Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pid ! Message

Some tenets from Joe Armstrong (a.k.a. the philosophy behind Erlang):
  • The world is concurrent.
  • Things in the world don't share data.
  • Things communicate with messages.
  • Things fail.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Internet of Things

Now, after Facebook has brought the social network to the web, it's time for the internet of things :-).

I think Google is one of the few companies that are able to start building the internet of things, with all their server farms, smartphones, TVs and some self-driving cars ;-).
Then you no longer need to query Google's search engine for timetables or nearby shops and restaurants. The internet of things just tells you everything you need to know.

It is really interesting which technologies will clear the way for the interconnected mesh of systems. Thereby Erlang will hopefully find its way to more and more backend systems :-).

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Alan Kay: A powerful idea about teaching ideas

I linked to the video "The Inner Life of a Cell" within my older blog post The Inner Life of a Cell. The mental model that the Harvard guys used to demonstrate the whole stuff is just too simple and therefore the inner life of a cell got very mysterious. At time 06:22 Alan Kay gives a more accurate view for the model of a cell; e.g. he explains how multiple complex shapes are able to match each other at the right place.