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OSHUG #78 - An Evening on Modern Programming Languages

During this evening, held jointly with OSHUG, we look at the latest in
open source programming languages. Three talks from three highly
respected speakers

Note. We are in the new BCS London offices at 25 Copthall Ave  EC2R 7BP.

Register at

Tea/coffee will be served from 6:00pm, with the talks from 6:30pm. Each
talk will last around 30 to 45 minutes including any questions.

We shall be livestreaming and recording the talks for later posting on
YouTube via GoToWebinar. Please register at:

An introduction to Perl6
Simon Proctor

An introduction to the newest version of Perl with an emphasis on some
neat features.

With 17 years as a professional web developer (in a range of languages)
and over 30 years of doing it for fun Simon Proctor has just about
started to understand what he’s doing. He’s on occasion been known to
take things seriously.

Julia – A fresh approach to numerical computing
Avik Sengupta

In this talk, Avik will demonstrate how Julia combines dynamic, high
level source with a high performance runtime code. He will show what
makes Julia unique among programming languages, and how it enables high
quality numeric computing libraries. He will survey the machine learning
/ deep learning ecosystem in Julia, and talk about how that can be
extended to new kinds of modelling using differentiable programming. The
talk will begin as an introduction to the language, and finish by
showing how it opens up new paradigms of computing.

Julia is the fastest high performance open source computing language for
data, analytics, algorithmic trading, machine learning, artificial
intelligence, and many other fields. Julia solves the two language
problem by combining the ease of use of Python and R with the speed of C++.

Avik Sengupta is the head of product development and software
engineering at Julia Computing, contributor to open source Julia and
maintainer of several Julia packages. Avik is the author of Julia High
Performance, co-founder of two artificial intelligence start-ups in the
financial services sector and creator of large complex trading systems
for the world’s leading investment banks. Prior to Julia Computing, Avik
was co-founder and CTO at AlgoCircle and at Itellix, director at Lab49
and head of algorithmic solutions at Decimal Point Analytics. Avik
earned his MS in Computational Finance at Carnegie Mellon and MBA
Finance at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore.

Evolving Languages: 5 Steps to Go
Charles Forsyth

Go is the latest of a sequence of closely related concurrent programming
languages: Squeak, Newsqueak, Alef, Limbo and Go. Each one strictly
followed its predecessor, they occupy a similar space (CSP-inspired
concurrent languages), and all but Squeak have a vaguely similar syntax,
perhaps suggesting gradual refinement and incremental evolution. I take
a closer look, revealing their significant differences, especially in in
type systems and run-time environments, reflecting the effect of
different design choices to satisfy the requirements of a larger,
surrounding system.

Dr Charles Forsyth is a founder and Technical Director of Vita Nuova,
which specialises in systems software and distributed systems.

He is interested in compilers, operating systems, networking (protocols
and services), security, and distributed systems and algorithms. He
specialises in the design and implementation of systems software, from
low-level drivers through compilers to whole operating systems. He has
published papers on operating systems, Ada compilation, worst-case
execution analysers for safety-critical applications, “resources as
files”, and the development of computational grids.

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