and, as expected, learned a great deal from some of the industry's finest language and compiler minds. One of the most interesting talks was
's session on his new programming language, Newspeak. Newspeak is really compelling from a language design perspective because of its pluggable type system (everything in Newspeak
is virtual). His talk was really deep and targeted at his fellow language designers, but it's all starting to make sense to me now (takes a while to sink into my thick skull).Erik Meijer
, our resident programming language guru and a deacon in the Church of the Lamda Calculus (
), was of course in attendance and presented on the current state of
managed tier-splitting technology that you should definitely play with).
Mads Torgersen, Danish computer scientist and member of the C# design team, was also in attendance. It's always fun to chat with Mads. He's got a very well balanced and insightful perspective on pragmatic programming language design. We're lucky to have him
working with Anders et al on the evolution of C#.
I thought it would be a great idea to get these three characters together in one place to talk about what they know best: programming languages. We have a great discussion on type systems, programming language history, DLR and language futures.
If you are into programming language design, then this is for you. There is no white boarding, but the conversation is deep given the topics covered... It's also a really fun interview with exceptional personalities. We laugh a lot, which is always a good thing.
So, step outside of the box, settle into a comfy chair (this is a long one - unedited as usual) and get some new perspectives on programming language design and evolution from some of the top minds in the industry.
Enjoy!Lo-Res version for the bandwidth challanged