Twitter's Oscar Boykin: Programming Isn't Math

Functional programming has a rich history of drawing from mathematical theory, yet in this highly entertaining talk from the Northeast Scala Symposium, Twitter data scientist Oscar Boykin make the case that programming is distinct from mathematics. This distinction is healthy and does not mean we can't leverage many results and concepts from mathematics.
As examples, Oscar will discuss some recent work — algebird, bijection, scalding — and show cases where mathematical purity were both helpful and harmful to developing products at Twitter.
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Published March 7, 2013