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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.


Eli Barzilay will speak about Implementing Domain Specific Languages with PLT Scheme.

Many problems call for domain-specific languages (DSLs) to express them and their solutions; such languages enable a dialogue between domain experts and software developers. The Lisp and Scheme community has a decades-old tradition of creating and embedding special-purpose languages via macros. Over the last twenty years, we PLT Schemers have continued to develop this technology to the point where making up new languages is so quick and easy that PROGRAMMERS CREATE A LANGUAGE FOR WRITING A SINGLE PROGRAM.

Embedded DSLs are appropriate for a whole range of domains and applications -- in both academia and industry. Notable examples include research languages, teaching languages, and application-specific languages like our text-friendly documentation language.

In this talk Eli will demonstrate how to implement embedded practical DSLs in PLT Scheme.

Eli Barzilay is a Researcher in the PLT group at Northeastern University. He has been a core PLT Scheme developer since 2003, and has used PLT's ability to implement new languages to an extreme. For his Programming Languages undergraduate course, he creates nearly one language per week. In addition to writing new languages, he is involved in helping PLT develop into a multi-lingual environment.

His website is at http://barzilay.org/

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Having observed the success of the formula at ILC'2009, we have instituted Lightning Talks at the Boston Lisp Meeting. At every meeting, before the main talk, there are two slots for strictly timed 5-minute talks followed by 2-minute for questions and answers.

The slots for next meeting are still open. Step up and come talk about your pet project!

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

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.

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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.

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The previous Boston Lisp Meeting on May 26th had 40 participants. Norman Ramsey gave a talk about Using Higher-Order Functions and Continuation-Passing Style to Make Dataflow Optimization Simple.

In the near future, we expect to have Bruce Lewis on 2009-07-27 about BRL and ourdoings.com, Emmanuel Schanzer on 2009-08-31 about bootstrapworld.org, Christine Flood on some undetermined date about 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.

For more information, see our web site 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

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Cool! I'll try to make this one. Just wrote my first #lang extension in PLT last weekend and I'm cleaning it up this morning.

Now where the heck can I park my car in Cambridge, and will it cost more than gas for the trip from Greenfield or a beer in Boston? :-)
There shouldn't be any problem parking your car after 6 on Vassar St. If you come earlier, you can park near where I live with my guest street parking permit -- only 10 minutes away afoot from where the meeting takes place.

I don't know about the price of gas, but with taxes included, it probably more than a beer in Boston indeed.
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