May 22nd, 2013

Boston Lisp Meeting on May 23

Boston Lisp meetings are a lot of fun. Here's Alex Plotnick's announcement for the next meeting:

I'm pleased to announce that François-René Rideau will speak at the next Boston Lisp meeting on his recent work on ASDF 3. The meeting will take place on Thursday, 23 May at 6:30 PM, in the Star Conference room at MIT's Stata Center (MIT 32-D463; <>).

I'm sorry about the short notice on this one; communications problems of all kinds have been gumming up the works. Please feel free to spread the word about the meeting via whatever mechanisms are available to you.

Talk details (courtesy of Faré) follow. I hope to see you all there!

Title: "ASDF 3, or lessons in building portable Common Lisp programs"

"ASDF (Another System Definition Facility) has been the de facto standard Common Lisp build system for over ten years. I recently rewrote it completely, several times, all the time (mostly) preserving backwards compatibility. The latest incarnation, ASDF 3, in addition to fixing deep design bugs older than ASDF itself, also includes extensive portability library, UIOP, not to be confused with an existing parallelizing extension, POIU. I will show how to use ASDF, explain the recent improvements, and discuss the challenges of writing portable Common Lisp programs and what that means for the past and future of Lisp."

About the speaker:
"François-René Rideau is a Lisp plumber. On good days, he designs great piping for persistent data, to be used in airline reservation system of ITA (now part of Google). On bad days, he dons his rubber gloves and scrubs the pipes. He also has a blog, Cybernethics, where he writes on liberty, music, programming, and dynamic systems in general."

I can't make it, but if you're in the Boston area, you should go!