Presentation: Failing and Succeeding with Obscure Languages

Track: The Right Language for the Job

Location: Churchill, G flr.

Duration: 10:35am - 11:25am

Day of week: Tuesday

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The last decade of my career has been defined by two obscure languages: Racket and Scala (before it was cool). I've had very difference experiences with each. After a few years I was forced to abandon commercial work in Racket, whereas Scala has grown a  healthy industry and shows no time sign of stopping.
In this talk I'll describe my experiences with each language, and what I've learned about when to invest in new languages.

Speaker: Noel Welsh

Founding partner @underscoreio

Noel is a founding partner at Underscore, where he helps teams become more productive with Scala and functional programming. Noel has 20 years experience working on systems ranging from recommender systems, to web services, to embedded software. His main technical interests are functional programming, machine learning, digital art, and distributed systems. He has a PhD in machine learning and is the author of "Scala with Cats", "Essential Scala", and "Creative Scala".

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