Functional programming experts Simon Thompson and John Hughes discuss functional programming in today’s computing environments, particularly through the use of the Erlang and Haskell languages. In addition to debating the intricacies of both languages and their similarities and differences, Thompson and Hughes also discuss the growing popularity and maturity if functional programming.
Kresten Krab Thorup and Robert Virding discuss the origins of Erlang, the state of the Erlang VM, integrating native code with Erlang etc. Also: the challenges of running Erjang/Erlang on the JVM.
Kresten answers questions about current programming languages and problems they solve. He also tries to look at what is missing for addressing issues we face today such as concurrency. He discusses its importance and tries to portray the language that would take us to the next level helping to tackle these issues easily.
Scott Chacon talks about the technologies that power GitHub (Erlang, Redis,...), and the benefits of Git as a version control and as a storage system.Also: ShowOff, Scott's JS-based presentation tool.
Tom Preston-Werner introduces Git and GitHub and answers some questions about GitHub's architecture and features. He also talks about its development process and explains that using Erlang was instrumental for making it robust. Kenneth Lundin then talks about the decision of Erlang/OTP team to move it to GitHub and how it helped increasing contributions from the community.
Joe Armstrong and Dave Thomas take a look back on the evolution of software and progress that has been made. They make some observations about the actual state of the industry and highlight problems that prevent it from delivering quality software. They try to identify reasons of these issues and suggest craftsmanship as possible solution.
Justin Sheehy explains how Riak was created with ideas from Amazon's Dynamo paper, Riak features and how Riak compares to other NoSQL solutions.
Ralph Johnson and Joe Armstrong discuss their ideas about parallel programming - whether shared memory is harmful, the place of message passing, fault tolerance, the importance of protocols and more.
Steve Vinoski talks about Rest and Erlang and about what got him convinced in these technologies. He discuses benefits of adopting them in terms of productivity and other aarchitectural properties.
Ralph Johnson and Joe Armstrong discuss the state of OOP, what Smalltalk got right/wrong and the image concept. Also: Joe decides he likes OOP as long as its done the Erlang way: focused on messaging.
John Hughes is the author of “Why functional programming matters” paper and in this interview he outlines the merits of functional programming and the reason for his involvement with it. He also goes over several core principles of functional programming like monads, handling of side-effects, etc.
Kresten Krab Thorup talks about the Erjang project and explains the challenges of bringing Erlang to the JVM, using Kilim for lightweight processes, the implementation of tail recursion and much more.