In the last LXNY notice dealing with Lisp meetings in New York City the
And there is a persistent rumor that on Wednesday 21 May 2003, a
monstrous rough beast, larger and shaggier than any
focus-group-stultified darling of the mass media, will slouch
round MidTown New York City. Some say the Beast has business
This rumor has been confirmed. NYLUG will meet Wednesday 21 May 2003 in
the IBM building at 57th Street and Madison Avenue and Heow Eide-Goodman will
speak on Lisp.
You must register in advance to attend, or have registered for an earlier
NYLUG meeting in the IBM building. Particulars below in official
announcement. Due to the power and delicacy of the subject matter of this
meeting all security rules will be strictly enforced. Those who have never
written any Lisp are advised to study one of the standard texts. A firm
grasp of s-expressions and some acquaintance with the lambda calculus will
help avoid embarrassment.
Eating and drinking after the formal meeting is now at Houlihan's at
56th Street and Lexington Avenue on the Island of the Manahattoes.
Official NYLUG announcement below.
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.
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Subject: [nylug-announce] NY Linux Users Grp. 21 May Meeting: Lisp,
A Fresh Look
May 21st, 2003
IBM Headquarters Building
590 Madison Avenue at 57th Street
9th Floor, home to the IBM Linux Center of Competency
** RSVP Instructions **
Unless you have already rsvp'ed for a prior meeting, everyone
should RSVP to attend. http://rsvp.nylug.org
Check in with photo ID at the lobby for badge and room number.
** Stammtisch **
Note the current location of Stammtisch. See below for details.
Heow Eide-Goodman (LispNYC.org)
Lisp, A Fresh Look
Lisp is the programming language evolving from 1950s computer science
work by John McCarthy, one of the pioneers in computer artificial
intelligence. Over the course of time Lisp has evolved many variants,
among them Common Lisp, Scheme, even the venerable Emacs editor churns
along powered by Elisp. Evidently, and as affirmed by this month's
speaker, Lisp is one of most expressive languages planned and created
by the human mind.
This May 21st, Heow Eide-Goodman (LispNYC.org, local user group,
founder, NYLUG member) will walk you through a rediscovery journey of
the respected 40-plus years old programming language. Learn some of
Lisp's core capabilities, still unmatched by it's modern day
contemporaries, and experience an advanced Object Oriented architecture
so flexible it still defies UML definition. Witness Lisp features that
make C++/Java professionals green with envy.
Geared with just enough technical details for geeks, and with proven
business cases that managers love, Heow will demonstrate how Lisp can
not only make your programs better suited for the task at hand, but how
it will also save you time and money. Always a good thing.
For the truly geeky at heart note a passage from a major hackerdom
reference, ``How To Become A Hacker'' by Eric Steven Raymond, on his
suggested path for l'apprenti sorcier to follow:
LISP is worth learning for a different reason ? the profound
enlightenment experience you will have when you finally get it. That
experience will make you a better programmer for the rest of your
days, even if you never actually use LISP itself a lot.
Raymond is writing in the context of expanding your mind with Lisp, and
gaining the chops, stocking your arsenal of modern programming
languages and techniques. His perspective is incisive, read the brief
essay to learn his views on programming languages, hacking ethos and
directions for your hero quest.
With Lisp meriting three stories in Slashdot within the past year, find
out why Lisp is hip and well poised for popular revival.
For More Information Visit:
* Association of Lisp Users
http://www.alu.org/ or http://www.lisp.org
* Slashdot Article: Kent Pitman on Lisp
* Slashdot Article: Using Lisp to Beat Your Competition
* Slashdot Article: The Hundred Year Language
* Slashdot Article: Lisp as an Alternative to Java
* Lisp Potpourri
* ``How To Become A Hacker'', Hackers drawl their gong fu with a Lisp
About Heow Eide-Goodman:
After earning a Computer Science degree from Bowling Green State
University, Heow has spent the last decade as a consultant, developing
software. ``Only lately has he realized that life is too short to be
spent on relatively low level languages like C.''
He is author of a Unix utility Long Live XTerm, Tiny Scheme for the
Sharp Zaurus and contributor to many Open Source Software projects.
Heow is a founding member of Lisp NYC and the NYC Extreme Programming
professional development groups, is currently employed by Thomson
Media, and installs Debian Linux on every computer he can get his hands
Swag of undetermined value and quantity may be distributed on a
first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early for the best selection
GPG cryptography. Immediately after the presentation and continuing
at PJ Clarke's, we will be gathering for a keysigning. For those who
already have keys, please remember to bring paper printouts of your
40-character key fingerprint, as per the instructions in our howto
docs. If you haven't created a key yet, and for keysigning details,
our howto docs are a must read. http://www.nylug.org/keys
*** Note the current location ***
After the meeting ... Join us around 8:15pm or so at PJ Clarke's,
located at 915 3rd Avenue, at the corner of 55th Street:
Please see our home page at http://www.nylug.org for the HTMLized
version of this announcement, our archives, and a lot of other
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