Last week was the week to brush up on your Clojure, Scala, Erlang, Haskell, or F#, because last week was the Lambda Jam conference.
Lambda Jam (sponsored in part by Inaka) was held this past week in Chicago. From July 8 to 10, attendees honed their skills in the aforementioned languages, not just through listening but also through hands-on practice and workshops.
Throughout the conference, there were three keynote speakers. Gerald Jay Sussman of MIT discussed the benefits of using programming to fully comprehend mathematical methods, and Joe Armstrong, one of the inventors of Erlang, spoke of self-healing scalable systems. David Nolen, on the other hand, made a case for revisiting – and reexamining – the roots of computer programming. “We have had more than a half a century of computer science,” he said, “At best we continue to draw inspiration from an extremely small portion of it, [and] at worst we blindly adopt known bad ideas.”
Between the keynotes, workshops, and additional sessions (with titles like “Living in a Post-Functional World”), Lambda Jam was a hotbed of functional programming wisdom.
We hope to see you next year!