[Pl-seminar] Semantics Seminar Schedule

Mitchell Wand wand at ccs.neu.edu
Tue Nov 13 21:44:49 EST 2007

NU Programming Languages Seminar
Wednesday November 14, 2007, 11:45am-1:30pm
Room *108* WVH (http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/wand/directions.html)

Guy Steele: Designing by Accident

Many design efforts rely on the addition of features. But often the
best breakthroughs happen by subtraction, when a unifying insight
permits the consolidation or elimination of features.

An extreme example of this phenomenon was Scheme, an accidental
programming language that had astonishing success. In this talk, Guy
Steele will explain what he was trying to do, what went wrong, and
why what went wrong was a good thing after all.

Guy Steele invented Scheme in the 1970s, was the driving force behind
the first Java specification, was a major contributor to High
Performance Fortran, and is now working on a new language called

(Joint talk with NU Student ACM Chapter.  Pizza will be served.  Come
early if you want a seat.)

Upcoming Events:

# Mon 11/19 1030am: Radha Jagadeesan
# 11/21 Thanksgiving; no meeting
# 11/28 Ryan Newton: Language Support for Distributed Stream Processing
# 12/05 Riccardo Pucella: The Manticore project
# 01/16 et seq are open. Volunteer!


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