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  • Tony Morris
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    Tony Morris - Zippers

    Tony Morris
    Tony Morris
    Software Engineer
    Simple Machines
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    The term zipper is a colloquial used to describe n-hole (most often, 1-hole) contexts. That is, a data structure that has a _hole_ or _pointer_ focused on a specific element with the ability to efficiently traverse to its neighbouring elements, providing an elegant solution for the need to efficiently traverse and _modify_ immutable data structures.

    In this talk, we will look at examples of zippers for canonical data structures such as lists and other products and sums. We will then define comonads and see the relationship between zippers and comonads.

    Most of this talk will be spent on the practical application of zippers in everyday programming. We will solve some simple problems using zippers. We will then contrast why we might use a zipper, compared to a lens.

    Finally, for a fun and interesting observation, we will look at the algebraic structure of products and sums, then compute the derivative of these structures. Turns out, a derivative of a data structure is its zipper ("McBride, Conor, et al (2005). ∂ for Data: Differentiating Data Structures").

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    Tony Morris - An Intuition for List Folds

    Tony Morris
    Tony Morris
    Software Engineer
    Simple Machines
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    In this talk, we go back to first principles, defining and examining the definition for a cons list, then take a look at the ubiquitous right and left fold functions on a list.

    The primary focus of this talk is to develop an intuition for how these functions work so that we can best decide when to apply them. Multiple programming languages will be used to help emphasise the independence of the gained intuition. This talk will generally be interactive with the audience as we solve problems and build confidence in our new knowledge.

    Knowing how to apply the various list fold functions is a common question by the student of FP. This talk aims to provide a solid, reliable answer to this question. No prior understanding of list folds is necessary.

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    Tony Morris - Introduction to Functional Programming using Haskell

    Tony Morris
    Tony Morris
    Software Engineer
    Simple Machines
    schedule 1 year ago
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    480 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    We will be spending the day learning the fundamentals of Functional Programming (FP) using the Haskell programming language. The exercise material will be a condensed selection of the NICTA/course which is regularly held in Australia over three days.

    This one day session is targeted to experienced industry programmers who are looking to break into Functional Programming and develop the rudimentary skills and techniques that enable continued independent study. A refresher on Haskell syntax will be provided, however, it is highly recommended to practice with the syntax and development tools prior to obtain the best outcome for the day.

    You will be required to bring a suitable development machine (portable) for working through the exercises. You will also need to install Glasgow Haskell Compiler (http://www.haskell.org/ghc/) version 7.8 or higher on that machine prior to the day.

  • Edward Kmett
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    Edward Kmett / Tony Morris - Let's Lens

    480 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Let's Lens presents a series of exercises, in a similar format to the Data61 functional programming course material. The subject of the exercises is around the concept of lenses, initially proposed by Foster et al., to solve the view-update problem of relational databases.

    The theories around lenses have been advanced significantly in recent years, resulting in a library, implemented in Haskell, called lens.

    This workshop will take you through the basic definition of the lens data structure and its related structures such as traversals and prisms. Following this we implement some of the low-level lens library, then go on to discuss and solve a practical problem that uses all of these structures.

1. What got you into Functional Programming (FP)?

I was working with Java around 2000, and all the software was broken. "Surely there must be a better way"

2. What has been your best moment or highlight working with FP?

Delivering working software, then forgetting about it, knowing it will continue working.

3. What are some of the greatest challenges of working with FP?

Communicating to legacy programmers with beliefs that have been formed without any critical examination.

4. All the mainstream programming languages are adding functional programming features. Most new languages and frameworks are strongly influenced by FP. What is your advice to object-oriented programmers?

Hurry up.

5. What will be some of the key takeaways from your sessions at the conference?

Communication to help others.

6. The conference has more than 50 sessions. Which ones are you most looking forward to attending and why?

Those in interesting areas in which I don't often explore myself. Because I can learn things I didn't know exist.

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