How are Akka actors different from Go channels?

From the Quora.com question How are Akka actors different from Go channels? I have worked extensively with both Akka actors and Go channels/goroutines and would like to offer a few comments. Firstly, it is important to stress that CSP allows rendezvous-based synchronisation between goroutines using channels, and channels can optionally include buffering. When one goroutine attempts to send on an unbuffered channel, it checks whether the other party is present. If not, it sits waiting, during which it consumes no CPU and only a little memory.

Google's Go Revisited

At the end of 2009, a delightfully “little” programming language was fully released following a few years of gestation. I wrote back then about the major features of Google’s Go. Nearly two years of intensive Scala, Java and Groovy work later, I felt it was time to revisit Go with one question in mind: with so much new-found enthusiasm for non-Java languages around, what has Go got to offer that might make it stand out from the crowd?

Interfaces - no need to know exactly who you're talking to

I wrote about the Spring Framework Mission Statement earlier. This article follows it by examining the second Spring mission statement bullet, which concerns the use of interfaces in Java: It’s best to program to interfaces, rather than classes. Spring reduces the complexity cost of using interfaces to zero. Everyone knows this is a Good Thing - but why is it good? The answer lies in achieving decoupling. Object oriented programming in Java draws on the precedent set by Smalltalk in which objects communicate by passing messages.