October 14, 2013
I want to see the Austin community learn more FP. We have to get people past confusion about monads, IO, and some mythologies about Haskell magic. Ideally, people would see that you can do FP in almost any language (and that you often enough should); Haskell just makes it nicer. I want to see more companies using FP. If we can get education in motion, there's no reason it shouldn't affect the local industry. People are doing far worse with a myriad of sketchy architectures/tools. And I'd like to see if we can dissolve phobias that Haskell isn't yet appropriate for production systems. This is something I haven't yet positioned for personally. Moving from Java to Scala was a facile move for me. I could figure out niggling details like SBT faster than how to avoid Cabal hell (that's just one example). I'd like to learn enough about Haskell practicalities to not be forced into such compromises. Seriously, I'm glad you're helping run this group. Looking forward to it.
A JVM programmer that likes types and FP, so naturally ended up programming Scala (I help run Austin Scala Enthusiasts). I've also got experience and interest with distributed systems and analytics.