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Sun 20 - Fri 25 October 2019 Athens, Greece
Wed 23 Oct 2019 16:45 - 17:30 at Templars - Onward! Essays - Session 1

The dream of programming language design is to bring about orders-of-magnitude productivity improvements in software development tasks. Designers can endlessly debate on how this dream can be realized and on how close we are to its realization. Instead, I would like to focus on a question with an answer that can be, surprisingly, clearer: what will be the common principles behind next-paradigm, high-productivity programming languages, and how will they change everyday program development? Based on my decade-plus experience of heavy-duty development in declarative languages, I speculate that certain tenets of high-productivity languages are inevitable. These include, for instance, enormous variations in performance (including automatic transformations that change the asymptotic complexity of algorithms); a radical change in a programmer’s workflow, elevating testing from a near-menial task to an act of deep understanding; a change in the need for formal proofs; and more.

Research Interests: programming languages and software engineering

  • Program analysis (static analysis, test generation, invariant inference, symbolic execution)
  • Language mechanisms for abstraction (declarative languages, program generation, DSLs, modules and components, generics, extensible languages, multi-paradigm programming)
  • Languages and tools for systems (programming models for concurrency, language support for distributed computing, memory management and program locality)

Wed 23 Oct
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16:00 - 17:30: Onward! Essays - Session 1Onward! Essays at Templars
16:00 - 16:45
Local-first software: You own your data, in spite of the cloud
Onward! Essays
Martin KleppmannUniversity of Cambridge, Adam WigginsInk & Switch, Peter van HardenbergInk & Switch, Mark McGranaghanInk & Switch
16:45 - 17:30
Next-Paradigm Programming Languages: What Will They Look Like and What Changes Will They Bring?
Onward! Essays
Yannis SmaragdakisUniversity of Athens