Learn You a What for Great Good? Polyglot Lessons to Improve Your CFML!

Sean Corfield will be giving us a sneak peak of this presentation he will be delivering at cf.objective() 2013.

"The Pragmatic Programmer", a landmark book by Andrew Hunt and Dave Thomas, advocates learning a new language every year. Whilst many people think that's an unrealistic goal, the idea behind it is to expand your toolbelt and to absorb new ways of thinking about problems - language shapes thought.

In this talk, we'll look at a handful of different languages and see how idiomatic solutions can differ dramatically across different languages. The goal is twofold:

  • to encourage you to investigate other languages in addition to CFML
  • to help you approach problems in CFML in a new light

In addition, you should gain insight into the following:

  • collection classes (in other languages)
  • how to use CFML arrays and structs more effectively
  • the power of closures
  • integrating other languages into a CFML application

Examples will be drawn from JavaScript, Groovy and Clojure amongst others!

For those of you new to BACFUG, Sean was the manager of our group for several years.  Here is his bio:

Sean Corfield used to build compilers, virtual machines, databases and telecom systems but eventually got a real job building web applications. After eight years of ANSI C++ Standardization and a decade of web development with JVM-based languages, he finally found his first love again - functional programming - and now he writes Clojure almost every day.

Hope everyone can make it!
-Carl

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