Good people of Lambda Lounge, I am extremely excited to announce the next meeting, which will take place Thursday, May 7. We have two great talks that will entertain and boggle the mind.  First, in “Intro to Rust“, David Sullins will explore the Rust systems-programming language and highlight its safety, concurrency, and speed-related features. Next, a presentation by Soumya Sanyal and Chris Hathhorn will provide an “Introduction to Typed and Polymorphic Languages” with examples of typed and untyped lambda calculi in Haskell. Bring aspirin and a warm towel to wrap around your head for this one.

The food sponsor for this month is Preferred Resources, who will be providing a variety of pizzas from Fortel’s.

As usual, attendees are welcome to bring a refreshing beverage of their choice. Also, we appreciate any non-perishable food donations, which will be delivered to Circle of Concern by yours truly.

Finally, I am hoping to welcome some new folks to the group this month who will be participating in the Lambda Mentors program that I announced at the last meeting.  Please come and welcome new folks who are trying to get established in our field as well as support the mentors who will be working with them.

Doors open at 6.

April is almost here and the next Lambda Lounge is sneaking up on us. This Thursday, April 2, we have two great talks for the evening that I hope you will not miss.  First, Naeem Bari will present a talk called: Startups and the Techie, in which we will learn how to create a fantastically successful and profitable startup venture.  The second talk of the evening will be titled: Contracts and Clojure: The Best-Yet Compromise Between Types and Tests by Jessica Kerr, and will feature insights on how the Prismatic Schema library brings contracts to Clojure.

Food sponsor for this meeting will be Beacon Hill Technologies.  As usual, attendees are welcome to bring a delicious beverage of their choice.  Also, any non-perishable food donations brought to the meeting are greatly appreciated and will be delivered to Circle of Concern. A great thanks to all of you who have thought to contribute to our monthly donation to that organization.  It makes a difference!

Doors open at 6. See you Thursday!

The March Lambda Lounge will feature a series of lightning-talk style overviews of 11 different influential computer science papers. Originally listed on Michael Fogus’ blog, these papers cover some important thinking on the topics functional programming and distributed computing. Catered Mexican food for this meeting is sponsored by Asynchrony. As usual, attendees are welcome to bring a refreshing beverage of their choice (some soda will be provided). Also, if anyone would like to bring non-perishable food or other in-kind items for donation to Circle of Concern, those donations will be delivered on the Saturday after the meeting. This meeting will cover some great ideas in the field of programming. I hope you can join us and participate in the discussion.

The meeting will be held in room 225 of the Climate Corp offices. Doors open at 6. A map to the building of the meeting place can be found here.

The first Lambda Lounge of the 2015 is nearly here and there are 2 great talks that I am happy to announce. Andreas Grabner is coming from Austria to deliver a talk titled: Avoid the Top Application Performance Mistakes. Following that, Jessica Kerr will give a talk called Complexity is Outside the Code (which was delivered as a keynote address at the 2014 CodeMesh conference in London).  Food at the meeting will be sponsored by Fast.  As usual, you are welcome to bring a beverage of your choosing to enjoy during dinner and the talks.

This will be the first meeting at OUR NEW LOCATION (4 City Place Drive – Suite 225) in the office of our new hosts Climate Corp.

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 facility on Thursday.

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.