YOW! 2011: Steve Vinoski - Riak Core, Erlang and Frisbee Freestyle

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Steve Vinoski is an architect at Basho Technologies in Cambridge, MA, USA. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM. Steve is regarded as an expert in the areas of middleware and distributed computing systems, topics for which he has authored or co-authored over 80 articles, papers, and a book. He currently writes The Functional Web column for IEEE Internet Computing (IC) magazine, and prior to that, from 2002-2008, he wrote the Toward Integration column for IC as well.

Steve's session at YOW! 2011 focused on Riak Core, the distributed systems foundation for the Riak distributed database and the Riak Search full-text indexing system. It's implemented in Erlang, Steve's favorite language.

Besides being an expert in the domain of distributed systems and Erlang, Steve has been ranked among the top 100 Frisbee Freestyle players in the world. We talk about this, too, of course!

Steve's YOW! speaker page

PS: Sorry about the relatively low lighting (the LED light that sits atop my travel camera is not sufficiently suited to solve the low ambient light problem unless it blinds the interviewee... Travelling with larger lights might have to happen...). This sometimes happens in the dynamic on-location interviewing process (where dynamic implies the shoot locations change and depend upon what location is available at the time - in this case, we talked in the YOW! speakers room in Brisbane). The audio's great, though, as is the conversation, most importantly.

Thanks for joining us on C9, Steve! Keep on Erlangin' and Frisbee Freestylin'.


The YOW! Developer Conference offers outstanding opportunities to learn more about the latest practices, technologies, and methodologies for building innovative software solutions as well as the chance to meet and network with international software experts and other talented developers in Australia. Thanks to Dave Thomas and the event's excellent staff - Mary Catherine (MC), Lisa, Aino, Melissa, and others - for inviting me to this excellent pure developer event and thanks to all of the speakers for letting me take some of their time to record conversations for Channel 9. If you live in Australia, or aren't too far away, or just like to travel (who doesn't?), then you need to go to this yearly event. It's outstanding. There are many great developers down under. That's for sure. The speakers are exceptional—Dave and team set a high bar!

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