Next Meeting - May 6th 6:00pm

May's meeting has Brian Hartin of Iowa Student Loan discussing the Foundations of Functional Programming.

  • How functional thinking changes how we reason about computer programs
  • The killer feature of functional programming: thinking less about computers and more about computation
  • Concepts such as higher-order functions, lambdas, currying, immutability, list comprehensions and algebraic data types
  • Functional programming options on the JVM, including Java 8
  • Problems for which functional thinking is a good solution - Even when you don't have a functional language

This talk will focus a lot on a core problem FP is trying to solve, which is that we think about computation in a less-than-efficient manner because our popular languages are leaky abstractions of a computer. In other words, "do this, then that, remember this, recall that," is a crummy way to reason. I will use some programming examples where we refactor away some complexity by introducing functional ideas such as pure functions, immutability, referential transparency, etc.

As usual, pizza/drinks will be provided by our sponsor: TEKSystems

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CIJUG is a user group for application developers in the Central Iowa area. We meet the first Tuesday of the month to discuss Java, JVM technologies, or anything else interesting (Javascript, NoSQL, DevOps, etc)

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