As part as getting ready for Scalapeño 2018 conference we're exited to kick off a series of interviews with this year amazing speakers, hearing their stories and their professional insights. Our first speaker is Eric Torreborre (@etorreborre), who'll go up on stage with his talk "What Haskell taught us when we were not looking"
Q: Hi Eric, tell us a bit about yourself
I am a software developer working at Zalando in Berlin. I have been involved in Scala and open-source for the past 10 years and it has been a great ride. More recently my interest in Functional Programming led me to launch a series of Haskell projects at work and I can say I enjoy it a lot!
Q: Who is favourite tech thought leader and why?
The term "thought leader" is a bit too much on the marketing side for my taste, but I am trying to get some inspiration from some well-known researchers/developers like Oleg Kiselyov, Robert Harper, and Edward Kmett. Actually, it was Edward who pushed me over the edge to try Haskell at ScalaWorld last year.
Q: What advice would you give yourself at the outset of your career?
I wish I was involved with programming languages and functional programming a lot sooner in my career. But otherwise I would advise myself to try to be on all the fronts: know how to manage teams, write requirements, listen to the business, operate the systems, develop robust code.
Q: What will you teach us at Scalapeño 2018, and why is this so important that developers should come to your talk? Give us a punch line :)
This year at Scalapeño I will show the audience how Haskell and functional programming are progressively shaping this industry even if someone is "just" using Java or C#. This is inevitable! (even if it takes 20 years :-)).
Thank you, Eric!