Get your Erlang on!
Would you like to build massively parallel, distributed, fault-tolerant, cross-platform, easily maintainable systems with less code and look cool doing it? If so, the opensource programming language Erlang has some real sweet spots for you. If you're unfamiliar with Erlang you may be surprised to learn how battle tested it is: Facebook's chat backend, CouchDB, RabbitMQ, GitHub's backend and Amazon's SimpleDB are all written in Erlang, and every phone call you make is likely helped along by some Erlang somewhere. So how does a functional programming language with Prolog and telecom roots solve so many of the big problems that Enterprisey languages famously stink at? What's so darn special about Erlang? What are the pieces and the tools? What does it look like? How do I (as a C# developer) even get started with Erlang?
Bryan Hunter is a geek, a founding partner of Firefly Logic, president of the Nashville .NET User Group, and a Microsoft MVP in C#. Bryan is obsessed with Lean, functional programming (Erlang, C# and F#), CQRS and Caliburn.Micro. He has been speaking on each of these subjects tirelessly for years at meetups, bars, user groups, bars, regional conferences and bars. You can say hi to Bryan on Twitter (@bryan_hunter), read his blog at http://codeswamp.com, and see what Firefly Logic is all about here: fireflylogic.com