Dconf "joker seminars"

Steven Schveighoffer schveiguy at gmail.com
Sat Oct 16 14:24:50 UTC 2021

On 10/16/21 9:17 AM, IGotD- wrote:
> The Joker is a card that doesn't really belong to the regular deck of 
> cards. Another term would be "guest seminar". The point of such seminar 
> is to invite a person who is working with another language than D and 
> can explain how things works and are different from D. This can serve as 
> inspiration for future D direction as well as encouragement to learn and 
> investigate other languages. Any serious software engineer should really 
> dwell into several programming languages.
> It doesn't need to be a language but also a library that perhaps isn't 
> available for D, among other things. Preferably it should be an 
> outsider, so that the person isn't biased to much towards D.
> This is similar to how I've seen Ali Çehreli do D seminars in a 
> conference dedicated to C++. No one seems to mind and think that his 
> seminar are interesting and also can give C++ programmers another 
> perspective.
> I was thinking, shouldn't we have a goal to have at least one joker 
> seminar each Dconf?
> Have Dconf invited outsiders before?
> Do you think this is a good idea?

Aside from Scott Meyers (twice), we have had guest keynotes from Martin 
Odersky (Scala), and we were scheduled to have a keynote from Roberto 
Ierusalimschy (Lua) before Dconf 2020 was cancelled.

I find those talks very fun and informative.


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