August 2008

Video and Slides from August Meeting

The video and slides from the August meeting are now available. Thanks to our speaker, David Pollak, and our host, Heysan.


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UPDATED: August Meeting is Thursday the 21st

UPDATE: We’ll be at Heysan this month. See below for address and map.

Our next meeting is Thursday, August 21 at 7:30pm:

Buy a Feature: An Adventure in Immutability and Actors
Speaker: David Pollak, Lift Web Framework
Abstract: I will discuss the functional programing paradigms that we used to build Buy a Feature, a multi-user, web-based, real-time, serious game. These paradigms include Actors to manage concurrency, event streams as the sole mechanism for gameplay, and various immutable data structures that are composed based on the event streams. I will also briefly touch on the Scala programming language and lift web framework.

I will then discuss the experience of adding new team members to the project, the kind of defects in the application (hint: none are concurrency related), the experience of adding new features, and a general discussion of how well functional paradigms translate into a real-world web application.

This is a preview of the talk David will be giving at CUFP next month. We’ll follow the talk with a fishbowl discussion and invite everyone to participate (this was suggested on the mail list).

Our host this month is Heysan: 301 8th Street suite 270 (door on the right after coming up in the elevator) San Francisco, CA.


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BayFP talks are free and open to everyone.

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Video and Slides from July Meeting

The video and slides from the July meeting are now available. Thanks to Leo Meyerovich for presenting his work on Flapjax and to Heysan for providing the space for us to meet.

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