Haskell eXchange 2012

Topics covered at #Haskellx

Wednesday, 10th October in London

6 experts spoke.


Skills Matter is proud to announce the first annual Haskell eXchange. While we're working with Neil Mitchell to put together a fantastic programme for you, we can already tell you that Simon Peyton-Jones is confirmed to make a keynote! For updates on the latest presentations and speakers, follow us on twitter @skillsmatter and #haskellx

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Front end language features

In this talk I’ll reflect on the key features of the language and its community that has led to all this creative development. Despite the title Haskell may not in the end dominate the world, but there are lots of interesting developments afoot, especially in (a) types and (b) parallelism.  I’ll describe some of them, and speculate a little about the future.

Simon Peyton Jones

Simon Peyton Jones, MA, MBCS, CEng, graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1980. Simon was a key contributor to the design of the now-standard functional language Haskell, and is the lead designer of the widely-used Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC). He has written two textbooks about the implementation of functional languages.

High performance concurrency

The Haskell community could be justifiably accused of navel-gazing, that is, spending inordinate amounts of time designing beautiful programming models and APIs, while spending relatively less time building applications that solve real problems. This talk will take a different approach.

Simon Marlow

Simon Marlow is a Software Engineer at Facebook in London. He is working on Haxl, a Haskell-based domain-specific language that is used by the teams fighting spam and malware. Simon is a co-author of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler, author of the book “Parallel and Concurrent Programming in Haskell”, and has a string of research publications in functional programming, language design, compilers, and language implementation.

Making EDSLs fly

In this talk, Lennart will show how to implement a toy EDSL (Embedded Domain Specific Language) in Haskell. First, we will look at how to get a typed DSL embedded in Haskell. Second, we will consider executing such a language using an interpreter. Finally, we will use the LLVM bindings to generate efficient code for the toy EDSL.

Lennart Augustsson

Lennart Augustsson is currently employed at Standard Chartered Bank in London. During his career he has done different things, e.g., writing about four Haskell compilers, written USB device drivers, winning the International Obfuscated C Code Co

Scalable web applications with Yesod

Yesod is used to develop fast and scalable web applications. Taking advantage of Haskell's strong type system and compile-time guarantees, we are able to solve many of the issues that can arise during development: from dealing with the stateless nature of HTTP, to countering common security threats.

Blake Rain

Initially working in real-time graphics and then moving on to video processing, Blake discovered Haskell and functional programming in 2009, and has never looked back. As a freelance developer, he now uses Haskell as his main deve

Cloud Haskell

Cloud Haskell brings Erlang-style distributed concurrency to Haskell. In this talk I'll talk about what it is and how you can use it. I'll also describe the new implementation that we have been working on, with a focus on robustness and flexibility.

Duncan Coutts

Duncan is a Haskell consultant, computer scientist and Haskell community member. He holds a PhD in computer science and has been using Haskell for nearly 20 years. He is a founding partner of Well-Typed LLP where he has spent over 10 years helping a variety of customers build applications in Haskell and making improvements to the Haskell toolchain.

Integrating Haskell using AMQP

Using AMQP, developers can easily bring the power of Haskell into more traditional enterprise settings. In this talk, I'll present some practical techniques for integrating powerful Haskell components into your architecture alongside typical enterprise applications.

Rob Harrop

As CEO at Skipjaq, Rob Harrop leads a team working on the cutting edge of machine-driven performance optimisation. When he’s not thinking about how best to tune the myriad workloads encountered by Skipjaq customers, he’s thinking hard about how to pass the optimisation burden on to machines that learn. Rob is well known as a co-founder of SpringSource, the software company behind the wildly-successful Spring Framework. At SpringSource he was a core contributor to the Spring Framework and led the team that built dm Server (now Eclipse Virgo). Prior to SpringSource, Rob was (at the age of 19) co-founder and CTO at Cake Solutions, a boutique consultancy in Manchester, UK. A respected author, speaker and teacher, Rob writes and talks frequently about large-scale systems, cloud architecture and functional programming. His published works include the highly-popular Spring Framework reference “Pro Spring”.

Park Bench Discussion

Whilst enjoying some pizza & drinks, we'll hold a ParkBench Panel discussion, to discuss ideas, stuff we learned during the morning and stuff we would like to hear more about. You will not only be able to ask your questions, but are also actively encouraged to join the panel to express your opinion and share your experience!ay's talks


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