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Tech Talk - Thinking in a Highly Concurrent, mostly-functional language

Francesco Cesarini, co-founder of Erlang Solutions and author of Erlang Programming (published by O'Reilly) will take us through a series of architectures, talking about how the concurrency strategies in Erlang systems has changed as the model got more powerful.

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Talk abstract:

Yale Professor Alan Perlis once wrote, "A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming, is not worth knowing."

The Erlang programming language has received much attention because of its scalable and intuitive approach to concurrency. But the notion of concurrency is as fundamental to Erlang as object-orientation is to Java, and to really appreciate its power, you need to learn to /think/ Erlang. 

This talk illustrates by example how embracing the Erlang way of thinking about problems leads to scalable and fault-tolerant designs. It will describe three ways of clustering Erlang nodes within the server side domain. 

Through these case studies, we will describe how Erlang, and more specifically, concurrency was done in 1995 when the limit of processes was 30,000, with an evolution as to how concurrency is used and applied today.


Speaker Bio:

Francesco Cesarini is the founder and Technical Director of Erlang Solutions. He has used Erlang on a daily basis for almost 15 years, starting 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 Solutions, who 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 as Technical Director, is currently leading the development and consulting teams at Erlang Solutions. He is also the co-author of Practical Erlang Programming, a book published by O’Reilly and still finds time to teach at Oxford University and the IT University of Gothenburg. You can follow his ramblings on Erlang and Berlusconi on twitter: FrancescoC


6:30 - 7:00 Arrival and food

7:00 - 8:00 Francesco's Talk

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for a fun, informative talk!

    July 31, 2013

  • Francesco C.

    Really enjoyed meeting you all! Thanks for coming.

    July 31, 2013

  • J. M.

    I live in Maryland so attending is unlikely. Is there a chance that there will be a recording made?

    July 28, 2013

    • Francesco C.

      Had not realized you were that close to DC. ErlangDC dates for December have now been set and will be announced shortly.

      July 29, 2013

    • J. M.

      I was at ErlangDC last year and plan to go again.

      July 31, 2013

  • Sachinrao P.

    Fantastic and inspirational talk by none other than my guru Francesco ceasarini !!

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    New to Erlang, interested in how it compares to Python-based concurrency (greenlets, co-routines, etc).

    July 30, 2013

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