Monday, 4 April 2016

Register for April 20th Talk: "Speaking Data: Simple, Functional Programming with Clojure"

Register for the next free ACM Learning Webinar, "Speaking Data: Simple, Functional Programming with Clojure," presented on Wednesday, April 20 at 12 pm ET by Paul deGrandis, lead developer, architect, and Director of the Research and Innovation Group at Cognitect. Erik Meijer, founder and CEO of Applied Duality, and past member of the ACM Queue Editorial Board, moderates the questions and answers session.

(If you'd like to attend but can't make it to the virtual event, register now to receive a recording of the webinar when it becomes available.)

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Developers today face an explosion of complexity—data in myriad forms pulled from many sources, complex dependency webs, and a need to maximize use of modern multi-core hardware in cloud based systems. Many such efforts devolve into cobbled together mismatched abstractions that involve seemingly endless transformations from one form to another.

While libraries and infrastructure adapt to meet feature-level needs, they largely fail to address the core issue: incidental complexity. The kind of complexity that hinders development, blows timelines, and undermines stability. The kind of complexity that distracts from delivering real, measurable value. Clojure is a language built to enable developers to attack incidental complexity in their systems, through its use of immutable data structures, pure function transformations, and the separation of state and identity.

Drawing from both expert design principles and real-world use cases, Paul deGrandis will illustrate the "value of values" and explore how Clojure's core principles of Simplicity, Power, and Focus enable developers to reduce complexity—both essential and incidental—to functional simplicity.

Duration: 60 minutes (including audience Q&A)

Paul deGrandis, Director of the Research and Innovation Group, Cognitect
Paul deGrandis is a lead developer, architect, and Director of the Research and Innovation Group at Cognitect, where he helps organizations envision and execute new technical strategies, centered around unlocking value with next-generation information systems. Paul has helped to produce some of the most successful companies, brands, and cutting edge research. He has worked on next-generation cable systems, autonomous internet infrastructure, distributed search and recommendation engines, massive online social game platforms, and more. Paul is a member of ACM and has volunteered his time with Code for America and as a mentor with the Portland Incubator Experiment, and also has many open source contributions to his name including Clojure, ClojureScript, Pedestal, PyPy and more.

Erik Meijer, Founder and CEO, Applied Duality; ACM Queue Editorial Board
Erik Meijer is a Dutch computer scientist and entrepreneur. From 2000 to 2013 he was a software architect for Microsoft where he headed the Cloud Programmability Team. His work at Microsoft included C#, Visual Basic, LINQ, Volta, and the Reactive programming framework (Reactive Extensions) for .NET. His research has included the areas of functional programming (particularly Haskell) compiler implementation, parsing, programming language design, XML, and foreign function interfaces. In 2011 Erik was appointed part-time professor of Cloud Programming within the Software Engineering Research Group at Delft University of Technology. Since 2013 he is also Honorary Professor of Programming Language Design at the School of Computer Science of the University of Nottingham, associated with the Functional Programming Laboratory.

Currently Erik is CEO of Applied Duality Inc., which he founded in 2013. In the past, he was an associate professor at Utrecht University. He received his Ph.D from Nijmegen University. Erik is the receipient of the Microsoft Outstanding Technical Leadership Award (2009) and the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award as a member of the C# team (2007). He is also a past member of the ACM Queue Editorial Board.

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