[With Permission, of course]
This will be our penultimate email about October Rules Fest 2009 -
but, even though it follows closely on the heels of the previous
email, it's necessary. And it's a goodie.
Our Keynote Speaker for ORF 2009 is Tom Cooper, co-author of "Rule-
Based Programming in OPS5" by Tom Cooper and Nancy Wogrin. (Thanks to
Luke Voss and Andrew Waterman for making a last-minute agenda shuffle
possible.) The book is long since out-of-print but is still available
in slightly used condition by many of Amazon's associated book
resellers. (I saw only four "used but in good condition" copies at
Amazon itself.) When Dr. Forgy and I were working on our first
project together back in 1998, I asked him what would be the one book
that a person might buy to get a good foundation on rulebased
programming. This was it and I have used it many times in my classes
that I teach on the subject.
Side note: I also use Gary Riley's book - still in publication - to
teach CLIPS (and Jess) and many others for reference; such as "Jess In
Action" by Dr. Ernest Friedman-Hill or the Buchanan-Shortliffe magnum
opus on the MYCIN project. You can see my comlete list at
for more of them. Even though some (most?) of the books are out-of-
print none are really out-of-date.
FULL-TIME STUDENTS can now register for ORF 2009 for only $150 per
person WITH a valid photo ID and a CURRENT student photo ID card.
Last year we priced the whole thing at student rates and did not get a
single student registeration from the USA. (We had one from the UK.)
We have had several inquiries this year, some from as far away as
California, and decided to put the student rate back online. Just
click on the regular ORF registration link and it will give you the
instructions for the special student registration process.
We have two (yep, 2 of them) BOOT CAMPS that are co-located with ORF
in The Adolphus Hotel. There will be the Jess Boot Camp (taught by
Jason Morris) and the Drools Boot Camp (taught by Mark Proctor and
Edson Tirelli). Even though both boot camps are headed by their
individual instructors, we are posting the curriculum of both on-line
with the ORF agenda. (Topics are subject to change.) Both camps have
done a lot of work the past few days one defining what to expect from
each of them. If you like, you really CAN attend just one of the boot
camps (for a small fee to cover the cost of the meeting room and
catered coffee) and not attend ORF - but why??? ORF attendees can
attend either one of the boot camps free of charge.
I will try and send another email before the 15th but in case that I
don't, remember that the special $129 / night room rate for October
Rules Fest 2009 attendees at The Adolphus will EXPIRE on the 16th !!
So I urge that if you have not already registered for ORF as well as
reserved a room at The Adolphus, please do so this week if possible.
BTW, thanks to ALL of you who have already signed up and/or have
registered at The Adolphus. The rooms are filling up. Boot Camps are
filling up. And, thankfully, October Rules Fest is filling up with
some great folks looking for answers to some really perplexing
problems. So, if you have NOT registered, do so now. If you know of
some students who want to attend, put them in touch with Chelanie who
can get them registered. If all you want is one of the two greatest
boot camps in the world, you can sign up just for that. But you need
to sign up now!!
Founder October Rules Fest
Senior Consultant / Architect KBSC
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"If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of
Sir Isaac Newton in a letter to Robert Hooke, 5 Feb 1676
Come to October Rules Fest and stand on the shoulders of the Giants of
the industry; if only for a week.