Start off the new year with Elixir!
Doug Rohrer, Jason Voegele, and David Anderson will give a short presentation about some compelling performance gains from an application moved to Elixir.
The rest of the session we will dive in head first and do some Elixir katas.
Ryan Cromwell will be presenting
Sweet Elixir! A Gentle Introduction to Erlang’s cute younger brother Elixir
Around 60% of telecom passes through Erlang. It’s fast, concurrent, distributed, and resembles ancient runes. Ruby is beautiful and powerful, but struggles at scale and treats concurrency as a second class citizen. Elixir – a young, functional, meta programming language – aims to resolve this mighty conflict by providing a rosy syntax inspired by Ruby that compiles to Erlang VM compatible bytecode.
We’ll take a tour of Elixir basics and functional programming concepts like pattern matching, pipelines and tail-call recursion. From there we’ll explore the distributed and concurrent nature of Elixir, the fault tolerant nature of OTP, and leverage existing Erlang modules.
You scoff at the lack of angle brackets or curly braces?! ”Where are my webs” you ask?! We’ll take a quick look at the Rails inspired web framework Dynamo and ActiveRecord-esque Atlas created by Chris McCord.
FP can do CRUD too
* Building a Full Stack Web App with Scala and Play Framework
Sometimes when I talk about Functional Programming I get caught up in interesting but esoteric topics. Monads, combinators, and functors are awesome. Debating the relative values of type systems is interesting. But sometimes I just want to build a web app that does some basic CRUD. Using Scala and the Play Framework, this talk explores building a web application from the front-end to back-end using Scala and functional techniques.
Geoff Lane is a software developer who loves statically typed functional languages but programs in dynamically typed imperative languages during his day job. He works for Neo in Cincinnati and sometimes blogs at http://www.zorched.net.
Chris Olton will be giving an introduction to Prolog and logic programming with some examples to demonstrate how the language works.
Protocols, Type Classes and Implicits
By Creighton Kirkendall
We will be taking a whirl-wind tour of the functional landscape, by looking at the concept of polymorphism through the lens of Clojure, Ocaml, Haskell and finally, Scala. We will follow a single problem through all these different languages finally landing in the hybrid world of Scala to see how these ideas were mapped into an OO world. If you are considering what language to choose for your next project or you are a language nerd like myself this presentation has a little for everyone.
Math in programming for non-math nerds
by Ben Kyrlach
With the (re)advent of functional programming in the mainstream, a topic of much debate is the applicability of mathematical concepts in the programming world. And, with the prevalence of category theory graybeards, it can be a little daunting to try and break into this world of Functors, Monads, etc… As a non-math nerd myself, I’d like to share with you my learning experience as we explore this brave new world, and, if not explain the concepts to mathematical perfection, advance your understanding so that you can at least start to explore yourself.
Ben’s love of computers started at the age of 10, when he got a computer instead of a GameBoy for his birthday. When he’s not slinging Java code at work, he enjoys solving programming problems for fun, and playing with new languages (and ideas like functional programming). Ben’s latest language is Scala, which he’s been hacking with for the last 4 years. Ben is currently employed at Epsilon as a Sr. Software Engineer.
This month’s meeting will be about Clojure and Robot Friends by Carin Meier
Experience the joy of flying the Parrot AR Drone using the power of Clojure.
We will take a journey that begins with a child’s dream of having a “real” robot friend. Along the way, we will discover the blessings of a functional language, the power of the Clojure language, the thrill of flying with a REPL, and maybe even gems of wisdom long lost under the snow of the AI Winter.