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Excited About Clojure/conj

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It has been a crazy busy year, both at work and personally, and it’s hard for me to believe my last blog post was in April!

Clojure/conj is coming up fast and the schedule was posted today, which has made me even more excited about it. Here’s a run down of the sessions I plan to attend – I’ll write up my thoughts on everything shortly after the conference.

  • Welcome Event – I’m hoping my flight is on time and Lyft can get me there in time to chill and network with all the interesting Clojurians!
  • Stuart Halloway – In his recent Apropos podcast, he hinted that this talk would be about new tooling he has been using. Maybe prepl-related?
  • Christopher Small – Clojure on the cyberpunk frontier of democracy – This sounds fascinating.
  • Chris Johnson Bidler – Serverless-ish: Zero to App with Datomic Cloud and GraphQL.
  • Ghadi Shayban – Java Made (Somewhat) Simple – Although Ghadi told me this might be a beginner/intermediate-level talk, he’s a great speaker and I look forward to hearing his insights about the platform.
  • Boris Kourtoukov – Machines that Judge Us.
  • Tiago Luchini – Declarative Domain Modeling for Datomic Ion/Cloud.
  • Lily Goh + Dom Kiva-Meyer – Robust APIs with clojure.spec & GraphQL – I’m a huge advocate of spec and we’re also using GraphQL at work so this should be very applicable.
  • Rich Hickey – Maybe Not – Rich is always worth the price of entry!
  • Unsessions – Looking forward to seeing the schedule for these. Past years' unsessions have included some real diamonds!
  • David Chelimsky – AWS, meet Clojure.
  • Ben Kamphaus – AI Systems: Foundations for Artificial Minds or Aaron Cummings – Making Memories: Clojure For Hardware Engineers (And Others). I’m undecided but leaning toward the AI talk.
  • Elena Machkasova – Babel: middleware for beginner-friendly error messages – Anything that helps with Clojure’s error messages (much improved in Clojure 1.10!) is always worth learning about!
  • Wilker Lucio da Silva – Scaling Full-Stack Applications Over Hundreds of Microservices or Daniel Gregoire – Tables Considered Helpful. Undecided again but leaning toward the table talk.
  • Nikolas Göbel – Reactive Datalog for Datomic or Tyler Hobbs – Code goes in, Art comes out. Undecided but leaning toward the Datalog talk (because I’m not hugely interested in art/computing).
  • Gary Fredericks – What Are All These Class Files Even About? And Other Stories – Having been repeatedly bitten by AOT, I’m looking forward to this!
  • Tomomi Livingstone + Hans Livingstone – Party REPL — A multi-player REPL built for pair-programming – This looks very, very interesting!
  • Rebecca Parsons – Closing day two keynote.
  • (Party!)
  • Carin Meier – Can you GAN? – No idea about the topic but Carin is always an engaging speaker.
  • Dave Fetterman – Learning and Teaching Clojure on the job at Amperity – Because coming up to speed (and bringing others up to speed) is important.
  • Vikash Mansinghka – Probabilistic programming and meta-programming in Clojure – WAT?
  • Alex Engelberg and Derek Slager – Every Clojure Talk Ever – Cryptically enticing…