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Jade Allen, “Out of the Tar Pit”

September 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT

Abstract:  “Out of the Tar Pit” is one of my favorite academic computer science papers of all time. It is a paper which I believe should be read or re-read at least once a year.

It discusses the causes of complexity in computer systems and how to reduce complexity to improve programmer understanding, reduce coding and operational defects and ease code maintenance. The general technique for doing this is employing a methodology the authors call “Functional Relational Programming.” In this talk, we will discuss the broad outlines of the topics in the paper and how they apply to our real world software development experiences.

Please read the full paper[1] (if you have time) otherwise, a very good tl;dr summary is available here[2].

[1]: http://curtclifton.net/papers/MoseleyMarks06a.pdf
[2]: https://blog.acolyer.org/2015/03/20/out-of-the-tar-pit/

Biography: Jade Allen has been a software developer for over 20 years. She currently works at Helium Inc where she helps maintain a large (Byzantine fault tolerant) distributed system that relays sensor data from IoT devices to the Internet. She has worked on a variety of software projects over her career from databases to storage services to systems automation tools. Her avocational interests involve spin class, cooking, and cheesy pop culture references.

This will be an online event via Zoom:

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Topic: Houston Functional Programming Users Group
Time: Sep 15, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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September 15, 2021
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