Keynote: The Erlang Rationale

By Erlang Central | Published: April 27, 2009

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

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  • Robert Virding

    Inventor of Erlang and Bluetail co-founder

    Robert Virding worked at the Ericsson Computer Science Laboratory and was one of the initial Erlang design group. He has 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 now works for the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) in a modelling and simulation group where he mainly works with computer games. He contributes to the Erlang community in his spare times and has written a number of books and articles on Erlang.

    Robert Virding

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