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First meeting

First meeting

From:
Chris Lloyd
Date:
2010-09-09 @ 10:48
Hey guys,

Lets aim to have the first two chapters of SICP read and completed by the
29th of September. I'll be posting my answers online, I suggest you do the
same.

As for the exact time and place, I'll figure something out close to the
date, but it'll probably be 5-6 in the evening Sydney time, Tuesday night in
San Fran and Wednesday morning in Oslo. We can chat on
http://literate.talkerapp.com like I said before. I chose this over IRC
because it keeps the history, but I'm open to suggestions.

Speaking of suggestions, if you guys desperately want to read a particular
book, raise it here. I realise that not everybody will be interested in the
Dragon book.

OK, how to get started. For those who don't already have SICP, it's
available online for free: http://mitpress.mit.edu/sicp/ I
highly recommend you buy a paper copy. It's quite titillating reading the
Wizard book in bed.

There are a metric shit-tonne of Scheme interpreters available online
(including the ones we are going to be writing!). I've found the binary
download of MIT-scheme to be good enough. I'll probably work on a nice
Homebrew install on the weekend.

If you are having trouble with anything, you know where to post. The whole
idea of this group is to provide the motivation and help needed to get
through some of the seminal books in computer science.

Happy Happy Joy Joy.

Chris

Re: [literate] First meeting

From:
Jared W
Date:
2010-09-09 @ 11:28
Sounds good to me. Have had SICP sitting next to my bed for some time,
usually end up falling asleep and having to re read what i read the
night before, so not getting very far. Now i have motivation!

I tried to install sbcl using homebrew but it fails on the magic
number check, however installs fine from the packages on sourceforge.
Looking forward to it.

As for book suggestions the ones you suggested so far are all
appealing to me. I know dragon book can be a bit dry, but would much
like to read a book on compiler theory. So if that is not up everyones
alley perhaps something like
http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~appel/modern/java/ or
http://www.cs.rochester.edu/~scott/pragmatics/

Jared.


On Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 8:48 PM, Chris Lloyd <christopher.lloyd@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey guys,
> Lets aim to have the first two chapters of SICP read and completed by the
> 29th of September. I'll be posting my answers online, I suggest you do the
> same.
> As for the exact time and place, I'll figure something out close to the
> date, but it'll probably be 5-6 in the evening Sydney time, Tuesday night in
> San Fran and Wednesday morning in Oslo. We can chat on
> http://literate.talkerapp.com like I said before. I chose this over IRC
> because it keeps the history, but I'm open to suggestions.
> Speaking of suggestions, if you guys desperately want to read a particular
> book, raise it here. I realise that not everybody will be interested in the
> Dragon book.
> OK, how to get started. For those who don't already have SICP, it's
> available online for free: http://mitpress.mit.edu/sicp/ I
> highly recommend you buy a paper copy. It's quite titillating reading the
> Wizard book in bed.
> There are a metric shit-tonne of Scheme interpreters available online
> (including the ones we are going to be writing!). I've found the binary
> download of MIT-scheme to be good enough. I'll probably work on a nice
> Homebrew install on the weekend.
> If you are having trouble with anything, you know where to post. The whole
> idea of this group is to provide the motivation and help needed to get
> through some of the seminal books in computer science.
> Happy Happy Joy Joy.
> Chris
>

Re: [literate] First meeting

From:
Chris Lloyd
Date:
2010-09-09 @ 11:54
On 9 September 2010 13:28, Jared W <Jared.Wyles@gmail.com> wrote:

> As for book suggestions the ones you suggested so far are all
> appealing to me. I know dragon book can be a bit dry, but would much
> like to read a book on compiler theory. So if that is not up everyones
> alley perhaps something like
> http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~appel/modern/java/ or
> http://www.cs.rochester.edu/~scott/pragmatics/


Sweet! However, I'm going to make an executive decision and rule out any
book with "Java" in the title :P I want this club to be fun! Point taken
about the Dragon book. There's no rush to find the second major book to
cover. My other idea from that was the first book in Knuth's TAOCP, though
that could be even more dry than the Dragon book. Programming
Language Pragmatics is a pretty good suggestion.

Chris

Re: [literate] First meeting

From:
Jared Wyles
Date:
2010-09-09 @ 12:00
There is the same book but done in c and another in Ml. However the java 
one covers GC and jit if I'm not mistaken. I am more than happy to read 
the dragon book, if others are. 

As for TOACP not sure I have a book case capable of supporting it. 

Sent from my phone

On 09/09/2010, at 9:54 PM, Chris Lloyd <christopher.lloyd@gmail.com> wrote:

> On 9 September 2010 13:28, Jared W <Jared.Wyles@gmail.com> wrote:
> As for book suggestions the ones you suggested so far are all
> appealing to me. I know dragon book can be a bit dry, but would much
> like to read a book on compiler theory. So if that is not up everyones
> alley perhaps something like
> http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~appel/modern/java/ or
> http://www.cs.rochester.edu/~scott/pragmatics/
> 
> Sweet! However, I'm going to make an executive decision and rule out any
book with "Java" in the title :P I want this club to be fun! Point taken 
about the Dragon book. There's no rush to find the second major book to 
cover. My other idea from that was the first book in Knuth's TAOCP, though
that could be even more dry than the Dragon book. Programming Language 
Pragmatics is a pretty good suggestion.
> 
> Chris

Re: [literate] First meeting

From:
Chris Lloyd
Date:
2010-09-09 @ 12:12
On 9 September 2010 14:00, Jared Wyles <jared.wyles@gmail.com> wrote:

> As for TOACP not sure I have a book case capable of supporting it.
>

Your book case doesn't support TAOCP, TAOCP supports your book case.