Runtime Expectations Episode 13 – Hot Clojure Conj!

This episode is so big, we needed to break it up into many pieces.  Adrian, Vicky, and myself attended ClojureConj in Raleigh this past month from November 10th-12th.  Chris Reddinger and Lynne Grogan, who organized this conference focused on the Clojure language were nice enough to welcome us when we asked if we could cover the event.

We were given a table right out in the middle of the lobby.  This was awesome as we were able to pull in some great guests to interview as they walked by.  We were also able to snap lots of photos as evidenced by our Flickr page.

Adrian and I were taken aback by the great community in presence that weekend.  The Clojure community represented itself well – as down to earth, brilliant, and overall great people.  In fact, Adrian went home the first day we were there and wrote a blog post covering what we noticed right off the bat.

http://www.uiandtherest.com/ui/index.php/2011/11/11/a-refreshed-view-on-community-clojure-conj-2011/

 

Runtime Expectations also announced a contest going into Clojure Conj.  Basically the best answer to our wacky questions would win a prize.  We had some great answers to questions like “Everyone needs a theme song, what’s Clojure’s?”.  Or “Who or what is Clojure’s arch-nemesis?”.  Listen in to the interviews to hear the answers.  At one point we got a couple gentlemen who stepped up to talk about how great Clojure was and that WITH Clojure you could chew bubble gum and kick ass at the same time.  Then Cory Brigette (@groovy3shoes) stepped up the game talking about “multi-threaded ass kicking”.  We invited him over to sit down, and he answered our theme song question with “Oh Yeah” by “Yello” …yeah, you heard us, remember Ferris Bueller?

Anyway between the ass kicking, Ferris Bueller song, and his willingness to sit down and be grilled by us, we’re awarding Cory a copy of Adobe’s Creative Suite 5.5 Premium Design Collection.  Congrats Cory!

 

On night one of the Conj, we had some great lightning talks, which I snuck in a microphone and recorded

Night One – Clojure Lightning Talks

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Starting from Day 2, we had some fantastic guests, like “meme wrangler”, author and developer Neal Ford (@neal4d) who joined us alongside Relevance CTO Stuart Halloway (@stuarthalloway).

 

Neal Ford and Stuart Halloway

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Stuart Halloway (@stuarthalloway) and Neal Ford (@neal4d)

 

Right as the conference was letting out, we got a chance to sit down with developer and concert pianist Ghadi Shayban (@smashthepast).  Also, core Overtone contributer, researcher, and Software Architect Sam Aaron (@samaaron).  We were also joined partway through by Scala fanatic and functional devotee Daniel Spiewak (@djspiewak).

Sam Aaron, Ghadi Shayban, and Daniel Spiewak

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Daniel Spiewak (@djspiewak) and Sam Aaron (@samaaron)

 

As Relevance had a huge presence at the conference, since they ran the thing, we got to speak to a lot of folks from there (not just CEO Stuart Halloway).

 

Relevance Designer Michael Parenteau (@parenteau) joined us.

Michael Parenteau

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Michael Parenteau (@parenteau)

 

…As well as Relevance’s President: Muness Alrubaie (@muness)

Muness Alrubaie

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Muness Alrubaie (@muness)

 

…And Relevance coach Marc Phillips @turbomarc

Marc Phillips

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Marc Phillips @turbomarc

 

…Finally Relevance developer Craig Andera @craigandera sat down with us as well

Craig Andera

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Craig Andera @craigandera

 

We also had probably the youngest Clojure developer Anthony Grimes (@orayne).  At 17, Anthony has already put in 3 years of Clojure dev.

Anthony Grimes

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Anthony Grimes (@IORayne)

Like I said, being in the lobby had it’s perks, because we were able to randomly get some rants and interviews from Corey, Patrick, and Arthur.

Clojure Rants and People in the Lobby

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Corey Burgett (@groovy3shoes)

 

Lastly, Vicky led a roundtable discussion with the people that introduced Codebass to Clojure – the Coldfusioners who came to learn some cool new tech: Roger Austin (@RogerTheGeek), Charlie Griefer (@CharlieGriefer), and Sean Corfield (@SeanCorfield)

Coldfusion Roundtable

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Roger Austin (@RogerTheGeek), Charlie Griefer (@CharlieGriefer), and Sean Corfield (@SeanCorfield)

 

All in all we had a great time, and it was very cool getting to know the Clojure community in their second year running the Conj!  Thanks to Chris and Lynne for inviting us out!

8 Responses to “Runtime Expectations Episode 13 – Hot Clojure Conj!”

  1. You might want to reorder some of the photo credits so the names match the L-to-R order of the people :)

    It was a blast having you guys at the Conj. Glad you got to interview so many folks – I’m looking forward to listening to all these pieces. Thank you!

  2. Vicky Ryder says:

    Hi Sean. This was an unexpected and unique way to punctuate 2011 for me, insofar as conferences go! I must say, your cf.O preso.. in part.. convinced me to make the drive. I hope you will continue to criss-cross communities. I loved doing the CF Roundtable in “foreign” territory. Would be fun to do that vice-versa. Clojure Roundtable. :)

  3. Anthony Grimes says:

    My twitter ID is missing the leading ‘i’. @IORayne. :>

  4. Muness Alrubaie says:

    BTW, Stuart is CTO at Relevance. Our CEO is Justin Gehtland. ;)

  5. And once again, a candid snapshot makes me look anorexic. I think I should be learning something from this… :-)

  6. Ben Farrell says:

    Vicky did demand a better photo of you, but I had none. I think you look fine, we’re programmers dammit, what’s with all the vanity….jeez

  7. @Daniel: Hey, at least you’re actually _in_ the photo that you’re labeled in, unlike some folks. ahem… :)

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