FOSSMeet is the annual Free and Open source software meet at NIT Calicut. We are inviting proposals for talks and workshops at FOSSMeet 2017.
What we are looking for
Through FOSSMeet, we intend to get the attendees, mostly students, get started with the development and usage of free software. You may propose to conduct a lecture, demo, tutorial, workshop, discussion or panel at FOSSMeet. If the contents of your session is the ‘I am feeling lucky’ result of some Google search, there is low probability that it’ll be accepted. Same applies to proposals titled ‘The absolute beginner introduction to X’ and others on a similar line. On the other hand, if your talk is on some obscure, albeit important, free software project that will go over most students head, this might not be the best platform to deliver that talk. There are always exceptions and we leave that to your judgement. If our audience wants it, we’ll try our best to accommodate it. Of course, if you find people interested in your proposal, you can always call a BoF. We are all for BoF’s! :)
Take the above with a pinch of salt. They are no s̶t̶r̶i̶c̶t̶ ̶r̶u̶l̶e̶s̶, only guidelines. All your proposals are welcome and we celebrate every single one that we receive! :D Looking forward to see you folks here.
Your audience (mostly) comprises of smart, above average, GNU/Linux aware students.
Call for proposals opens: Oct 27, 2016
Proposal submission deadline: Jan 15, 2017
Proposal acceptance: Jan 20, 2017
Presentation upload: Feb 15, 2017
For more information about speaking and proposals, contact email@example.com.
An introduction to the Rust Programming Language (Workshop)
Low-level systems programming is dominated by two languages, C and C++. Even though there are dozens of programming languages out there, if you wish to write some embedded systems code or design an operating system kernel, you really have no choice beyond C/C++.
Writing safe and secure code in C/C++ is extremely challenging. Buffer overflows, dangling pointers, use-after-free, null dereferences: these are defects found in abundance in any large C/C++ codebase. Languages like Java, Python etc solve some of these issues through automatic memory management; but that makes these languages unsuitable for writing close-to-the-metal programs like operating system kernels or embedded systems software.
Mozilla Rust is a programming language in which you can write all kinds of low-level code without any of the memory unsafety issues present in C/C++; the code will also run as fast as C/C++. Rust achieves this through some innovative ideas obtained from research in static type systems. This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to the Rust programming language to participants who have some exposure to C and C++.
Here are some of the topics which will be covered:
- Rust basics - static typing, type inference, functions, basic data types, control structures
- Sum and Product types
- Pattern Matching
- Generics, Traits
- Iterators, Closures
- Zero Cost Abstractions
- Ownership, Borrowing and Lifetimes
- Unsafe code