FringeDC informal meeting

Went for the first time last night to an informal meeting of the FringeDC group, for DC area residents interested in “fringe” programming languages, organized by the illustrious Conrad Barski. ‘Twas a lot of fun—I met some cool people and talked about various interesting topics like introductory computer science pedagogy, continuation-based web applications, the possibility of breaking the Haskell IO monad into more restricted subsets of effects, and Arc. (I still think Arc is kind of silly, but at least now I better understand the philosophy behind it… =)

I’ll be giving a talk at the next (formal) meeting on March 22! (Assuming that I’m not off visiting a grad school…) I’m really looking forward to it. People seemed to be very interested in xmonad, so I’ll probably talk about that—something like Simon Peyton-Jones’ Taste of Haskell, except much shorter, for people who are already convinced they’re interested in Haskell, and with slightly more focus on showing off xmonad itself, rather than using it as a convenient vehicle for showing off Haskell. Or something like that.

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2 Responses to FringeDC informal meeting

  1. Bjorn Buckwalter says:

    Adam Turoff did an intro to Haskell for the group last year[1] so perhaps basic knowledge can be assumed. Collaborative text editor theory would also be a cool topic. Looking forward to your talk.

    [1] http://notes-on-haskell.blogspot.com/2007/04/feedback-on-hact.html

  2. Brent says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Thanks for the info. Yes, collaborative text editor theory is the other thing I was thinking of talking about, but it really depends on how much progress I’m able to make on that in the next month or so. If I were to talk about that I’d really like to have something nifty and practical to show off (even if it’s clunky), rather than just talking about the theory. But we’ll see.

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