Franz Tech Corner News: New Compiler Switches in Allegro CL 8.2

The Franz Tech Corner, October 6, 2010

In this issue:

1. New Compiler Switches in Allegro CL 8.2
2. Franz Invited Talk and Tutorial, ILC 2010 - October 19-21
3. Free Webinar: Never Write SPARQL Again - Build your Queries
Visually
4. Quicklisp beta and survey
5. Japan Lisp Seminar, November 18 & 19 - Tokyo
6. Silicon Valley Semantic Technology Group Meetup at eBay -
Semantic Technology: The Basics - October 13, 6:00 PM
7. Training Schedule

1. New Compiler Switches in Allegro CL 8.2

The behavior of the compiler in Allegro CL is controlled in part by
compiler switches. They effect compiler optimization qualities safety,
space, speed, debug, and compilation-speed. This Tech Corner article
discusses four new switches in Allegro CL 8.2. The new switches are:

- optimize-large-functions-switch

- save-source-level-debug-info-switch

- generate-accurate-x86-float-code-switch

- verify-type-declarations-switch

Read the article here:
http://franz.com/support/tech_corner/compswitch092310.lhtml

2. Franz Invited Talk and Tutorial, ILC 2010 - October 19-21

The schedule for the Internal Lisp Conference has been posted. Jans
Aasman is an invited speaker and will be giving a talk on
"AllegroGraph and the Linked Open Data Cloud"

AllegroGraph has been in development since 2005, and is currently at
version 4.1. Jans' talk will cover:

- How Lisp helped us to get ahead of the competition.

- The internal architecture of the database. AllegroGraph looks very
much like a parallel lisp with shared memory and Lispers might find
it interesting to get an idea of the underlying mechanisms

- Development. This is one of the biggest projects in Franz's history
and to be optimally productive, we had to come up with a development
methodology that deals with the fact that the developers work from
Hawaii to Berlin.

- Interfacing with other languages. Currently we support multiple Java
clients, a Python client, Ruby, Scala, Clojure, C#, and even Perl.

- A customer story and how this customer helps us to get to a trillion
triples.

David Margolies will give a 2 hour tutorial on 'Introduction to
AllegroGraph' describing the product and showing its use with emphasis
on the Lisp client.

We're looking forward to seeing you at the conference.

For ILC schedule and registration information:
http://www.international-lisp-conference.org/2010/index

3. Free Webinar: Never Write SPARQL Again - Build your Queries
Visually

Thursday, October 14th, 10:00 AM Pacific

The free-form nature of triple-stores offers a lot of flexibility for
constructing databases, but that freedom can also make it less obvious
how to find arbitrary data for retrieval, error-checking, or general
browsing. Gruff is a freely available graphical triple-store browser
that attempts to make data retrieval more pleasant and powerful with a
variety of tools for laying out cyclical graphs, displaying tables of
properties, managing queries, and building queries as visual diagrams.

This webinar will cover Gruff's new Graphical Query View in detail.

For additional information and registration:
http://franz.com/agraph/services/conferences_seminars/
semantic_technologies_v25.lhtml

4. Quicklisp beta and survey

Zack Beane has been working on Quicklisp, a project to make it really
easy to install and use CL libraries. He's going to release a public
beta next Saturday. He would like to find out more about the people
who might use Quicklisp, so he is asking if you use CL, please take a
moment to fill it out a 10 question survey.

For info and the survey:
http://xach.livejournal.com/271358.html

5. Japan Lisp Seminar, November 18 & 19 - Tokyo

Please join us at the Japan Lisp Seminar in Tokyo, Japan.

This year's talks include:

"Real-time Garbage Collection in Sight"
by Ikuo Takeuchi, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo

"Lisp in the heart of Telecom"
by Jans Aasman, Franz Inc.

"Machine Learning with Common Lisp"
by Hisao Kuroda, Mathematical Systems Inc.

... and many more!

Additional details will be posted soon:
http://jp.franz.com/index.html

6. Silicon Valley Semantic Technology Group Meetup at eBay -
Semantic Technology: The Basics - October 13, 6:00 PM

eBay has generously offered space for the meetup. The discussion will
cover semantic formats, storage technologies, basic coding, open
source tools and resources and a number of live demos. Jans Aasman
will be speaker.

http://www.meetup.com/semweb-26/calendar/15022618/

7. Training Schedule

Allegro CL Certification Program - Basic (updated videos) and
Intermediate courses available. Next 3-day sessions in 2010:

- Basic, October 13, 20, and 27
- Intermediate, November 3, 10, and 17
- 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/

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