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Office Hour with Francesco Cesarini (Erlang Solutions Ltd), Robert Virding (Erlang Solutions Ltd.), and Marc Sugiyama (Erlang Solutions, Inc)

Francesco Cesarini (Erlang Solutions Ltd), Robert Virding (Erlang Solutions Ltd.), Marc Sugiyama (Erlang Solutions, Inc)
Office Hours
Expo Hall (Table E)

Thinking of adopting Erlang or Elixir? Think you have the right use case? Concerned about selling a new technology to management and operations? The Erlang Solutions crew is ready to talk about how to introduce Erlang to your organization, including:

  • When to use and not to use Erlang
  • How to run an Erlang project and the advantages of running on the Erlang stack
  • How to support and maintain Erlang clusters
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Francesco Cesarini

Erlang Solutions Ltd

Francesco Cesarini is the founder and technical director of Erlang Solutions. With offices in seven countries on three continents, Erlang Solutions has become the go-to partner for scalable, highly available end-to-end solutions, running conferences, and providing support, consulting, training, certification, and systems development. As technical director, Francesco leads the development and consulting teams and is responsible for the product and research strategies of the company.

Francesco has used Erlang on a daily basis since 1995, when he started his career as an intern at Ericsson’s computer science laboratory, the birthplace of Erlang. He moved on to Ericsson’s Erlang training and consulting arm, where he worked on the R1 release of OTP, applying it to turnkey solutions and flagship telecom applications. In 1999, soon after Erlang was released as open source, Francesco founded what has today become Erlang Solutions. He is the coauthor of Erlang Programming (published by O’Reilly), has lectured at the IT University of Gothenburg for over a decade, and since 2010, has taught the concurrency-oriented programming course at Oxford University. You can find him rambling on twitter using the handle @FrancescoC.

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Robert Virding

Erlang Solutions Ltd.

Robert is Principal Language Expert at Erlang Solutions Ltd. He was one of the early 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, as well as garbage collection.

Robert’s passion is language implementation and he created a Lisp Flavored Erlang (LFE) and Luerl, leveraging his intimate knowledge of the Erlang environment, compiler and VM. He did reactive programming long before it became a buzz word. He is also rumored to be the best Erlang teacher on this planet.

Robert has worked as an entrepreneur and was one of the co-founders of one of the first Erlang startups (Bluetail). He worked a number of years at the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) Modelling and Simulations Group. And he co-authored the first book (Prentice-Hall) on Erlang, and is regularly invited to teach and present throughout the world.

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Marc Sugiyama

Erlang Solutions, Inc

Marc Sugiyama is a Senior Architect at Erlang Solutions, Inc. A Bay Area native, he has 30 years of software development experience and has worked on everything from testing frameworks in Tcl at Sybase and Cisco, to SMP relational database engines in C at Sybase, to a MMO engine in Twisted Python for Pixverse (a company he co-founded), to a large scale real time chat system in Erlang for hi5 Networks. Prior to joining Erlang Solutions, he built a call handling service in Erlang for Ribbit/British Telecom leading a team of developers in Brazil, Sweden, the US, and the UK. A published author, he wrote his first magazine articles and books while still in high school. He has presented at Sybase User Group Meetings and the Colorado Software Summit. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Engineering and Masters of Engineering from Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA) and serves on the Board of Trustees of The College Preparatory School in Oakland, CA.