Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Akka on .NET

Fascinating: I'm not sure whether any of my friends are still working on .NET (I was the heaviest engineer I knew on that side of things), but if you are -- they've just released a .NET port of Akka.

Akka is the large-scale-programming Actors environment that Querki is fundamentally based on. It's a radically different architecture than what most folks are used to, but it's the way of the future, especially when combined with the Reactive Streams that are now being built on top of it. Following this architecture faithfully lets you build systems that are designed for scalability pretty much from the outset, and tends to be much less bug-prone than traditional multi-threaded programming.

This isn't a fork of Akka -- it couldn't be, since Akka is deeply Scala/Java based -- it's a line-by-line rewrite into C#. So it's best thought of as an architectural cousin rather than part of Akka itself. But folks who are doing serious work in .NET should check it out: if I was still Windows-based, it's what I'd want to use...

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