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Functional Thinking With Neal Ford

Learning the syntax of a new language is easy, but learning to think under a different paradigm is hard. This session from ThoughtWorks Architect Neal Ford helps you transition from being a Java writing imperative programmer to a functional programmer, using Java, Clojure and Scala for examples. This session takes common topics from imperative languages and looks at alternative ways of solving those problems in functional languages. As a Java developer, you know how to achieve code-reuse via mechanisms like inheritance and polymorphism. Code reuse is possible in functional languages as well, using high-order functions, composition, and multi-methods. Neal takes a variety of common practices in OOP languages and show the corresponding mechanisms in functional languages.

Introducing Datomic

Clojure/Datomic creator Rich Hickey on Deconstructing the Database

Rich Hickey, author of Clojure, and designer of Datomic presents a new way to look at database architectures in this talk from JaxConf 2012. What happens when you deconstruct the traditional monolithic database – separating transaction processing, storage and query into independent cooperating services? Coupled with a data model based around atomic facts and awareness of time, you get a significantly different set of capabilities and tradeoffs. This talk with discuss how these ideas play out in the design and architecture of Datomic, a new database for the JVM. Filming: Marakana Tech TV