The inaugural Functional Programming Miniconf is being held on Tuesday 2nd February during 2016, in Geelong, Victoria.

This one-day miniconf is for FP beginners and practitioners alike. Attendees will learn FP concepts, tools and techniques and be challenged to think about programming in new ways and embrace the benefits of FP in their workplaces and open source communities.


Registration is required to attend, which runs from 1st - 5th February 2016. Miniconf-only registration is available from $90. Student, hobbyist and professional rates are available for the full conference. See the Registration Information page for details.


Time Presentation
10:40 - 10:55 Miniconf open
11:00 The Essential Tools of Open-Source: Functional Programming, Parametricity, Types by Tony Morris
11:50 Functional programming in Python with Toolz and by Juan Nunez-Iglesias
12:20 - 13:20 LUNCH
13:20 Data made out of functions by Ken Scambler
13:55 The Emperor’s New Closure: FP in Javascript by Nick Moore
14:30 Practical Functional Architecture by Jed Wesley-Smith
15:00 - 15:40 AFTERNOON TEA
15:40 Swift Functional Programming by Paris Buttfield-Addison
16:15 Haskell is Not For Production and Other Tales by Katie Miller
17:05 - 17:20 LIGHTNING TALKS and miniconf close

About FP

Functional programming is an approach to programming that models computation as the evaluation of mathematical functions. It draws from fields of math including lambda calculus and category theory and emphasises purity, immutability, abstraction and composability. These qualities underpin FP’s reputation for succinctness, comprehensibility and the ability to move fast and not break things.

In recent years awareness and use of functional programming has grown with the emergence of new languages (e.g. Scala, Clojure, Idris), ongoing advancement of older functional programming languages (e.g. OCaml, Haskell) and other languages adopting features to better facilitate functional programming (e.g. Java 8, C# 3.0).

Some popular open source functional programming languages include:

Some well-known open source programs written in functional programming languages include: