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DConf Online 2020 Submission Deadline Extended
Sep 05
aberba
Sep 06
bachmeier
August 31
I've received exactly one submission for DConf Online. Two keynotes + one talk does not make a conference.

So this is the last call. The deadline has been extended to Sunday, September 6 AOE. This makes or breaks the conference. If we don't have enough talks submitted, it ain't happening.

So send me your <= 5-minute videos describing your talks, folks!

https://dconf.org/2020/online/index.html
September 05
On Monday, 31 August 2020 at 08:36:09 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
> I've received exactly one submission for DConf Online. Two keynotes + one talk does not make a conference.
>
> So this is the last call. The deadline has been extended to Sunday, September 6 AOE. This makes or breaks the conference. If we don't have enough talks submitted, it ain't happening.
>

I've gotten one more submission. We'll need more than that. Let's go, folks!
September 05
On Saturday, 5 September 2020 at 04:01:43 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
> On Monday, 31 August 2020 at 08:36:09 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
>> I've received exactly one submission for DConf Online. Two keynotes + one talk does not make a conference.
>>
>> So this is the last call. The deadline has been extended to Sunday, September 6 AOE. This makes or breaks the conference. If we don't have enough talks submitted, it ain't happening.
>>
>
> I've gotten one more submission. We'll need more than that. Let's go, folks!

hi

okay, if I'm literally the only one that's kind of problematic, yeah. Let's see how it goes on Sunday.

I'd guess that ... like, either ultimately a structured online conference just isn't something people are interested in or think is useful, or the effort of recording videos poses too much of a roadblock. You wouldn't think that flying to London would be more effort than making a video, but it wouldn't surprise me. Or right now maybe people are keeping their ideas for the next in-person DConf, so if Corona keeps up we'd see more talks next year.

You know what, let's ask. Anyone here who considered submitting but didn't, would you share why not?

September 05
On Monday, 31 August 2020 at 08:36:09 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
> So send me your <= 5-minute videos describing your talks, folks!

There's basically zero chance of me doing this part specifically.

But on the other hand, between my self-loathing and procrastination, I probably won't record a talk video either so maybe it is an accurate filter.

One of the "we'll do it live!" options are a bit more appealing but I still don't even know what I'd talk about anyway. Like I could probably code a website or something but idk, I've been meaning to do that for the written blog as well and haven't gotten around to it and with the baby only like a week or two away now, no promises I will by November at all.
September 05
On Saturday, 5 September 2020 at 09:50:44 UTC, FeepingCreature wrote:
> On Saturday, 5 September 2020 at 04:01:43 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
>> [...]
>
> hi
>
> okay, if I'm literally the only one that's kind of problematic, yeah. Let's see how it goes on Sunday.
>
> I'd guess that ... like, either ultimately a structured online conference just isn't something people are interested in or think is useful, or the effort of recording videos poses too much of a roadblock. You wouldn't think that flying to London would be more effort than making a video, but it wouldn't surprise me. Or right now maybe people are keeping their ideas for the next in-person DConf, so if Corona keeps up we'd see more talks next year.
>
> You know what, let's ask. Anyone here who considered submitting but didn't, would you share why not?

Adam said he doesn't know what to talk about.

Part of me is like what could one talk about that's any interesting 😂.
September 05
On 9/4/20 9:01 PM, Mike Parker wrote:

> I've gotten one more submission. We'll need more than that. Let's go, folks!

I have a couple of ideas as well but this virus has changed not only routines but motivation as well. I am so much behind on so many things. :/

Luckily, there is still a lot of time... hours even... :o)

Ali
September 06
On Saturday, 5 September 2020 at 09:50:44 UTC, FeepingCreature wrote:
> On Saturday, 5 September 2020 at 04:01:43 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
>> On Monday, 31 August 2020 at 08:36:09 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
>>> I've received exactly one submission for DConf Online. Two keynotes + one talk does not make a conference.
>>>
>>> So this is the last call. The deadline has been extended to Sunday, September 6 AOE. This makes or breaks the conference. If we don't have enough talks submitted, it ain't happening.
>>>
>>
>> I've gotten one more submission. We'll need more than that. Let's go, folks!
>
> hi
>
> okay, if I'm literally the only one that's kind of problematic, yeah. Let's see how it goes on Sunday.
>
> I'd guess that ... like, either ultimately a structured online conference just isn't something people are interested in or think is useful, or the effort of recording videos poses too much of a roadblock. You wouldn't think that flying to London would be more effort than making a video, but it wouldn't surprise me. Or right now maybe people are keeping their ideas for the next in-person DConf, so if Corona keeps up we'd see more talks next year.
>
> You know what, let's ask. Anyone here who considered submitting but didn't, would you share why not?

I might have done so, but the pandemic has increased my workload so much that my major decisions now involve deciding which parts of my job I can't do. Adding something else to the todo list is a pre-pandemic concept.

That said, I will be recording videos that involve the use of D, it's just that they'll be very specialized applications for my grad students rather than some of interest to a general audience.
September 06
On Monday, 31 August 2020 at 08:36:09 UTC, Mike Parker wrote

> So send me your <= 5-minute videos describing your talks, folks!

I can give you a written submission, but not yet a written one. This would be my first D conf even as an attendee. Have seen videos of previous sessions, and wanted to go in person this year, but the pandemic put paid to that. Since I am not yet a professional programmer, have been doing it on and off during a long illness, I expect that this will be a low level, and rather short talk; anyway here goes...

Coding Kata's in D

In this talk,I intend to show how some very basic features of D make the programmer's life easier and the programmer more efficient, no objects, no recursion, and only a little maths.

The problem I present, an example of finite integration, is taken from the Code and Coffee mailing list of the Codewars website.

If you are not familiar with finite integration, or more likely call it something else, a little explanation. Lets say we have some apparatus that is generating some signals at a regular interval that we know the values of and the, constant time between. We also have a theory that describes how the signal starts when the apparatus is switched on and how, given a small sample of the signal in the past, what we expect the signal to be in the near future. Given U at t=0, we want to predict what U is at any time, and confirm the theory or reject it.

The kata goes something like this;-
The apparatus gives us the following signals shortly after powering up
n=0, U=1
n=1  U=2
then some time, much later,
n=17 U=131072
n=21 U=2097152
We have a theory that relates one signal to the previous signal of this form.
6U[n]U[n+1]-5U[n]U[n+2]+U[n+1]U[n+2] = 0

What is the signal at any integer valued time between n = 1 and n = 17.
We can do this with only a little algebra, no recursion, and certainly not too much confusion.
We re-arrange the theory in the form U[n]=f(U[something])
We write the program using automatic programming.
Then the surprise at the end is that the theory is much simpler than it looks.
What do you think ?
--
Yours &c.
Darren Drapkin


September 06
On Sunday, 6 September 2020 at 13:29:55 UTC, Darren Drapkin wrote:
> On Monday, 31 August 2020 at 08:36:09 UTC, Mike Parker wrote
>
>> So send me your <= 5-minute videos describing your talks, folks!
>

> What do you think ?
> --


Seems interesting! But the purpose of requiring video submissions is to make sure that everyone who submits a talk is set up to record it. We need to get an idea not only of the content, but that you are set up for screencasting (for the slides) and that there are no obvious issues with your basic setup. We want to catch any of those (such as poor audio quality) before you sit down and put together a full talk.

So please submit this as a video. No need for a camera even. A screencast with your voice is fine.

September 06
On Sunday, 6 September 2020 at 13:47:03 UTC, Mike Parker wrote:
> On Sunday, 6 September 2020 at 13:29:55 UTC, Darren Drapkin wrote:
>> On Monday, 31 August 2020 at 08:36:09 UTC, Mike Parker wrote
>>
>>> So send me your <= 5-minute videos describing your talks, folks!


> So please submit this as a video. No need for a camera even. A screencast with your voice is fine.

I will give it a go some time tomorrow, after I have installed some video recording apps.
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