(Denver) 7 Languages Study Group - 2nd Meeting

Continue our amazing language journey with Io -- join us for the second chapter of Seven Languages in Seven Weeks.

Last meeting we Chapter 2 - Ruby.  We had a wide range of experience levels, and we covered some fantastic topics!  This meeting we move on to another (and wildly different) object-oriented language.  If you weren't able to join last time, grab the book and come anyway!  Please be sure to read the Introduction and Chapter 3.

1:00-1:30 - snacking and networking

1:30-2:00 - review of vocabulary and questions

2:00-4:00 - the code!


Seven Languages in Seven Weeks
This book should appeal to developers with a wide range of experience levels. It aims to give you hands-on experiences with seven languages, and to teach you HOW to learn a language quickly. The languages targeted are Clojure, Scala, Haskell, Io, Prolog, Erlang, and Ruby. Among them, four distinct programming language paradigms are represented.  What better way to get your feet wet/build your coder chops than to stretch your brain with all these different languages?

Check out the book's preview on Amazon for descriptions of the languages and the book's goals! In particular, the sections called Buy This Book and Don't Buy This Book describe what's covered (and what's not), and how.


Companies who use these languages:

Clojure: A number of companies, notably Citigroup; also local company Sonian. http://dev.clojure.org/display/community/Clojure+Success+Stories

Erlang: Notably, Facebook, Amazon, Motorola, Ericcson, primarily for back-end

Haskell: A long list of companies, including Facebook, BofA Meryll Lynch, and Google. http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Haskell_in_industry

Io: ?  But many people seem to think it is an efficient and elegant language!

Prolog: Local companies ioSemantics LLC and Sozora; certain NASA projects; Ericcson's Network Resource Manager, and others. http://sicstus.sics.se/customers.html for a short list; http://www.drdobbs.com/parallel/the-practical-application-of-prolog/184405220 for another.

Ruby: A ton of users in Boulder/Denver.  http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/documentation/success-stories/ , http://www.setfiremedia.com/blog/50-of-the-best-websites-developed-using-ruby-on-rails

Scala: A growing trend seems to be companies switching from Ruby to Scala as they scale.  Notable users are: FullContact (local!), Twitter (formerly Ruby), Tumblr (formerly Ruby), LinkedIn, FourSquare, Xerox, Siemens. http://www.scala-lang.org/node/1658


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  • Terry T.

    Hi 7 Fortnighters: Went to the Git-thing last night. And wondered where to find our Git repo? If non-existent, should I try to set one up? My IO code is sucking like bad compost, and could use some forking. And our Wordpress site?

    1 · April 24, 2013

    • anya

      ugh, i just added you. sorry to be so slow on this!

      April 30, 2013

    • Terry T.

      Thanks. Abby has the notes from last meeting on her computer. Abby, if you send them here, I'll practice GITing. Or put them on our GIT repo if that's easier. I want to look over the last example - the math one - because I left my homework on my laptop instead of my dropbox (a likely excuse) and I want to compare.

      April 30, 2013

  • Abby B. B.

    Another great meeting! What a strange language.

    April 29, 2013

  • Christine

    Hard drive replacement led to fouled-up data recovery, so this week was lost. But I did get a job with Translations, as a Tech Writer/Trainer! Can I catch up with someone who does attend today? Thanks!

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Catherine

    Sorry, I need to bail out. My family needs me.

    April 28, 2013

  • Minna W.

    I have to work this weekend :(. I'll try to catch up with the next meetup.

    April 26, 2013

  • Nicole

    Hello ladies! I RSVP'd no but I might attend. I am moving Friday so it depends on how much we get done.

    April 24, 2013

  • Abby B. B.

    May I just say.... installing Io on my linux machine suuuuucked. I think that's my fault, though - I'm a linux newb. I'll be installing it on a Windows machine later tonight. Give me a shout if you're having any trouble.

    April 24, 2013

  • Kelli H.

    Sorry to miss this one, I have to work! :(

    April 23, 2013

  • Minna W.

    I'll try to make it if nothing comes up. I was sick and missed the first one.

    April 23, 2013

  • anya

    Still planning to keep up, but this weekend is really hard for me.

    April 22, 2013

  • Abby B. B.

    So excited! Can't wait!

    April 17, 2013

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