[talk] NYC*BUG May 5: bcallah on Polyglot *BSD

George Rosamond george at ceetonetechnology.com
Mon May 3 12:57:34 EDT 2021

Polyglot *BSD, Dr. Brian Callahan
2021-05-05 @ 18:45 EDT - on Zoom

When you install a *BSD, you are given all the tools needed to rebuild 
the entire base system out of the box. This also means you have the 
tools to create more software without any external packages. This helps 
make the BSDs a prime development platform.

Despite this, there are many other programming languages out there, some 
of which are even used in production! Having access to those languages 
provides a double benefit: 1) it opens up the richness of programming 
language research and implementation to all interested *BSD users; and, 
2) it opens up the BSDs to aficionados of these languages.

Come follow one man's never-ending quest to port every known compiler to 
OpenBSD. We will explore some languages you know, some you don't, and 
discover the tricks necessary to bring up compiler system support to new 
platforms. We will learn how to be a good member of the language 
community, how to represent well your *BSD to a language community, and 
how you can even accidentally end up with your name buried in the GCC 
source tree!

For Zoom meeting details, email to rsvp AT lists.nycbug.org by noon EDT 
on the day of the meeting, and details will be sent on the day of the 
meeting. Q&A will be via IRC on Freenode, channel #nycbug.

Speaker Biography

Brian sometimes speaks at NYC*BUG. You've probably heard him talk about 
OpenBSD ports before. He has been a developer for OpenBSD since 2013, 
primarily focusing on ports.

Brian is a Lecturer in the IT & Web Science program at Rensselaer 
Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he sometimes gets to teach with 
the BSDs!

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