ClojureScript vs Erlang: What are the differences?
ClojureScript and Erlang can be primarily classified as "Languages" tools.
ClojureScript and Erlang are both open source tools. ClojureScript with 8.12K GitHub stars and 724 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Erlang with 7.74K GitHub stars and 2.1K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Erlang has a broader approval, being mentioned in 70 company stacks & 47 developers stacks; compared to ClojureScript, which is listed in 24 company stacks and 17 developer stacks.
What is ClojureScript?
What is Erlang?
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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.
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).
I adopted Clojure and ClojureScript because:
- it's 1 language, multiple platforms.
- Simple syntax.
- Designed to avoid unwanted side effects and bugs.
- Immutable data-structures.
- Compact code, very expressive.
- Source code is data.
- It has super-flexible macro.
- Has metadata.
ClojureScript powers our user interface. Using the same language on the backend (Clojure) and the frontend has been a big win for us.