October's topic will be "Into the Land of Lambda: One Programmer's Journey into Functional Programming" presented by Mike Pence.
After 25 years of programming using the idioms of imperative and object-oriented programming in FoxPro, Visual Basic, Delphi, Java and Ruby, Mike Pence still had the nagging impression that his abstractions were leaky, and that it was still too hard to write predictable and reliable code, no matter how many tests he wrote. When asked by his manager at Living Social where he wanted to go with his career, he knew he wanted to head into the unexplored land of functional programming. Clojure gave him a vehicle to do just that. Here is what he has learned along the way.
Mike Pence started programming at the age of 11, when a TRS-80 was first wheeled into the library of his school. By the age of 17, he was writing an inventory control system for his technical school in RPG II on an IBM mainframe. He has always had a passion for languages of all stripes, and in his career has been fortunate enough to consult for many Fortune 500 companies and internet start-ups. Highlights of his career so far have included writing a banking product for Wells Fargo (you don't know time pressure until you see your project advertised on a billboard on your way to work), serving (briefly) as the original tech team lead for Kickstarter, and, in his current position, building internal solutions in Ruby and Clojure for Living Social from his adopted hometown of Sarasota.
This event will take place on October 29th, 2014.Please RSVP for this event!
The doors will be locked and somebody will be there to let you in from 6:30pm - 7:00pm. If you arrive after 7:00pm please email (chris @ sunjug . org) me and I will meet you down stairs.
6:30pm - 7:00pm: Food and networking (3rd floor bar)
7:00pm - 8:30pm: Presentation (3rd floor conference room)
Our event will be hosted by HuB Sarasota - http://hubsarasota.com and located at 1680 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL, 34236