Ruby is a wonderful language for rapid development, it is easy to learn, we have wonderful frameworks, an active and dynamic community. But when it comes to concurrency Ruby is plagued with problems, controversies and urban legends. A lot of people would know about green threads in Ruby, GIL and its inherent limitations. But that it only one part of the big picture. Ruby offers much more than threads to helps us with concurrency.
This presentation explores other options of writing highly concurrent applications in Ruby and options available in it. We cover topics ranging from Actor like message passing concurrency in Ruby, dataflow concurrency of how we can coordinate across different threads, Event driven methods, coroutine based concurrency which never blocks ;) and finally Software Transactional Memory. We look at lots of code, some serious looking yet colorful performance graphs comparisons, and conditions at which each of these forms are concurrency are effective and ineffective.
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