December: An Evening with Coraline

Posted: November 30, 2014 by marioeaquino in Uncategorized

People of Lambda Lounge, it is with great excitement that I announce the next Lambda Lounge. This Thursday, December 4,  we have a very special guest traveling in from Chicago to speak to us: Coraline Ada Ehmke.  This meeting will feature two talks of hers: “He Doesn’t Work Here Anymore” and “Test-Driven Refactoring” (abstracts below).  I would like to thank Preferred Resources for sponsoring Coraline’s travel expenses.  Sushi on the night of the meeting will be provided by Fast.  As usual, you are welcome to bring a beverage of your choosing to enjoy during dinner and while Coraline is speaking.

On this 6th anniversary of Lambda Lounge, consider reviewing the meeting archives for our group.  We’ve had so many great talks, discussions, and coding events. We illustrate the deep and rich pool of programming enthusiasts in St. Louis (including those who have left the area over the years).

If you would like to bring a non-perishable food donation or child’s gift to the meeting, Mario will deliver it to Circle of Concern on the Saturday following the meeting.

Doors open at 6.  I look forward to seeing all of you in the regular meeting place on Thursday (1st floor meeting room, 680 Craig Road, Creve Coeur, MO 63141).

 

Abstracts for Coraline’s talks:

Test-Driven Refactoring:

There are dozens of code metrics tools available to Rubyists, all eager to judge our codebases and tell us things that we probably already know. But when technical debt is piled high and feature friction really sets in, we need more than to know that our User class has a “D” grade. How can we use tools and tests to help us formulate a refactoring plan that amounts to more than just rearranging bricks in a crumbling building? Let’s explore some of the more interesting code analysis tools, take a look at our testing techniques, and find novel ways to combine them into a meaningful refactoring strategy.

 

He Doesn’t Work Here Anymore:

What happens when a successful and visible software developer announces to the world that they plan to transition from male to female? I would like to share the lessons I’m learning, the perspective I’m gaining, and the inspiration I’m finding through the experience of living and working in two genders. How is this change impacting my career as a developer? My relationship with the development community? Is it influencing how I create and appreciate code? My hope is to spark conversations and create opportunities for shared learning and growth by exploring the intersection of gender and technology.

November: Threading Models + Ruby Idioms

Posted: November 2, 2014 by marioeaquino in Uncategorized

The next Lambda Lounge is nearly upon us, and if you aren’t planning on attending you will miss the last opportunity to bid farewell to the simple room that has been our home for the last two years.  Not to mention two original talks from speakers who are coming to BLOW YOUR MIND!  The first talk will explain why kids today have got it all wrong with their hipster concurrency schemes: Must threading models be so baroque? – Bill Bennett.  The second talk will launch whatever is left of your consciousness into the stratosphere: Ruby Idioms You Don’t Even Know About – Craig Buchek.

Food will be sponsored by the folks at Fast.

You are welcome to bring a beverage of your choice (or any to share).

If you bring non-perishable food donations, they will be delivered to Circle of Concern after the meeting.

Doors open at 6.

October: Strange Loop Redux

Posted: September 28, 2014 by marioeaquino in Uncategorized

This coming Thursday (October 2, 2014) is the night of the next Lambda Lounge and it is sure to be a special treat. It will be a bit of a recap of this year’s Strange Loop, with a talk by Jessica Kerr called Concurrency Options on the JVM. The second talk of the night will be on programming music with Sonic Pi by Mario Aquino. We don’t yet have a sponsor for the night. If your company would like to provide food for some of St. Louis’ brightest programming enthusiasts, please send me an email.

As usual, feel free to bring your favorite beverage. If you would like to make a non-perishable food donation to Circle of Concern, it will be delivered on the Saturday after the meeting.

Doors open at 6 at our usual location.

September: Shen + J

Posted: September 1, 2014 by marioeaquino in Uncategorized

The time is nearly here for the next Lambda Lounge and I hope that you will be able to attend. We have two talks that are not to be missed!  Deech Siram will be giving a talk called, “Shen: A Sufficiently Advanced Lisp” (practice run for delivery at Strange Loop).  Then, Kari Hoijarvi will give a talk on the J programming language.  Food is sponsored by Ansira.

As usual, feel free to bring a delicious beverage of your choice.  The meeting location will be at the usual spot.  We are collecting donations for Circle of Concern if you would like to bring a non-perishable food donation.  Also, please spread the word about Lambda Lounge by bringing a friend who has never been to the meetup. The strength of this group is in the diversity and growth of the audience.  If you can, please promote the group and reach out to any local language enthusiasts who are looking for a collection of language and programming paradigm nerds.

August: Swift + MOAR Prisoners Dilemma

Posted: August 3, 2014 by marioeaquino in Uncategorized

It is time once again for the next Lambda Lounge meeting. This Thursday, 8/7 will be a meeting where Jay Tuley will present on Apple’s new language: Swift, as well as Christopher Carpenter presenting on his continuation of work implementing Prisoner’s Dilemma in Clojure. This meeting will also be the last one hosted at the Revelytix building on 680 Craig Road. Please join me in bidding farewell to our site hosts. As well, an announcement will be made about the future home of Lambda Lounge. Please don’t miss this meeting!!!

As usual, you are welcome to bring a beverage of your choice. The food sponsor will be Emerson, who will provide some very tasty sushi from Oishi. Also, if you would like to make a donation of non-perishable food items, they will be delivered to the Circle of Concern food shelter in Valley Park on the Saturday after the meeting.

Doors open at 6. I hope to see you there.

July: Apache Crunch + ECMAScript 6

Posted: June 28, 2014 by marioeaquino in Uncategorized

The next Lambda Lounge is Thursday and there will be two great talks that should not be missed. First, Tom Wheeler will present on Apache Crunch, which is a library for running MapReduce pipelines on top of Hadoop. Then, Mark Volkmann will present a talk called ES6: Too Much Goodness to Wait, in which you will be convinced that the future of JavaScript will make up for all the things that anyone ever complained about the language. Cloudera will sponsor food (probably pizza from Fortel’s).

As usual, feel free to bring a beverage of your choice. Also, if you would like to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to Circle of Concern, it will be delivered after the meeting.

Doors open at 6. Hope to see you there!

The next Lambda Lounge is this Thursday and it includes two talks that might change your mind about everything. In the first talk, Steven Lembark will present Multiplying Ethiopians: Lambdas, Lazyness, & Perl6. Expect minds to be blown. For any left in tact, Mario Aquino will present a Frankenstein monster called (mashup Prisoners-Dilemma Game-of-Life) (hint: parentheses means Clojure), in which a beautiful mathematical model will be tinkered with for the purpose of confirming that evolution is a thing. There, I said it.

Delicious sushi will be sponsored by Climate Corp.

Please bring a delicious beverage of your choosing. If you would like to also bring a non-perishable food donation, it will be delivered to Circle of Concern after the meeting. Also, help grow the group by bringing a friend to the meeting. Doors open at 6.