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January 10 2019, Alpharetta, GA, United States
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Recursion, Iteration & JavaScript: A love story - Anjana Vakil
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Anjana suffers from a debilitating case of curiosity, which led her from philosophy to English teaching to computational linguistics to software development. An engineer at ÜberResearch, she can usually be found in Berlin; that is, when she's not speaking at events around the world, trying to share the joy of coding and make tech more diverse and accessible. Talk to her about functional programming, language design, and speech technology; ask her about Mozilla, Outreachy, and the Recurse Center!

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Recursion and iteration usually seem like epic rivals, on opposite sides of a fundamental tradeoff between machine- and human-efficiency. Iteration's stateful repetition can be more performant, but many coders prefer to work with the self-referential abstraction of recursion. But in this talk we'll see that with a little love from JS, these apparently star-crossed paradigms can actually unite to improve each other: custom Iterables allow recursion to power more human-efficient iterative code, and tail call optimization uses iteration to make recursive code more machine-efficient.

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