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Tutorial: 10:00-11:30 (English)

Introduction to Erlang

Erlang is famous for long-running interruption-free installations and is often the tool of choice when it comes to distributed systems with massive concurrency.

To get an understanding of why Erlang works very well for these kind of problems, we need to look not only at the Erlang language, but also the Erlang virtual machine (BEAM) with its underlying process, messaging and memory management model.

By the end of this session, you should have a good impression about Erlang’s inner workings and we will dispel some myths along the way.

Presentation language will be English, but I am happy to discuss your questions in German.


  1. Install Erlang for your Platform from Any Release after and including R16B02 will work just fine for our purposes.

    Note: If you’re attending the Webmachine tutorial or the Riak tutorial, follow the instructions there and install Erlang 16B02 instead of a later version.

  2. Clone the workspace from, e.g. git clone

Martin Rehfeld

Martin is a fan of Functional Programming and has been using Erlang as his main workhorse for the last couple of years at Wooga.