Joe Armstrong

Joe Armstrong

Co-Inventor of Erlang

Keynote - 23.5 Days with Elixir

In preparation for my talk I’ve decided to program only in Elixir for the next 23.5 days.

I’ll present my experience as a total newby to the language - what do I like, what do I dislike, what did I have difficult understanding? What took me a long time to fix? - What’s good what’s bad?


Joe Armstrong is the principle inventor of the Erlang programming Language and coined the term “Concurrency Oriented Programming”. He has worked for Ericsson where he developed Erlang and was chief architect of the Erlang/OTP system. In 1998 he left Ericsson to form Bluetail, a company which developed all its products in Erlang. In 2003 he obtained his PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. The title of his thesis was “Making reliable distributed systems in the presence of software errors.” Today he is semi-retired but works part time as Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Github: joearms

Twitter: @joeerl