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Sam Aaron - Coding as Communication

The term "programming language" is often used to describe the medium we use represent and communicate formal descriptions of process. However, to what extent can we also consider programming languages as interfaces in their own right? Are they sufficiently expressive, interactive and dynamic to directly communicate through? How might that challenge our perception of programming language and tools in general. For example, what happens when we consider the act of programming as a conversation? What might a programming environment which has sufficient liveness, rapid feedback and tolerance of failure look like? What benefits would such a style of programming offer business? Could live coding be beneficial for rapid prototyping, exploring big data sets, and even communicating formal business ideas?


Sam Aaron is a researcher, software architect and computational thinker with a deep fascination surrounding the notion of communicative programming.  He sees programming as one of the many communication channels for descriptions of formalised process of any kind, be it a business process, a compiler strategy or even a musical composition. 

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As usual, there will be drinks and nibbles. 

Doors open at 6pm and the talk starts promptly at 6:30pm

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  • James G.

    Really sad to have missed this... I don't suppose there was a recording / screencast?

    February 25, 2014

    • Chris O.

      Not of the whole event, sadly. Only the short clip I linked below.

      February 25, 2014

    • James G.

      Ah, shame. I'll be sure to keep a look out for the next one.

      February 26, 2014

  • Chris O.

    The video of "Blue Monday" is on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_H6k2tcFvg

    February 21, 2014

  • mattia r.

    super interesting and very well presented. I am definitely going to a meta-ex gig; really would like to see them performing live.

    February 20, 2014

  • Bill T.

    Great topic, IMO opinion all languages should have the same commands (if, loop, string functions etc) that we could 'speak' to a computer. I waste so much time looking up silly syntax in different languages. Its such a waste of time (oh no it isn't I hear you say...)

    February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry cannot make it now

    February 20, 2014

  • Tony B.

    Can't make it. Gathering on the same night.

    February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let me know if you'd ever like to try an alternative venue - Unruly Media would be happy to provide our Clubhouse space

    February 10, 2014

    • Chris O.

      Thanks, that's an interesting idea...

      February 10, 2014

  • Russell W.

    Just realised I've a Meetup mash, I'll have to go to your next meet up!

    February 9, 2014

  • terence f.

    I should have enjoyed learning more about RP but sadly I am busy. Have a great meeting.

    January 29, 2014

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