Wednesday 5th December, 2012
10:20am to 11:10am
Every foreign language you learn makes you a little smarter, and even shapes the way you think. In the Pragmatic Programmer, Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt say that a developer should learn a new programming language every year. In the upcoming book Seven Languages in Seven Weeks, Bruce takes this challenging advice to the extreme. The book walks aspiring developers through the process of solving a nontrivial problem in each of seven different programming languages, spanning four different programming paradigms. In this talk, Bruce will take a light hearted look through the evolution of programming languages, paying special attention to the seven languages in his book, Ruby, Io, Prolog, Scala, Erlang, Clojure, and Haskell.
Talk objectives: Many talks in this conference will focus on individual programming languages, from Clojure to Erlang to Haskell. This talk will put many different languages in context, showing where they excel and what was happening at the time each of the languages were created.
Target audience: This talk is not a deep technical talk, but will touch on many different programming concepts. Attendees with a good programming background will enjoy the talk more.
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