I got home today from a whirlwind Strange Loop. I saw many great talks and missed even more. There are five tracks so it's impossible to see everything. But the folks at Strange Loop are amazing. You could see them in the back of the theater, while one talk was being recorded, working on the last talks. They're already online. I've pointed out some of my favorites below, but there are too many great ones to put them all in.
To everyone I met, to the organizers, and to all the speakers, thanks for making such a great conference!
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Ambrose Bonnaire-Sergeant gave a progress report of Typed Clojure and where it is heading. He also responds to a recent blog post by CircleCI explaining why they are putting Typed Clojure on hold in their codebase. Spoiler 1: Ambrose asked for the blog post to be written. Spoiler 2: CircleCI experienced slow checking but not incorrect checking. I had the good luck to talk to Ambrose at the conference and he considers CircleCI's 2-year experiment a victory for Typed Clojure, though there's more work to be done.
I See What You Mean Youtube
Peter Alvaro opened the conference with a thought-provoking bang with what turned out to my favorite talk. I had tried to read the paper before but for whatever reason I never made it very far. But after this well-executed keynote I think I'll succeed this time.
Propositions as Types Youtube
Most of you have used programming languages that were invented—not discovered—and you can tell!
Philip Wadler presented this talk about the history of computability from a mathematical and computer science background. Many concepts are discovered in both mathematics and computer science. According to Wadler, this is good evidence that the ideas are discovered. This was on my mind during the whole conference and was a great perspective from which to view the many ideas presented in the conference.
David Nolen and Michael Bernstein traced the history of programming languages alonside the evolution of 20th century society and music.
A library for doing experiments in production to prove that a rewrite is equivalent to the original.
Implementing the Saga Pattern UStream
Caitie McCaffrey talks about the Saga Pattern, which I personally think is a pattern that we don't talk about enough.
Michael Nygard talks about architecture as an ongoing process.
Jonathan Boston shows one way to make promises with core.async.
Idalin Bobe presented her story of becoming a tech activist. This is a really important talk about racist and classist issues that have existed for hundreds of years. This was the most empassioned and engaging talk I saw.