Last week was Strange Loop; this week was vacation. The original vacation plan was to get some rest, but Strange Loop is a conference that leaves you wanting to play. I wanted to play with combinators, and the easiest way to do that was to play with Haskell, but to really appreciate Haskell I needed to play with the lambda calculus and the Hindley–Milner type system. And this is just from two of the talks.

There’s also GraphQL to explore. Is it really better than REST? Giving up URLs feels weird, but GraphQL also addresses many frustrations. And with five tracks, videos for the other 80% of the conference still need watched.

Vacation turned into a week of exploration. If you can afford to take a week (or more!) after a conference, do it. That is your best chance to really dig into all the new information.

Nicholas Lindley