[swift-evolution] Swift and actors

Gerard Iglesias gerard_iglesias at me.com
Mon Oct 2 04:59:14 CDT 2017

Hi everybody,

Sadly I don’t have the time to participate on all the so interesting discussion about concurrency and actor stuff.

But I have a question. 

I am working for 6 months in the Scala/Akka world, on a project (server stuff in a docker kubernates world) and after six months of work, and talk with Scala experts we are abandoning the actor paradigm. It is true that quickly the code is hard to follow, maybe our fault but I have to say that it seems me that the nature itself of the actor system bring some opaque way to follow what happen in the system. Even for a small set of actors.

It has been very fun to try an architecture based on Actors, but at the end, this is not easy to see what use case they are good for.

Then I wonder if we/you have good use case where Actor paradigm can show real advantages ?

Something obvious to me that the dev tools would need to be very advanced for debugging in case of actor model use.



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