During our May meeting, John Fremlin, the author of teepeedee2 which was recently slashdotted for being the world’s fastest web framework, discussed our beloved Garbage Collection. What was great about John’s presentation was that he discussed alternate ways to efficiently working around GC, and in the end improving the overall performance of your application.
John wrote, summarizing his talk:
Basically here’s a summary of my provocation (yes, I’m not entirely against GC but I think too many people overlook the alternatives):
The November 27th meeting went very well, with more than a dozen people showing up.
John Fremlin’s presentation was not, as I’d claimed, on his Lisp web server (a presentation he actually gave at a recent TLUG meeting) but was instead called Glimpses of Lisp: Fibonacci and the Netflix Prize, and give some insight into how one does things differently in Lisp over other languages, with some particularly interesting points about compile-time optimization via the macro system. He’s graciously allowed us to host a copy of his slides.
The October 30th meeting was almost as packed (close to a dozen people) as the October 9th meeting, which is very encouraging. I’m hoping we’ll do as well next month, and perhaps watch our Lisp contingent grow a bit.