If you don’t have Erlang in your toolkit of languages, this crash course by expert Erlang instructor Garrett Smith is an opportunity for you to add it in just three hours!
Erlang is not just a language for building massively scalable, fault tolerant telecom applications. It’s a high productivity functional language that you can use every day for general programming.
This tutorial takes a unique top-down approach in teaching the language. You’ll first learn what makes Erlang different and powerful and why you’d use it. Then you’ll learn how.
Hour One: The Tao of Erlang
We’ll start with the most important feature of Erlang software design: Erlang applications are actually systems of smaller, isolated applications and processes.
This is the secret of Erlang’s incredible reliability – grokking it will set you forth on the One True Path of Erlang development.
Hour Two: Coding Principles
With a basis for approaching Erlang applications, it’s time dive into code!
Erlang is referred to as a “high productivity functional language” – we’ll use this time to understand why. You’ll learn how to do more with fewer lines of code than you ever thought possible.
Hour Three: Developer Workflow
At this point you’ll be raring to start coding! Patience, padawan. You are not yet ready to navigate the troubled waters of Erlang developer workflow by yourself!
Streamlined Erlang workflow is notoriously time consuming to pick up. In the final hour, we’ll explore our options and learn how to become productive as quickly as possible.
What Isn’t Covered
The secret of teaching Erlang in three hours is to strategically leave stuff out!
Here’s what we won’t cover:
Garrett Smith is a senior architect at CloudBees, a leading Java platform as a service provider. Garrett specializes in distributed systems and reliable software. His weapon of choice is Erlang, a high productivity functional language specializing in concurrency and reliability. Garrett is an Erlang instructor with ErlangCamp and the author of the e2 library extension, which was built from his experience teaching the language. Garrett is also known for his gritty tech satirical videos including “MongoDb is Web Scale” and “All the Cool Kids Use Ruby”.
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