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December’s Indy F# Meetup

IndyF#After a successful first meetup in November we wanted to keep the momentum and get the next meetup on the calendar. Our second meeting will be at 7:00 PM on December 16th at Launch Fishers.

In keeping with our plan to alternate between hands-on sessions and the more traditional speaker-led sessions, the December meeting will follow the later format with not one, but two talks! The event will feature me giving an introduction to type providers and Brad Pillow will give an overview of using FunScript to develop single-page applications.

If either of these topics interest you, please swing over to our meetup page and register.

We hope to see you there!

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Indianapolis F# Developers Coding Dojo

There’s a new developer group in town! The inaugural meeting of the Indianapolis F# Developers group is upon us. On Tuesday, November 18th I’ll be leading the group through the Digit Recognizer dojo from Community for F#!

Since I suspect we’ll have some people new to the language, we’ll spend some time talking about some language concepts that are critical to successfully completing the exercise. Make sure you bring a laptop because after the introduction we’ll then split into a few groups (pairs, probably) and work through the problem together. After some time we’ll come back together as a group to talk about the problem and discuss some of the ways that F# lets you focus on the task at hand.

If F#, functional programming, and/or machine learning are of interest to you, please register for the event on our meetup page. We’ll be meeting in the 20 person meeting room at Launch Fishers. The meetup starts at 7:00 PM. We’d love for you to join us!

Talking TypeScript in Fort Wayne

I’ll be back in Fort Wayne on October 15 to talk about TypeScript. If writing JavaScript frustrates you or you just want to be more productive, join NUFW at the Cole Foundation Conference and Training Center to learn how leveraging TypeScript in your existing projects can lead to cleaner and more expressive code.

Please visit the NUFW site for logistics and registration details.

I hope to see you there!

Community Calendar – IndySA – September 18

IndySA is on a roll with great speakers. This month, Phil Japikse will lead the group in an interactive workshop covering user story mapping. If you want to improve your user story organization and prioritization skills, you won’t want to miss this one as Phil will guide the group through creating a user map, clearly defining order, minimal marketing features, and release plans.

I’ve been fortunate to attend a number of Phil’s previous talks and had have always learned something. You can register and find full logistics information by following the link below.

Register Here

I hope to see you there!

IndyMobileDev Needs Your Help

The Indianapolis Mobile [.NET] Developers Meetup group needs your help. We’ve received a number of interesting topic submissions including TypeScript, Responsive Design, and Single Sign-On. Rather than arbitrarily selecting topics, we’ve put together a short survey to help us gauge interest in each of the submitted topics. If you could take a moment to complete the survey, you’ll help us prioritize topics for future meetings and ensure that the group continues to be a valuable resource for the community we serve.

TAKE THE SURVEY

Thank you for your time.

My Next Language – Results

Last week I asked my social media network to help choose my destiny by suggesting which language I should study next. In all, I received 15 responses. Thanks to everyone that contributed to this.

When I put the survey together I hadn’t completely decided how I’d select a winner. Would I select based on the number of votes or would there be a really compelling reason to select something with only a single vote? After inspecting the responses, it looks like Haskell is the clear winner. To be honest, I was really hoping to get more votes and reasons for Erlang but it’s really hard to ignore the fact that Haskell received a third of the votes. What really surprised me was the number of “Other” votes and the languages that were suggested.

For those interested, I’ve listed the results along with comments below. Now to find some time to start studying Haskell!

Results

Language Survey Results

Haskell

  • Pure functional is a natural next step after mostly functional F#
  • Going from Haskell to F# is frustrating. But the other way around is actually compelling
  • Typeclasses/-kinds, purity, better type inference and pattern matching, higher-kinded/ranked polymorphism, lean syntax.

Other

  • Rust – Speed of C, but more safe. Language is still under development, so you could go 2/2 on being a hipster.
  • Idris/Coq/Agda – Dependent types
  • Elixir – Erlang on steroids/for the masses.
  • Rebol – Rich built-in types, homoiconicity, consistency, cross-platform, small, zero-install just download and run, super easy GUI development built-in (at least Rebol 2.7..) and then you can write a book on it too!

Python

  • Market demand
  • Popular choice among UNIX crowd, has a .NET implementation, can show how people unfamiliar with .net interact with windows with it.

Erlang

  • Immutable by default
  • Let it fail thinking vs catch-all errors
  • Functional

Ruby

  • Ignore the rails stuff, ruby is a wonderful language with a lot of interesting features (modules, execution model, monkey patching aka nothing is closed, blocks).

R

  • No comments

Help me choose my next programming language

After spending so much time with F# and most recently, TypeScript, I want to continue expanding my horizons. There are a number of languages I’d like to learn, each with their own pros and cons, but because this exercise is mostly academic, I’m torn on which direction to go. That’s where you come in.

I’ve put together a very quick survey to help focus and aggregate responses. Can you take a moment to help me decide which language to study next?

Take the survey

Thank you for your time and help!