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VisuFlow #1: Introductions, Blockie.io, Func.is

Updated agenda:

• 17:30. Welcome reception with something light to eat + drink, courtesy of Netlight!

• 18:00. Introduction - What should VisuFlow be about?

• 18:30. Samuel giving an overview of flow-based tools including NoFlo.

• 19:00. Tom presenting giving an overview of visual programming tools and some ideas for Weld (http://weld.io).

• 19:30. Thomas presenting his project Blockie.io (http://blockie.io). 

• 20:00. Daniel presenting his project Func.is (http://func.is).

• 20:30. "Mingling"!

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  • Samuel L.

    Daniel Werthen asked if FBP processes (the "black boxes") are "pure", in the sense of "pure functions" in functional programming.

    I found an interesting summary of that, by John Cowan in the comments of this article:
    http://programming.oreilly.com/2013/12/can-data-flow-help-us-escape-the-von-neumann-machine.html#comment[masked]

    "FBP networks (at least the ones without loops) are representable as compositions of pure lazy functions, because each process runs sealed-off from all others, so even if it has state internally (as is often the case), it is pure from the viewpoint of the FBP-level program."

    December 5, 2013

  • Samuel L.

    Btw, just wanted to point out that those interested in flow based programming really read get this book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1451542321/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_AHeOsb1F884KH8QF . Since it is kind of the "bible" in FBP, it could be a good foundation for further discussion, so that we continue on where the development already is, and don't redo mistakes learnt through the last couple of decades :) (I have the e-book and is in the process of reading it, right now).

    1 · December 5, 2013

    • Thomas B.

      You can download the EPUB version on Lulu.com for $29. I think that the EPUB format fits most e-readers.

      1 · December 5, 2013

    • Samuel L.

      Thomas, true, I think I downloaded it from there in fact, and should have linked that. Thanks for reminding about that! :)

      December 5, 2013

  • Per K.

    Four presentations was one too many. One should have been saved for later.

    December 3, 2013

    • Tom S.

      A lesson learned for Visuflow 2! Good stuff all around anyway.

      December 3, 2013

    • Samuel L.

      Yea, either too many, or we didn't really keep the schedule. Well, I think basically it requires a dedicated person keeping watch on the time, to get any schedule working ... too easy to depart :)

      December 5, 2013

  • Samuel L.

    Videos starting to come up.
    Tom on Visual prog and weld.io: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAXBwUW1u2k
    Thomas on flow based blockie.io: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjwQoUVvFMc
    Daniel on functional and flow based func.is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYt-GJDNINA (still processing, available in a short while minutes)

    The internal memory unfortunately ran out on my presentation, (I had to switch to external memory for the next talk), so my video was damaged.

    2 · December 3, 2013

    • Daniel W.

      Great job with the videos! Will be very useful for future reference.

      December 3, 2013

  • Mikael K.

    My articles about visual programming are on my home page: http://divineprog.com/

    3 · December 3, 2013

  • Samuel L.

    My slides (overview of flow based programming) are available here: http://www.slideshare.net/SamuelLampa/flow-based-programming-an-overview

    December 3, 2013

    • Thomas B.

      Thanks! Very good material! (but Blockie is C++/Lua, not Javascript)

      December 3, 2013

    • Samuel L.

      Oops, big sorry! Will fix that! (I hope slideshare lets me update ...)

      December 3, 2013

  • Mikael K.

    Thanks for a very good meetup with really interesting presentations!

    1 · December 3, 2013

  • Daniel W.

    Great first meet people! Such a great first run, already looking forward to the next one!

    Here is my slides:
    http://www.slideshare.net/DanielWerthen/funcis-at-visuflow-2

    2 · December 3, 2013

  • Björn

    Can't make it

    December 2, 2013

  • Tom S.

    See you all tonight!

    December 2, 2013

  • Edward P.

    Ah, moved. I'll see if I can make it. Feel free to look at my stab at visual programming http://memention.com/designer/

    November 27, 2013

  • Tom S.

    Sorry no event today, planning for ~2 weeks time!

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Edward P.

    Sounds like fun. Sry can't make it on wednesday either, would like to see any powerpoint info or similar. Cheers!

    November 12, 2013

  • Per K.

    Sorry, can't make in on Wednesday.

    November 11, 2013

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