Friday, 30 June 2006

Beyond my expectations


Whenever you are tempted to say something controversal, you can
relativize your statement a bit like "Personally, I think that ...",
"From my point of view.. ", or even better "It can be argued
that...". You do that to prevent steering up dust. Well, for the
following statements I won't need such things:

The Common Lisp Workshop was a huge success. Success in terms of
people attending the workshop. Success in terms of people hacking
Common Lisp. Success in terms of progress parts of the audience made
despite the task I have choosen was way to big for a one hour
workshop.

Actually I should say 3 1/2 hour workshop. I talked for twice the time
I planned for and was surprised that both parties involved sustained
this: First, that I am able to concentrate for such a long time on
talking sense about non-trivial ideas, second that the audience
appearently was able to listen to me.

I hope to repeat this workshop somewhere sometime (if you are
interested just mail me), but as in this very moment in your personal
time dimension there is no workshop happening (presumably because you
are looking at a website), I put the course material online http://lisplab.at/workshop/.

Tuesday, 13 June 2006

Common Lisp Workshop


I will give a Common Lisp Workshop for novice Common Lisp
programmers. Everyone in reasonable driving range of Vienna is invited
to

MetaLab - http://metalab.at
Sunday, 25th of June, 18:00-20:00.

Features: 45 minutes presentation of Common Lisp basics, break, 1 hour
hack your own tic-tac-toe. For the later workshop part, it is
necessary to bring your own laptop! Nothing else than an ssh client
is required.

The workshop is intended for programmers with experience in other
languages but no experience in Lisp. The event is free.

Wednesday, 7 June 2006

Welcome LiLA!



Hamburg, April 2006. A few guys, a bar, and liters of cheap
water. The right soil for male talk when no girls are
listening. Right, it's all about Common Lisp.



I was attending ECLM06 and with me more Austrians than
anticipated. After a quick hello, the idea was clear. We need to plan
planning a strategy for the subversive infection of our fellow
countrymen with the fruits of the theoretic work around the Lambda
Calculus: Lisp!



After the regular phase of idleness, and occassional real life
contact, I came up with the cute name LiLA, for Lisp Lovers
Austria. But the name was found to be revealing on our true nature,
and "Lovers" was substituted by the more neutral word "Lab" (thanks
for the suggestion Patrik!). <Add more idleness here>, and right
after that lisplab.at went online!



Our name, Lisp Lab, also fits neatly with a project we are associated
with: metalab. metalab is an open center in the heart of Vienna, providing us with space and infrastructure for our meeting and events.



Talking of events, there will be Common Lisp Introduction workshop in
metalab soon. I'm aiming to hold a two hour workshop consisting of 45
minutes talk, break and one hour hacking on your game-theorically
perfect tic-tac-toe implementation. For the latter, we can also go for
a more stupid computer player, otherwise playing and knowing the game
will end in a draw is no fun.



Watch this site for a date/place announcement of the CL intro.