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Robert Virding
Co-inventor of Erlang, Principal Language Expert @ Erlang Solutions
Erlang Solutions


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) Modelling and Simulations Group. He co-authored the first book (Prentice-Hall) on Erlang, and is regularly invited to teach and present throughout the world.

Interview with The Bitsource on What is OTP

Robert Virding is Giving the Following Talks
Implementing languages on the Erlang VM

When creating a new language, either a DSL (Domain Specific Language) or a more general purpose one, it can be a great help to build on top of an existing language or VM. This can give you "for free" many of the properties and existing libraries of that system. However, it can also limit you to the properties of the base system thereby restricting your language. This talk will describe building languages on the Erlang VM and how the features of Erlang affect the properties of these languages. It will also look at some of the tools available for Erlang for implementing new languages.

Talk objectives: Describe some of the features/limitations of Erlang which can affect languages built on top of it. Describe some of the tools available to language designers/implementers in Erlang. Discuss various ways of implementing language features in Erlang.

Target audience: Erlang programmers who wish to implement other languages on top of the Erlang VM.
Robert Virding is Teaching the Following Courses

Target Audience: Software Developers
Prerequisites: Good programming skills in another language
• Understanding of the basics of Erlang.
• Read/Write/Design Erlang Programs.
• Good knowledge of the development environment and tools.
• Provides basics needed to attend the Advanced Erlang/OTP course
Goal: Attend the Advanced Erlang/OTP course and eventually pass the Erlang certification exam.
Duration: Three days.
Registration: 08:30 on 26 March 2012.
Venue: Marines' Memorial Club and Hotel in Union Square.
Description: The course contains all the Erlang basics such as sequential and concurrent programming, along side error handling. The Erlang development environment is presented, with a special emphasis on the Erlang mode for Emacs alongside the major debugging tools. Good and bad programming practices are discussed, as are tools used to profile the system. OTP design principles and concepts are sneaked into the material as well as the exercises.