I’ve been working with Clojure for 4–5 years now and being able to continue doing that was a big draw for me. I’ve also never worked on a product that I could also use myself; so being able to use the software I help build is exciting.
Papers We Love is a community of meetups (and a conference) where people are invited to present academic computer science papers that they really enjoyed. It grew out of a reading group I had with a few former co-workers, and it ended up expanding it to a larger community. Our mission is to help bridge the gap between academia and industry.
I read the paper “Parsing with Derivatives” by Matt Might et al. after attending a meetup about taking the derivative of regular expressions. I was already interested in parsing techniques, I read the paper and begin implementing it in Clojure. David Nolen recently gave PWL talk in NYC about Parsing with Derivatives. I highly recommend the video, as David does an excellent job explaining the paper, and Matt Might ends up answering a few questions.