It is (will be) a new year and the first Lambda Lounge of 2014 is nearly upon us. Thursday (1/2) is the next Lambda Lounge, featuring two talks: John Daily will present on Conflict-free Replicated Data Types and Jessica Kerr will give a talk called When Code Reacts to Data (Scalaz Streams). John is coming in all the way from Indianapolis to deliver his talk, and Jessica’s has only been heard once by a conference audience in London recently.

Also, I will be delivering any non-perishable food donations to Circle of Concern on the Saturday after the meeting. Thank you to everyone who has donated and I welcome anyone to consider bringing something for donation to the next meeting.

The food sponsor for the meeting is Basho.

Doors open at 6. Feel free to bring a cool beverage of your choice. If you need directions to the meeting, you can find a map here.

November: OS Licenses & OpenGL w Common Lisp

Posted: November 4, 2013 by marioeaquino in Uncategorized

The next Lambda Lounge is this Thursday (11/7)! We have two talks scheduled for the evening: Randall Hauch will give a talk on Open-Source licensing , followed by a talk on OpenGL in Common Lisp by Chris Gore. This month’s food sponsor is NetEffects.

If you’d like to bring a non-perishable food donation to the meeting, it will get delivered to Circle of Concern after the meeting. If you can’t bring a food donation this week, please consider bringing a friend to the group. I want our group to grow!

You can find a map to the usual location of the meeting here.

Doors open at 6.

R Integration w Java + Hadoop

Posted: September 29, 2013 by marioeaquino in Uncategorized

This coming Thursday (10/3 @ 6:00 p.m.) is the next Lambda Lounge, featuring two talks from Monsanto IFS devs: Robert Kennedy will give a talk on R Integration with Java and Robert Grailer will give a presentation on Hadoop.  The food for this meeting will be sponsored by Monsanto IFS.  We usually order pizza from Fortels.  While I love the pizza they make, this month I’d like to do something different: sushi from Oishi.  There should be 20-something rolls and assorted other yummies.

Doors open at 6.  You can find a map to the meeting location here.  Bring a friend who has never attended a meeting and/or a non-perishable food donation to be delivered to the Circle of Concern food pantry in Valley Park.

core.async & Prisoner’s Dilemma

Posted: September 3, 2013 by marioeaquino in Uncategorized

On Thursday, September 5, come to Lambda Lounge to hear Alex Miller talk about the core.async library, which is a new contrib library for Clojure that adds support for asynchronous programming using channels.  Also on the schedule for Thursday night is a talk Mario Aquino will be presenting about the classic game theory problem Prisoner’s Dilemma as implemented in Scala. If you like software, pizza, socializing with intelligent software devs, or participating in a welcoming community, please come out share your brain cycles with us.

The pizza sponsor for that meeting is Preferred Resources, Inc. (http://www.preferredresourcesinc.com/).

Doors open at 6.  You can find a map to the meeting location here.  Bring a friend who has never attended a meeting and/or a non-perishable food donation to be delivered to the Circle of Concern food pantry in Valley Park.

Functional, Dynamic Language Love-Fest

Posted: July 30, 2013 by marioeaquino in Uncategorized

The August meeting features talks on two dynamic languages with much love for the functional programming paradigm. First off, Helena Converse will give a talk on Lua Programming in Minecraft (a game with 90’s-era graphics for a world where Touring machines can be built using rudimentary materials and programing cleverness).  Following that, we will have a talk on Functional CoffeeScript for WebUIs by Richard Feldman (originally delivered at this year’s LambdaJam conference).

The good people at Square will sponsor pizza.  There will be book give-aways, swag, and surprises.

If you can make it, bring a friend or (if possible) a canned good for donation to an area food shelter.  Doors open at 6 p.m.

Shen & Quorum

Posted: May 1, 2013 by marioeaquino in Uncategorized
This month, we will have a double-bill with Deech Siram giving talk on the Shen programming language (a functional language that runs on many environments) and Dr. Andy Stefik talking about the Quorum programming language (an object oriented language designed by empirical study with actual humans).
The pizza sponsor is OCI (http://www.ociweb.com).
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first talk should start around 6:30.  You can find a map to the office building where the meetings will happen here: https://lambdalounge.org/meetings/
Bring a friend or food item for donation to a local food pantry.

2013 Language Shootout

Posted: April 14, 2013 by marioeaquino in Uncategorized

On June 6, we will hold the second Lambda Lounge Language Shootout. On the night of the meeting, participants will be given roughly 10 minutes to present any novel findings discovered in their solution to one of 4 possible programming challenges. Implementations can be in any language or tech stack.

The Challenges

The four challenges are:

Sharing your work

Participants are encouraged to pick one of the challenge problems, fork the git repo for this event and add their implementation, then send a pull request to get their work added to this repository. Participants should add their work under a directory with their proper name (using underscores as separators instead of spaces) or their github account identity.

Sponsor

The food (and gifts) sponsor for this meeting is Rackspace.

Stats Primer

Posted: April 2, 2013 by marioeaquino in Uncategorized
The double bill for the first Thursday of the month meeting includes a group discussion on two papers: Socio-PLT: Principles for Programming Language Adoption and Social Influences on Language Adoption, as well as a Statistics Primer given by Professor Andreas Stefik.  The night will actually be more like “The Andreas Show” because Dr. Stefik has graciously agreed to lead the discussion on the papers as well as give the stats talk.  The paper discussion needs to be a group activity, so if you can make it to the meeting please take time  to read both papers and come with an opinion.  The group discussion could easily go all night, but will be capped at 45 minutes.  The same for the stats talk.  If you are interested in machine learning and big data, statistics is a related topic and would be beneficial understand (as Tom Wheeler pointed out at the last Lambda Lounge).
Our pizza sponsor this month is Asynchrony: http://www.asynchrony.com.

Data Science

Posted: March 6, 2013 by marioeaquino in Uncategorized

Yo.  Data Science.  What is it all about? Techmology.  What is that all about?  Is it good or is it whack? Tom Wheeler will attempt to answer that very question with his talk titled: “What is Data Science?”.  Tom works at Cloudera, a company that ought to know a lot about data science.  Please come to listen to Tom and find out.

Additionally, there will be a group discussion with the theme of: Pivotal moments in your programming lives.  Lambda Loungers will have a chance to share turning points in their careers and the important concepts of design, computing, theory, architecture, testing, etc. that were particularly impactful and how it changed their thinking.

Doors open at 6 p.m.  Pizza is sponsored by Cloudera.

The meetings are held at:

680 Craig Road, 1st floor meeting room
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

There’s a map to the building here.

Five-O

Posted: February 7, 2013 by marioeaquino in Uncategorized

The February meeting (Thursday, 2/7/13) is the 50th Lambda Lounge, and has two talks that shouldn’t be missed.  First up, Jessica Kerr will be giving a talk called “Decompiling Your Brain”, in which she literally decompiles a human brain in front of a live audience (still looking for volunteers).  The second talk will be from Tim Skinner on Haskell’s Foreign Function Interface.  If you ever find yourself needing to reach out from Haskell’s warm, protective embrace into the world where the compiler’s type-safety checks aren’t looking out for you, you won’t want to miss this talk.

Doors open at 6 p.m.  Pizza is sponsored by Object Computing, Inc.

The meetings are held at:

680 Craig Road, 1st floor meeting room
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

There’s a map to the building here.