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Implementing Actors on the JVM

Whiley adopts the [[Actor model]] of concurrency, instead of the traditional [[Thread (computer science)|multi-threading]] approach used in e.g. Java.  The actor model is simple and easy to use, and is less likely to result in complex [[race condition|race conditions]] or [[deadlock|deadlocks]]. The Actor Model has been around for a while, but Erlang has recently . . . → Read More: Implementing Actors on the JVM

On Object-Oriented Programming

There’s an interesting interview with [[Ralph Johnson]] and [[Joe Armstrong (programming)|Joe Armstrong]] over at QCon.  They’re talking generally about whether OOP has been successful, and reflecting on the last few decades.

A few things from the interview caught my eye.  Ralph talks about a fundamental mistake made by the designers of [[SmallTalk]].  In SmallTalk, . . . → Read More: On Object-Oriented Programming