February 25, 2014 · 5:45 PM
Note that for February we are at Red Hat rather than Suncorp! We'll be back at Suncorp next month.
Programming Elixir: The Magic of Today's Tonic by Katie Miller
Elixir is a new arrival on the programming language scene but many of the features that have its devotees raving are actually old favourites for functional fans. Pragmatic Programmer Dave Thomas has lauded the open-source language as a means of demonstrating functional programming concepts without being overly academic. The eye-catching language, influenced by Clojure and Ruby, supports meta-programming with macros and takes advantage of the battle-hardened Erlang ecosystem to simplify the creation of concurrent, distributed applications -- all with functional flair. This presentation will examine the spellbinding elements of Elixir, the origins of these ingredients, and where developers can find and use them for their own sprinkling of open sorcery.
Introduction to Haskell, Part 1 by David Laing
It can be hard to get starting with Haskell. Learn You a Haskell for Great Good is often recommended, but it has no exercises. Real World Haskell is also great, but the intermediate level of some of the content can be intimidating.
Brent Yorgey has a set of lectures that are aimed at programmers without much functional programming experience, and they come with a great set of exercises.
This talk will cover the first of these lectures and the the associated homework, along with a walkthrough of using GHCi for Haskell development.