François-René Rideau (fare) wrote,
François-René Rideau

Boston Lisp Meeting: Monday 2010-07-26 Slava Pestov on Factor (

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. 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

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:

Google map:,+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.

We're always looking for more speakers. The call for speakers and all the other details are at: Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought.

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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

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