Panel "Discussion"­ on Programming Languages

With http://www.polyglotconf.com/ just around the corner I thought it would be fun to have a few members of the community, that are passionate about programming, discuss what they feel is most compelling about the languages they love.

Cliff Hammerschmidt will be advocating for C#

Tavis Rudd will be advocating for Python

Ata Roboubi will be advocating for C

We welcome other passionate advocates to join us, be they for Erlang, Rust, Haskell, F#, Go, Lisp, Scheme, Delphi, Ruby, JavaScript, Visual Basic, C++, D, Perl, Awk, Java, etc.

We also welcome anyone with questions they have about the various programming languages out there to come and ask away.

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  • Reza

    I found the reference to the quote I mentioned at the meeting, it looks like over the years I had forgotten how exactly it went. it is by Alan Perlis, found in this wikipedia page:
    en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Lisp_programming_language
    Basically, my experience as a novice programmer was that even bad code written in Lisp was easy to change and expand later, but only the best written C code is such.
    These days, I believe that Clean Code is the answer, and language is not a cover for bad coding.

    May 26, 2012

  • Reza

    I enjoyed watching Cliff navigate through the hot topics

    May 26, 2012

  • David A.

    Thanks for the interesting discussion the other night. No doubt old news to most, but just came across a summary of the features in the latest C++ 11 standard: http://www.softwarequalityconnection.com/2011/06/the-biggest-changes-in-c11-and-why-you-should-care/ .

    http://clang.llvm.org/cxx_status.html
    http://gcc.gnu.org/projects/cxx0x.html

    This is not an attempt to enter the Best Language debate - just thought it might be of interest to some.

    May 26, 2012

  • David A.

    I thought it was interesting to get the views of other developers.

    May 26, 2012

  • Martin F

    It was the usual interesting, rambling discussion! Surprisingly few people showed up. Unfortunately there were no presentations on any languages -- more a discussion of programming technique/philosophy.

    May 25, 2012

  • Yurii R.

    It was more of a discussion on performance, optimizations and how awesome C is.

    May 24, 2012

  • Tim A.

    Engaging and enjoyable open discussion on all things programming. It wasn't specifically focussed on the pros and cons of various languages. We ended up discussing a lot of what makes a good programmer good, and the various mistakes that inexperienced programmers make in any language. Cliff did a great job at steering the discussion. Overall, I had a good time, and I will go to other VanDev events of a technical nature.

    May 24, 2012

  • Andrew E.

    Lots of fun. Thanks, Cliff for organizing. I learned a lot about C and C++ and had some fun.

    May 24, 2012

  • Andrew E.

    Thanks everyone for an entertaining and informative evening!

    1 · May 24, 2012

  • Yurii R.

    I will be advocating for Erlang :-)

    May 23, 2012

  • Cliff H.

    We added a small fee ($1+paypal fee) to RSVP because to many people would RSVP and not show up leading to people that were wait listed missing out on the meetings. The RSVP fee really exists to make the RSVP process take long enough for people to really consider if they are going to attend. Attending is still free, but those that RSVP get priority entry, and we have a hard limit of 50 people in the room. Since the room is donated by UBC we can't risk exceeding the fire code limit.

    April 27, 2012

  • Andrew E.

    @macm...I didn't mean to imply that I wouldn't pay (not a particularly steep price for the evening), but I was just curious about it.

    April 27, 2012

  • macm

    I'm bringing my LISP game.

    April 27, 2012

  • macm

    This just sounds like a an excellent evening of entertainment. I honestly don't know if I could find a more entertaining use of $1.34 on a Wednesday night.

    April 27, 2012

  • Andrew E.

    This sounds like fun. I'm happy to represent Java, Javascript or Groovy, if you need another panel member.

    Just curious about the $1.34 price. I have never seen a vandev event charge before. How did you come up with that number?

    April 27, 2012

  • Cliff H.

    Are you passionate about your choice of programming languages? We're looking for people to be on the panel.

    So far we have Python, C/C++, and C# covered. Contact Cliff if you think you can represent your language of choice in a civil "discussion" about programming languages.

    April 5, 2012

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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