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Poughkeepsie Chapter of the Association For Computing Machinery

Program: The World of APL, Today

When: 7:30 pm, Monday, January 19th, 2015

Where: Presentation Room (2d floor, Rm 2023) Hancock Center, Marist College

Directions: Building 15 on the map at

Parking: Please park at black dot #27 on (the lot N/E of the Hancock Center) or in the lot East of Route 9, S/E of the former Main Entrance.

Speaker: Dr. Ray Polivka,

About the Program: While APL chronologically is not a new programming language, today technically it is a very modern one. Evolving from its sound concise array oriented base incorporating many new features it reflects current frontiers of programming language development.  You may, for example, experiment with true parallel processing, use functional programming as well as current procedural programming or object oriented programming, and bridge to other programming language environments such as R. This talk will focus on the current APL language as provided by Dyalog APL. Dyalog surrounds the APL programming language with strong supporting facilities to make a complete package capable of running on a wide range of computers from the $35 RaspberryPi to a large range of servers under a variety of operating systems. This presentation will summarize the core principles of the language, including highlights of new, recently added programming features, followed by illustrations of the language in action.

About the Speaker: Dr. Ray Polivka has had a long association with APL reaching back to 1967 where he was developing APL material for Science Research Associates. He spent over half of his 35 years with IBM in education where he taught many APL classes worldwide. He has co-authored three APL textbooks. Upon retiring from IBM he established himself as Polivka Associates to continue presenting APL classes and actively promoting APL.

Dr. Polivka holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Illinois.

Cost: Our meeting is Free and open to the public

Dinner: 6:00 pm, Palace Diner, 845.473.1576
Map and menu:
All are welcome to join us for dinner.

We thank Marist College for hosting the chapter's meetings.

Refreshments are served after the meeting.

For further information, email or call 845.522.1971.

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