Thinking with Arrays
Building on Aaron's introduction to APL, Marshall will take a broader view of APL and discuss what the concept of a (multidimensional) array means to array programmers and why we might want to base entire languages on this concept. He will show how methods from the array paradigm can be used even when programming in functional languages, focusing on one APL operator rarely appreciated outside of the array community: the outer product. Finally he will discuss a number of problems taken from mathematics and practical programming and show how APL thinking can simplify and unify concepts: all of the problems are solved using the same simple pattern involving outer products!
Outline/Structure of the Talk
- What's an array? What's array programming?
- The outer product in APL
- Using array programming in functional languages
- Thinking more effectively with arrays and outer products
After this talk, participants should understand the basis of the array programming paradigm and how it relates to the functional paradigm. They should understand when array techniques are appropriate and understand how the array paradigm can make concepts simpler and reveal previously hidden connections.
Users of any programming language who want to improve their effectiveness by using array techniques.
Prerequisites for Attendees
Aaron Hsu's talk "APL Training Wheels" or a basic knowledge of APL from other sources.
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