SPUG: "Extreme Damian" tonight, 7pm
tim at consultix-inc.com
Thu Aug 9 17:34:02 CDT 2001
Final reminder about tonight's special SPUG meeting, featuring
the wacky but brilliant, irreverent but tactful, dazzlingly daft
"Mad Scientist of Perl", Dr. Damian Conway !
He'll be giving one of his smash-hit talks from the Perl Conference
especially for us tonight.
It's an event not to be missed by those willing to be dumbfounded,
stupefied, de-stupified, perplexed, re-gruntled, entranced,
and educated all at the same time -- actually, "in constant
time!" (Sorry, couldn't resist: "Quantum Superpositions" joke!)
Suffice it to say that Perl fans serious about learning more Perl
through clever silliness won't want to miss this!
More details follow; see you there!
| Tim Maher, Ph.D. Tel: (206) 781-UNIX |
| SPUG Founder & Leader Email: spug at halcyon.com |
| Seattle Perl Users Group HTTP: seattleperl.com |
Seattle Perl Users Group
Special August Meeting
Title: "Extreme Perl"
Speaker: Dr. Damian Conway
Indentured Perl Servant Extraordinaire
Time: August 9th, 2001, 7pm-9pm
Location: Union Bank of Cal., Madison & 5th, 5th Floor Mtg Room
More Info: www.zipcon.net/~spug
Reception: Starts at 5:30 pm, Rock Bottom Brewery (1333 5th Ave., Seattle)
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The SelfGOL program is an obfuscated, self-aware, viral quine that can:
. rewrite other Perl programs to allow them to self-replicate,
. detect un-rewritable Perl programs,
. execute itself or other Perl programs as cellular automata of
arbitrary size (to play Conway's "Game of Life"),
. animate any short text as a cycling marquee banner.
SelfGOL accomplishes these feats in under 1000 bytes of standard Perl,
without importing any modules, and without using a single if, unless,
while, until, for, foreach, goto, next, last, redo, map, or grep.
To do all that in under 1K of code, it relies on some extreme
programming techniques, and on many of the obscure backwaters of the
Perl syntax. This talk explores both.
In other words, it's everything you never wanted to know about Perl, and
would have been afraid to ask.
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