November 05 - 08, 2019

Crowne Plaza Houston River Oaks
Houston, Texas, USA
2712 Southwest Freeway, 77098
Phone: 1-713-5238448
Fax: 1-713-5771273

One of the many great reasons to attend the Tcl conference is the tutorials presented by renowned leaders and experts in the Tcl community. They will be sharing with you their knowledge of Tcl/Tk and its extensions, and experience in developing large, versatile and robust applications - information and techniques which will assist you in your day-to-day Tcl programming needs.

Abir Rahman — Presenter

No biography known

Andreas Kupries — Presenter

Andreas is a senior developer at SUSE where he works on the CloudFoundry-based SUSE PaaS.

Prior to SUSE he worked as a senior developer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise where he worked on the Stackato PaaS.

Prior to HPE he worked as a senior Tcl developer at ActiveState where he continually enhanced the ActiveTcl distribution and worked on the Tcl Dev Kit component of ASPN Tcl.

Prior to ActiveState, Andreas developed software for Ingenieurbuero Kisters and Ascom Deutschland GmbH in Germany.

He has a Master in Computer Science (Diplom-Informatiker) from the RWTH Aachen. He's a member of the Tcl Core Team and is the Tcllib release manager. Andreas is also the primary author of more than 25 Tcl modules and extensions, including Trf and Memchan.

As a Tcl expert, Andreas has presented on the topic at international conferences and has published conference papers on niche Tcl topics including "Reflected and Transformed Channels", "Tools for a new generation of Tcl package documentation" and "Experiences with Modularizing the Tcl Core for Better Portability". Andreas worked closely with ActiveState customers including Boeing and Cisco to ensure Tcl adds value to their software development projects.

Brian Griffin — Presenter

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Claude Rubinson — Presenter

Claude Rubinson is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston-Downtown (Houston, Texas, USA), where he teaches courses on research methods, social inequality, and culture.

His research program has three tracts: methodological research on developing formal methods of qualitative research, focusing on qualitative comparative analysis; sociological research on the relationship between the global political-economy and aesthetic form; and health services research on the conditions that facilitate/hinder the success of interventions designed to improve patient outcomes.

Cyan Ogilvie — Presenter

Cyan Ogilvie is the Software Architect at Ruby Lane. After working in various dialetcs of BASIC, Pascal and 8086 Assembly building 3D engines on 486s he moved to Tcl in the late 90s and has since built around 100 extensions, frameworks and applications using it. Although Tcl is his first language he has also worked extensively with PHP, Javascript, C and still has the scars from a year or two of Perl. Prior to joining Ruby Lane he found interesting places to apply Tcl at I-Net Bridge, NetTreasury, Vodacom and First National Bank.

When not behind a keyboard his interests involve making things with a soldering iron or 3D printer, and touring on his motorcycle. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

David Simmons — Presenter

Background synopsis: TSL (Text Scripting Language) blends JavaScript, Smalltalk, Lisp concepts into TCL. My background briefly, I've spent some 20+ years as a commercial Smalltalk VM/IDE designer and as Microsoft's JavaScript architect, PowerShell architect, and .NET (desktop/mobile) Architect.

Don Porter — Presenter

Don Porter has worked as an Electrical Engineer in NIST's Applied and Computational Mathematics Division since earning his doctorate from Washington University in 1996. He works on the Object Oriented MicroMagnetic Framework (OOMMF) project, an open, extensible suite of programs for simulation and design of nanomagnetic materials and devices. OOMMF is cited in more than 2000 peer-reviewed research articles. OOMMF's multi-platform success is owed in great part to its early choice to build on the strengths of Tcl and Tk.

Don is a charter member of the Tcl Core Team, and is likely best known in his role as the Release Engineer. He serves as an active maintainer of Tcl, and for better and worse has his fingerprints on many of its subsystems, including script and expression parsers, namespaces, and command evaluation and I/O engines. Fossil blames him for about 1/4 of all check-ins in recorded Tcl development history.

Forhan Emdad — Presenter

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Frank Morlang — Presenter

I joined German Aerospace Center (DLR) in 2001, where I had my first Tcl/Tk experiences in the area of GUI development for our Air Traffic Management simulator. During a national maritime security project, Tcl/Tk enabled me to successfully develop a coordination station for sea/earth observation service integration of two optionally piloted aircraft of different performance and with different sensor payload, acting as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). My current Tcl/Tk usage mainly covers interfacing workflows to the X-Plane flight simulator as well as development for our "SpacecraftReentryHazardAreaServer" prototype.

Gunes Koru — Presenter

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Joe Mistachkin — Tutorial

Joe Mistachkin (pronounced "miss-tash-kin") is a software engineer and one of the maintainers of Tcl/Tk. He is also the author of the TclBridge component and the Eagle scripting language. He has been working in the software industry since 1994.

Jonathan Cone — Presenter

Jonathan began working with Tcl when he joined the backend team at FlightAware in February of 2017. He started programming in BASIC on the Apple II in the mid 90s and has worked with various languages since that time. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, but transitioned to full time software development in 2012.

Karl Lehenbauer — Presenter

Karl has been active with Tcl since the early days and has continued using Tcl and pushing Tcl to be a more useful tool. His need for better systems administration tools led to TclX, and his recent work with FlightAware has led to improvements in the Tcl Web tools.

Kevin Kenny — Presenter

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Marc Culler — Presenter

Marc Culler is an emeritus professor of mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He studies 3-manifolds and is a co-author of SnapPy, a multi-platform application for visualizing and analyzing hyperbolic manifolds which is heavily used by researchers and students and features a Tk user interface.

Mary Ryan Gilmore — Presenter

Mary Ryan is a backend software developer at FlightAware.

She graduated from UT Austin with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2015, and first began using TCL when she started working for FlightAware in 2017.

Michael Yantosca — Presenter

Michael Yantosca has worked as a software developer for the past 13 years in a variety of industries including midstream oil-and-gas, artificial intelligence, and video games after a 4-year stint as an anime dub scriptwriter. He graduated from Rice University in 2001 with a BA double major in computer science and linguistics. Most recently, Michael moved into the aviation industry after joining FlightAware's core flight tracking wing in late May 2019, which served as his introduction to Tcl. He is concurrently working on his thesis-option MS in computer science at the University of Houston with anticipated graduation in December 2019. Michael's research interests include programming languages, real-time systems, digital signal processing, NLP, and machine learning.

Peter da Silva — Presenter

Peter da Silva has been an active developer and user of Tcl since version 2, and it quickly became his "go to" language for scripting and system administration. He currently works at FlightAware, maintaining and extending a number of Tcl libraries including Speed Tables, Pgtcl, Kafkatcl, and Casstcl.

Philip Clifton — Presenter

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Richard Hipp — Presenter, Tutorial

D. Richard Hipp has developed many Tcl tools including a table widget, html display widget, mkTclApp, and TOBE. He was a founding member of the Core Team and is now one of its emeritus'.

Richard's latest activities revolve around sqlite and tools like fossil that are developed using sqlite (frequently with Tcl).

Ronald Fox — Presenter

No biography known

Sean Woods — Presenter, Tutorial

Sean Woods has been programming since he was 10 years old. He discovered Tcl/Tk in 1996, and has been programming in it ever since. (If given half a chance.) Along the way he has used Tcl for factory automation, system administration, and web services. He worked at the Franklin Institute Science Museum as their Senior Network Engineer for 10 years. And since 2008 he has been working for Test and Evaluation Solutions, developing the Integrated Recoverability Model.

Sean is a caretaker of lost extensions in the community, occasional bug finder, and font of ideas. He has been presenting at Tcl conferences since 2006. And if you get a few drinks into him, he may just re-stage the presentation that earned him the nickname "The Hypnotoad".

Shannon Noe — Presenter

Shannon Noe has diverse software engineering background spanning 30 years. From small ISV's to Hedge Funds he was worked on multiple platforms and languages from Common Lisp to Scala. Shannon was the CTO for Logical Information Machines, a proprietary time-series data platform for Financial and Energy Trading platforms. Shannon was a senior engineer at Two Sigma Solutions in Houston, Texas. He currently works at FlightAware in the NextGen technology group.

Vishan Persaud — Presenter

No biography known

Will Duquette — Keynote

Will Duquette is the author of the Snit object framework and the Notebook personal wiki. These days he’s either writing fiction or working on Molt, a More-Or-Less-Tcl interpreter implemented in Rust.

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