OOPSLA Day 2: Explicit Use-Case Representation in Programming Languages

One of the emerging themes at this conference is the need to move “examples” (and their older siblings, scenarios and use-cases) “into the code,” so that examples/stories/scenarios/use-cases, which are tremendously meaningful to the subject-matter experts, are actually traceable directly into the code, which is tremendously meaningful to, you know, the machine. I very much enjoyed […]

OOPSLA Day 2: Explicit Use-Case Representation in Programming Languages

One of the emerging themes at this conference is the need to move “examples” (and their older siblings, scenarios and use-cases) “into the code,” so that examples/stories/scenarios/use-cases, which are tremendously meaningful to the subject-matter experts, are actually traceable directly into the code, which is tremendously meaningful to, you know, the machine. I very much enjoyed […]

OOPSLA Day 2: Greatest Finding Ever

Perl users in our study performed notably poorly… no better than a language designed largely by chance. They mean this literally, having used in their study a language called “Randomo”: With the exception of braces, the lexical rule for variable names, and a few operators (e.g., addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), many of the keywords and […]

OOPSLA Day 2: More on Dart

I think when people saw that Dart was from Gilad Bracha and Lars Bak there was an expectation that Dart was going to be a grand synthesis: a blazingly-fast NewSpeak-with-curly-brackets. It’s very much not such a language. It doesn’t seem, academically, vastly innovative because it doesn’t add much. But, in truth, optional types are a […]

OOPSLA Day 2: Gilad Bracha on Dart

Gilad Bracha started the day’s Dynamic Languages Symposium with an invited talk on Dart, a new Web programming language (read: JavaScript replacement) in which “Sophisticated Web Applications need not be a tour de force.” OOPSLA is attended by academics, who are typically less interested in the surface appearance of a program (they’ve seen just about […]

OOPSLA Day 0

I am in Portland for OOPSLA / SPLASH, a conference that is my sentimental favorite. I think my first OOPSLA was in New Orleans circa 1990 and OOPSLA Vancouver 92 is filled with memories (mostly because Tina came and we dove Orcas Island in wetsuits). OOPSLA is traditionally the big academic conference for programming language […]