FDUG January: Design Patterns in Functional Programming

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 from 06:00:00 PM to 09:00:00 PM (America/Halifax) Add to your calendar
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6:00pm - 9:00pm (ITC building UNB Campus, Room ITC317)

Topic: Applying Design Patterns to Functional Programming

Presenter: Robin Bate Boerop


Effective software development in conventional programming languages (like C++, Java, or C#) requires knowledge of programming idioms. These idioms, the most popular of which were well documented in the Gang of Four (GoF) book "Design Patterns", are well known to professional programmers. How do conventional programming language expressions of these idioms map to modern functional programming languages like Clojure and Haskell? This talk answers the question with concrete examples, and aims to show that each of the GoF design patterns are better expressed, or not even necessary, in the modern functional programming languages. No prior knowledge of Clojure or Haskell is necessary.

Speaker Bio:

Robin Bate Boerop is the Chief Technology Officer at UserEvents [http://userevents.com], an enterprise software technology startup company based in Fredericton, NB. He has been a professional software developer for fifteen years. Robin has worked in the most challenging of software domains: concurrency control technologies, parallel programming, just-in-time compilation techniques, compiler construction, operating systems, memory management algorithms, performance programming, and large scale software development methods. His software forms integral parts of IBM's DB2 for Linux and Windows, Mozilla's Firefox, and other widely used open source software projects.

Robin's preferred programming language is Haskell, which he has been using for 10 years. He uses functional programming techniques in his every day work. At his workplace, UserEvents, Clojure is the programming language of choice. He has years of experience using C/C++ in large scale projects, and so is well suited to compare the experience of functional programming with the use of more conventional programming languages.

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