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Lang.NEXT 2012

Lang.NEXT 2012 is a cross-industry conference for programming language designers and implementers held on the MIcrosoft Campus in Redmond, Washington, April 2-4, 2012. With three days of talks, panels and discussion on leading programming language work from industry and research, Lang.NEXT is the place to learn, share ideas and engage with fellow programming language design experts and enthusiasts. Native, functional, imperative, object oriented, static, dynamic, managed, interpreted... It's a programming language geek fest. (And it's free)

Register here!

We have a great cast of characters speaking at this year's event. Experts and iconoclasts include:

Andrei Alexandrescu, Facebook

Andy Gordon, Microsoft

Andy Moran, Galois 

Donna Malayeri, Microsoft

Dustin Campbell, Microsoft

Erik Meijer, Microsoft

Gilad Bracha, Google

Herb Sutter, Microsoft

James Noble, Victoria University of Wellington

Jeroen Frijters, Sumatra Software

John Cook, University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Kim Bruce, Pomona College

Kunle Olukotun, Stanford

Luke Hoban, Microsoft

Mads Torgersen, Microsoft

Martin Odersky, EPFL, Typesafe

Martyn Lovell, Microsoft

Peter Alvaro, University of California at Berkeley

Robert Griesemer, Google

Walter Bright, Digital Mars

William Cook, University of Texas at Austin

 

Sessions will be recorded and C9 interviews will take place!

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  • IvanIvan

    I smell D support in VS12... :)

  • I would love to attend a conference like this. While I'm not a language designer, I do consider myself something of a polyglot programmer, and it would be awesome to hear what designers talk about at a conference like this.

  • I think there's a bit too much focus (atleast on marketing side) on the languages, there's so much other things, many of which were briefly mentioned in the GoingNative panel talk points/audience questions that seem to be getting next to no "marketing" while they are very much key to productivity. I see a lot of videos in past years with "language rock stars" but I'd like to hear more on those other things.

    Also I think it would be good to balance all the other language/compiler (and speakers talking about very exciting stuff being done in other companies) soon with some stuff that is from Microsoft. Otherwise there's a risk that people will get a "done" feeling. By that I mean: What has happened to Notepad (the editor control that it uses)? Not a whole lot, atleast in terms of supporting unixy line endings which are mandatory for notepad because notepad is the default editor for .txt and .txt often have different line-endings. MS always has some compatibility reason. Well I say, you have WinSXS taking seemingly gigabytes already, so why not add a new version of the control (or CLR or whatever) that goes boldly where the previous version can't go due to compatiblity reason/existing adoption hindering it?

  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change

    , androidi wrote

    I think there's a bit too much focus (atleast on marketing side) on the languages, there's so much other things, many of which were briefly mentioned in the GoingNative panel talk points/audience questions that seem to be getting next to no "marketing" while they are very much key to productivity. I see a lot of videos in past years with "language rock stars" but I'd like to hear more on those other things.

    Could you be more specific? What do you mean, exactly?
    C

  • @Charles: I don't want to name anything specific, just that both the clang talk and the questions during the panels were talking about many other things that have impact*. I have to add that you have had good bit of functional programming and STL visibility here, and things like IntelliTrace and DebuggerCanvas are exciting but I just wish there were more of this non-language stuff thrown around, especially if it's stuff that MS has advantage of doing because they could, if they wanted, take all parts of the end-to-end development experience further than what's the norm today.

    I guess I just got spoiled with the language stars videos talking about language futures often quite often here, and when there's not as much futures talk around other things besides the language, the "law of rising expectations" kicked in and I was expecting to hear similar amount of hype around other things.  Wink

    * By impact I mean, a lot of the things in GoingNative were things that maybe C# developers take for granted. So having those in C++ is exciting, but what would be exciting for C# developers? How about things that C/C++ is good at, or completely novel stuff thats only possible if you have exclusive access to modify language, libraries, IDE, debugger and OS to make some compelling feature happen? I don't know what would that be, but it would certainly excite C# guys like me. Wink

  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change

    @androidi: Thanks for explaining. I understand. It's a fair point (well, there's more than one point you're making...). Feedback noted.

    C

  • felix9felix9 the cat that walked by itself

    , androidi wrote

    How about things that C/C++ is good at, or completely novel stuff thats only possible if you have exclusive access to modify language, libraries, IDE, debugger and OS to make some compelling feature happen? I don't know what would that be, but it would certainly excite C# guys like me. Wink

    Oh it sounds like you are talking about Microsoft's "Technical Strategy and Incubation" group (aka Midori), so how about that?

    You will write code in a language like C# that has the performance characteristics of C++

    https://careers.microsoft.com/jobdetails.aspx?jid=67287

    Midori is tackling the most exciting problems in cloud computing and big data platforms, with advances in operating systems, programming languages, networks, and security. We're rethinking computing from the ground up, and incubating ideas with the potential to transform our industry.

    https://careers.microsoft.com/jobdetails.aspx?jid=75312

  • IvanIvan

    Will the interesting talks be recorded? BTW I was hoping for Anders to appear in the list, I really like his presentations.

  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change

    @Ivan: Yep. That's the plan.

    C

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