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On the applied side my interest in CT grew out of a search for tools to reduce the workload of system integration and building ETLs. The middleware I am familiar are good for managing batches of SQL but lack a way of querying/testing the parts at a higher level of abstraction - and to this end I have had an allied goal of learning Algebraic Query Language.
On a more personal side, I am hopeful that CT offers a foundation for more effective communication generally - along these lines I seek to think about systems and relationships in new ways and be able to better understand how others are thinking.
There are many interesting people signed up for this course and I am look forward to it!