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Alexis Gallagher - Swift, functional programming, and the future of Objective-C

  • Jul 2, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Due to Overwhelming Demand the Venue has Been Changed

We will be meeting at Crittercism HQ located  760 Market St Suite 1101.

We will NOT be meeting at Dropbox, we are meeting at Crittercism HQ



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This month Alexis Gallagher will be presenting his talk "Swift, functional programming, and the future of Objective-C". Apple’s new programming language, Swift, is one of the most exciting developments on the platform in years. It’s full of new ideas.  But Apple, in its usual style, is rather coy about where those ideas are coming from. In fact, Swift seems to be significantly influenced by functional programming languages. Many of Swift’s new features appeared first in the old functional programming languages, and exist to support programming in a more functional style. 

In this talk, Alexis will discuss what’s new in Swift and where it is coming from. Is Swift a functional programming language? Will Apple start encouraging us to write in a functional style, instead of an object-oriented style? Does this mean Objective-C is going away? Will this make it easier, or harder, for people just starting out with the platform? And what really is functional programming anyway — what’s it good for, and what’s it bad for?

Alexis Gallagher has been working with math and computers for over a decade—in finance (adding risk analytics to the risk engine for Deutsche Bank's FX options trading system), in research science (big data bioinformatics at Oxford), and in mobile (leading development on high-polish presentation apps at McKinsey & Co). He loves iOS because it combines computing and design, and it's a kind of computing that you can see and touch. You can find him on twitter at @alexisgallagher.

Space is limited, venue requires you must RSVP to enter the event.

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Please reach out to Steve Derico if you are interested in hosting or speaking. We are looking for hosts for upcoming events with seating for at least 100 people, in the San Francisco city limits. Every month, we meet for some tech talks and free beer. iOS developers can present their newest project/library and then we'll have an hour of networking and drinks. Topics will stay specific to Objective-C and iOS. Open-source projects are highly encouraged.We cannot hold the door open for everyone once the talk has started. You must be RSVP'd to enter the event.

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  • Felipe C.

    Answer to why Swift **could** be faster than Objective-C: http://www.mikeash.com/pyblog/friday-qa-2014-07-04-secrets-of-swifts-speed.html

    July 4, 2014

  • Alexis G.

    Thanks to everyone for coming! I really enjoyed the conversation. I just posted slides on slideshare:
    http://www.slideshare.net/alexis_gallagher/swift-functional-programming-and-the-future-of-obj-c

    They're not exactly self-explanatory, but I hope they're helpful, e.g., for references to books and some of the folks doing interesting work in this area.

    5 · July 3, 2014

  • Imran A.

    awesome talk, slides would be great to review

    3 · July 2, 2014

    • David Y.

      Yes! Slides pretty please!

      1 · July 3, 2014

  • Christopher S.

    One of the best prepared, best delivered meetups I've seen, with good jokes too!

    2 · July 3, 2014

  • Christopher S.

    And great props to Steve too, for calling 22 companies to find us a replacement venue at the last minute!

    6 · July 3, 2014

  • Arshad T.

    Best one I've seen!

    2 · July 2, 2014

  • Benjamin E.

    Are todays slides available for download?

    2 · July 2, 2014

  • Roderic C.

    Sad I'll be missing this.

    July 2, 2014

  • Steve D.

    Venue has changed to Crittercism HQ located at 760 Market St #1101

    1 · July 2, 2014

  • Imran A.

    is this at Dropbox or Crittercism?, did the venue change ?

    July 2, 2014

    • Steve D.

      Venue has changed to Crittercism HQ at 760 Market St #1101

      July 2, 2014

  • Dhwanil D K.

    Is anyone from San Jose attending the event?
    I could use a ride if possible. Thanks.

    July 2, 2014

  • Christopher S.

    I'm also thrilled that Swift gets rid of some the syntactic horror of Objective-C (e.g.: method calling [])

    June 20, 2014

    • Alex N.

      Same here, but it also adds plenty of other horrors

      2 · June 20, 2014

  • Christopher S.

    I look forward to hearing what Mr. Gallagher and others have to say about Swift. To me, it is basically a new front-end for Objective-C, with some badly needed borrowings from C++ and some lovely innovations as well.

    June 20, 2014

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