There's a lot of cross-pollination between object-oriented and functional languages these days, but there are entire paradigms whose lessons about programming mostly stand apart. APL derivatives contain many insights about factoring, concision, and the benefits of a simple representation, but the broader programming world is largely ignorant those lessons.
In this talk, Tracy Harms (@kaleidic) will give us a gentle introduction to the J programming language. It's terse and cryptic, looking a bit like a cat walked on your keyboard, but that terseness has a reason. The language is elegant, unique, and mind-bending (actually, -exploding is more like it). With Tracy's expert guidance we'll begin to see what this language has to teach.