This talk will introduce the concurrent functional programming language Erlang to a non technical audience. It will describe how to do more with less, giving examples on the syntax and constructs which allow Erlang programs to generally be 4 – 10 times shorter than their counterparts in Java, C and C++ while achieving 99,999% availability.
Erlang, while originally invented to handle the next generation of Telecom switches, has been used successful in a much wider range of sectors including banking, e-commerce, instant messaging and food traceability. We will provide examples not only of the Ericsson success stories, but also give examples of these other domains, describing why Erlang is a perfect fit in these market segments.
We will conclude by presenting the ever growing Erlang community. This includes open source projects which are making a difference, the websites, blogs, conferences and user groups which are today growing exponentially.
If you have heard about Erlang and want to hear about it from the Horse’s mouth, this is the talk for you.
Francesco Cesarini is the founder and CTO of Erlang Training and Consulting. He has used Erlang on a daily basis for almost 15 years, having started his career as an intern at Ericsson’s computer science laboratory, the birthplace of Erlang. He moved on to Ericsson’s Erlang training and consulting arm working on the first release of OTP, applying it to turnkey solutions and flagship telecom applications. In 1999, soon after Erlang was released as open source, he founded Erlang Training and Consulting. With offices in the UK, Sweden, Poland (and soon the US), they have become the world leaders in Erlang based consulting, contracting, training and systems development. Francesco has worked in major Erlang based projects both within and outside Ericsson, and in his role as CTO, is currently leading the development and consulting teams at ETC. He is also the co-author of Practical Erlang Programming, a book soon to be published by O’Reilly.
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