Tag Archives: Ericsson

  • Inside Erlang – creator Joe Armstrong tells his story
    2014-12-05 Erlang Central

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    Erlang is a programming language designed by Ericsson and used by a number of companies such as WhatsApp, Amazon and Facebook. Watch its creator Joe Armstrong speak about its development and enduring popularity. Joe Armstrong is an Expert System Developer at Development Unit Radio Systems and Technology and a long-time employee of Ericsson. He joined the company in 1985 and within a year had developed an early version of Erlang. Armstrong designed Erlang with the aim of improving the develop ...


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  • Keynote: Over a Century of Programming
    2013-06-13 Erlang Central

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    The three of us (Joe, Robert and Mike) have more than 100 years combined experience of programming. We have noticed the vast majority of software development projects use programming languages based on concepts which were developed close on a half a century ago. Tools and development environments have changed, but with few exceptions the basic paradigms remain the same. We will reflect on our experience, what is good, what is bad and what is ugly. How did the past and our experience influen ...


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  • Handling Unicode
    2013-06-13 Erlang Central

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    Handling Unicode in your program and encoding data properly for communication with the world outside is for many programmers a new area. Thinking about the way your strings are encoded when stored in a disk file or sent over the internet has previously been a no-brainer as all characters fit in one byte. A text file was a text file and a string could be encoded in a binary without hesitation. Now days you have to think about character representation, ways of telling other programs how characters ...


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  • A discussion of basic vs. applied research in the software domain and the creation of Erlang
    2010-03-22 Erlang Central

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    This talk will present some of the thinking behind the creation of the Computer Science Laboratory (CS Lab) at Ericsson - one of the technology oriented labs within Ericsson Research. It is at the CS Lab where a group effort in software research resulted in Erlang's birth. The talk will describe some of the projects which lead to Erlang, and when it  finally became mainstream within Ericsson, the OTP Erlang middleware project. It will conclude by describing how the technology transfer to the ne ...


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