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4/14/2010 Language Panel

Location: Auraria Campus, TIV 320 AB – Baerresen Ballroom
Address: Walnut St. & 9th St; Denver CO 80204

Schedule:
5:30-6:00 PM Refreshments and Networking
6:00-7:00 PM Polyglot Approaches with Ruby, Groovy, Scala and Clojure
7:00-7:05 PM Short break
7:05-7:15 PM Announcements
7:15-8:45 PM Panel Discussion: Ruby, Groovy, Scala, Clojure and Polyglot
8:45 PM Door prize raffle

Polyglot Approaches with Ruby, Groovy, Scala and Clojure
Ruby – Frederic Jean
Groovy – Scott Davis
Scala – Tom Flaherty
Clojure – Daniel Glauser
Polyglot – Venkat Subramaniam

In the first hour each of the five panelists with give a 12 minute talk.

The four language talks will feature common examples along with the
influence that each language has on it’s web framework: Ruby On Rails,
Grails, Lift & Cascade.

In the fifth 12 minute talk Venkat will make the case for when to use
which language. While all the languages can do almost all of the tasks
(they are all general purpose languages), each shines a bit more than
the others in some areas.

Panel Discussion: Ruby, Groovy, Scala, Clojure and Polyglot

The audience and panelists will start off with a discussion of the
examples from the previous session. For each language, we will discuss
why one is better than the other. We expect all the languages to come
out winning, but in different areas.

Other topics up for discussion are web frameworks, DSLs, concurrency,
what is a dynamic language, Polyglot Maven and Ola Bini’s Language Pyramid.

About the Panelists:

Frederic Jean (Ruby) has recently joined Time Warner Cable’s Advanced
Technology Group. Frederic focuses on using dynamic languages such as
Ruby and Groovy to build and test complex applications. Frederic worked
on Project Kenai at Sun based on JRuby, to provide a hosting facility
for Open Source Projects. Frederic is the speaker coordinator for the
Boulder Java Users Group. In Colorado Frederic has spoken at Boulder
Ruby Users Group, Derailed, DJUG, BJUG, DOSUG and CSOSUG.

Scott Davis (Groovy) is launching Closely.com to make real-time social
networks work better for businesses and consumers. For training Scott
founded ThirstyHead.com, that specializes in Groovy and Grails training.
Scott published one of the first public websites implemented in Grails
in 2006 and has been actively working with the technology ever since.
Author of the book Groovy Recipes: Greasing the Wheels of Java and two
ongoing IBM developerWorks article series (Mastering Grails and in 2009,
Practically Groovy), Scott writes extensively about how Groovy and
Grails are the future of Java development. Scott teaches public and
private classes on Groovy and Grails for start-ups and Fortune 100
companies. He is a regular presenter on the international technical
conference circuit (including No Fluff Just Stuff). In 2008, Scott was
voted the top Rock Star at JavaOne for his talk “Groovy, the Red Pill:
How to blow the mind of a buttoned-down Java developer”. In Colorado
Scott was president of DJUG and BJUG. Scott has spoken at DJUG, BJUG and
IASA Denver.

Tom Flaherty (Scala) is Chief Architect for Axiom Architectures. Tom is
currently building an open source release of IDD (Intelligent Documents
& Drawings) an interactive drawing, symbolic math and stylistic editor
application written in Scala. Tom is writing a series of papers titled
“The Scala Way” to explore advanced concepts about OO, functional
programming, concurrency and Ola Bini’s language pyramid layers. In 2009
Tom introduced Axiom’s “A Practical Road Map to Enterprise Architecture”
a refined approach based on 12 core practices for 4-Tier platforms with
Agile and quantitative benefit methodologies. The “Road Map” summarizes
14 years of enterprise architect experience at Williams Communications,
DMR, XCare and Axiom. In Colorado Tom has spoken at DOSUG, BJUG and CSOSUG.

Daniel Glauser (Clojure) is the featured speaker for a night of Clojure
at the Denver Open Source User’s Group on April 6, 2010. Daniel has
recently spent time with two Clojure based web frameworks, Cascade (a
web framework authored by Howard Lewis Ship) and Compojure. Daniel is a
software architect with over twelve years’ development and architecture
experience for companies like Comcast, BellSouth and NBC-Universal.
Daniel has designed and implemented a digital classroom, worked on
large-scale data processing systems for the state of California, and a
high-volume content management system for Telemundo.com. Daniel’s
interests include functional programming, logic systems, and enterprise
architecture. Daniel is a nationally-recognized whitewater kayaker who
recently relocated to Castle Rock, Colorado, and spends most of his time
away from the computer either with his family or on the water. In
Colorado Daniel has spoken at DOSUG, BJUG and CSOSUG.

Venkat Subramaniam (Polyglot) is founder of Agile Developer, Inc. Venkat
has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US,
Canada, Europe, and Asia. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and
succeed with agile practices on their software projects, and speaks
frequently at international conferences and user groups. He is author of
“.NET Gotchas,” coauthor of 2007 Jolt Productivity Award winning
“Practices of an Agile Developer,” author of “Programming Groovy:
Dynamic Productivity for the Java Developer” and “Programming Scala:
Tackle Multi-Core Complexity on the Java Virtual Machine” (Pragmatic
Bookshelf). In Colorado Venkat has spoken at DJUG, BJUG, DOSUG and CSOSUG.

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