The next world war will not be invisible. | fullscreen please |
After the success of STUXNET, a virus written by the United States to destroy Iranian uranium enrichment facilities, the U.S. government could no longer deny it was developing cyber weapons meant to do physical damage. With US companies and agencies under constant attack from state-sponsored Chinese hackers, it is only a matter of time before tensions boil over and more sensitive infrastructure is targeted. As more of our devices (cars, homes, etc) become connected, we will become more and more vulnerable to the physical threat of cyber warfare.
“Every system is a distributed system” has become a common catchphrase among distributed system theoreticians and distributed database vendors…and they’re right. What hasn’t become common are actionable discourse about what this concretely implies for real-world systems, and how it differs from the status quo. Drawing inspiration from and parallels with some of the lessons learned from our collective migration towards functional programming languages and data-orientation, I will attempt to provide part of one such discourse.
Facebook's React is an interesting approach to UI programming in the browser that does away with manual DOM manipulation all together, and more closely resembles classic UI programming. Combine this approach with the immutable data structures of Clojurescript, and we're really getting somewhere.
In this talk I will explore the path to fully functional UI programming in the browser through React, Clojurescript, Om (React for Clojurescript) and other tools.