This Is What We Have to Work With


Order. Chaos.

As programmers, how do we navigate the ever-changing technological landscape? Application frameworks can provide a stable platform on top of the shifting sands. In this talk, you’ll learn a new way of thinking about frameworks by exploring their purpose, how they achieve that purpose, and the elements of good framework design. I’ll share my experience building a framework in Clojure and ClojureScript. Even if you never build your own framework, you’ll come away with fresh ideas for coding for change.

As humans, what can we do in the face of overwhelming societal shifts? Over the last few years I’ve watched the headlines pile up and seen the toll on the people I love. As a way of responding, I launched Grateful Place, a community site (using my framework) where people support each other in cultivating gratitude, compassion, kindness, and love. I’ll share how working on an app framework has shaped how I think about the structures we create in our own lives and our communities.

Join me as I share a story of the ongoing struggle to wrest order from the chaos, to create joy and meaning, and to lift up others where you can with the tools you have at hand.


Daniel Higginbotham (Flying Machine Studios)
Daniel is the author of Clojure for the Brave and True. He cares a lot about helping people do cool stuff. Some places he’s worked include McKinsey & Company and Apple. Despite what the rumors say, he is not a lizard person.