Gleam: Lean BEAM typing machine

With their impressive concurrency features and robust approach to handling failure, it is a joy to build scalable and reliable systems with BEAM languages such as Erlang and Elixir! However, all is not perfect: as codebases get larger and less familiar it becomes more difficult to make changes, with mistakes creating bugs that test out runtime resilience and make pagers ring in the middle of the night.

In this talk, Louis introduces Gleam, a new language that takes inspiration from strongly typed languages such as Haskell, Rust and Elm to help BEAM programmers tackle these problems. He'll take a look at what Gleam offers, how it's made, and how it complements and interoperates with other BEAM languages. Lastly, Louis will take a peek at what's planned for Gleam and how people can get involved with the language and the community.

THIS TALK IN THREE WORDS

Strong

Typing

Propaganda

OBJECTIVES

To get people excited about strongly typed programming on the BEAM.

TARGET AUDIENCE

Anyone interested in static types, the Erlang ecosystem, or friendly programming languages.

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