Hacking GT.M Workshop

Fairfax, Virginia
Friday, May 20, 2016

" The place to connect with people who are serious about VistA"

Hacking GT.M Workshop

Friday, May 20, 2016 - Sunday, May 22, 2016

George Mason Univeristy
Fairfax Campus
4400 University Dr., Room TBA
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
United States

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GT.M ​is ​the ​database ​of ​record ​and ​“NoSQL” ​application ​development ​& ​deployment ​platform ​at ​some ​of ​the ​largest ​real-time ​core-banking ​and ​electronic ​health ​record ​systems ​deployments ​around ​the ​world. ​With ​its ​source ​code ​available ​under ​a ​free ​/ ​open ​source ​software ​(FOSS) ​license, ​GT.M ​has ​been ​downloaded ​over ​135,000 ​times ​from ​its ​primary ​site, ​is ​bundled ​with ​selected ​applications, ​and ​can ​be ​installed ​on ​contemporary ​Debian/Ubuntu ​systems ​with ​sudo ​apt-get ​install ​fis-gtm.

Although ​GT.M ​has ​been ​free ​to ​hack ​for ​the ​entire ​twenty-first ​century, ​its ​complexity, ​which ​arises ​from ​its ​breadth ​of ​functionality, ​as ​well ​as ​its ​uncompromising ​robustness, ​performance ​and ​security, ​is ​an ​obstacle. ​The ​workshop ​leader, ​with ​decades ​of ​experience ​developing ​GT.M, ​gets ​you ​started.

Hacking ​GT.M ​is ​a ​very ​hands-on ​course ​and ​the ​term ​“Hack” ​is ​used ​in ​this ​context ​according ​to ​its ​original ​meaning ​of ​clever ​or ​ingenious ​engineering. ​The ​emphasis ​is ​on ​learning ​by ​doing ​under ​the ​guidance ​of ​a ​workshop ​leader, ​rather ​than ​learning ​by ​being ​taught ​by ​an ​instructor.

- ​The ​workshop ​leader ​will ​lead ​discussions ​on ​the ​following ​topics.
- ​The ​directory ​structure ​of ​a ​GT.M ​source ​code ​distribution.
- ​Compiling ​GT.M, ​including ​needed ​tools.
- ​The ​internal ​structure ​and ​organization ​of ​GT.M ​(API ​layers ​and ​relationships).
- ​Working ​with ​the ​FIS ​GT.M ​team, ​including: ​creating ​specifications ​and ​release ​notes; ​regression ​testing ​and ​tests ​suitable ​for ​incorporation ​into ​the ​GT.M ​automated ​regression ​test ​suite; ​submitting ​your ​changes; ​coding ​standards; ​and ​more.

The ​workshop ​leader ​will ​come ​prepared ​with ​a ​small ​set ​of ​GT.M ​changes ​(bug ​fixes ​and ​enhancements) ​to ​use ​in ​hands-on ​exercises ​during ​the ​workshop. ​Please ​bring ​ideas ​for ​changes ​you ​may ​want ​in ​GT.M; ​depending ​on ​the ​scope ​of ​the ​effort, ​you ​may ​be ​able ​to ​effect ​them ​during ​the ​workshop, ​and ​if ​that ​does ​not ​come ​to ​pass, ​you ​will ​have ​had ​the ​opportunity ​to ​discuss ​potential ​approaches ​with ​the ​workshop ​leader ​and ​other ​participants.
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