Elise Huard

EuroClojure 2017 Speaker Interview

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Elise Huard EuroClojure 2017 Interview

Elise Huard will be giving a talk at EuroClojure 2017. Her talk is called The Return of Clojure Data Science.

Follow Elise on her Homepage, GitHub and Twitter.

PurelyFunctional.tv: How did you get into Clojure?

Elise Huard: Slowly. I worked at a company that was using clojure, but wasn't working in clojure myself. I was curious, so started doing 4clojure exercises and reading up on it. I made a small web app in clojure which did what I wanted it to do, but then had a large break of a couple of years where I did Haskell work, before starting at my current job, which is clojure full time!

PF.tv: What is your talk about?

EH: It's about doing data science with clojure - a large part of my day job is data analysis and data science, and it would be good to be able to do all stages of a project in clojure. I'm mapping out what is there in the clojure ecosystem, and what I feel is lacking, possibly to formulate a roadmap.

PF.tv: Who is your talk for?

EH: It's for clojurists who also want to do some data science (and let's face it, who doesn't these days), or data scientists who'd like to use clojure.

PF.tv: What do you hope people will take away from the talk?

EH: An awareness of what's out there, and where the ecosystem is not quite ready yet, and hopefully a willingness to help out with it!

PF.tv: What concepts do you recommend people be familiar with to maximize their experience with the talk?

EH: A working knowledge of clojure, or at least some basics. If it's going to entail active discussion at the end, then some concepts of data science.

PF.tv: What resources are available for people who want to study up before the talk?

EH: "Clojure for Data Science" is a great book by my colleague Henry Garner. There are a few great online courses, one of the best being the coursera one. Not required, only if you're really interested. 🙂

PF.tv: Where can people follow you online?

EH: twitter: @elise_huard

PF.tv: Are there any projects you'd like people to be aware of? How can people help out?

EH: I think there's a lot of gold in incanter, but it needs to be extracted into separate project. Anything that improves gorilla-repl, or even the start of a new notebook more based on clojurescript, might be good. Then there's lot of machine learning libraries in the java world that could use some nice clojure bindings!

PF.tv: Where do you see the state of Clojure in 10 years?

EH: Unless there's a large adopter company, I'm not sure it'll ever be completely mainstream, but I feel it will continue have a significant and enthousiastic user base. Giving it a strong ecosystem will give it the best of chances.

PF.tv: If Clojure were an animal, what animal would it be?

EH: A flying crane.

This interview is not sponsored by nor affiliated with the conference or its organizers. It is in no way official. It is simply curated and organized public information about the conference.

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