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December 14, 2014

Aktores: Implementing Actor Model In C# (2) A Simple Sample

Filed under: .NET, Akka, Aktores, C Sharp, Open Source Projects — ajlopez @ 8:18 am

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Let’s review a simple sample that creates two actors, and sends messages to them. The code is at:

As usual, this is “work in progress”, and could be change in the future. I’m following TDD (Test-Driven Development) workflow, so some API calls could be change when I add new use cases (as distributed samples).

In this solution, we have an actor:

using Aktores.Core;

public class PingActor : Actor
    private int messagecount;

    public int MessageCount { get { return this.messagecount; } }

    public override void Receive(object message)
        this.Sender.Tell("ping", this.Self);

An actor inherits from abtract class Actor. The method to implement is Receive. This method receives a message (sent by other actor, or by other object in the system). Internally, Aktores sends only one message to our instance, we don’t worry about concurrency. The above actor, when receives a message, increments a counters and sends another message to the original sender. This sender is referenced by this.Sender, DURING the process of THIS message. This property can change in the process of another message.

We have another similar actor:

using Aktores.Core;

public class PongActor : Actor
    private int messagecount;

    public int MessageCount { get { return this.messagecount; } }

    public override void Receive(object message)
        this.Sender.Tell("pong", this.Self);

The main program creates an actor systems, creates two actor instances, one of type Ping and the other of type Pong, and sends to them many message to process:

public static void Main(string[] args)
    ActorSystem system = new ActorSystem(2);
    var pingactor = new PingActor();
    var pongactor = new PongActor();
    var ping = system.ActorOf(pingactor);
    var pong = system.ActorOf(pongactor);

    for (int k = 0; k < 10; k++)
        ping.Tell("pong", pong);
        pong.Tell("ping", ping);

    // ....

There is additional code to show the message counters. The parameter 2 in the constructor of ActorSystem indicates the number of internal threads to use to process message. I should review if such info should be specified here. Two threads are enough becase we have only two actor instances, but we could have more actors.

Stay tuned!

Angel “Java” Lopez

November 4, 2014

New Month’s Resolutions: November 2014

Filed under: .NET, AjTalk, Aktores, C Sharp, JavaScript, NodeJs, Open Source Projects — ajlopez @ 5:25 pm

Time to review past month’s resolutions:

– Give a talk Aktores intro [complete] see repo see presentation
– Distributed AjErl [pending]
– More Express samples in AjTalkJs [complete] see repo
– Explore neural networks in JavaScript [complete] see repo
– Explore genetic algorithms in JavaScript [partial] see repo
– Explore other artificial intelligence topics in JavaScript [partial]
– More Distributed Aktores [pending]
– Start Distributed Smalltalk in AjTalkJs [complete] see repo

My new month’s resolutions:

– Give a talk about JavaScript and Artificial Intelligence
– Neural network in JavaScript example
– Genetic Algorithms in JavaScript example
– More Code Generation using AjGenesis for NodeJs
– Basic Script Language for C#
– Improve SimpleScript for JavaScript

Stay tuned!

Angel “Java” Lopez

July 21, 2014

Aktores Implementing Actor Model in C# (1) The Project

Filed under: .NET, Akka, Aktores, C Sharp, Open Source Projects — ajlopez @ 4:11 pm

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It’s time to write about the project:

I’m implementing the first steps towards an actor model, message passing, taking ideas from Akka. I had worked something in Node.js, and C#, having actors sending messages to each other, but this time I want to follow the path of Akka, step by step, for example, have names of actors, in a tree, distributed system of actors, and monitoring agents.

The status of the project today:

The current actor implementation:

First, an Actor is an abstract class, to be implemented in each use case. The rest of the system would not talk to an actor directly, but through a ActorRef. For example, to send a message, there is a method Tell in ActorRef. Internally, no process sends messages to the actor directly, but each actor has a Mailbox. And the mailbox is used by ActorRef to send a message to the final Actor. The Actor object is a passive object: it not manage the Mailbox directly, but there are threads that will take pending tasks, get message from Actor mailbox, and send it to the Actor. The system internally ensures that the actor receives and processes messages one by one. The actor does not have to worry about competition from multiple threads. Notably, the Actor has no direct reference to the Mailbox. More details in upcoming posts.

Stay tuned!

Angel “Java” Lopez

May 9, 2014

New Month’s Resolutions: May 2014

Time to review my April 2014 resolutions:

– Continue AjLispScala [pending]
– Continue AjGenesisNode-Express [partial] see repo
– Continue AjGenesisNode-PHP [pending]
– Continue RuScript [pending]
– Continue RustScript [complete] see repo
– Distributed Messages in AjErl [partial] see repo
– Give a talk Intro to Node.js [complete] see repo see online talk
– Publish a new Node.js video tutorial [complete] see post

Additionally, I worked on:

– Start SharpGo interpreter [complete] see repo
– Start SimpleNeuron in JavaScript [complete] see repo
– Refactor, extend and publish new version of SimpleFlow [complete] see repo
– Improve SimpleScraper [complete] see repo
– Improve ClojSharp [complete] see repo
– Improve Aktores [complete] see repo

The resolutions for the new month, May 2014:

– Work on SimpleScraper, first use cases
– Continue RuScript
– Continue RustScript
– Continue SharpGo
– Continue Distributed Messages in AjErl
– Improve Mass Language
– Continue Aktores (first distributed features)

More fun is coming!

Keep tuned!

Angel “Java” Lopez

April 23, 2014

End Of Iteration 2014w16

Filed under: Aktores, C Sharp, Iteration, JavaScript, NodeJs, Open Source Projects, Rust, RustScript — ajlopez @ 6:43 pm

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I added a new sample, PingPong, to my actor model implementation in C#

The idea is to start measuring message processing performance. I added a variable number of worker threads, that affects the performance. I want to add a TryEnter method call but with a timeout. If some actor is busy, its messages retry process could be intensive in terms of time.


I started the project

to implement simple cards and deck to be rendered in web application (browser and mobile). I remember the great HyperCard. This project is simpler: only the cards and their content are specified, no position or render info are needed. There is render code adapted to the application (web browser, mobile) but the decks/cards are agnostic to device.


My Rust language interpreter in JavaScript:

I added the for command (parse and evaluation), and the built-in range function (to produce an iterator).


I wrote and published version 0.0.1 of:

A simple in-memory, in-process cache for Node.js/JavaScript.


My project to call a sequence of async/sync functions:

now has a map function that support functions with callback, not only sync functions. So, map can received an array and it can transform each elements calling asynchronous functions. I fixed a previous bug related to do, and published the version 0.0.3. Now, I’m starting to refactor the internal implementation. TDD rocks!


I also worked on three non-public projects.

More fun is comming.

Keep tuned!

Angel “Java” Lopez

April 15, 2014

End Of Iteration 2014w15

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Code Generation

I wrote new tasks, templates using my AjGenesis code generation tool. I create a simple:

to generate a Django web site, with admin page. The code generation creates the model, and admin feature allows you to edit the data, using Sqlite. It’s simple, but it is working. Next steps: create custom views, and a new project to generate Flask web site.

I added text area input fields to the project that generates Express/Node.js web site from a model. Next steps: client-side validation, better server code organization, some initial tests.

I want to integrate these tools in a online app, so I started to have a web site that generate codes from a model, defined at client side. You will select technology (Express, PHP, Sinatra, Django, Flask, …), the models (mainly, entities like: customer, supplier, department, employee, invoice… ), the database, the features (multiple pages, single page, angular? backbone? other?, REST API?, phonegap wrapper?), and voila. A zip will be generated with the generated solution. That is, code generation as a service. Maybe I could add an API to be externally consumed.


I added a Flask web site example, work in progress, to my Python Samples:

I will use as a basis for my AjGenesis code generation version for Flask web sites.

Actor Model in C#

I refactored my project

an Akka-like actor model implemented in C#. Now, I have a mailbox per actor, but the actor message process is executed consuming task from a queue, with n thread launched by the initial actor system. It was good to see such refactor working: all is in place, now. It is a proof that you don’t need to design everything before coding. If you follow TDD (Test-Driven Development) new ideas (or old ideas that have not implemented yet) can be added without much effort.

Erlang in C#

I started to add serialization of message to my project

As usual, I started simple, using TDD: write input and out channel, using tests, red to green, refactoring. Instead of consuming an external library for serialization, I wrote a simple code, towards my first use case of distributed application. When the use case will be in place, I could start to think about other implementation path.

Google Code Jam

Past Saturday, I participated in Google Code Jam, Qualification Round. My code, usually written following TDD:

The Minesweeper problem is the tricky one. I should add the description of the problems, copying it from the original site.


I added some code kata tests to my JavaScript samples I added metadata macro readind go my Clojure in C# I started to add type checking in my node tree for Scala in C# I added qualified name evaluation to my Rust interpreter in JavaScript I worked on two non-public projects, too.

More fun is coming.

Keep tuned!

Angel “Java” Lopez

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