Francesco Cesarini is the founder of Erlang Solutions Ltd. He has used Erlang on a daily basis since 1995, 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 the OTP middleware, applying it to turnkey solutions and flagship telecom applications.
In 1999, soon after Erlang was released as open source, he founded Erlang Solutions. With offices in five countries, they have become the world leaders in Erlang based support, consulting, training, certification, systems development and conferences.
Francesco has worked in major Erlang based projects both within and outside Ericsson, and as Technical Director, has led the development and consulting teams at Erlang Solutions. He is also the co-author of Erlang Programming, a book recently published by O’Reilly and lectures at Oxford University and the IT Univertisy of Gothenburg. You can follow his ramblings on twitter.
Devcon June Conference, Thursday, June 20, 2013, 15:30Erlang is a programming language designed for the Internet Age, although it pre-dates the Web. It is a language designed for multi-core computers, although it pre-dates them too. It is a "beacon language", to quote Haskell guru Simon Peyton-Jones, in that it more clearly than any other language demonstrates the benefits of concurrency-oriented programming.In this talk, Francesco will introduce Erlang from behind the trenches, looking at how its history influenced its constructs. He will be doing so from a personal perspective, with anecdotes from his time as an intern at the Ericsson computer science lab at a time when the language was being heavily influenced and later when working on the OTP R1 release.