Meetings and Events

Polyglot *BSD, Brian Callahan
2021-05-05 @ 18:45 EDT (22:45 UTC) - 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!

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!

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