Concurrent functional programming is increasingly important in providing global-scale applications on the internet. We combine the theory of concurrent programming with the practice of how that works in Erlang. You’ll get the opportunity to reinforce what you learn through practical exercises and more substantial, optional practical projects. Functional programming has been a strength the University of Kent for the last 30 years. Throughout the course, you’ll learn with Simon Thompson – co-author of one of the standard introductions to Erlang, O’Reilly Media’s Erlang Programming.
What topics will you cover?
- Processes and messages in Erlang
- Message-passing concurrency
- Designing for robustness
- Handling errors and dealing with exceptions
- Testing and fixing concurrency
- Multicore and distributed Erlang
- OTP: The Open Telecom Platform
What will you achieve?
- Develop concurrent programs in Erlang using processes and message-passing communication between them
- Describe the mechanisms underlying message processing in Erlang
- Explain the life-cycle of an Erlang process and the handling of errors
- Design and implement robust systems in Erlang
- Summarise the design principles underlying the Open Telecom Platform (OTP)
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone with prior experience of functional programming and the Erlang language, who wants to learn more about concurrent programming. You can gain this experience at the University of Kent’s other Erlang course, Functional Programming with Erlang. This course is ideal if you are a developer or computing professional seeking to understand and gain experience with this technology; a computer science undergraduate studying functional programming as part of your degree; or a self-taught programmer looking to take your knowledge to the next level.
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