[darcs-users] darcs hacking sprint, venues confirmed! (25-26 October)

Eric Y. Kow kowey at darcs.net
Sat Sep 6 07:12:04 UTC 2008

Dear darcs users and Haskell hackers,

Earlier I wrote an announcement for the darcs hacking sprint on 25-26
October.  Tonight, I am delighted to announce that we have two venues
confirmed for the sprint and one serious offer.

We plan to host the sprint across three sites:

 * CONFIRMED: Brighton, UK     (University of Brighton)
 * CONFIRMED: Portland, USA    (Galois Connections)
 * likely:    Paris,    France (Université Paris Diderot)

So if you were waiting to book tickets, this is the time!

For more details, please see http://wiki.darcs.net/index.html/Sprints

During this first sprint, we shall be focusing our attention on the day
to day performance issues that darcs users commonly face.

This is what we are reaching for:

1. Fast network operations.  We want to make it very pleasant
   for users to darcs get a repository and pull some patches to
   it over http and ssh.  Git does this very well, and we plan to
   learn from them.

2. Cutting memory consumption.  We want to profile the heck out
   of operations like darcs record, darcs convert and darcs whatsnew.
   What's eating up all the memory?  And how can we can cut it down
   to size?

3. Responsiveness. Sometimes basic darcs commands can take long enough
   for programmers to lose their train of thought.  We want to track
   down these lost seconds and kill that dreaded context switch.

Of course, if you are interested in other areas, then you can work on
those instead.

Note that if you are new to the darcs code or to Haskell, there will
also be a lot interesting jobs for you to get started with.  Everyone
will have something to hack on, so come join us!

Thanks very much to the University of Brighton, Galois connections and
University of Paris VII for their generous offers.

Hope to see you there, everyone! :-)

Eric Kow <http://www.nltg.brighton.ac.uk/home/Eric.Kow>
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