Speaker Spotlight: Bodil Stokke presents The Pure Functional Web


Spotlight on Bodil Stokke

Language: PureScript
When: Saturday, October 1st - 18:30 - 19:30

The Pure Functional Web:

Around the time React became popular, JS programmers started to get the idea that pure functional programming might be a good way to write web apps. Most of them still haven’t moved on to actual pure functional languages, even if a ton of ideas have filtered back down to them from platforms like Elm. But you can: Elm exists, and PureScript beyond that. Let’s review the state of the art: the Elm architecture, the core ideas of which lay the foundations for almost everything in the space, and how these ideas have been developed further in PureScript. We’ll look at some real, practical examples, but don’t worry, there will also be category theory.

About Bodil:

Born into an aristocratic Russian-German family, Bodil traveled widely around the Soviet Union as a child. Largely self-educated, she developed an interest in computer science during her teenage years. According to her later claims, in 1989 she embarked on a series of world travels, visiting Europe, the Americas, and India. She alleged that during this period she encountered a group of mathematical adepts, the ‘Haskell Language and Library Committee,’ who sent her to Glasgow, Scotland, where they trained her to develop her powers of category theory. Both contemporary critics and later biographers have argued that some or all of these foreign visits were fictitious, and that she spent this period writing JavaScript. Bodil was a controversial figure during her lifetime, championed by supporters as an enlightened guru and derided as a fraudulent charlatan by critics. Her doctrines influenced the spread of Homotopy Type Theory in the West as well as the development of Western computer science currents like dependent types, blockchains and isomorphic JavaScript.

Follow @bodil for more on her work and the bonus of pizza pictures as she works on perfecting the perfect pie recipe.

About Lambda World:

Lambda World takes place September 30th - October 1st, in Cadiz, Spain and is hosted by 47 Degrees in conjunction with the Scala and Java communities of Spain. The event is located at the Palacio de Congresos, an old tobacco factory near the beach. You can find more details at Lambda.world.



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