ALE-NW@SPSU MTG. for Thurs., Feb. 9th, 7:30pm

Filed at 7:00 pm under by Ruscetta

The next ALE-NW@SPSU meeting is being held
Thursday, Feb. 9th, 2012 at 7:30pm in room J131
of the Atrium (J) building on the SPSU campus.

The feature presentation will be
Seat Belts and Airbags for Bash

with Michael Potter

– bash (and scripting languages in general) act as the glue that hold other
system components together. This presentation will focus on the underutilized
features of bash that are critical to building production quality scripts, Demos
will show you how to turn on options that expose the hidden timebombs in
the code.
– Turning these features on should be considered a requirement much like
turning on strict and warnings are considered a requirement for Perl.
– Much of the bash syntax is redundant; I will also explain which syntax to
use and which syntax to avoid.
– Knowledge of any of the common UNIX scripting languages will be sufficient
to attend this meeting. Scripters at all proficiency levels will get value from
attending this presentation. Although I do not address differences between
Korn shell and bash, much of what I talk about also applies to Korn shell.
– I developed this presentation after getting frustrated with bash’s default
behavior of continuing to process after an error occurred. I was determined
to find a way to make bash a more reliable language.

– Michael has been working in IT since 1989 when he switched from
programming automotive embedded systems. Since that time he has
been involved in projects related to moving mainframe applications to
UNIX and Linux using open-source technologies.
– Recently Michael incorporated Tapp Solutions, LLC. A company
dedicated to serving the insurance industry with mobile, desktop and
web applications. Including handheld quote calculators and scanned
document handling.
– You can reach Michael at

For a campus map and a link to directions please see
http ://
Parking in non reserved spaces in the P60 deck is best.
building J, the Atrium building, is a short distance east
of the parking deck.
ALE-NW@SPSU meetings are open events and we hope
you will join us! Also remember that topic suggestions
and presentation offers the meetings can be emailed to
[ jdp (at) algoloma ]

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