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Akka vs Erlang: What are the differences?

Akka: Build powerful concurrent & distributed applications more easily. Akka is a toolkit and runtime for building highly concurrent, distributed, and resilient message-driven applications on the JVM; Erlang: A programming language used to build massively scalable soft real-time systems with requirements on high availability. Some of Erlang's uses are in telecoms, banking, e-commerce, computer telephony and instant messaging. Erlang's runtime system has built-in support for concurrency, distribution and fault tolerance. OTP is set of Erlang libraries and design principles providing middle-ware to develop these systems.

Akka and Erlang are primarily classified as "Concurrency Frameworks" and "Languages" tools respectively.

"Great concurrency model" is the primary reason why developers consider Akka over the competitors, whereas "Real time, distributed applications" was stated as the key factor in picking Erlang.

Akka and Erlang are both open source tools. Akka with 10.1K GitHub stars and 3.04K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Erlang with 7.75K GitHub stars and 2.1K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Akka has a broader approval, being mentioned in 76 company stacks & 57 developers stacks; compared to Erlang, which is listed in 70 company stacks and 47 developer stacks.

What is Akka?

Akka is a toolkit and runtime for building highly concurrent, distributed, and resilient message-driven applications on the JVM.

What is Erlang?

Some of Erlang's uses are in telecoms, banking, e-commerce, computer telephony and instant messaging. Erlang's runtime system has built-in support for concurrency, distribution and fault tolerance. OTP is set of Erlang libraries and design principles providing middle-ware to develop these systems.
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    What are some alternatives to Akka and Erlang?
    Spring
    A key element of Spring is infrastructural support at the application level: Spring focuses on the "plumbing" of enterprise applications so that teams can focus on application-level business logic, without unnecessary ties to specific deployment environments.
    Scala
    Scala is an acronym for “Scalable Language”. This means that Scala grows with you. You can play with it by typing one-line expressions and observing the results. But you can also rely on it for large mission critical systems, as many companies, including Twitter, LinkedIn, or Intel do. To some, Scala feels like a scripting language. Its syntax is concise and low ceremony; its types get out of the way because the compiler can infer them.
    Kafka
    Kafka is a distributed, partitioned, replicated commit log service. It provides the functionality of a messaging system, but with a unique design.
    Spring Boot
    Spring Boot makes it easy to create stand-alone, production-grade Spring based Applications that you can "just run". We take an opinionated view of the Spring platform and third-party libraries so you can get started with minimum fuss. Most Spring Boot applications need very little Spring configuration.
    RxJS
    RxJS is a library for reactive programming using Observables, to make it easier to compose asynchronous or callback-based code. This project is a rewrite of Reactive-Extensions/RxJS with better performance, better modularity, better debuggable call stacks, while staying mostly backwards compatible, with some breaking changes that reduce the API surface.
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    Consul
    Consul
    Elixir
    Elixir
    Erlang
    Erlang

    Postmates built a tool called Bazaar that helps onboard new partners and handles several routine tasks, like nightly emails to merchants alerting them about items that are out of stock.

    Since they ran Bazaar across multiple instances, the team needed to avoid sending multiple emails to their partners by obtaining lock across multiple hosts. To solve their challenge, they created and open sourced ConsulMutEx, and an Elixir module for acquiring and releasing locks with Consul and other backends.

    It works with Consul’s KV store, as well as other backends, including ets, Erlang’s in-memory database.

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    Sebastian Gębski
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    Elixir
    Elixir
    Phoenix Framework
    Phoenix Framework
    Erlang
    Erlang
    Credo
    Credo
    Hex
    Hex
    AppSignal
    AppSignal

    Another major decision was to adopt Elixir and Phoenix Framework - the DX (Developer eXperience) is pretty similar to what we know from RoR, but this tech is running on the top of rock-solid Erlang platform which is powering planet-scale telecom solutions for 20+ years. So we're getting pretty much the best from both worlds: minimum friction & smart conventions that eliminate the excessive boilerplate AND highly concurrent EVM (Erlang's Virtual Machine) that makes all the scalability problems vanish. The transition was very smooth - none of Ruby developers we had decided to leave because of Elixir. What is more, we kept recruiting Ruby developers w/o any requirement regarding Elixir proficiency & we still were able to educate them internally in almost no time. Obviously Elixir comes with some more tools in the stack: Credo , Hex , AppSignal (required to properly monitor BEAM apps).

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    How developers use Akka and Erlang
    Avatar of papaver
    papaver uses AkkaAkka

    we used akka as our concurrency system at talenthouse. had the chance to write several worker. we used both akka messaging and rabbitmq to communicate. quite a slick system, was fun writing it in scala.

    Avatar of fileee GmbH
    fileee GmbH uses AkkaAkka

    Akka powers our asynchronous document upload processor, handling e.g. tasks for OCR, thumbnail generation and document analysis.

    Avatar of Analytical Informatics
    Analytical Informatics uses ErlangErlang

    The central business logic and ETL engine is written in Erlang.

    Avatar of Mathias Vonende
    Mathias Vonende uses ErlangErlang

    Very nice programming language, used for backend integration.

    Avatar of Ryan Jennings
    Ryan Jennings uses ErlangErlang

    foundation VM for phoenix framework

    Avatar of Software Joint
    Software Joint uses ErlangErlang

    Cowboy web server serves content

    Avatar of KongHack Inc.
    KongHack Inc. uses ErlangErlang

    Custom plugins for ejabberd

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