Functional Geekery Episode 74 – Zeeshan Lakhani

In this episode I talk with Zeeshan Lakhani. We talk his introduction to functional programming, Clojure, Erlang, distributed systems, session types, Papers We Love, and much more.

Our Guest, Zeeshan Lakhani

@zeeshanlakhani on Twitter
Papers We Love
@papers_we_love on Twitter


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About Zeeshan
Papers We Love
LambdaConf 2015 episode of Functional Geekery with Zeeshan
How Zeeshan got into functional programming
StrangeLoop 2012
Programming Languages Coursera course by Dan Grossman
Transitioning to Clojure
“Getting more into context”
“Clojure changed my mindset of how I deliver programs”
Making the change to working with Erlang
Distributed Systems
Thinking of everything as a process
QuickCheck for Erlang
Thinking in state machines
Pattern matching
Erlang Factory
Racket as a language about writing languages
Lasp from Christopher Meiklejohn
Oregon Programming Languages Summer School
Zeeshan’s Erlang Type System talk at Erlang Factory
Data Flow Semantics paper from Google
GenStage in Elixir
Session Types
Zeeshan’s Intro to Sessions Types at MoonConf
ABCD group
Professor Wadler on Episode 39 talking Session Types
Papers We Love
Papers We Love guidelines
Papers We Love Conf
Attending a Papers We Love and format
“Computing is not about factions, but about the universality of it”
Papers We Love Github repository
Papers We Love YouTube channel
New York Chapter of Papers We Love

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

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