Connection Management, FP Style: A Case Study
YOW! Lambda Jam 2013
Many applications face the problem of communicating to external processes via stateful connections, for instance JDBC connections to databases, or SSH connections to a network server. Traditional manual connection handling a la JDBC places all the management burden on the client code, and is error prone.
For a recent project we designed – with prudent use of the Reader, Free and IO monads – a superior API that prevents misuse. This talk explores the evolution of this API and the challenges it presented and solved.
Director of Engineering
Jed Wesley-Smith is a programming philosopher, concerned with how software behaves, scales and composes. He has been a functional programmer for the last 10 years, having discovered FP as a technique to simplify intractable concurrency problems, and then became such an enthusiastic proponent he was nicknamed Captain Immutable at Atlassian. Jed is currently Director of Engineering at Simple Machines, is a YOW! Evangelist, as well as a co-organiser of the FP-Syd and ScalaSyd user-groups.