Functional Geekery Episode 117 – Eric Normand

In this episode I talk with Eric Normand. We catch up with what he has been up to since last episode, talk re-frame in ClojureScript, his newsletter, Clojure SYNC, online community discussions, and more.

Our Guest, Eric Normand

@ericnormand on Twitter
Clojure SYNC

Conference Announcements

LambdUp, Prague’s biggest functional programming event of the year, will be taking place December 16th at MeetFactory in Prague. For more information and to register visit:

Clojure SYNC will be taking place in New Orleans on February 15th & 16th of 2018. For more information and to register visit:

LambdaDays 2018 will be taking place February 22nd and 23rd in Kraków, Poland. For more information, and to register, visit

BOB 2018 is coming up in Berlin, Germany on February 23rd, 2018. For more information, and to register, visit

:clojureD will be following BOB 2018 in Berlin, Germany on February 24th, 2018. For more information, and to register, visit

Lambda Squared is a new conference taking place March 30th in Knoxville, Tennessee. For more information, and to register, visit

If you have a conference related to functional programming, contact me, and I will be happy to announce it.


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Functional Geekery now has a Patreon Page.

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Topics [@2:59]

Welcome back to Eric
Eric on Episode 18
Eric on Episode 41
What re-frame gets you
Event architecture
“Your events and subscriptions become your bedrock”
The Elm Architecture
“Confidence that we are onto something” with similar ideas coming out
Centralizing the state management
Bringing the ideas to “non-functional programmers” with Redux in JavaScript Newsletter
Looking at trends and threads across multiple disciplines
Clojure SYNC
The Craft of Programming theme
Zach Tellman
The Elements Of Clojure
George Kierstein
Emily Ashley
Career theme
Rebecca Kinsella
Elana Hashman
Baishampayan Ghose
Context theme
Gerald Jay Sussman
Will Byrd
David Nolen
Kim Crayton
Discount code of `geekery` for 10% off registration
What made Eric make the leap to put on a conference
Clojure/west and Clojure/Conj being combined
French Quarter
Putting together a food guide for the conference
Southern Food and Beverage Museum
The New Orleans Hotel Collection
Smaller more intimate time for after conference events
Online talk about Clojure community being in decline
Negative tone of discussions online
“People don’t complain about strengths that much”
Complaining being a sign of a healthy community
Gossip being the way to determine the mores of the group
“[The negatively talked about subject] is significant, […] that is the thing that is important”
Upcoming projects from Eric
Understanding Re-frame Video Course
Upcoming talk at LambdUp
Giving discounts for people where their country’s economy might not be as strong

As always, a giant Thank You goes to David Belcher for the logo design.

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