Would you like to join 100+ experts, developers and thinkers passionate about all things functional? Do you wish to learn and share common challenges and ideas across the different languages of the functional programming paradigm? The functional programming eXchange brings together the best minds in Scala, F#, Clojure, Haskell and more.
Join Simon Peyton-Jones for an adventure with types. Find out the latest in F# with Don Syme. Learn what David Pollak has been up to developing Lift 3.0 and what Robert Rees thinks about Clojure & Scala. And benefit from the experience of Robert Pickering, Nic Ferrier, Adam Granicz, Alain Frisch, and Paul Dale.
Check out the packed programme, each session offers enlightened insight and exciting ideas.
Static type systems are the world’s most widely applied formal method, in daily use by millions of programmers.
The trouble is that weak type systems give types a bad name; they get in your way and stop you from writing the programs you want to write. And that leads to the familiar but fruitless static-vs-dynamic debate which I hope to avoid entirely.
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.
David Pollak returns to Skills Matter to give a talk about Lift 3.0. Lift 3.0 builds on Lift's bedrock of abstracting away the plumbing of HTTP and allowing developers to focus on business logic.
- Supporting asynchronous Actor messaging seamlessly across the HTTP connection and across address spaces
- Detection of page building with Futures and Streams and automatically pushing those changes to the browser... doing page rendering across time
- Simplified support for use of Futures and Streams in REST responses going across time
- Enhancements to Lift's designer friendly templating system that gives the HTML side of the house more power
- Automatic class reloading so that change to code get picked up on page reload without a restart... saving time.
David Pollak is a long time Scala dude, interested in Functional Programming, Scala, Clojure and making things better.
''Why leave your editor to run your website?'' says Nic Ferrier, ''just choose a better editor''. Nic introduces Elnode, the evented IO webserver written in EmacsLisp.
In this session he walks through building a simple website using Elnode and talks about the emerging world of EmacsLisp build and development tools as well as recent developments in EmacsLisp like lexical scope and actor like asynchrony.
He is a hacker. He's been described as London's leading Emacs pervert. He works as a consultant and coach, teaching companies about DevOps and modern development.
Clojure and Scala are two of the most exciting next-generation languages for the JVM. They have each generated a lot of excitement, innovation and discussion and both have substantial communities and support companies behind them.
In some ways they are very different creatures: Scala uses strong types, has come from an academic background and is influenced by ML and Haskell; Clojure is a straight-forward port of LISP with Java compatibility added, it has come from a pragmatic background of real-world problems.
Adherents of both languages tend to be unable to get past the fundamental difference in approach regarding typing, checking and compilation. However both share some fundamental aspects: both represent a distillation of understanding from working with object-orientated code, both rely on first-order functions and functional paradigms to deliver their most distinctive advantages, both aim to leverage an ecosystem to bring functional programming to the mass audience it has consistently failed to do hitherto.
As someone who has and does work with both languages I want to try and point what the real differences are between the two, what they have to learn from one another and speculate about what the future might look like in the world of "Enterprise".
Robert Rees is currently a Developer Manager at the Guardian and the former CTO of Wazoku. He started his career as a tester and went on to be a C and Java developer in telecoms and dabbled in management.
In this talk, Adam will give a brief overview of the motivations for the F# Cloud IDE, an online integrated development environment that enables developing F# web and mobile applications in the cloud.
Learn how to cater to full-scale data visualization, exploratory interactive development and advanced customizations too.
Adam Granicz is a 5x F# MVP and the author of 5 F# books, key F# community member and evangelist, and a regular speaker at developer conferences and workshops. Next to heading IntelliFactory, the F# company specializing in functional web and cloud applications and developer tools, he promotes the use of functional programming in industry at various events and venues.
Over the last decades of computing the predominant trend has been to first select your technology stack and then build your solution around that stack.Modern languages, such as Scala and Clojure, allow us to step out of this pattern and build representations of our business domain free from implementation and technology-specific bias.
This presentation will describe an approach to doing this building on nothing more than Scala and Akka and demonstrate the approach abstracted away from the tedium of the backing implementation, of which several will be demonstrated.
Paul is the Principal Architect for Elemica, a leading global Supply Chain services provider. Paul has led the charge transforming a traditional enterprise Java shop into a modern Scala-based team using Akka, Scala, and Lift. He has been slaying
In this talk, Alain describe this domain-specific language, some of its uses, and also an extension to OCaml with runtime types that we have developed internally.
LexiFi has created an embedded domain-specific language to describe financial contracts. This symbolic description streamlines the processing chain for such contracts and greatly improves the time-to-market to support new kinds of contracts in our applications and those of our technology partners. LexiFi has built its technology on top of OCaml for more than ten years and this wonderful language has become so important to us that we are contributing more and more on improving OCaml itself.
Alain Frisch has enjoyed hacking in and on OCaml for more than 15 years. Before joining LexiFi, he used to work as a researcher in functional programming, type systems and XML transformations.
F# is a powerful open-source language which Microsoft, other companies and the F# community all contribute to. In this talk, Don will discuss how the “F# space” has recently opened up significantly in interesting ways.
F# now includes contributions that range from Cloud IDE platforms, Cloud Compute frameworks, Data interoperability components, Cross-platform execution, Try F#, MonoDevelop, and even Emacs editor integration with surprising tooling support, as well as the Visual F# tools from Microsoft and the broader NuGet package ecosystem. Don will also talk about some of the latest contributions from Microsoft Research, including new type provider components for F#, and describe how his team work with the Visual F# team and other teams around Microsoft. There will also be demos of some fun new stuff that’s been going on with F# at MSR and the community.
Don Syme is an Australian computer scientist and a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK. He is the designer and architect of the F# programming language.
Functional reactive programming is the hot "new" thing. It's being quickly remembered how useful it is for near realtime processing of stream data. This talk looks at using functional reactive programming not just for "now" but in the past as well.
We will also look at how to bring functional reactive code to your data instead of bringing the data to the code as most stream processing systems work.
Greg Young coined the term "CQRS" (Command Query Responsibility Segregation) and it was instantly picked up by the community who have elaborated upon it ever since.
The Skills Matter eXchange
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Across Time and Address Space: Lift 3.0
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Developing with F# in the Cloud
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Reducing cognitive bias in design with Scala
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F# in the open source world
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Functional Data Storage
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Functional Programming eXchange 2015
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Functional Programming eXchange 2014
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Functional Programming eXchange 2012
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