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Why are you focusing so much on process isolation? It's easy and natural for an Erlang process to remain alive indeterminately and serve arbitrarily many requests to arbitrarily many clients, potentially communicating with many processes in its lifetime, both on its own machine and on other machines. That's a lot more like a web server than Nginx processes are. That's what I use it for, and I wouldn't even know where to begin to get Nginx to do it. I hope you won't claim it's just as easy and natural.

Armstrong was making an analogy, and it's useful to be charitable with analogies to get the most out of them. All analogies, descriptions, models and metaphors break down somewhere. He's been doing pretty well as an Erlang advocate so far.

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