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Robert Virding
Inventor of Erlang and Bluetail co-founder

Robert Virding recently joined Erlang Solutions Ltd as Principal Language Expert. While at Ericsson AB, Robert Virding was one of the original members of the Ericsson Computer Science Lab, and co-inventor of the Erlang language. He took part in the original system design and contributed much of the original libraries, as well as to the current compiler. While at the lab he also did a lot of work on the implementation of logic and functional languages and on garbage collection. He has also worked as an entrepreneur and was one of the co-founders of one of the first Erlang startups (Bluetail). Robert Virding also worked a number of years at the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) Modeling and Simulations Group. He co-authored the first book (Prentice-Hall) on Erlang, and is regularly invited to teach and present throughout the world.

Robert Virding is Giving the Following Talks
Lisp Flavoured Erlang (LFE)

His talk will describe Lisp Flavoured Erlang which is another programming language running on the Erlang VM. LFE is a dialect of Lisp which has been designed around the properties of the VM and to be completely compatible with vanilla Erlang and OTP. It fully supports the Erlang concurrency and error handling model and can be used with all the OTP behaviours. Using Erjang, LFE brings both Lisp and and the Erlang concurrency model together to the JVM.

The language will be described using the properties of Erlang and the VM as a starting point and show how this has determined the language. I will also present some of the tools used in implementing LFE and discuss the more general problem of building DSLs on top of Erlang.