Professional Development Seminars

Title Event date Lecturer(s) Abstract
Weaving Meaning: An Overview of the Semantic Web Saturday, November 20, 2004 - 9:00am Eric Miller

The goal of the Semantic Web initiative is to create a universal medium for the exchange of data. Facilities to put machine-understandable data on the Web are quickly becoming a high priority for many organizations, individuals and communities. The Web can reach its full potential only if it becomes a place where data can be shared and processed by automated tools as well as by people. For the Web to scale, tomorrow’s programs must be able to share and process data even when these programs are designed independently.

Web Bloopers: Common Web Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Saturday, October 23, 2004 - 9:00am Jeff Johnson

This seminar presents common Web design bloopers and ways to avoid them. The seminar includes exercises in which participants spot bloopers on pages provided by the instructor and on live websites. There will be discussions on how to avoid and correct them. After completing this seminar, participants will have a checklist for evaluating their own Web development projects. Participants will become better designers and customers of websites and online services.

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Perl 6 and Parrot Saturday, October 2, 2004 - 9:00am Dan Sugalski

Parrot is a new language-independent virtual machine intended to run Perl 6, Perl 5, Python, Ruby, and z-machine code. It is a register-based, bytecode-driven, asynchronous, event-capable, threaded VM with a built-in just-in-time compiler. This tutorial will provide an overview of Parrot and some technologies in the Parrot engine.

Who Should Attend?

Perl and Python users interested in finding out what is coming down the pike and system developers interested in learning about some breakthrough technologies for language runtime systems.

Scalable Vector Graphics Saturday, May 1, 2004 - 9:00am Ivan Herman

SVG is one of the 'hot' topics of the day on the Web. After years of development we finally have a tool to produce 2D graphics on the Web using an open, standard format based on XML. However, SVG is not only a translation to XML of well known and traditional graphics tools known in computer graphics for years; it also includes a number of additional possibilities (scripting, SVG fonts, animation, filtering) which makes it a really exciting new technology.

Mac OS X for Unix Geeks Saturday, April 24, 2004 - 9:00am Brian Jepson and Ernest Rothman

Under the classy Mac OS X user interface lurks a powerful Unix system. Although this makes it easier for seasoned Unix users to approach Mac OS X, there are some differences that are both frustrating and delightful. We will cover the advanced aspects of Mac OS X's BSD personality, focus on Mac-specific details that make it subtly different from other Unix systems, the use of Open Source applications, and Scientific Computing.

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