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by Dean Wampler
You've heard that Functional programming (FP) is good for concurrency. Mastering FP will improve all the code you write. FP changes practices like TDD; learn how design is more structured and tests are more precise. See why FP-style functions and data structures are actually more reusable than objects. Leave with new tools that eliminate bloat, improve code quality, and speed development.
Slate is a self-hosted dynamic language based on prototypes and multi-dispatch. It melds the Smalltalk and Lisp traditions, while attempting to incorporate ideas and idioms from a variety of sources. Slate is being re-invented using Atomo as an incubator along with direction from Newspeak and functional programming.
Object-functional languages have a number of desirable properties and have proven very useful in practice. Unfortunately, the merger brings with it a raft of complexities, being the root of nearly all of Scala's infamous complexity. This talk will present a new framework for resolving these issue, based around the notion of statically-typed functional object prototypes.
25th–29th July 2011