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Can Reactive Programming Handle Complexity? 149

Posted by Soulskill
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Nerval's Lobster writes "A recent article on Reactive Programming, which suggested that five lines of Reactive could solve a problem that required 500 lines using Java or 200 lines using triggers, led many readers to question (passionately) whether Reactive enables you to address not just typical problems, but complex ones as well. In a follow-up column, Espresso Logic CTO Val Huber argues that, while it certainly can't solve all use cases, Reactive Programming is very capable of addressing many complex problems, and can address all other scenarios via a transparent integration with procedural languages. He shows how Reactive can handle complexity using two different scenarios: a classically complicated database application (a bill of materials price rollup) and procedural integration (to address external systems such as email and transactions not limited by a database update). Take a look at his work; do you agree?"
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Can Reactive Programming Handle Complexity?

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  • Re:of course it can (Score:5, Informative)

    by phantomfive (622387) on Tuesday February 18, 2014 @04:32PM (#46279389) Journal
    Your comment made me laugh, but then I read the article, and that's exactly what the author said. From the article:

    "Reactive Programming is very capable of addressing many complex problems, and can address all other scenarios via a transparent integration with procedural languages."

  • Marketing Hype... (Score:4, Informative)

    by mrthoughtful (466814) on Tuesday February 18, 2014 @05:06PM (#46279705) Journal

    This is just marketing hype dressed up as a question. Having said that, anything that gets anyone enthused about programming is good, I guess.

    What I really don't like is when Val Huber refers to a previous article he submitted as if it were written by a third party.
    Now, I love SQL (and triggers are ok) - and so does Val Huber - I'm sure we would get along fine.
    Val, you've been doing SQL for 20 years! woot. So that means you started back 'round '94.
    (Aw. I started back in '85. I was doing websites in '94 - remember Lycos?)

    But it's just using SQL Triggers, Val - why give it some sort of fancy name? Ohh everyone else does that, like "Web2"? or "The Cloud", etc?
    Still stinks - but hopefully someone may actually pick up how to use some of the cool features of SQL.

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