Steve Miner Clojure/conj 2016 Interview
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Steve Miner will be giving a talk at Clojure/conj 2016. He is an independent developer.
PurelyFunctional.tv: How did you get into programming?
Steve Miner: I learned Lisp in college, circa 1981. I don’t remember being taught the paradigm of Functional Programming in a formal sense. After many years of Java and Objective-C, Clojure gave me a chance to adopt functional programming practices in a more rigorous way.
PF.tv: What is your talk about?
SM: My talk is about how the art of juggling relates to programming.
PF.tv: Why juggling?
SM: I think programmers can draw inspiration from many arts, including juggling. Of course, the real reason is that juggling is fun.
PF.tv: What do you hope people will take away from the talk?
SM: I hope people gain some insight into the mathematical theory of juggling and how that theory might inform the practice of software development.
PF.tv: What concepts do you recommend people be familiar with to maximize their experience with the talk?
SM: I don’t assume the audience will have any juggling experience, but you might enjoy the talk more if you’ve tried to do a little juggling. If you want to be an expert, learn the “siteswap” notation. On the Clojure side, I plan to use Quil and Loom for visualizing juggling patterns.
PF.tv: What resources are available for people who want to study up before the talk?
PF.tv: Where can people follow you online?
PF.tv: Are there any projects you'd like people to be aware of? How can people help out?
SM: I’ll post some code after the talk, but most of my open source projects are just for my own amusement.
PF.tv: Where do you see the state of functional programming in 10 years?
SM: I expect that functional programming will still be considered a “secret weapon” but that’s OK because it will be used behind the scenes everywhere.
PF.tv: If functional programming were a superhero, what superpower would it have?
PF.tv: Thank you for the interview!