Joe Armstrong

Connecting Things Together is Really Difficult but it Could and Should be Rather Easy

Co-Inventor of Erlang

Connecting Things Together is Really Difficult but it Could and Should be Rather Easy

This talk is about how we connect programs together.

I'll talk about composing complex systems from simple parts. Simple things are easy to make, but complex things made by composing simple things are very difficult to build. It talk about why this is so, and what we can do about it.

In this talk, I'll visit monads, pipes, protocols and contracts.
Finally I'll suggest some ways to glue things together that provide stronger guarantees of consistency than many of the methods we use today.

About Joe

Joe Armstrong is the principle inventor of the Erlang programming Language and coined the term "Concurrency Oriented Programming". He has worked for Ericsson where he developed Erlang and was chief architect of the Erlang/OTP system.

In 1998 he left Ericsson to form Bluetail, a company which developed all its products in Erlang. In 2003 he obtained his PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. The title of his thesis was "Making reliable distributed systems in the presence of software errors." Today he is semi-retired but works part time as Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. 

Github: joearms

Twitter: @joeerl

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