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Thursday, November 16 • 11:10am - 11:30am
Type Classes for the Rest of Us

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Scala as an Object-Functional language has an almost endless supply of options to tackle the day-to-day problems that we run into as developers. However, it's often not clear when to choose one option over another. Type-classes provide a simple solution to several problem spaces -- often filling the gaps that other traditional solutions fail to fill.

In my talk, I will iterate over a real-world problem using common tools made available by Scala to help gain some intuition about how type-classes work and why they are useful. Most importantly, since type-classes can be used to completely replace entire features of the Scala language, I give some concrete examples of pragmatic use-cases to show some insight into where and when to apply type-classes to day-to-day problems. Attendees will leave having a good intuition about when and where to apply type-classes to a problem - and even more importantly when *not* to apply it.

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Andrew Kuhnhausen

Software Engineer, Domino Data Lab
Andrew Kuhnhausen is a developer at Domino Data LAb in San Francisco. He did his thesis on static analysis of Dalvik byte code for malware detection. When not futzing around with functional programming or distributed computing, you can find him riding his bike and enjoying the fine... Read More →

Thursday November 16, 2017 11:10am - 11:30am PST