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Formulating Elixir

By Simon St. Laurent
March 28, 2014

I was delighted to sit down with Jose Valim, the creator of Elixir, earlier this month. He and Dave Thomas had just given a brave keynote exploring the barriers that keep people from taking advantage of Erlang’s many superpowers, challenging …

Four short links: 25 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 25, 2014

Meet the Super-Taskers (Psychology Today) — As part of the Nissan GT Academy challenge, the top 10 players of the car-racing game Gran Turismo are given the chance to race real automobiles in competition. They’re very good—too good, in fact. …

Configuration and Scale at Facebook

By Simon St. Laurent
November 15, 2013

At OSCON, Phil Dibowitz reminded me how little I understand about large systems – as he puts it, really large systems, systems of systems, with some similarities but with different people controlling parts. His work at Facebook explores the challenges …

Walking Trees and Handling Events

By Simon St. Laurent
August 28, 2013

This summer, I’ve seen all kinds of programming approaches as I’ve bounced between the Web, XSLT, Erlang, and XML, with visits to many other environments. As I look through the cool new possibilities for interfaces, for scaling up and down, …

From BASIC to HyperTalk to JavaScript to Rails to Erlang

By Simon St. Laurent
August 14, 2013

I’ve never formally trained to be a programmer, outside of occasional conference workshops and a week of XSL tutorials. In some ways, that’s terrible, because it’s taken me about thirty years to learn what some friends of mine appear to …

Learning to Wait: Asynchronous Becomes Normal

By Simon St. Laurent
July 3, 2013

The biggest change I’ve seen in the last few years of software development isn’t a new language, a new environment, or magical new algorithms. The biggest change is that programmers in many different arenas, working independently, have come to accept …

Practice Makes Programmers

By Simon St. Laurent
June 19, 2013

Programming gets easier and easier as you do more of it. Languages and logic become familiar, in ways that extend from looking up less and less all the way to muscle memory in your typing. The first few iterations in …

Distributed resilience with functional programming

By Simon St. Laurent
February 8, 2013

Functional programming has a long and distinguished heritage of great work — that was only used by a small group of programmers. In a world dominated by individual computers running single processors, the extra cost of thinking functionally limited its …

Distributed resilience with functional programming

By Simon St. Laurent
February 8, 2013

Functional programming has a long and distinguished heritage of great work — that was only used by a small group of programmers. In a world dominated by individual computers running single processors, the extra cost of thinking functionally limited its …

Programming Is Fun Again!

By Paul Barry
October 24, 2011

I've been programming in Erlang just for the heck of it!

Four short links: 12 July 2011

By Nat Torkington
July 12, 2011

Slopegraphs -- a nifty Tufte visualization which conveys rank, value, and delta over time. Includes pointers to how to make them, and guidelines for when and how they work. (via Avi Bryant) Ask Me Anything: A Technical Lead on the Google+ Team -- lots of juicy details about technology and dev process. A couple nifty tricks we do: we...

Clojure: Lisp meets Java, with a side of Erlang

Clojure: Lisp meets Java, with a side of Erlang
By James Turner
June 28, 2011

OSCON speaker Stuart Sierra digs into Clojure: what it is, how it works, and why it's attracting Java developers.

To err is human, to Erlang divine

By Philip Fennell
March 9, 2009

About three years ago I was really getting into Functional Programming (FP). Up until then I had been doing a lot of work with XSLT, which has many FP characteristics; Single Assignment, Lazy Evaluation, and the like, but I wanted to explore further what FP had to offer. Then, more by luck than judgement, I ran into Erlang, and we just clicked. To me, it seemed an elegant and expressive language, and a Functional one at that.


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