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JAOO 2007: Gilad Bracha - Computational Theology, Functional versus Imperative, Language History and

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I recently got the chance to attend JAOO in Aarhus, Denmark. Besids learning a great amount about various approaches to solving hard problems that we all face as programmers (regardless of the stack we spend most of our time developing on), I got to meet so many interesting people from all walks of programmer life. What a great conference! For one thing, JAOO not about specifc products. It's not about one company's view of the world. It's not about one class of technologies or developer. It's not just about Java and LAMP or .NET and Windows.

I caught up with Gilad Bracha after his session on a new language language he's working on (Newspeak) to discuss a few interesting topics: programming language evolution, static versus dynamic typing, imperative versus functional languages, multi-core and more.

Gilad Bracha is a Distinguished Engineer at Cadence Design Systems. Previously, he was a Computational Theologist and Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems. Computational Theologist?! What on Earth? Tune in and find out Wink

Dr. Bracha is co-author of the Java Language Specification, and a researcher in the area of object-oriented programming languages. Prior to joining Sun, he worked on Strongtalk, the Animorphic Smalltalk System.



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  • ChadkChadk excuse me - do you has a flavor?
    Another awesome interview.

    I had the pleasure to experience the talk this sir did at Jaoo..

    And it was mental, i still dont get what he said, but it looked really fun.   
  • Fascinating interview.

    Please try to get him and Uncle Bob for at least an hour interview in the near future.

    Thank you Charles.


  • Christian Liensbergerlittleguru <3 Seattle
    Nice interview! Smiley I wonder what he spoke at his speech, since nobody understood Wink
  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change
    littleguru wrote:
    Nice interview! I wonder what he spoke at his speech, since nobody understood

    Well, he spoke about the parsing grammar behind his new language, Newspeak. If you don't understand parsers, then your eyes would glaze over. That said, it was a really interesting talk, though hyper-focused on a narrow topic.


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