Paul L. Snyder on 3 Jan 2011 15:19:49 -0800

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[PLUG] [plug-announce] Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011: UNIX Programming in Dynamic Languages (7pm at USP)

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  This month, PLUG Central welcomes Chris Nehrens, who will be
  speaking about UNIX programming using dynamic languages.

    In today's fast-paced world of multicore computers, many tend to
    forget the simple but powerful tools UNIX provides for
    applications to scale simply, reliably, and predictably. Threads
    are chosen instead of forks, and complicated means of IPC are
    designed and developed when much simpler methods would get the job
    done just as well. If the Java programmers are to be believed, the
    days of forking and Unix sockets and SysV shared memory and
    signals are long past, replaced by threads and other, worse,
    horrors. This talk will be more than a history lesson: it will
    show how Unix idioms are still just as relevant as they were in
    ages past.
    Perl code will be provided at the time the talk is given, but
    Python and Ruby will shortly follow, posted to the list to
    encourage discussion (this should be no later than the following
  The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 5, from 7-9pm at

          University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP)
          Griffith Hall C
          600 South 43rd Street
          Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

  USP is located in University City.  Driving directions are
  available at <>, or
  <>, both of which have an aerial
  view of the campus buildings.  USP is also easily accessible by
  public transportation.

  There will be an open Question & Answer session at 7PM, prior to
  the main presentation at 8PM.  This is an open meeting; all are
  welcome and encouraged to attend.

  Usually, a number of members get together after the meeting at a
  nearby restaurant for food and perhaps a beer or two.  Come join
  the camaraderie!
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