Franz Tech Corner News: Google AI Challenge winner, Gábor Melis, 1/20 Webinar

The Franz Tech Corner, 12/14/2010

In this issue:

1. Google AI Challenge winner, Gábor Melis, 1/20 Webinar
2. Free Amdocs/Franz Webcast: Semantic Real Time Intelligent
Decision Automation - Thursday, December 16, 11:00 AM Pacific
3. Support questions of general interest from 2010
4. New Book: Land of Lisp: Learn to Program in Lisp, One Game at a
Time!, by Conrad Barski M.D.
5. New Book: The Common Lisp edition of Mark Watson's "Practical
Semantic Web and Linked Data Applications"
6. Training Schedule

1. Free Webinar: Gábor Melis - Google AI Contest Winner -
Conversation and Presentation

Thursday, January 20, 10:00 AM Pacific

Join us for a conversation with Gábor Melis', the 2010 Google AI
contest winner, hosted by Dr. Jans Aasman.

Learn more about Gábor's winning game strategies, opinions on
Artificial Intelligence, finding Lisp, and what this means for the
Semantic Web. Gábor will present key AI algorithms from his winning
entry and take questions from the audience.

Register for this webinar at:
http://franz.com/services/conferences_seminars/webinar_1-20-11.lhtml

2. Free Amdocs/Franz Webcast: Semantic Real Time Intelligent
Decision Automation

Hosted by http://www.semanticweb.com/
Thursday, December 16, 11:00 AM Pacific time
Featuring - Amdocs and Franz

In today's connected online world, to optimize a customer oriented
business requires real time contextual customer knowledge across all
business channels and relevant social and competitive forces. In
complex, heavily customer-centric businesses such as
Telecommunications, Health Care, and Financial Services, the optimal
business must understand how each action of the business and the
individual customer relates to the profitability of the business and
customer satisfaction.

The systems to accomplish this are proactive, they are predictive,
they are personalized, and they learn to optimize their behavior for
each individual customer. Today, Telecommunications and other large
businesses can require the real time harmonization of 10 billion
activities a day. We show a means to accomplish this with real time
24*7 semantic technology, capable of directly driving the largest
businesses in the world. The results if this type of system can be
amazing, including massive cost reductions in customer care,
write-offs, retention, and improvements in customer satisfaction, up
selling, and resource utilization. Bottom line profitability is
improved, top line expansion is realized. Perhaps more important, the
agility to accommodate business change and to differentiate is
unprecedented.

To register for this free webinar:
http://semanticamdocs.eventbrite.com/

3. Support questions of general interest from 2010

From time to time, we report on customer questions and problem reports
which might be of interest to users in general. Here are some things
that came up during 2010:

- The standard readtable is now read-only
- Right ALT key is remapped in Common Graphics
- Compilation of certain files can suddenly be very slow
- asdf issues
- RANDR missing
- excl.osi:command-output differences
- Whether to error when encountering incorrect forms
- Handle leak on Windows

See here for the full article describing the details:
http://franz.com/support/tech_corner/sprs-of-interest-121410.lhtml

4. New Book: Land of Lisp: Learn to Program in Lisp, One Game at a
Time!, by Conrad Barski M.D.

Quote from Slashdot's review, "Land of Lisp is an excellent book for
someone who wants to learn how to program, for web programmers who
want to move up out of their niche and start learning about CS theory
and systems programming, and for anyone who is puzzled about what
really goes on behind the web and wants to learn what web programming
is really about."

More info:
http://franz.com/resources/cbbook.lhtml

5. New Book: The Common Lisp edition of Mark Watson's "Practical
Semantic Web and Linked Data Applications"

You can download the pdf for free, or purchase a hard copy.

http://franz.com/agraph/allegrograph/mwbook.lhtml#cl-edition

6. Training Schedule

Allegro CL Certification Program - The schedule for 2011 Basic and
Intermediate courses will be established in January.

Ask us about previously recorded programs that are available if you
are unable to attend the live course.

http://franz.com/services/classes

Make the most of your Allegro CL application by utilizing our
consulting services,

http://franz.com/services/consulting/

Lisp Jobs - http://lispjobs.wordpress.com/

For more information about other Franz products and services, follow
us on Twitter, @Franzinc or contact your product application manager
or email sales@franz.com.

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