September 2008

Slides and Video from September

The Talk We had a great turnout last week. Thanks again to Mike Miller at LinkedIn for hosting and Nick Gerakines at Yahoo. The slides and video are both available.

You can catch Nick giving this talk again at CUFP 2008 along with other past BayFP speakers, including David Pollak (Lift Web Framework) and Jake Donham (Skydeck).

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October 15th: Douglas Crockford on Functional JavaScript

Update: Please RSVP!

Our next speaker will be Douglas Crockford, Senior JavaScript Architect at Yahoo!, discoverer & maintainer of JSON, ECMAScript committee member, and author of JavaScript: The Good Parts (O’Reilly). He’ll be speaking on “Functional JavaScript”:

JavaScript is the world’s most misunderstood programming language. It is the most popular programming language in the world, while at the same time being one of the least liked. In JavaScript there is a beautiful, highly expressive language that is buried under a steaming pile of good intentions and blunders. The best nature of JavaScript was so effectively hidden that for many years the prevailing opinion of JavaScript was that it was an unsightly, incompetent abomination. JavaScript is a functional language. It is the first lambda language to be accepted by the mainstream.

Hi5 has offered to host. They’re at 55 2nd Street, Suite 300 in San Francisco and about a mile from the train station.

We’ll see you at 7:30pm on 10/15/08!

As always, BayFP meetings are open to the public. Please bring a few $$s if you’d enjoy some pizza. No pizza this time, just drinks.

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September meeting reminder and carpool

A quick reminder that the September meeting is Thursday the 18th at 7:30pm. We’ll be at LinkedIn, 2029 Stierlin Ct. Mountain View, CA 94043. The speaker is Nick Gerakines, “Developing Erlang at Yahoo”.

We’ll arrange a carpool from the Mt. View Caltrain station to the meeting and back. The carpool will leave at 7:15pm and return at 9:30pm. If you need a ride or have a car and can offer to drive, then please signup here.

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Septemeber Meeting: Nick Gerakines, “Developing Erlang at Yahoo”

BayFP returns to the South Bay on Thursday, September 18 at 7:30pm with a talk by Nick Gerakines

Developing Erlang at Yahoo
Yahoo is no stranger to functional programming languages. It has had significant products in languages like Lisp and Scheme. Somehow Erlang, and other function languages, are often overlooked when most developers are researching various problems and systems. This is very unfortunate given the power and flexibility that these languages provide. At Yahoo there are places where functional languages and make a phenomenal difference in the way problems and solutions are approached. This presentation will cover how Erlang, a powerful and flexible functional language, gave us exactly what we needed at a critical time and how it was approached as a production language at Yahoo.

Mike Miller has arranged for us to meet at LinkedIn, 2029 Stierlin Ct. Mountain View, CA 94043:


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For those taking Caltrain, we will arrange carpools from the Mt. View station. Signup information will be posted the week of the 18th.

Thanks in advance to Nick for speaking and Mike for arranging the space at LinkedIn.

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