You've heard that Functional programming (FP) is good for concurrency. Mastering FP will improve all the code you write.
FP changes practices like TDD; learn how design is more structured and tests are more precise. See why FP-style functions and data structures are actually more reusable than objects. Leave with new tools that eliminate bloat, improve code quality, and speed development.
Over the past couple of years, Clojure has made a significant impact in the JVM language world. For those of you who are afraid a dynamic language on the JVM won't be fast enough to solve your problems, this is your chance to see Clojure shine!
Writing SQL is has very little in common with writing application code. Refactoring SQL has nothing in common with writing application code. Good object-oriented refactoring techniques frequently cause problems with SQL. This talk covers tried and true methods for refactoring SQL.