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Haskell Night

Come learn about the quintessential functional programming language, Haskell!

6:00 - 6:30pm Introductions and dinner

We'll use this time to get to know each other and find out what interesting problems people are solving. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP so we can arrange the for the dinner.

Dinner is sponsored by CN•TEC

In a marketplace filled with recruiting options, CN-TEC is the IT staffing partner businesses and job seekers enthusiastically trust. Businesses count on us to deliver quality IT talent. Technology professionals depend on us for top IT jobs. Upholding IT staffing industry’s highest standards of quality, we are committed to always doing what’s best for you: the businesses and IT job seekers we serve.

Thank you CN-TEC!

6:30 - 7:20 Introduction to Haskell by Levi Pearson

An introduction to Haskell, with emphasis on what sets it apart from most other functional languages and how those features can help programmers to solve real problems.

About Levi Pearson

Levi is a software engineer for the Corporate Technology Group of Harman International, where he works primarily on network protocols and embedded systems.  He has been a fan of functional programming since learning Scheme in the late 90s and enjoys digging into the details of programming languages of all sorts.

7:20 - 7:30 Break

7:30 - 8:20 Understanding Monads by Harold Carr

'In addition to it begin useful, it is also cursed and the curse of the monad is that once you get the epiphany, once you understand - "oh that's what it is" - you lose the ability to explain it to anybody.'

-- Douglas Crockford

Can Harold break the curse of the Monad?  Will he be able to convey his personal enlightenment to the rest of the Lounge? Join us to find out!

About Harold Carr

At one time Harold made a living building Lisp systems.  Since then he has been building remoting systems (e.g., RMI, CORBA, SOAP).  Recently he has been teaching himself Haskell.  In the process he, of course, came face-to-face with Monads.  He now has a basic understanding of Monads and will share a perspective he found useful in coming to grips with them.  For a more complete bio, see:

8:30 - 9:30 Optional lounging...

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