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Nov. 11th, 2012

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Tuesday 2012-11-20 Jianshi Huang (黄 澗石) on Making CL more popular for startups

Boston Lisp Meeting:
Tuesday 2012-11-20
Jianshi Huang (黄 澗石) on Making Common Lisp more popular for startups — the lean approach

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 20th 2012 at 1800 at Chatham Café at Google, 3 Cambrige Center. Jianshi Huang (黄 澗石) will speak about Making CL more popular for startups — the lean approach.

Additionally, we will have two Lightning Talks. Marc Battyani and François-René Rideau will tell their experiences of last month's ILC 2012. One slot open.

1 Jianshi Huang (黄 澗石) on Making CL more popular for startups — the lean approach

Rapid prototyping becomes essential when choosing a tech stack in startups. Jianshi will share his experience of using Common Lisp in the 7 months of his startup projects and 4 years of work in MSI, and will discuss how to make Common Lisp more popular for startups. Jianshi will also share the feedbacks he gathered from the Chinese Lisp community and Lispers he met in the west coast.

Jianshi has been a Common Lisp programmer for 6 years, with a 4-year work experience at Mathematical Systems Inc. in Japan http://www.msi.co.jp with a team of excellent CL programmers. At MSI, we use CL almost for everything, from data mining to high-speed network monitoring, from graph visualization to programming language implementations. Jianshi joined a startup as a tech co-founder this April. The startup went through two incubators, Startup Chile and TechStars in Seattle.

2 Lightning Talks

At every meeting, before the main talk, there are two slots for strictly timed 5-minute "Lightning Talks" each followed by 2 minutes for questions and answers.

Marc Battyani and François-René Rideau will tell what they saw or failed to see at the International Lisp Conference 2012 last October in Kyoto.

There is still one slot open for the next meeting. Step up and come talk about your pet project! Contact me at tunes@google.com.

3 Time and Location

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 20th 2012 at 1800 (6pm) at Chatham Café at Google, 3 Cambrige Center.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED

We are trying a new location this month, at the Google offices right outside Kendall Square Station. The downside is that Google requires attendees to register at least one day before. Please send an email with your name or usual pseudonym to boston-lisp-register@google.com (we don't send acknowledgements unless requested). It is OK to register and not come, but not OK to come without being registered, so if you think you might come, please register.

Chatham Café is a Google conference room on the fourth floor of the 3 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA 02139, right next to Kendall Square Station. http://wikimapia.org/3930737/3-Cambridge-Center

3 Cambridge Center (3CC) is the building on the North side of Main street, immediately West to the main T exit (Red Line outbound). The entrance to 3CC is on the side of the building opposite the T exit. A Googler will be waiting for you downstairs between 5:30pm and 6pm. If you arrive late, send me a text message at 617 575 9012 or tunes@google.com so someone can usher you in.

Google map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=3+Cambridge+Center,+Cambridge,+MA

Many thanks to Google for welcoming us.

4 Dinner

We unhappily couldn't secure a sponsor to offer us dinner, but we're big boys and can provide for ourselves. After the conference, we will head down to the Cambridge Brewing Company and will take it from there.

5 More about the Meeting

We are resuming the Boston Lisp Meeting after a hyatus of over a year and a half.

We're always looking for more speakers. The call for speakers and all the other details are at: http://fare.livejournal.com/120393.html Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought. http://fare.livejournal.com/143723.html

For more information, see our web site http://common-lisp.net/project/boston-lisp/ For posts related to the Boston Lisp meetings in general, follow this link: http://fare.livejournal.com/tag/boston-lisp-meeting or subscribe to our RSS feed: http://fare.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=boston-lisp-meeting

Please forward this information to people you think would be interested. Please accept my apologies for your receiving this message multiple times. My apologies if this announce gets posted to a list where it shouldn't, or fails to get posted to a list where it should. Feedback welcome by private email reply to tunes@google.com.

Sep. 23rd, 2012

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Thursday 2012-10-04 François-René Rideau on the Lisp Interface Library

Boston Lisp Meeting:
Thursday 2012-10-04
François-René Rideau on LIL: CLOS reaches higher order, sheds identity and has a transformative experience

http://fare.livejournal.com/tag/boston-lisp-meeting

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Thursday, October 4th 2012 at 1800 at MIT 32-D463 (Star conference room). François-René Rideau will speak about LIL: CLOS reaches higher order, sheds identity and has a transformative experience.

Additionally, we will have two Lightning Talks. Speakers welcome.

1 François-René Rideau on LIL: CLOS reaches higher order, sheds identity and has a transformative experience

François-René Rideau will present his work on the Lisp Interface Library, that uses Interface-Passing Style to provide parametric polymorphism to Common Lisp in a way that integrates with the ad-hoc polymorphism of CLOS. LIL implements both pure and stateful data structures, and provides automatic transformers from one kind of interface to the other, and from Interface-Passing Style to traditional object-oriented style.

François-René Rideau is a cybernetician who currently works at Google on Common Lisp infrastructure for an airline reservation system.

2 Lightning Talks

At every meeting, before the main talk, there are two slots for strictly timed 5-minute "Lightning Talks" each followed by 2 minutes for questions and answers.

The slots for next meeting are still open. Step up and come talk about your pet project! Contact me at fare at tunes.org.

3 Time and Location

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Thursday, October 4th 2012 at 1800 (6pm) at MIT 32-D463 (Star conference room).

The Star conference room, MIT 32-D463 on the fourth floor of the Ray and Maria Stata Center, 32 Vassar St, Cambridge MA 02139. NB: there are two sets of elevators, you want to use those on the south-western side, further away from Main St.

MIT map: http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=32

Google map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Stata+Center,+Vassar+Street,+Cambridge,+MA

Many thanks go to Professor Gerald J. Sussman for arranging for the room, and to MIT for welcoming us.

4 Dinner

We don't have any sponsors to offer us dinner, but we're big boys and can provide for ourselves. After the conference, we will head down to Mary Chung's on Central Square.

5 More about the Meeting

We are resuming the Boston Lisp Meeting after a hyatus of over a year and a half.

We're always looking for more speakers. The call for speakers and all the other details are at: http://fare.livejournal.com/120393.html Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought. http://fare.livejournal.com/143723.html

For more information, see our web site http://common-lisp.net/project/boston-lisp/ For posts related to the Boston Lisp meetings in general, follow this link: http://fare.livejournal.com/tag/boston-lisp-meeting or subscribe to our RSS feed: http://fare.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=boston-lisp-meeting

Please forward this information to people you think would be interested. Please accept my apologies for your receiving this message multiple times. My apologies if this announce gets posted to a list where it shouldn't, or fails to get posted to a list where it should. Feedback welcome by private email reply to fare at tunes.org.

Aug. 17th, 2012

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Thursday 2012-08-30 Eli Barzilay on Hygienic Macros for Beginners & Power Users

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Thursday, August 30th 2012 at 1800 at MIT 32-D463 (Star conference room). Eli Barzilay will speak about Hygienic Macros for Beginners and Power Users.

Additionally, we will have two Lightning Talks. Speakers to be announced.

1 Eli Barzilay on Hygienic Macros for Beginners and Power Users

Eli Barzilay will explain how you too can enjoy the power and safety of hygienic macro to build the syntactic abstractions with which to elegantly express your programs.

Eli Barzilay, who teaches and does research at NEU, is one of the maintainers of PLT Racket.

2 Lightning Talks

At every meeting, before the main talk, there are two slots for strictly timed 5-minute "Lightning Talks" each followed by 2 minutes for questions and answers.

The slots for next meeting are still open. Step up and come talk about your pet project! Contact me at fare at tunes.org.

3 Time and Location

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Thursday, August 30th 2012 at 1800 (6pm) at MIT 32-D463 (Star conference room).

The Star conference room, MIT 32-D463 on the fourth floor of the Ray and Maria Stata Center, 32 Vassar St, Cambridge MA 02139. NB: there are two sets of elevators, you want to use those on the south-western side, further away from Main St.

MIT map: http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=32

Google map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Stata+Center,+Vassar+Street,+Cambridge,+MA

Many thanks go to Professor Gerald J. Sussman for arranging for the room, and to MIT for welcoming us.

4 Dinner

We don't have any sponsors to offer us dinner, but we're big boys and can provide for ourselves. Before we start the conference, we'll organize a big pizza order, where those who want can chip in; after the conference is when we'll eat it.

5 More about the Meeting

We are resuming the Boston Lisp Meeting after a hyatus of over a year and a half.

We're always looking for more speakers. The call for speakers and all the other details are at: http://fare.livejournal.com/120393.html Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought. http://fare.livejournal.com/143723.html

For more information, see our web site http://common-lisp.net/project/boston-lisp/ For posts related to the Boston Lisp meetings in general, follow this link: http://fare.livejournal.com/tag/boston-lisp-meeting or subscribe to our RSS feed: http://fare.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=boston-lisp-meeting

Please forward this information to people you think would be interested. Please accept my apologies for your receiving this message multiple times. My apologies if this announce gets posted to a list where it shouldn't, or fails to get posted to a list where it should. Feedback welcome by private email reply to fare at tunes.org.

Jun. 19th, 2012

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Thursday 2012-06-28 Kalman Reti on Symbolics Lisp Machines

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Thursday, June 28th 2012 at 1800 at MIT 32-D463 (Star conference room). Kalman Reti will speak about Symbolics Lisp Machines.

Additionally, we will have two Lightning Talks. Speakers to be announced.

1 Kalman Reti on Symbolics Lisp Machines

Kalman Reti will talk about some of the history of the Lisp machine and some features of the Symbolics Lisp machines that were unique, including both hardware and software features. He'll discuss how the Alpha emulator works and Brad Parker's hack to make it run on 64bit modern machines. Finally he'll demonstrate Genera running on his laptop.

Kalman Reti worked for Symbolics from 1982 through 1992, mostly on VLSI tools for Ivory but also writing low-level device support (e.g. a LMFS recovery utility, R/W optical drive support, LZW compressor, etc.) The last few years of that were spent doing customer consulting. After being laid off when Symbolics went into chapter 11, Kalman worked for Apple in Cambridge, first on MCL and later, after MCL was sold to Digitool, on Dylan. Kalman was hired after that by Symbolics Technology, Inc., who had acquired the assets of Symbolics from the bankruptcy court, to work on further productizing the emulator for the Alpha. This was used by John Mallery at MIT to run his document distribution system for the White House during the Clinton presidency. When the owners of that venture decided that a financial company had no business owning a computer company, a private individual bought the assets and Kalman spent 4 years as a "captive consultant" for him. Since 2002, when he ran out of money, I've worked for Ab Initio (doing nothing with lisp except emacs hacks).

2 Lightning Talks

At every meeting, before the main talk, there are two slots for strictly timed 5-minute "Lightning Talks" each followed by 2 minutes for questions and answers.

The slots for next meeting are still open. Step up and come talk about your pet project! Contact me at fare at tunes.org.

3 Time and Location

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Thursday, June 28th 2012 at 1800 (6pm) at MIT 32-D463 (Star conference room).

The Star conference room, MIT 32-D463 on the fourth floor of the Ray and Maria Stata Center, 32 Vassar St, Cambridge MA 02139. NB: there are two sets of elevators, you want to use those on the south-western side, further away from Main St.

MIT map: http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=32

Google map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Stata+Center,+Vassar+Street,+Cambridge,+MA

Many thanks go to Professor Gerald J. Sussman for arranging for the room, and to MIT for welcoming us.

4 Dinner

We don't have any sponsors to offer us dinner, but we're big boys and can provide for ourselves. Before we start the conference, we'll organize a big pizza order, where those who want can chip in; after the conference is when we'll eat it.

5 More about the Meeting

We are resuming the Boston Lisp Meeting after a hyatus of over a year and a half.

We're always looking for more speakers. The call for speakers and all the other details are at: http://fare.livejournal.com/120393.html Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought. http://fare.livejournal.com/143723.html

For more information, see our web site http://boston-lisp.org/ For posts related to the Boston Lisp meetings in general, follow this link: http://fare.livejournal.com/tag/boston-lisp-meeting or subscribe to our RSS feed: http://fare.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=boston-lisp-meeting

Please forward this information to people you think would be interested. Please accept my apologies for your receiving this message multiple times. My apologies if this announce gets posted to a list where it shouldn't, or fails to get posted to a list where it should. Feedback welcome by private email reply to fare at tunes.org.

Apr. 29th, 2012

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Thursday 2012-05-17 Zach Beane on Quicklisp

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Thursday, May 17th 2012 at 1800 at MIT 32-D463 (Star conference room). Zach Beane will speak about Quicklisp.

Additionally, we will have two Lightning Talks. James Knight will discuss his ideas on how Common Lisp hackers could better collaborate. François-René Rideau will present recent Common Lisp hacks including ASDF 2.21, λ-reader, inferior-shell, and more.

1 Zach Beane on Quicklisp

Quicklisp is a library manager for Common Lisp. It works with your existing Common Lisp implementation to download, install, and load any of over 700 libraries with a few simple commands. http://www.quicklisp.org/beta/

Zach Beane, also known as Xach, is a Common Lisp hacker known for the cool toys he builds and his "just do it" attitude.

2 Lightning Talks

At every meeting, before the main talk, there are two slots for strictly timed 5-minute "Lightning Talks" each followed by 2 minutes for questions and answers.

James Knight will discuss his ideas on what Common Lisp hackers could do to improve how they share software.

François-René Rideau will present recent Common Lisp hacks: xcvb, asdf, package-renaming, asdf-encodings, asdf-bundle, λ-reader, reader-interception, inferior-shell, rpm, fare-memoization, fare-utils.

3 Time and Location

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Thursday, May 17th 2012 at 1800 (6pm) at MIT 32-D463 (Star conference room).

The Star conference room, MIT 32-D463 on the fourth floor of the Ray and Maria Stata Center, 32 Vassar St, Cambridge MA 02139. NB: there are two sets of elevators, you want to use those on the south-western side, further away from Main St.

MIT map: http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=32

Google map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Stata+Center,+Vassar+Street,+Cambridge,+MA

Many thanks go to Professor Gerald J. Sussman for arranging for the room, and to MIT for welcoming us.

4 Dinner

We don't have any sponsors to offer us dinner, but we're big boys and can provide for ourselves. Before we start the conference, we'll organize a big pizza order, where those who want can chip in; after the conference is when we'll eat it.

5 More about the Meeting

We are resuming the Boston Lisp Meeting after a hyatus of over a year and a half.

We're always looking for more speakers. The call for speakers and all the other details are at: http://fare.livejournal.com/120393.html Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought. http://fare.livejournal.com/143723.html

For more information, see our web site http://boston-lisp.org/ For posts related to the Boston Lisp meetings in general, follow this link: http://fare.livejournal.com/tag/boston-lisp-meeting or subscribe to our RSS feed: http://fare.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=boston-lisp-meeting

Please forward this information to people you think would be interested. Please accept my apologies for your receiving this message multiple times. My apologies if this announce gets posted to a list where it shouldn't, or fails to get posted to a list where it should. Feedback welcome by private email reply to fare at tunes.org.

Aug. 25th, 2010

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Monday 2010-09-20 Hari Prashanth on Functional Data Structures for Typed Racket

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday, September 20th 2010 at 1800 at NEU WVH 366. Hari Prashanth will speak about Functional Data Structures for Typed Racket.

Additionally, we will have two Lightning Talks. Speakers to be announced.

1 Hari Prashanth on Functional Data Structures for Typed Racket

Scheme provides excellent language support for programming in a functional style, but little in the way of library support. In this talk, I present our experience developing a comprehensive library of functional data structures in Typed Racket a typed variant of Racket, which allows us to maintain the type invariants of the original definitions.

Hari Prashanth is a Master's student at Northeastern University. He is working with Sam Tobin-Hochstadt for his thesis. His advisor is Matthias Felleisen. http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/krhari/

2 Lightning Talks

At every meeting, before the main talk, there are two slots for strictly timed 5-minute "Lightning Talks" each followed by 2 minutes for questions and answers.

The slots for next meeting are still open. Step up and come talk about your pet project! Contact me at fare at tunes.org.

3 Time and Location

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday, September 20th 2010 at 1800 (6pm) at NEU WVH 366.

This is at Northeastern University, in the Computer Science building WVH (West Village H, see http://tmp.barzilay.org/wvh.jpg this picture) when you arrive from the T on Huntington Avenue near to Parker St (Green E line, stop at Northeastern Station, or possibly Museum of Fine Arts; you can also walk from Ruggles on the Orange line). As the number indicates, the room is on the third floor.

Northeastern maps and direction:
http://www.northeastern.edu/campusmap/maps.html

Many thanks go to Eli Barzilay for arranging for the room, and to Northeastern University for welcoming us.

4 No Dinner

We haven't been able to renew sponsorship from our usual partners for 2010, and are not planning to have after-meeting buffet anymore at this point. An informal group will probably gather to have dinner within walking distance of the venue.

5 More about the Meeting

The previous Boston Lisp Meeting on Monday, July 26th 2010 had about participants. Slava Pestov spoke about Factor: an interactive, dynamic, stack-based programming language. http://fare.livejournal.com/157280.html

We're always looking for more speakers. The call for speakers and all the other details are at: http://fare.livejournal.com/120393.html Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought. http://fare.livejournal.com/143723.html

For more information, see our web site http://boston-lisp.org/ For posts related to the Boston Lisp meetings in general, follow this link: http://fare.livejournal.com/tag/boston-lisp-meeting or subscribe to our RSS feed: http://fare.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=boston-lisp-meeting

Please forward this information to people you think would be interested. Please accept my apologies for your receiving this message multiple times. My apologies if this announce gets posted to a list where it shouldn't, or fails to get posted to a list where it should. Feedback welcome by private email reply to fare at tunes.org.

Jul. 1st, 2010

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Monday 2010-07-26 Slava Pestov on Factor (factorcode.org)

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday, July 26th 2010 at 1800 at MIT 34-401B. Slava Pestov will speak about Factor: an interactive, dynamic, stack-based programming language.

Additionally, we will have two Lightning Talks. Speakers to be announced.

Note that lacking a sponsor, buffet is no longer being offered after our meetings.

1 Slava Pestov on Factor: an interactive, dynamic, stack-based programming language

Factor is a new dynamically-typed language. http://factorcode.org/ Factor's strengths include an extensive standard library, an interactive development environment, extensive meta-programming features, efficient support for operations on packed binary data, and interoperability with C. The presentation will cover the Factor language and environment, demonstrate some interesting features, and touch upon the history and motivations behind the project.

Slava Pestov started programming in elementary school using HyperCard, then moved on to Java. After getting a lot of useful work done in Java, he then moved on to study esoteric programming languages, and like any self-respecting language enthusiast, noticed that all existing ones were lacking and decided to write his own.

2 Lightning Talks

At every meeting, before the main talk, there are two slots for strictly timed 5-minute "Lightning Talks" each followed by 2 minutes for questions and answers.

The slots for next meeting are still open. Step up and come talk about your pet project! Contact me at fare at tunes.org.

3 Time and Location

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday, July 26th 2010 at 1800 (6pm) at MIT 34-401B.

Note that it's a new location.

MIT map: http://whereis.mit.edu/bin/map?selection=34

Google map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=50+Vassar+St,+Cambridge,+MA+02139,+USA

Many thanks go to Alexey Radul for arranging for the room, and to MIT for welcoming us.

4 No Dinner

We haven't been able to renew sponsorship from our usual partners for 2010, and are not planning to have after-meeting buffet anymore at this point. An informal group will probably gather to have dinner within walking distance of the venue.

5 More about the Meeting

The previous Boston Lisp Meeting on Monday, May 24th 2010 had about 26 participants. Marc Battyani spoke about Leveraging Common Lisp and FPGAs for ultra high performance computing. http://fare.livejournal.com/156739.html

We're always looking for more speakers. The call for speakers and all the other details are at: http://fare.livejournal.com/120393.html Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought. http://fare.livejournal.com/143723.html

For more information, see our web site http://boston-lisp.org/ For posts related to the Boston Lisp meetings in general, follow this link: http://fare.livejournal.com/tag/boston-lisp-meeting or subscribe to our RSS feed: http://fare.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=boston-lisp-meeting

Please forward this information to people you think would be interested. Please accept my apologies for your receiving this message multiple times. My apologies if this announce gets posted to a list where it shouldn't, or fails to get posted to a list where it should. Feedback welcome by private email reply to fare at tunes.org.

May. 20th, 2010

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Monday 2010-05-24 Marc Battyani on Leveraging Common Lisp and FPGAs for ultra h

Boston Lisp Meeting:
Monday 2010-05-24
Marc Battyani on
Leveraging Common Lisp and FPGAs for
ultra high performance computing

http://fare.livejournal.com/156739.html

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday, May 24th 2010 at 1800 at MIT 34-401B. Marc Battyani will speak about Leveraging Common Lisp and FPGAs for ultra high performance computing.

Additionally, we will have two Lightning Talks. Speakers to be announced.

Note that lacking a sponsor, buffet will no longer be offered after our meetings.

1 Marc Battyani on Leveraging Common Lisp and FPGAs for ultra high performance computing

Programming FPGAs for high performance computing applications is a very complex and not really well specified or even understood task and this is why the use of Common Lisp is a key enabler for this kind of applications. We will show how we use Common Lisp to generate code that beats C/C++ by several orders of magnitude.

2 Lightning Talks

At every meeting, before the main talk, there are two slots for strictly timed 5-minute "Lightning Talks" each followed by 2 minutes for questions and answers.

The slots for next meeting are still open. Step up and come talk about your pet project! Contact me at fare at tunes.org.

3 Time and Location

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday, May 24th 2010 at 1800 (6pm) at MIT 34-401B.

Note that it's a new location.

MIT map: http://whereis.mit.edu/bin/map?selection=34

Google map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=50+Vassar+St,+Cambridge,+MA+02139,+USA

Many thanks go to Alexey Radul for arranging for the room, and to MIT for welcoming us.

4 No Dinner

We haven't been able to renew sponsorship from our usual partners for 2010, and are not planning to have after-meeting buffet anymore at this point. An informal group will probably gather to have dinner within walking distance of the venue.

5 More about the Meeting

The previous Boston Lisp Meeting on Monday, April 26nd 2010 had about 15 participants. Stevie Strickland spoke about Contracts in PLT Scheme. http://fare.livejournal.com/156188.html

We're always looking for more speakers. The call for speakers and all the other details are at: http://fare.livejournal.com/120393.html Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought. http://fare.livejournal.com/143723.html

For more information, see our web site http://boston-lisp.org/ For posts related to the Boston Lisp meetings in general, follow this link: http://fare.livejournal.com/tag/boston-lisp-meeting or subscribe to our RSS feed: http://fare.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=boston-lisp-meeting

Please forward this information to people you think would be interested. Please accept my apologies for your receiving this message multiple times. My apologies if this announce gets posted to a list where it shouldn't, or fails to get posted to a list where it should. Feedback welcome by private email reply to fare at tunes.org.

Apr. 21st, 2010

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Monday 2010-04-26 Stevie Strickland on Contracts in PLT Scheme

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday, April 26nd 2010 at 1800 at NEU WVH 366. Stevie Strickland will speak about Contracts in PLT Scheme.

Additionally, we will have two Lightning Talks. Speakers to be announced.

Note that lacking a sponsor, buffet will no longer be offered after our meetings.

1 Stevie Strickland on Contracts in PLT Scheme

PLT Scheme contains an expressive contract system that gives programmers the power to provide guarantees about the behavior of values and constraints on the acceptable use of those values by others. In this talk, I will present a basic overview of contracts in PLT Scheme, and then present recent work that extends the contract system to handle first-class modules and classes.

Stevie Strickland is a graduate student at Northeastern University working for Matthias Felleisen. He is currently investigating contracts and types for first-class components.

2 Lightning Talks

At every meeting, before the main talk, there are two slots for strictly timed 5-minute "Lightning Talks" each followed by 2 minutes for questions and answers.

The slots for next meeting are still open. Step up and come talk about your pet project! Contact me at fare at tunes.org.

3 Time and Location

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday, April 26nd 2010 at 1800 (6pm) at NEU WVH 366.

Note that it's a new location.

This is at Northeastern University, in the Computer Science building WVH (West Village H, see http://tmp.barzilay.org/wvh.jpg this picture) when you arrive from the T on Huntington Avenue near to Parker St (Green E line, stop at Northeastern Station, or possibly Museum of Fine Arts; you can also walk from Ruggles on the Orange line). As the number indicates, the room is on the third floor.

Northeastern maps and direction:
http://www.northeastern.edu/campusmap/maps.html

Many thanks go to Eli Barzilay for arranging for the room, and to Northeastern University for welcoming us.

4 No Dinner

We haven't been able to renew sponsorship from our usual partners for 2010, and are not planning to have after-meeting buffet anymore at this point. An informal group will probably gather to have dinner within walking distance of the venue.

5 More about the Meeting

The previous Boston Lisp Meeting on Monday, February 22nd 2010 had about 20 participants. Adam Chlipala spoke about A Sane Approach to Modern Web Application Development. Alex Plotnick discussed a potential error in how Common Lisp formalized backquote. François-René Rideau presented Interface-Passing Style as a way to achieve parametric polymorphism and more. http://fare.livejournal.com/154579.html

We're always looking for more speakers. The call for speakers and all the other details are at: http://fare.livejournal.com/120393.html Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought. http://fare.livejournal.com/143723.html

For more information, see our web site http://boston-lisp.org/ For posts related to the Boston Lisp meetings in general, follow this link: http://fare.livejournal.com/tag/boston-lisp-meeting or subscribe to our RSS feed: http://fare.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=boston-lisp-meeting

Please forward this information to people you think would be interested. Please accept my apologies for your receiving this message multiple times. My apologies if this announce gets posted to a list where it shouldn't, or fails to get posted to a list where it should. Feedback welcome by private email reply to fare at tunes.org.

Feb. 13th, 2010

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Monday 2010-02-22 Adam Chlipala on A Sane Approach to Modern Web Development

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday, February 22nd 2010 at 1800 at Harvard Pierce 209. Adam Chlipala will speak about A Sane Approach to Modern Web Application Development.

Additionally, we will have two Lightning Talks. Alex Plotnick will discuss a potential error in how Common Lisp formalized backquote. François-René Rideau will present Interface-Passing Style as a way to achieve parametric polymorphism and more.

Note that lacking a sponsor, buffet will no longer be offered after our meetings.

1 Adam Chlipala on A Sane Approach to Modern Web Application Development

Most web applications today are programmed with tools that feel in this domain as assembly language feels in many traditional domains; everything is a string, or at best a globally-accessible (and mutable!) document tree. Some recent language designs improve the situation, including explicit handling of key entities like page generators and database tables, with language-level detection of violations of the proper protocols for using these entities. I claim we should go even further and provide opportunities for encapsulation of web application components. Just as we are used to building encapsulated data structure implementations, we should be able to encapsulate entire ``sub-webs´´ of applications, possibly parametrized by additional data and code, and with the ability to ``own´´ and enforce access control on cookies, subtrees of a web page's structure, etc. Further, within a statically-typed setting, it should be possible to implement (safely) the metaprogramming patterns that have become the standard in mainstream web frameworks; we should be able to generate sub-webs specialized to database schemas, choices of form fields, etc., and the compiler should tell us that the generator always produces valid code. In this talk, I will present the Ur/Web domain-specific programming language, which satisfies both of these requirements, in addition to offering compatibility with buzzwords like ``AJAX´´ and ``Comet.´´

Adam Chlipala is currently a postdoc in computer science at Harvard University. His research interests are in applications of advanced type systems, including mechanized theorem-proving and the design and implementation of functional programming languages. He finished his PhD at Berkeley in 2007, with a thesis on verifying compilers and program analysis tools in the Coq computer proof assistant. At Harvard, he is continuing work on compiler verification, and he led a reimplementation of the Ynot library for Coq, which adds support for the construction and mostly-automated verification of higher-order, imperative programs, via separation logic. He also has a longstanding interest in tool support for web programming, and he is now developing a commercial web site (to be made public Real Soon Now) using his Ur/Web language for safe metaprogramming of AJAX applications.

2 Lightning Talks

At every meeting, before the main talk, there are two slots for strictly timed 5-minute "Lightning Talks" each followed by 2 minutes for questions and answers.

Alex Plotnick will discuss his discovery of a potential error in the formal rules for the backquote syntax of Common Lisp.

François-René Rideau will present Interface-Passing Style as a way to achieve parametric polymorphism and more in implementing algorithms and data-structures in Common Lisp.

3 Time and Location

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday, February 22nd 2010 at 1800 (6pm) at Harvard Pierce 209.

Note that it's a new location.

This is at Harvard University, in the Pierce building, part of the SEAS department. The nearest T stop is Harvard Square station on the Red Line. We suggest you enter Pierce Hall from Oxford Street. The entrance is the one on the right, and it has ``Pierce Hall´´ written above it. From there, you go up the stairs one level and arrive almost directly outside Pierce 209, the meeting room. Beware that the building normally closes at 6pm (time that the meeting begins) though we'll try to leave that particular entrance open for late-comers.

SEAS maps and direction:
http://www.seas.harvard.edu/our-school/map-directions

Many thanks go to Adam Chlipala for arranging for the room, and to Harvard University for welcoming us.

4 No Dinner

We haven't been able to renew sponsorship from our usual partners for 2010, and are not planning to have after-meeting buffet anymore at this point. A group will probably form to have dinner somewhere around Harvard Square.

5 More about the Meeting

The previous Boston Lisp Meeting on Monday, January 25th 2010 had about 20 participants. Ryan Culpepper spoke about PLT Scheme Macros. http://fare.livejournal.com/tag/boston-lisp-meeting

We're always looking for more speakers. The call for speakers and all the other details are at: http://fare.livejournal.com/120393.html Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought. http://fare.livejournal.com/143723.html

For more information, see our web site http://boston-lisp.org/ For posts related to the Boston Lisp meetings in general, follow this link: http://fare.livejournal.com/tag/boston-lisp-meeting or subscribe to our RSS feed: http://fare.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=boston-lisp-meeting

Please forward this information to people you think would be interested. Please accept my apologies for your receiving this message multiple times. My apologies if this announce gets posted to a list where it shouldn't, or fails to get posted to a list where it should. Feedback welcome by private email reply to fare at tunes.org.

Dec. 27th, 2009

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Monday 2010-01-25 Ryan Culpepper on PLT Scheme Macros

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday, January 25th 2010 at 1800 at NEU WVH 366. Ryan Culpepper will speak about PLT Scheme Macros.

Additionally, we will have two 5-minute Lightning Talks, each followed by 2-minute Q&A. Speakers to be announced.

Note that lacking a sponsor at this point, no buffet will be offered after the meeting.

1 Ryan Culpepper on PLT Scheme Macros

I will talk about writing macros in PLT Scheme, using the tools I've developed. The first tool is the macro stepper, which shows the macro expansion of programs as a series of rewriting steps. The macro stepper is adapted specifically to the challenges of writing macros in a hygienic macro system using a base language that is itself composed of layers of macros. I'll demonstrate how to use the macro stepper and talk about its implementation. The second tool I'll demonstrate is a specification system for Scheme syntax that makes macros robust and concise.

I am a graduate student in the PLT group at Northeastern University working on making macros more powerful and easier to use. I'm interested in exploring new ways of expressing programs and methods of implementing and supporting program expression.

2 Lightning Talks

At every meeting, before the main talk, there are two slots for strictly timed 5-minute "Lightning Talks" followed by 2 minutes for questions and answers.

The slots for next meeting are still open. Step up and come talk about your pet project! Contact me at fare at tunes.org.

3 Time and Location

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday, January 25th 2010 at 1800 (6pm) at NEU WVH 366.

Note that it's the same location as in our previous December 2009 meeting, and a different location from earlier meetings.

This is at Northeastern University, in the Computer Science building WVH (West Village H, see http://tmp.barzilay.org/wvh.jpg this picture) when you arrive from the T on Huntington Avenue near to Parker St (Green E line, stop at Northeastern Station, or possibly Museum of Fine Arts; you can also walk from Ruggles on the Orange line). As the number indicates, the room is on the third floor.

Northeastern maps and direction:
http://www.northeastern.edu/campusmap/maps.html

Many thanks go to Eli Barzilay for arranging for the room, and to Northeastern University for welcoming us.

4 No Dinner

We haven't been able to renew sponsorship from our usual partners at this point, and we won't have the usual buffet after this meeting.

5 More about the Meeting

The previous Boston Lisp Meeting on Monday, December 14th 2009 had about 20 participants. Sam Tobin-Hochstadt spoke about Typed Scheme. http://fare.livejournal.com/149685.html

We're always looking for more speakers. The call for speakers and all the other details are at: http://fare.livejournal.com/120393.html Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought. http://fare.livejournal.com/143723.html

For more information, see our web site http://boston-lisp.org/ For posts related to the Boston Lisp meetings in general, follow this link: http://fare.livejournal.com/tag/boston-lisp-meeting or subscribe to our RSS feed: http://fare.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=boston-lisp-meeting

Please forward this information to people you think would be interested. Please accept my apologies for your receiving this message multiple times. My apologies if this announce gets posted to a list where it shouldn't, or fails to get posted to a list where it should. Feedback welcome by private email reply to fare at tunes.org.

Nov. 24th, 2009

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Monday 2009-12-14 Sam Tobin-Hochstadt

http://fare.livejournal.com/149685.html

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday, December 14th 2009 at 1800 at NEU WVH 366. Sam Tobin-Hochstadt will talk about Typed Scheme.

Additionally, we will have two 5-minute Lightning Talks, each followed by 2-minute Q&A. Speakers to be announced.

Also, there will be a buffet offered by ITA Software. Registration is not necessary but appreciated. See details below.

1 Sam Tobin-Hochstadt on Typed Scheme

Typed Scheme is a system for incrementally porting untyped PLT Scheme programs to a typed language. The type system is designed to automatically accommodate typical Scheme idioms, and includes several novel features to support this. It also offers sound and automatic interoperability with untyped code. It has been used in real applications and on thousands of lines of existing Scheme code.

http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/samth/typed-scheme/

Sam Tobin-Hochstadt is a postdoc at Northeastern University, working for Matthias Felleisen. He is investigating the integration of typed and untyped languages, with a focus on Scheme and JavaScript. As a graduate student, he developed Typed Scheme, which he continues to maintain. He is currently supported by a grant from the Mozilla Corporation.

2 Lightning Talks

At every meeting, before the main talk, there are two slots for strictly timed 5-minute "Lightning Talks" followed by 2 minutes for questions and answers.

The slots for next meeting are still open. Step up and come talk about your pet project! Contact me at fare at tunes.org.

3 Time and Location

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday December 14th 2009 at 1800 (6pm) at NEU WVH 366.

Note that we're back on a Monday, and that we're using a new location.

This is at Northeastern University, in the Computer Science building WVH (West Village H, see this picture) when you arrive from the T on Huntington Avenue (Green E line, stop at Northeastern Station, or possibly Museum of Fine Arts; you can also walk from Ruggles on the Orange line). As the number indicates, the room is on the third floor. Northeastern maps and direction: http://www.northeastern.edu/campusmap/maps.html Many thanks go to Eli Barzilay for arranging for the room, and to Northeastern University for welcoming us.

4 Dinner

ITA Software a fine employer of Lisp hackers (disclaimer: I work there), is kindly purchasing a buffet to accompany our monthly Boston Lisp meeting. Anyone who attends is welcome to partake.

We appreciate it if you let us know you're coming, and what food taboos you have, so that we can order the correct amount and kind of food. Tell us by sending email to boston-lisp-meeting-register at common-lisp.net. We won't send any acknowledgement unless requested; importantly, we'll keep your identity and address confidential and won't communicate any such information to anyone, not even to our sponsors.

5 More about the Meeting

The previous Boston Lisp Meeting on Thursday October 29th 2009 had about 30 participants. Daniel Herring spoke about LibCL and Alex Plotnick about CLWEB. http://fare.livejournal.com/148335.html

We're always looking for more speakers. The call for speakers and all the other details are at: http://fare.livejournal.com/120393.html Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought. http://fare.livejournal.com/143723.html

For more information, see our web site http://boston-lisp.org/ For posts related to the Boston Lisp meetings in general, follow this link: http://fare.livejournal.com/tag/boston-lisp-meeting or subscribe to our RSS feed: http://fare.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=boston-lisp-meeting

Please forward this information to people you think would be interested. Please accept my apologies for your receiving this message multiple times. My apologies if this announce gets posted to a list where it shouldn't, or fails to get posted to a list where it should. Feedback welcome by private email reply to fare at tunes.org.

Oct. 23rd, 2009

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Thursday 2009-10-29 Alex Plotnick, Daniel Herring

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Thursday, October 29th 2009 at 1800 at MIT 34-401B. Alex Plotnick with talk about CLWEB, and Daniel Herring will give a short presentation of LibCL.

Additionally, we will have two 5-minute Lightning Talks, each followed by 2-minute Q&A. Speakers to be announced.

Also, there will be a buffet offered by ITA Software. Registration is not necessary but appreciated. See details below.

1 Alex Plotnick on CLWEB

CLWEB is a literate programming system for Common Lisp in the tradition of Knuth's WEB and CWEB systems. These systems are based on the idea that there are two audiences for every program — the machine on the one hand and human programmers on the other — and that these two audiences have very different requirements for understanding a given program. They take as input a document containing a mixture of source code, TeX, and WEB control codes, and output both a program suitable for compilation or evaluation, and also a TeX file that contains a pretty-printed version of the source code along with accompanying commentary. The former is for the machine, while the latter is ready for typesetting, printing, and reading by a human. CLWEB is of course itself a literate program, written in itself, using (mostly) portable Common Lisp as the source language.

http://www.cs.brandeis.edu/~plotnick/clweb/

Alex Plotnick is a graduate student in computer science at Brandeis University. His interests include natural and computer language semantics, computational linguistics, and philosophy of language.

2 Daniel Herring on LibCL

LibCL is a collection of Libraries for Common Lisp. CL has a wide range of libraries available, yet there are persistent rumors that CL has no libraries, or that they're hard to find and install. LibCL was created to tackle these issues by creating a distribution bundling many libraries into a single download. This presentation will focus on the dream, current progress, and issues which have arisen.

Daniel Herring works as an associate staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. His academic interests center around control theory and walking robotics; practical issues such as computer algebra brought him to lisp.

http://libcl.com/

3 Lightning Talks

At every meeting, before the main talk, there are two slots for strictly timed 5-minute "Lightning Talks" followed by 2 minutes for questions and answers.

The slots for next meeting are still open. Step up and come talk about your pet project! Contact me at fare at tunes.org.

4 Time and Location

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Thursday October 29th 2009 at 1800 (6pm) at MIT 34-401B.

Note that this is not the usual day of the week.

As the numbers indicate, the room is in Building 34, on the 4th floor. This is the usual location, on 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge.

MIT map: http://whereis.mit.edu/bin/map?selection=34

Google map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=50+Vassar+St,+Cambridge,+MA+02139,+USA

Many thanks go to Alexey Radul for arranging for the room, and to MIT for welcoming us.

5 Dinner

ITA Software a fine employer of Lisp hackers (disclaimer: I work there), is kindly purchasing a buffet to accompany our monthly Boston Lisp meeting. Anyone who attends is welcome to partake.

We appreciate it if you let us know you're coming, and what food taboos you have, so that we can order the correct amount and kind of food. Tell us by sending email to boston-lisp-meeting-register at common-lisp.net. We won't send any acknowledgement unless requested; importantly, we'll keep your identity and address confidential and won't communicate any such information to anyone, not even to our sponsors.

6 More about the Meeting

The previous Boston Lisp Meeting on Wednesday, September 30th 2009 had about 20-odd participants. Christine Flood spoke about Project Fortress.

We're always looking for more speakers. The call for speakers and all the other details are at: http://fare.livejournal.com/120393.html Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought. http://fare.livejournal.com/143723.html

For more information, see our web site http://boston-lisp.org/ For posts related to the Boston Lisp meetings in general, follow this link: http://fare.livejournal.com/tag/boston-lisp-meeting or subscribe to our RSS feed: http://fare.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=boston-lisp-meeting

Please forward this information to people you think would be interested. Please accept my apologies for your receiving this message multiple times. My apologies if this announce gets posted to a list where it shouldn't, or fails to get posted to a list where it should. Feedback welcome by private email reply to fare at tunes.org.

Sep. 25th, 2009

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Wednesday 2009-09-30 - Christine Flood on Fortress

http://fare.livejournal.com/147676.html

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 30th 2009 at 1800 at NEU WVG 108, where Christine Flood will speak about Project Fortress.

Additionally, we will have two 5-minute Lightning Talks, each followed by 2-minute Q&A. Speakers to be announced.

Also, there will be a buffet offered by ITA Software. Registration is not necessary but appreciated. See details below.

1 Christine Flood on Project Fortress

Project Fortress is a programming language designed at Sun Labs with these fundamental principles:

What you write on your white board works (Standard Mathematical Syntax). Implicit Parallelism (Let the runtime system exploit the fine grained parallelism in your algorithm). Languages should be designed from the ground up to grow over time (A small fixed core with as much of Fortress as possible in Fortress libraries).

Other features include strong static typing and transactional memory.

This talk will give you an overview of the language and walk through some examples. Feel free to check out our open source implementation and language specification at http://ProjectFortress.sun.com/.

Christine Flood is a research scientist at Sun Microsystems Labs. She has been working in the field of computer science for 20 years. Her interests are in programming language design and implementation particularly garbage collection and parallelism. She's a former Symbolics/MIT hacker.

2 Lightning Talks

At every meeting, before the main talk, there are two slots for strictly timed 5-minute "Lightning Talks" followed by 2 minutes for questions and answers.

The slots for next meeting are still open. Step up and come talk about your pet project! Contact me at fare at tunes.org.

3 Time and Location

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Wednesday September 30th 2009 at 1800 (6pm) at NEU WVG 108.

This is neither the usual day of the week, nor the usual location. This is at Northeastern University, in the West Village G residence building which is right behind the Computer Science building WVH (see this picture) when you arrive from the T on Huntington Avenue (Green E line, stop at Northeastern Station, or possibly Museum of Fine Arts; you can also walk from Ruggles on the Orange line). As the number indicates, the room is on the first floor.

Northeastern maps and direction: http://www.northeastern.edu/campusmap/maps.html

Many thanks go to Eli Barzilay for arranging for the room, and to Northeastern University for welcoming us.

4 Dinner

ITA Software a fine employer of Lisp hackers (disclaimer: I work there), is kindly purchasing a buffet to accompany our monthly Boston Lisp meeting. Anyone who attends is welcome to partake.

We appreciate it if you let us know you're coming, and what food taboos you have, so that we can order the correct amount and kind of food. Tell us by sending email to boston-lisp-meeting-register at common-lisp.net. We won't send any acknowledgement unless requested; importantly, we'll keep your identity and address confidential and won't communicate any such information to anyone, not even to our sponsors.

5 More about the Meeting

The previous Boston Lisp Meeting on August 31th had about 20-odd participants. Emmanuel Schanzer talked about Teaching Mathematics and Problem-Solving through Programming, preceded by lightning talks by Gregory Marton on Teaching Linguistics through Programming and Alex Plotnick on Gabriel's Gimmick.

We're always looking for more speakers. The call for speakers and all the other details are at: http://fare.livejournal.com/120393.html Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought. http://fare.livejournal.com/143723.html

For more information, see our web site http://boston-lisp.org/ For posts related to the Boston Lisp meetings in general, follow this link: http://fare.livejournal.com/tag/boston-lisp-meeting or subscribe to our RSS feed: http://fare.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=boston-lisp-meeting

Please forward this information to people you think would be interested. Please accept my apologies for your receiving this message multiple times. My apologies if this announce gets posted to a list where it shouldn't, or fails to get posted to a list where it should. Feedback welcome by private email reply to fare at tunes.org.

Aug. 18th, 2009

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Monday 2009-08-31 - Emmanuel Schanzer

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday, August 31st 2009 at 1800 at MIT 34-401B, where Emmanuel Schanzer will speak about Teaching Mathematics and Problem-Solving through Programming.

Additionally, we will have two 5-minute Lightning Talks, each followed by 2-minute Q&A: Gregory Marton will talk about Teaching Linguistics through Programming and Alex Plotnick will talk about Gabriel's Gimmick, an odd little idiom for (mis)using the sequence functions.

Also, there will be a buffet offered by ITA Software. Registration is not necessary but appreciated. See details below.

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The Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday August 31st 2009 at 1800 (6pm) at MIT, Room 34-401B.

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Jul. 18th, 2009

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Monday 2009-07-27 - Bruce Lewis, Richard Kreuter

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday, July 27th 2009 at 1800 at MIT 34-401B, where Bruce Lewis will speak about OurDoings, and Richard Kreuter will speak about defsystems and deliverables, or, unary REQUIRE for the win!

Additionally, we are still accepting proposals for up to two volunteers to each give of a 5-minute Lightning Talk (followed by 2-minute Q&A).

Also, there will be a buffet offered by ITA Software. Registration is not necessary but appreciated. See details below.

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The Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday July 27th 2009 at 1800 (6pm) at MIT, Room 34-401B.

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Jun. 16th, 2009

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Monday 2009-06-29 - Eli Barzilay

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday, June 29th 2009 at 1800 at MIT 34-401B, where Eli Barzilay will speak about Implementing Domain Specific Languages with PLT Scheme.

Additionally, we are still accepting proposals for up to two volunteers to each give of a 5-minute Lightning Talk (followed by 2-minute Q&A).

Also, there will be a buffet offered by ITA Software. Registration is not necessary but appreciated. See details below.

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The Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday June 29th 2009 at 1800 (6pm) at MIT, Room 34-401B.

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May. 14th, 2009

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Boston Lisp Meeting: TUESDAY 2009-05-26 - Norman Ramsey

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 26th 2009 at 1800 at MIT 34-401B, where Norman Ramsey will speak about Using Higher-Order Functions and Continuation-Passing Style to Make Dataflow Optimization Simple.

Additionally, we are still accepting proposals for up to two volunteers to each give of a 5-minute Lightning Talk (followed by 2-minute Q&A).

Also, there will be a buffet offered by ITA Software. Registration is not necessary but appreciated. See details below.

More about Norman Ramsey and his talk...Collapse )

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Tuesday May 26th 2009 at 1800 (6pm) at MIT, Room 34-401B.

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May. 4th, 2009

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Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are series of short strictly timed five minute talks each followed by two minutes for questions and answers during which the next speaker gets prepared (by e.g. disconnecting the previous speaker's laptop from the projector and connecting his own instead). The formula was used at ILC'2009 in sessions of 4 to 8 talks, and was a tremendous success.

Indeed you don't need to have that much to say to give a Lightning Talk, and so the formula lowers the barrier to entry and allows for a wider diversity of ideas to be presented at such events. At the same time, the strict constraint forces the speaker to be more concise, maybe even poetic, in conveying his ideas. Several participants remarked that since Lightning Talks were both so short and precisely timed, you could rehearse them many times before you gave them, making delivery more powerful. Additionally, some argued that the short duration limits the potential for either speaker humiliation or listener boredom, once again giving incentive for people to participate on both ends of the communication, promoting the exchange of ideas.

And so, I instituted such Lightning Talks at the Boston Lisp Meeting; so far, they have been well-received, and many people have subsequently volunteered to give one -- which makes me hopeful about their positive impact on the exchange of ideas within the community.

Apr. 23rd, 2009

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Boston Lisp Meeting: Monday 2009-04-27 - Noah Goodman on Lambda the Ultimate Gamble

A Boston Lisp Meeting will take place on Next Monday, April 27th 2009 at 1800 at MIT 34-401B, where Noah Goodman will speak about MIT-Church, a non-deterministic Scheme.

Additionally, we are still accepting proposals for up to two volunteers to each give of a 5-minute Lightning Talk (followed by 2-minute Q&A).

Also, there will be a buffet offered by ITA Software. Registration is not necessary but appreciated. See details below.

More about Noah Goodman and his talk...Collapse )

The Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday April 27th 2009 at 1800 (6pm) at MIT, Room 34-401B.

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Mar. 25th, 2009

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Boston Lisp Meeting 2009-03-30 update: Lightning talks, etc.

As previously announced, there will be a Boston Lisp Meeting taking place Next Monday, March 30th 2009 at 1800 at MIT 34-401B, where Carl Eastlund will speak about Modular ACL2. http://fare.livejournal.com/140695.html

Additionally, having observed the success of the formula at ILC'2009, I'm instituting Lightning Talks at the Boston Lisp Meeting. At every meeting, before the main talk, there will be two slots for strictly timed 5-minute talks followed by 2 minutes for questions.

Our first Lightning Talks will be given by Matt Knox and François-René Rideau. http://fare.livejournal.com/140960.html

Matt Knox has been hacking on Ruby and Scheme for the last 3-4 years. Looking at Rails, and how to fundamentally improve it, he came up with GoaloC (Generate on a Lot of Crack).

I, François-René Rideau, am a story-teller who dream of myself as a software author. I will address designers of computer languages and systems about Better Stories, Better Languages.

Dinner: ITA Software, is kindly purchasing a buffet to accompany our monthly Boston Lisp meeting. Anyone who attends is welcome to partake. However, we appreciate it if you let us know in advance you're coming, and what food taboos you have. Tell us by sending email to boston-lisp-meeting-register at common-lisp.net (you remain anonymous, no spam, no ack unless requested).

Finally, our next next meeting will happen on Monday 2009-04-27, and will feature Noah Goodman on MIT-Church, a non-deterministic Scheme. The previously announced speaker, Norman Ramsey, will hopefully be speaking in May, on purely functional dataflow optimization (in Haskell).

Mar. 4th, 2009

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Next Boston Lisp Meeting: 2009-03-30 1800 at MIT 34-401B - Carl Eastlund on Modular ACL2

Carl Eastlund will give a talk about Modular ACL2.

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The Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday March 30th 2009 at 1800 (6pm) at MIT, Room 34-401B.

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Feb. 11th, 2009

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Next Boston Lisp Meeting: Monday February 23th 2009 at 1800 at MIT 34-401B

Dimitris Vyzovitis will give a talk about Programming gerbils: Distributed programming with PLT-Scheme.

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The Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday February 23th 2009 at 1800 (6pm) at MIT, Room 34-401B.

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Jan. 8th, 2009

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Next Boston Lisp Meeting: Monday January 26th 2009 at 1800 at MIT 34-401B

David O'Toole will give a talk about Common Lisp and Rogue-like Games.

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The Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday January 26th 2009 at 1800 (6pm) at MIT, Room 34-401B.

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Nov. 18th, 2008

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Next Boston Lisp Meeting: Monday November 24th 2008 at 1800 at MIT 34-401B

Gregory Marton will give a talk about the meanings of English words as programs.

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The Lisp Meeting will take place on Monday November 24th 2008 at 1800 (6pm) at MIT, Room 34-401B.

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