Joe Armstrong Wiki
Joseph Leslie Armstrong (27 December 1950 – 20 April 2019) was a computer scientist working in the area of fault-tolerant distributed systems. He is best known as the author of the Erlang programming language.
Armstrong was born in Bournemouth in 1950.
At 17, Armstrong began programming Fortran on his school district’s mainframe. This experience helped him during his physics studies at University College London, where he debugged the programs of his fellow students in exchange for beer. While working for the Ericsson Computer Science Lab, he helped develop Erlang in 1986.
He received a Ph.D. in computer science from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden in 2003. His dissertation was titled Making reliable distributed systems in the presence of software errors. He has been a professor at KTH since 2014.
Cause of Death
Sad news from the world of programming, Joe Armstrong, one of the authors of the Erlang language has died
It is with great sadness that I share news of Joe Armstrong’s passing away earlier today. Whilst he may no longer be with us, his work has laid the foundation which will be used by generations to come. RIP @joeerl, thank you for inspiring us all.
— Francesco Cesarini (@FrancescoC) April 20, 2019
I never worked much with Erlang, and have never met Joe Armstrong, but from everything I hear, he was a genuinely nice man.
If you want to know more about Erlang, and how it was used, you can watch Erlang the Movie.
To be honest, I highly doubt anyone outside the world of programming will get much out of that clip, but it is interesting to watch since it shows what type of problems Erlang was developed to solve. It gives a view into the early days of digitizing telephony, which wasn’t that long ago, considered how long telephones and other forms of telecommunication has been around.