So Long 2014: Year Highlights

Another year is about to end and as it is tradition in this blog it’s time to look at the year’s highlights!

Functional Programming

I have been advocating Functional Programming and Clojure for a while now and 2014 has been good to me. It was the first year where I was paid to work almost entirely in functional languages. Most of it was in Scala and a little less in Clojure.

I did have a short 8-week gig in Javascript but even then I tried to make it as functional as possible - e.g.: making use of Reactive Programming techniques (Rx-style)

I’m also thankful for the opportunity to have organised the first Sydney edition of ClojureBridge, a workshop aimed at increasing diversity in the Clojure community by delivering free workshops for women. You can read more about what we did on the day here.

Another bit of exciting news is that I’ve decided to quit ThoughtWorks. Starting in January I’ll be doing Clojure full-time at Atlassian. I’ve written about it here.

I’m looking forward to a very functional year!

Writing

Early this year I was invited by Packt Publishing to write a book on Reactive Programming in Clojure. I’ve announced it before in this blog but it is definitely a highlight of this year.

The book has been a while in the making and I had no idea of the amount of effort involved in writing one. I’m mostly content-complete now but working through a number of useful bits of feedback I got from early reviewers. I expect to be done with these in January and then the book should go into production.

I’ll keep everybody posted :)

Reading

Most of what I read this year - with the little free time I had - were academic papers and I would like to highlight a few that I particularly enjoyed:

Additionally I can’t help myself and recommend that you read Functional Programming in Scala if you have any interest in FP and Scala. Rúnar and Paul have done a great job and put a lot of good advice in this book.

Speaking

Between work and writing the book I’m happy I managed to speak this much:

Content

Here’s the Top 5 posts from this blog in 2014:

If this tells me anything it’s that I need to blog more!

Happy new year! Here’s to an amazing 2015!

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