlang, how it ended up as an Apache project and much more.

  • Erlang Bindings for Windows Azure

    One of the advantages of a REST architecture is that is makes it much easier to implement cross-language bindings. To wit, Sriram Krishnan has created a set of Azure bindings for the concurrent programming language, Erlang.

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