Yesterday we had the first instance of the
Julia Paris Meetup.
As the name suggests a couple of us Julia enthusiasts in the French capital
got together for one evening of talks and chatting about everyone's favourite
programming language. It was a great occasion to finally meet some people
in person and gather around for some technical chit-chat till the late hours
at one of the bars of the 11th arrondissement after the talks.
I myself was pretty excited about the evening and not quite sure what
kind of people to expect. Unsurprisingly most people, who turned
up had an academic background with focus on number crunching of some sort,
mostly high-performance linear algebra or optimisation problems.
To my big surprise, the number of people working in a industrial context
was a lot larger than I expected, even though most did not use the language
to a large extend in their everyday work. Still, after the evening
I am yet again convinced that Julia is spreading beyond dusty desks in universities.
Certainly, a great part in this plays the dedicated community of people,
willing to invest a Sunday evening here and there to work on just
the very thing required to advance the language and the Julia ecosystem step by step.
Even though this has already been clear to me to some extent before Thursday,
actually meeting the community and listening to stories and experiences
from the Julia trenches, make the whole impression more vivid.
I am already looking forward to the next meeting
(details as always on https://julia-users-paris.github.io).
On that note, I was very happy, that I had the chance to play an active part
in the evening by being one of the first to present some stories of my own.
Naturally I talked about my endeavours with Julia
while developing the DFTK code.
Since I was not too sure about the audience,
I tried to get across what makes Julia an ideal language for our efforts,
what things we are currently working on and what will be our focus next
and how we expect Julia to help. I'm not going to repeat the details
about DFTK here, because these can be found in a
See also the second half of this article.
The slides of my talk can be downloaded here as usual: