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

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.

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:

Google map:,+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: Volunteers to give Lightning Talks are also sought.

For more information, see our web site For posts related to the Boston Lisp meetings in general, follow this link: or subscribe to our RSS feed:

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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