Peeking at the proposals: Hacks



Time now to take another look at all of the cool content that’s being proposed for Open Source Bridge.

Today’s topic? A perennial favorite: Hacks.

What does Hacks entail exactly?

Tinkering, experimenting and bending the rules to make hardware and software do what we want.
Hacks are clever. They break the rules. They force the available material into doing what you need or want. Some hacks are illegal, and some just make you proud and embarrassed that it worked. Sometimes a hack is the only way. Show the world how you make your hardware and software obey your every whim.

Let’s take a look at what’s sitting in the Hacks hopper:

  • Brian Ford‘s “RubySpec: What does my Ruby do?” which offers “RubySpec is a project to write a complete, executable specification for the Ruby programming language. If organizing Ruby programmers is akin to herding cats, imagine what it’s like to organize Ruby language implementers. We will talk about the history of RubySpec, how it works, challenges along the way, and the current status.”
  • Webb Sprague‘s “‘TITL’: Tcl Is a Templating Language” a talk about “A simple, batteries included platform for developing internet applications based on the world’s most Zen scripting language.”
  • Markus Roberts‘ “Spindle, Mutilate and Metaprogram: How far _can_ you push it before there be dragons?” which will be a discussion about the edge. “Maybe the edge isn’t as close as we thought it was. Maybe you can do some really funky things with your language without accidentally summoning eldritch spirits. Or maybe not. The only way to find out is to try it—or, if you are of the more prudent proclivities, to watch someone else try it.”

Have a topic you’re interested in discussing? Submit a proposal. Or keep track of all of the proposals by subscribing to the proposal feed.

And of course, none of these presentations will be as interesting without your involvement. So make sure to register to attend Open Source Bridge in June.

Photo courtesy drumm. Used under Creative Commons.

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