Keynote: Snakebitten – Danger & Misfortune in the Evolution of Programming Languages


By Erlang Central | Published: June 13, 2013



The introduction of Smalltalk in the mid 1970s ushered in a series of thought experiments that would eventually popularize the object oriented programming model with several of the most successful languages of all time. At the peak of popularity, object oriented programming in C++ and Java has changed the way we code, the way we visualize problems, and even the way we think. Not all of the changes have been for the better. This talk seeks to crystallize the problems with the object oriented languages and programming model. It also will explore specific ways that other languages remedy these problems. We’ll see examples in Java, Ruby, Scala, Clojure, Erlang, and Haskell.

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Speakers:

  • Bruce Tate

    Author of Seven Languages in Seven Weeks
    Sentient Services

    Bruce Tate is an author and CTO from Austin, Texas. As the Chief Technology Officer of Sentient Services, he is responsible for building the market research platform iCanMakeItBetter. His focus is using small productive teams to bring complex applications to the marketplace. 

    As an author and speaker, he has written more than ten books including two JOLT award winners, most recently the book Seven Languages in Seven Weeks. He is the editor for the Seven in Seven line of books, including Seven Databases in Seven Weeks, with several other books under development. 

    When he is not coding, Bruce is an avid kayaker, climber, and mountain biker. When not coding, you can find him riding the bike trails by his home on Lake Travis or icing his most recent injury.

    Bruce Tate