Exploring the Full Potential of the BEAM Runtime

Exploring the Full Potential of the BEAM Runtime

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Type: Video

The conversation hones in on the unique capabilities of the BEAM virtual machine, considering its use in contexts such as Elixir, Erlang, and Gleam. Despite BEAM's reputation for reliability and concurrency features, there's a consensus that we're not using its full capabilities and there are opportunities for further exploration. Saša Jurić and José Valim discuss possibilities in improving operations, developing more sophisticated tooling around observability, and the potential for BEAM's excellent introspection capabilities to be used more extensively. There's a particular interest in simplifying development and operations by possibly embedding databases and using the virtual machine's live update features in more pragmatic ways. Both guests emphasize the strengths of BEAM, suggesting that even if some features like hot code swapping aren't regularly used, their availability can lead to innovative solutions for particular use cases.

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