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Erlang: What They Didn’t Tell You in the Brochure

October 2, 2013 @ 2:00 am

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Erlang is a language designed for building highly concurrent, highly available systems. And, based on our experience using it to build a large-scale VoIP soft-switch, it does a great job of this.

However…every languages has a collection of “gotchas” which developers often don’t discover until they’re neck-deep in building a big system. If they’re really lucky, they’ll discover them before the users do.

I love Erlang as a language, but in this respect it’s no different from any others. This talk aims to briefly cover the things it would have been nice to have known before we ran head-long into them such as:

* How to crash your VM (and how not to)

* Message queues: they’re not magic

* Why you can’t just run Erlang as a Unix-style service (and how you can)

* Hot Code Loading: not as easy as you might hope

* The OTP: Forget everything they taught you in the first Erlang lesson

* System monitoring is even more important than you think


About the speaker:

Bernard Duggan is a senior developer at ShoreTel, and for the last seven years has been working on their hosted softswitch product. Erlang has been a core part of the development work for the last five years. Bernard’s based in Canberra, Australia.


October 2, 2013
2:00 am


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