Thursday, June 11, 2009

Erlang Progamming available online

The "Erlang Programming" book by Francesco Cesarini and Simon Thompson is now available online, via O'Reilly's Safari service.

Joe Armstrong Talk: Functions + Messages + Concurrency = Erlang

A very good talk (video and slides) by Joe Armstrong from Qcon hosted at InfoQ:

Functions + Messages + Concurrency = Erlang
I was glad to hear several of Joe's talks and enjoyed this one as well

Friday, March 6, 2009

CACM Article

Look Inside >>
March 2009

The March issue of the Communications of the ACM journal features a new version of Jim Larson's article on Erlang: "Erlang for Concurrent Programming" (go here for the previous version)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Erlang User Conference 2008 in Stockholm

Photos from the Erlang User Conference 2008 can be found here.

I forgot to mention that the article will tell you who became Erlang User of the Year 2008 :-)

Monday, November 3, 2008

ACM Queue Article

ACM Queue magazine features an article about Erlang:
Erlang for Concurrent Programming
It has been written by Jim Larson, Google. You might know him from Amazon's Simple DB.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

CouchDB Screencast

Another interesting screencast from PeepCode this week, which I came to know because of their screencast and pdf on the Git distributed revision control system.

Otherwise they seem to focus on Ruby on Rails.

This time they teamed up with Jan Lehnardt of CouchDB, who wrote:
Hello everybody,

Geoffrey Grosenbach, famous for his PeepCode (
screencasts for developers, released a "CouchDB & Rails" screencast.
It is useful even if you don't do Rails but want to learn CouchDB. Go check
it out. It is only $9 and a free preview is available.

PS: If enough people buy this one, Geoffrey will work on more advanced
follow-up screencasts and I totally want that, so please do me a favour :)

So did I, because I want more Erlang stuff produced.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Announcement Erlang User Conference 2008

Here is the announcement of the 2008 Erlang User Conference in Älvsjö in Stockholm, Sweden.

The conference will be on Thursday, November 13th, 2008.

I was lucky to be there last year and was very impressed by both conference and beautiful Stockholm. You should be there too!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Erlang Programming

After Joe Armstrong's book "Programming Erlang" there will be "Erlang Programming" by Francesco Cesarini and Simon Thompson. lists it for December, 1st.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Erlang R12B-4

Erlang R12B-4 has been released. Go, get it at

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Erlang in Practice - Screencasts with Kevin Smith

Pragmatic has renamed Kevin's screencast series to "Erlang in Practice".

So far there have been six episodes:
  • Episode 1: Sending and Receiving Chat Messages ($5.00, 30 mins)
  • Episode 2: Messaging Clients By Nickname ($5.00, 29 mins)
  • Episode 3: Distributing Clients In A Multi-node Environment ($5.00, 31 mins)
  • Episode 4: Storing Messages in the Mnesia Database ($5.00, 39 mins)
  • Episode 5: Unit Testing with EUnit ($5.00, 29 mins)
  • Episode 6: Adding REST Support with MochiWeb ($5.00, 46 mins)
I bought episode 5 and liked it, so I bought the rest as well.

The price is fair, especially if you live in the Euro zone, thanks to the weak dollar I paid around €3.20 per episode.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

CouchDB News

Jan Lehnardt posted a bunch of news on CouchDB on his blog.

Erlang eXchange Videos

If you missed the recent Erlang eXchange conference in London or want to see the talks again, some of them are available on Google video. Just search for Erlang eXchange.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Lennart Öhmann Video on Erlang/OTP

While I am at the history of Erlang, here is a video of a talk from Lennart Öhmann last year at Google.

A History of Erlang

There is a really nice paper by Joe Armstrong: A History of Erlang. I was able to read it some time ago, but seem to have forgotten to post about it here.

Good that Ted Leung on the Air featured it again. Among the comments, there is a remark from Ulf Wiger about the history of SMP Erlang.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Steve and Joe on RPC

Joe Armstrong posted a summary of a recent discussion on the erlang-questions mailing list about the problems of the RPC (Remote Procedure Call) mechanism, where Steve Vinoski explained his opinions.

Joe added his opinion as well and explained the Erlang way of handling remote calls.

Steve then wrote about Joe's summary in this article.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Erlang by Example - Screencasts with Kevin Smith

Pragmatic offers a series of commercial videos, "Erlang by Example - Screencasts with Kevin Smith".

It is intended to help learning Erlang by going through an example project, a chat application.

So far there are three episodes of about 1/2 hour, priced at $5.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

More Threads, More Trouble?

My Google Alert on Erlang spew out this article: More Threads, More Trouble?

It starts with the observation that we move from increasing CPU clock speed to an increasing number of cores and then continues with a brief overview of prominent approaches to add concurrency to software systems / concurrent computing:
For me it was a chance to collect some Wikipedia links for further reading.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Facebook Chat

Found at Yariv's Blog: Facebook Chat is an article about the technology behind the Facebook social network.

They have a large web application with up to 70 Million users and want to provide them with presence information (like: "I am online", "I am busy", "I am away", "I am offline").

As the bidirectional information channel between the user's web browser and the Facebook servers they use BOSH, the XMPP way of binding XMPP via HTTP requests. The requests for BOSH are handled by a web server implemented in Erlang.

Erlang article in German iX Magazine

German computer magazine iX issue 06/2008 features an article about Erlang.
The title is "Neben- und miteinander - Parallele Anwendungen entwickeln mit Erlang/OTP" by Frank Müller. He writes about it here.