Erlang Rationale


By Erlang Central | Published: December 2, 2010



While Erlang has much in common with other functional
languages it does many things differently from other languages. In this
talk one of the three inventors of Erlang will look at the rationale
behind Erlang and try to show how many of its
important features combine to work together. We will also look at how
Erlang
was first developed to show the reason for some of the features in the
rationale.

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Speakers:

  • Robert Virding

    Inventor of Erlang and Bluetail co-founder
    Erlang Solutions

    Robert Virding recently joined Erlang Solutions Ltd as Principal Language Expert. While at Ericsson AB, Robert Virding was one of the original members of the Ericsson Computer Science Lab, and co-inventor of the Erlang language. He took part in the original system design and contributed much of the original libraries, as well as to the current compiler. While at the lab he also did a lot of work on the implementation of logic and functional languages and on garbage collection. He has also worked as an entrepreneur and was one of the co-founders of one of the first Erlang startups (Bluetail). Robert Virding also worked a number of years at the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) Modeling and Simulations Group. He co-authored the first book (Prentice-Hall) on Erlang, and is regularly invited to teach and present throughout the world.

    Robert Virding


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