Joe Armstrong explains through Erlang examples that message passage concurrency represents the foundation of scalable fault-tolerant systems. Some of his presentation’s nuggets are: using the wrong abstractions makes life artificially difficult; it’s not about objects, it’s about messages; no shared memory; messages enforce isolation if communication is asynchronous; it’s all about protocols.
Michael Nygard encourages us to have a failure oriented mindset in order to succeed. He presents many anti-pattern examples that lead to systems instability and ultimately lead to failure. He also presents the corresponding stability patterns that should be used instead.
Ulf Wiger shows typical Erlang programs, patterns that scale well on multicore and patterns that don't, profiling and debugging parallel applications and ensuring correct behaviour with QuickCheck.
In this talk from RubyFringe, Damien Katz explains what drove him to create CouchDB, why he chose Erlang and more.
Picture a system so large it cannot be comprehended. Can such a system be "designed" in any conventional sense? Will machines help design it? Will it help design itself? How will it keep running? Will it be alive? The foundations of computing are about to change. In this talk, Richard P. Gabriel explores why and how.