Joe Armstrong - Inventor of Erlang!

You are seeing it right! Joe Armstrong, the Father of Erlang will be here, in Chicago! In July! 2013! This is a fantastic opportunity to hang out with one of Computer Science's luminary thinkers and personalities.

Joe will be speaking on "Sherlock's Last Case" - from a chapter of his recently released 2nd edition of Programming Erlang.

If you're even remotely interested in programming, this is an event you should not miss! If you have friends who are even remotely interested in programming, you should tell them! It will be EPIC!

We'll have a generous time for hanging out with Joe - in particular asking him questions. Tough questions. Here are some ideas:

  • An unnamed organizer of this group said Erlang syntax resembles "Prolog with asphyxia" - what are your thoughts on this?
  • In an Ultimate Fighting match between you, Rich Hickey, Martin Odersky, and Simon Peyton Jones, would be last person standing?
  • Since Erlang The Movie II The Sequel came out, there have been widespread rumors you've taken up competitive Industrial Dance. Is this true?
  • Are you really good at multitasking?

We welcome RSVPs on Meetup, but this is not required - please feel free to show up at Jefferson Tap and bring as many guests as you dare!

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  • Jay G.

    Socks with sandals and shorts? It's a life style choice. Like Erlang. Thanks Joe!

    July 16, 2013

  • Matthew L.

    Joe Armstrong is truly a technology rockstar! It was definitely a pleasure to hear him speak and to see the growing vibrant Chicago Elrang community in attendance. My hats off to the organizers of the event.

    July 11, 2013

  • coreyhaines

    Great event. Thanks to the organizers and special thanks to Joe for coming out and speaking. It was very entertaining and inspiring.

    July 11, 2013

  • Irina G.

    What an amazing and inspiring experience! I'm so happy I was there! Thank you so much Joe for this! Thank you very much Garrett for organizing this event!

    July 11, 2013

  • Ben S.

    Terrific meeting! Related to the Sherlock problem, one of my professors in grad school has done a ton of work on fast searching for nearest neighbors for time series. Also includes a ton of work applying the same techniques to things rarely considered time series like text and DNA.

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • Ross H.

    Thank you to both Joe and the organizers!

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • Chris D.

    Super awesome, thanks Joe!

    July 10, 2013

  • Brian C.

    Simply the best Erlang meetup you could ever imagine.

    1 · July 10, 2013

  • nemik

    Fantastic talk, thank you for organizing this 'coincidence'!

    1 · July 10, 2013

  • Denny A.


    July 10, 2013

  • Murali K.

    Won't be able to make it today. Will wait for the meeting videos...sorry...

    July 10, 2013

  • Jesse G.

    Bummer. It doesn't look like I'm going to be able to make the trek down to Chicago tonight, but I'll be sure to watch the stream.

    July 10, 2013

  • Jazmin S.

    Can't make it. Have fun!

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    July 9, 2013

  • Fred B.

    Sorry. It's my wife's birthday!

    July 9, 2013

  • Murali K.

    Looking forward to this meeting

    July 8, 2013

  • Steven

    If we are not able to make this event, will it be recorded?

    July 7, 2013

    • Garrett S.

      Yes! This is the plan. In fact, if we can get decent IP from the venue, it'll be streamed live!

      July 8, 2013

  • Irina G.


    June 12, 2013

  • Alex M.

    Joe is in town of course for the inaugural Lambda Jam conference which features not just Joe, but keynotes from Gerald Sussman and David Nolen, and many other awesome talks ( If you haven't registered yet - do so at and use discount code CEUG for 10% off!

    June 12, 2013

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