Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th Sep 2007 18:08 UTC, submitted by koki
BeOS & Derivatives "The primary intention of my previous article was to make it very clear why and when locking is needed in multithreaded applications. In this article, I want to present my experiences in writing a new prototype for a replacement of the document model in WonderBrush and how it is manipulated and rendered asynchronously."
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Vanders
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2005-07-06

The majority of developers are incapable of writing multithreaded code with fine-grained locking. That is just a fact.


I still don't believe it. You're basically calling the majority of developers idiots.

First of all, scala does not hide the message passing details. It just lets you write a message handler in 1/10th the lines of code compared to C++.


This claim is based on API-specific details. I can write a message handler in C++ for Syllable (& BeOS would be similiar) in under 10 lines of code, and that's with a very generous white-space policy. I could collapse that to 5 lines with BSD-style indentation.

Besides, just because somebody does not get low level threading primitives like semaphores and mutexes does not mean that he is a bad programmer. Maybe he has valuable domain specific knowledge.


I never said it did, but I'd be concerned by any developer who did not have a basic understanding of what is happening below the surface of the code they are developing.

I guess all those people using Erlang to program high performance telecommunications gear must be idiots because they use a language that hides many multithreading problems...


Apart from the fact that is an ad-hominem, it really depends on wether they are using Erlang because they don't understand threading or because Erlang is highly suitable for the given domain-specific problem. As it is the later, your assertion is false.

Edited 2007-09-10 13:59

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