I want to join ACM ko keep in touch with reseach in Computer Science. My field of research being OO programming languages and OO frameworks, SIGPLAN is obviously the main reason I want to join ACM.
SIGPLAN organises many conferences throughout the year. Three are very important to me:
- OOPSLA – Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications.
- ICFP – Functional Programming.
- PPOPP – Principles and Practices of Parallel Programming
I’m planning to get a full ACM membership with complete access to the ACM Portal.
Now, I’ve just read a blog entry comparing the relative merits of IEEE & ACM and, in the end, the author finally joined ACM as, according to him, ACM was “more academic” implying IEEE was “more practical”.
Essentially, you can consider me as being an ACM member… except if you can convince me to subscribe to IEEE (or any other professional computer society) instead :-)
I’ve done it! I am now an ACM member :-) I have paid only $43 (instead of the normal $198) as Mauritius is (as far as ACM is concerned) an Economically Developing Country.
I now have those benefits: web-based IT training courses, online IT books, full-text from ACM magazines and journals, bibliographic citations, preferential price for conferences, 34 special interest groups (among those SIGPLAN), networking opportunities, etc.
Yesterday I got special offer to join ACM for $84 instead of the usual $99 or $168 for membership plus digital library. I was keen to join for the $84 when I remembered your post :-). I searched your blog and lo behold I saw your note regarding special rate for Economically Developing Country. I have completed the form for full membership for $43.
Thanks a lot for sharing your experience :-))
I’m happy you’re now a member of ACM.
Don’t forget about Safari! You now have access to lots and lots of excellent books online. By the way, go on Queue’s website and try to get a free membership. I have one but I forgot what exact procedure I did to get it…
Already tried Safari and just filled the survey for Queue to qualify for the free subscription.