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An introduction to Erlang & Elixir - Eric Merritt

What this talk is about:

Erlang was the result of the telecom industry trying to tackle issues of scalability and reliability. They set out to solve a problem, and the solution they stumbled upon happened to be a programming language. Today, it powers many of scalable and reliable systems from embedded to the cloud. Elixir, dubbed the love child of Ruby and Erlang came along as an attempt to create a stepping stone for Ruby developers to understand Erlang's syntax and semantics. It brings the beauty of Ruby to the power of the Erlang Virtual Machine. In his talk, Eric Merritt will give an introduction to both Erlang and Elixir, kicking off the Seattle Erlang and Elixir user group.

Seattle is becoming a major Erlang hub, with start-ups such as OpsCode, Cloudant and Concurix all using Erlang. It is also the city where Erlang Solutions plans on placing its US office as well as being the home town of two of the three authors of Erlang/OTP in action, published by Manning. After Eric's talk, we will have a discussion on how you would like to shape the group, hear your interest on study circles, talk subjects, code katas, time, location and frequency of the meetups, as well as anything else which comes to your mind.

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Speaker's bio:

Eric is a veteran engineer, author, entrepreneur and public speaker. He is an expert in the architecture, development and deployment of large-scale distributed systems on heterogeneous hardware, and the languages and platforms required to support them. His experience spans from vertical scaled manufacturing and billing systems on IBM Mainframe and midrange hardware for companies like Sysco, Inc, to distributed build systems and massive fleet deployment tools on large fleets of beige boxes for companies like Amazon.com, and high-frequency trading and financial exchange systems on custom hardware for leading private brokerages.

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  • Stephen P.

    One part of the talk we ran out of time for which would have been helpful for me - examples of Elixir being used for something. ex: "I used Elixir to build this..."

    September 25, 2013

  • trevor

    Looking forward to the pre-talk erlang lessons at the next meetup!

    September 25, 2013

  • Ali R.

    Great talk with lots of demo and comparing Erlang and Elixir

    September 25, 2013

  • trevor

    Is the map pointed at the right spot? The addresses on that location are in the 2000's....

    September 24, 2013

    • Pat T.

      You're right -- the map is pointed at the wrong place. With no zipcode, and without the correct directional designation, Google Maps thinks it's just 1st Ave, Seattle, WA, and discards the conflicting house number.

      September 25, 2013

  • Russell B.

    Hey @trevor, the address is 209 1/2 1st ave, that's 209 and one half. On the corner of 1st and Washington right in Pioneer Square.

    September 24, 2013

    • Pat T.

      Would be good to add the directional designation South to the address in future meetups, as some apps / maps get confused without it: 209 1/2 1st Ave S

      September 25, 2013

    • Pat T.

      Or better, the full address: 209 1/2 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA, 98104

      September 25, 2013

  • Pat T.

    I don't suppose there are slides, or pointers to references? (I had to stay at our local makerspace to get the network back up after a power problem, the whole time saying, eek, I'm missing our first Erlang meetup!)

    September 25, 2013

  • Morris B.

    Excellent presentation. I was able to make the meetup after all, but won't be able to make Tuesdays this fall. We talked about third Wednesday of the month so it won't conflict with the Big Data meetup (fourth Thursday).

    September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to be there, not 100% that I will be in Seattle that day

    September 11, 2013

  • Morris B.

    Should be an interesting talk. Would love to attend but can't be in two different places at the same time.

    September 3, 2013

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