Keynote: Haskell and Erlang: growing up together


By Erlang Central | Published: June 22, 2009



Haskell and Erlang are childhood friends, now approaching their 20th birthdays. Both were born around 1990, with a common commitment to functional programming.  Although they have very different genealogies, and subsequent evolution paths, they are both gaining increasing mind-share as 2010 approaches.  In his talk, Simon will contrast the two languages, paying particular attention to types and concurrency.


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Speakers:

  • Simon Peyton-Jones

    Researcher at Microsoft Research, Cambridge
    Microsoft

    Simon Peyton Jones, MA, MBCS, CEng, graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1980. After two years in industry, he spent seven years as a lecturer at University College London, and nine years as a professor at Glasgow University, before moving to Microsoft Research (Cambridge) in 1998. His main research interest is in functional programming languages, their implementation, and their application. He has led a succession of research projects focused around the design and implementation of production-quality functional-language systems for both uniprocessors and parallel machines. He was a key contributor to the design of the now-standard functional language Haskell, and is the lead designer of the widely-used Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC). He has written two textbooks about the implementation of functional languages. More generally, he is interested in language design, rich type systems, software component architectures, compiler technology, code generation, runtime systems, virtual machines, and garbage collection. He is particularly motivated by direct use of principled theory to practical language design and implementation -- that's one reason he loves functional programming so much.

    Simon Peyton-Jones


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