The Pony Programming Language


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Franz Liedke at 12:30 on 4 Nov 2016

I cannot claim I understood more than half of what you were saying, but nonetheless I feel like I have gained some understanding of why Pony is as exciting as you happily mentioned again and again. ;)

That also brings up the only thing that I feel could be improved: Maybe I was the only one in the audience, but I think some less details and more explanation would have helped make the experience feel less... overwhelming. (And yet I can see how you wanted to cover as many aspects of Pony as possible in the short time.)

Great talk in any case and surely exciting. Thanks for coming!

The talk was quite challenging for me to understand and also a bit rushed. But your enthusiasm made me curious about the pony language and I definitely want to learn more about it. Thanks for your talk!

This is EXACTLY why I wanted to come to DomCode. Talk like these mess with my poor developer brain, and that spawns ideas and discussion. Some may say that it was hard to follow, but I think that the the bar should be raised, and this talk goes there. One remark: try simplifying the slides to smaller examples, highlighting just what the reader should look at (yes, also in one-liner code samples).

Awesome talk, knowledgeable speaker, absolutely amazing.

I find it really hard to rate this talk, because I understood so little of it. I love talks that challenge my mind, but this was beyond challenging for me. So, content aside, Sylvan is a good speaker. He really explained the stuff he was talking about. The only downside was that Sylvan also fell into the trap of speaking quite fast, something this venue really didn't allow for.

James Titcumb at 11:42 on 6 Nov 2016

Very challenging to follow, and I got lost sometimes. The bits I could understand were great, insightful and speaker is clearly very knowledgeable and excited about crafting this language. Put it all together and it was a really great talk.

I feel that this talk could have been better would it be a more overview instead of in depth as it was. I can't recall much of what was presented. What I found really nice was the enthousiasm of the speaker. Really passionate about the language.

Also, slides with mathematical expressions.. Wow! :-)

I was a lot less impressed with the talk than I was with the Pony language. I'm afraid the content was just way to focussed on what went into building the language, and way to little on what can actually be built with it.
(or maybe I'm just not smart enough to understand what was being sold)

That being said, the speaker was very energetic and enthusiastic and that does make up for a lot.

Srdjan Vranac at 13:26 on 7 Nov 2016

I loved this talk, it went above my head quite a few times, mess with my brain, and gave me some new ideas.
Just spot on.
Thank you!

Anonymous at 14:04 on 7 Nov 2016

Haha, it was a cool talk. Reminded me of last year's DomConf's Haskill grammars talk.

There was clearly more material than there was time for, and I think I would have gotten more out of it if I were a regular Erlang or Scala dev. However I feel the speaker did quite well showing how Pony is special in the way things can be both mutable and immutable (that they can change throughout the code, rather than setting it by type in the beginning), how things can mostly only go one-way (from mutable to immutable), how this makes ponylang safe from race conditions and the speaker could only hint and how it works well in distributed systems (though did mention that's still being worked on).
Talks like this are why I like DomConf!