JAOO 2007: Joe Armstrong - On Erlang, OO, Concurrency, Shared State and the Future, Part 2
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Often, after the camera is turned off, the conversation continues and, on occasion is truly interesting. Of course, as you could image, Joe, Erik and I continued to chat about concurrent programming, functional languages, the future of hardware-software
interaction, etc, when I turned the camera off after
part 1 of this interview with the creator of Erlang, Joe Armstrong.
Rather than let the conversation evaporate into the ether of time and space, I decided to turn the camera back on and record a second part. I am sure glad I did!
This time around, Erik Meijer sits down in the other hot seat and we embark on a fascinating conversation about the future of programming in an increasingly, from a modern hardware + software perspective, concurrent world.
Joe is outspoken on the topic of objects and mutable shared state, as you know from part 1 of this interview (and if you understand Erlang, obviously). He's also got some really interesting ideas on programmable hardware...
In this interview, you will also learn what got the great Erik Meijer interested in programming and languages. It's a really interesting story.
Tune in. This is another compelling conversation with some of the industry's most innovative thinkers. Enjoy!
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 obtain 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 works for Ericsson.
He is author of the book Software for a concurrent world: (Pragmatic Bookshelf - July 15, 2007). He is married with 2 children, 2 cats and 4 motorcycles and would very much like to sell his Royal Enfield Bullet and replace it with a Norton Commando.