Walt Mankowski on 8 Sep 2005 03:06:05 -0000

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Re: Short perl-related lunchtime talk on Friday

Thanks, Mark!  Sounds like a cool talk.

Is it the small conference room across from the elevators, or the
slightly larger one around the corner where the GRASP talks are
usually held?

Oh, and speaking of GRASP (Penn's robotics lab), they're kicking off
their fall seminar series just before Mark's talk at 11 AM.  I can't
guarantee how good the talk itself will be, but it's got a great
title:  "Bipedal Bugs, Galloping Ghosts and Gripping Geckos:
BioInspired Robotics, Artificial Muscles and Adhesives".  For more
information, see

They usually have free pizza after the GRASP talks, so there should be
just enough time to see the Bipedal Bugs talk, grab a few slices of
pizza, then head upstairs to Mark's talk.

And speaking of talks, I've gotten practically no feedback about Dave
Wheeler's talk next week.  If no one else cares which talk he gives
and when he gives it, I'll decide by executive fiat tomorrow morning.


On Wed, Sep 07, 2005 at 10:18:48PM -0400, Mark Dominus wrote:
> "The usual place" referred to below is the small conference room on
> the 3rd floor of the Levine building at Penn.  
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> Subject: [plclub] PL Club talk Friday on support for functional programming
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>         I have recently had published a book on functional programming
>         techniques for the Perl programming language.  Some have
>         suggested that this was the product of a deranged mind; others
>         say it was only the product of garden-variety stupidity.  In
>         this talk, I hope to persuade you that this effort was neither
>         demented nor unusually foolish.
>         I will discuss the value of functional programming techniques,
>         with particular attention to the value that they provide to
>         the great proletariat of the programming community.  I'll talk
>         about the support that Perl provides for those techniques, and
>         the support that it fails to provide, and I'll contrast this
>         support with that of similar languages, such as Python.  I
>         will probably sneak in some discussion of Common Lisp, Java,
>         Standard ML, and Haskell along the way.
> The talk will run from about 12:15 to about 1:30 on Friday, 
> 9 September, in the usual place.
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