July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Unconventional programming with chemical computing

Carin Meier (Cognitect)
2:30pm–3:10pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Solve D137/138
Average rating: ****.
(4.62, 8 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

Solid programming experience. Clojure knowledge is helpful but not required.

Description

Take a step back from your normal programming approach and discover a new way of looking at problems. All living organisms’ information systems are based on chemical processes. What can we learn by using this metaphor of chemistry in our programming?

We will answer this question by looking at artificial chemical computing. Building programs based on molecules and chemical reactions, we will explore new ways of thinking and opening ourselves up to innovation. We will discuss the basics of chemical programming and even touch on high order chemical programming as well.

Code examples will be in the powerful, elegant, and interactive programming language of Clojure, but you will not need to be an expert in the language to enjoy the demos. Join us for this adventure in looking at the programming world from a different perspective.

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Carin Meier

Cognitect

Carin Meier started off as a professional ballet dancer, studied physics in college, and has been developing software for both the enterprise and entrepreneur ever since. She has a strong background in Ruby and Clojure. Her passions led her to the intersection of the physical and digital world, combining hardware and software, where she has helped clients develop home automation systems as well as written a control library for the Parrot AR Drone in Clojure. She is highly involved in the community and spoken at many conferences, including keynoting at OSCON and Strange Loop. She helps lead the Cincinnati Functional Programmers and is the author of Living Clojure.