Wikipedia returns about 30 entries for “Haskell,” including:
- Haskell is a standardized, general-purpose purely functional programming language, with non-strict semantics and strong static typing.
- “Eddie” Haskell is a fictional character on the Leave It to Beaver television situation comedy, which ran in the ’50s and ’60s.
There’s an introduction to Haskell meetup this week, and it’s a good bet that it’s focused on the former.
The meetup is this Thursday, May 24, from 7-9pm at The Box Jelly, and is being presented by Tim Newsham, a prominent figure in computer security who was awarded a Pwnie Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2008.
The group facilitating this meetup, the Organization for the Understanding of Dynamic Languages, which sounds like a geeky, grammar-focused nemesis group akin to the Legion of Doom, was started by local developer Kyle Oba.
“I founded the group with the desire to have a radically participatory organization for coders,” said Oba. “I also want to produce content in Hawaii that rivals what would otherwise force you to fly to the mainland. We have our work cut out for ourselves, so it’s one step at a time.”
“This is the second in a series of talks aimed at bringing discussion and learning of interesting programming topics to Honolulu, not by importing speakers or exporting programmers (to/from the mainland), but by harnessing and growing our own talents locally,” continued Oba. “Think of it a first-rate programming conference, happening in slow motion, spread out across several months.”
That’s a lofty goal, so kudos to Oba and team for identifying and promoting local talent, and sharing the knowledge of that talent.
During OUDL events, all members of the meetup are referred to as, “presenters.” The hope is that everyone will contribute to the creation of some content towards the topic. Oba described the group as having “a non-violent Fight Club philosophy.” (I just hope that they don’t start making soap out of human fat…)More information about this week’s event can be found here, and future planned talks include “Functional Python” (by Shu Zong Chen) and “Clojure – An intro, setup w/ Emacs, Slime, Leiningen” by Oba.