Announcing another very interesting talk this month (one week after the talk on the Go programming language): Dr. Mathieu Baudet, COO of MLstate, will give a talk about the exciting new Web programming language Opa, on Tues 19 June at 7pm EST.
Web programming is typically very fragmented and faces two problems. First, the database, client code, and server code are all driven by different technologies, which introduces complexity and the need for explicit communication among different elements of the application. Second, most of the web programming is "dynamic" and applications, especially big projects, tend to be fragile because of the lack of automated verifications.
Opa, a new generation of open source web development language, is a unique, type-safe approach to web application development. "Writing in Opa is super quick and fun!” said Alok Menghrajani, a security engineer at Facebook. Indeed, numerous media such as InfoWorld or DrDobbs have found Opa "fascinating", and with the potential to "shake up IT".
This talk will use real code examples to introduce the features and the benefits of the Opa language.
This talk will have an interesting experimental format: it will be streamed live via Hangouts On Air from Mountain View to the Google Cambridge office (i.e. Dr. Baudet will be in Mountain View, we'll be watching and asking him questions in Cambridge). Depending on time constraints, we may have some live lightning talks from attendees after Dr. Baudet's talk, so please come attend in person -- however, if you can't make it, or if we run out of RSVP slots, the talk will be available for viewing live or after the event on the GDG Boston G+ feed.
Speaker bio: Cédric Soulas - Senior Developer, MLState / Opa
Cédric Soulas spent several years as a freelance web developer before joining the Opa team in its early stages at the beginning of 2008. Cédric has a passion for UX, beautiful apps and innovative programming solutions which he applied to design and implement many critical parts of Opa. Cédric graduated from Telecom ParisTech, one of the Top 5 "Grandes Ecoles".
* Project page: http://opalang.org
* Source code: https://github.com/MLstate/opalang
* Community forum: http://forum.opalang.org