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'Pickles & Spores: Improving Support for Distributed Programming in Scala
'Spores are "small units of possibly mobile functional behavior". They're a closure-like abstraction meant for use in distributed or concurrent environments. Spores provide a guarantee that the environment is effectively immutable, and safe to ship over the wire. Spores aim to give library authors some confidence in exposing functions (or, rather, spores) in public APIs for safe consumption in a distributed or concurrent environment.

The first part of the talk covers a simpler variant of spores as they are proposed for inclusion in Scala 2.11. The second part of the talk briefly introduces a current research project ongoing at EPFL which leverages Scala's type system to provide type constraints that give authors finer-grained control over spore capturing semantics. What's more, these type constraints can be composed during spore composition, so library authors are effectively able to propagate expert knowledge via these composable constraints.

The last part of the talk briefly covers Scala/Pickling, a fast new, open serialization framework.'
pickling  scala  presentations  spores  closures  fp  immutability  coding  distributed  distcomp  serialization  formats  network 
april 2014 by jm
Mexican Pickled Potatoes
'My researches on the pickling matter had lead me to conclude that Mexico was, in fact, one of the few places where pickled potatoes were “a thing” and, in discussing same with Lily last month at her Mexican food stall in the Honest To Goodness market, I discovered that her soon-to-be-visiting Mexican mama was, in fact, a maker of such pickles. Not long afterward, I watched as Lily sat down with her mother, querying the ways of her pickled potatoes, translating and scribbling instructions for me as the details were recalled, not in an orderly series of steps, but in a series of asides and by-the-ways, by one for whom the practice of pickling potatoes was entirely second nature.'
pickling  yum  food  mexico  potatoes  spuds  recipes 
july 2013 by jm

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