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Jonah Beckford, “What distributing OCaml on Windows gave me (and you)”

April 19 @ 7:00 pm CDT

Abstract: I’ll talk about why I distributed tools to install and use OCaml on Windows. The talk will start with why I adopted OCaml, and why I took the risk as a newcomer to get tooling in a previously tiny corner (Windows) of an uncommon language (OCaml). I’ll spend some time talking about the technical challenges, how I’ve overcome them, and what still needs to be done. I’ll also talk about the software development kit I will be releasing in 2023, and demo some of its upcoming OCaml-powered features that unsurprisingly work on Windows. Finally, I will explain how to de-risk hiring employees and contractors when you use languages like OCaml.

Bio: Jonah has been in the fraud analytics and computer vision fields for almost two decades. Most recently he was a Principal Engineer for Amazon Go. After the murder of George Floyd in 2020, he began thinking through some key questions: Who outside of George’s family would have cared, if not for a cell phone video? How many unreported, unsolved murders and life-threatening assaults happen every year in America? Will political and structural changes fundamentally alter violence in America? Jonah started Diskuv to serve in the discovery of life-threatening crimes and in the care for the threatened, finding long-present answers in the Christian testimony of Frederick Douglass through to MLK Jr.  When he’s away from Diskuv, Jonah loves camping, reading and teaching Sunday school kids.


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Date:
April 19
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7:00 pm CDT

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