APL BUG Meeting Sunday May 8th, 2022

The APL Bay Area Users' Group, the Northern California APL ACM Chapter, will meet on June 13th, 2022 at 18:00 PDT, using a new Zoom URL, to elect officers and present Paul Jackson's notes from the meeting with the APL Campfire on the 8th of May. Chuck Kennedy, the chapter's chair, has called this meeting to elect officers for 2022-2023. Nominations should be sent to charles-kennedy@comcast.net .

Monday, June 13th, 2022, 6 p.m. PDT

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APL Campfire featuring Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson's Biography

I started Trinity University in 1963 as a Philosophy major, and graduated with a bachelor's in Psychology in 1970. By then, I had learned APL and was a computer science instructor.

In 1972 I moved to Dallas as CAI [computer assisted instruction] coordinator. I regularly attended conferences and became chairman of the APL group at Share. In order to move all our online computing to APL, I wrote an interface to Adabas.

In 1980 I joined IPSA [I. P. Sharp Associates] as an individual contributor writing auxiliary processors and a formatting primitive. I subsequently led the creation of SAX, a Unix version of Sharp APL. After Reuters purchased IPSA I became the manager of the APL development group (ZOO).

I left Reuters in 1993. For the rest of my work career, APL was something I used for personal work or to develop approaches for my staff.

After retiring in 2010, I decided to try my hand at writing an APL in .Net. Later I learned of Nick Nickolov's efforts to write an APL in JavaScript and I helped him understand the syntax and semantics of the language. While I remain interested in new features of the language, my personal development these days is in J.


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