PDXFUNC MEETING: Monday, June 9, 7pm, CubeSpace -- FP with dynamic languages

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Igal Koshevoy

Jun 7, 2008, 10:54:23 AM6/7/08
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Please join us at the next meeting of pdxfunc, the Portland Functional
Programming Study Group. The group meets monthly for presentations,
demos and discussions. We welcome programmers interested in all
functional languages, and the meetings feature content for coders of all
skill levels. If interested, please subscribe to our mailing list at


Title: Functional programming with dynamic languages

Summary: Dynamic, multi-paradigm languages such as Ruby, Python and Perl
allow programmers great flexibility in how they can write their code,
although most use an imperative (AKA "procedural") style. However, using
a functional style selectively can help provide clearer and shorter
code, reduce bugs, and improve performance. This presentation will
provide a basic overview of functional programming, sample code
demonstrating how to use functional programming features of dynamic
languages, compare and contrast code samples of functional and
imperative styles, and discuss when each style is appropriate. No
previous knowledge of functional programming is necessary.

Bio: Igal Koshevoy is a Business-Technology Consultant with over a
decade of experience creating sophisticated, business-critical systems
using open source technologies. He is the author of an open source
server automation toolkit available at "automateit.org", and supports
local community efforts through Calagator, Portland Ruby Brigade,
Portland Functional Programming Study Group, Legion of Tech, Ignite
Portland, etc.

See you there!

PS: Sorry for the short notice, but Kevin's talk on XML parsing with
Haskell had to be delayed. Hopefully he'll be able to present it next month.

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