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From: Marius Vollmer
Subject: address@hidden: Lightweight Languages Workshop (LL1), Nov 17, Call for Participation]
Date: 13 Oct 2001 14:09:57 +0200
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Subject: Lightweight Languages Workshop (LL1), Nov 17, Call for Participation
From: address@hidden (Gregory T. Sullivan)
Date: 11 Oct 2001 14:20:29 -0400

 Lightweight Languages Workshop (LL1)  Saturday, November 17th, 2001
 Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT, Cambridge, MA
 web:      email:  address@hidden

 **  Call for Participation  ** 

LL1 is a workshop where the world's most innovative language
implementors from industry and most clever language researchers from
academia are coming together to jam for a day. The event will consist
of both prepared talks and panel discussions. Lively discussion will
be encouraged throughout.

Many of the most widely used languages to emerge in the last five
years have come, not from the academic programming language research
community, but from industry.  Examples include Perl, Python, Ruby,
and Rebol.  These languages have borrowed heavily from academic
research, sporting features such as garbage collection and closures,
and they also experiment with many novel ideas, such as first class
environments and keyword-free syntax.  In the meantime, academic
research has made substantial progress in formally addressing issues
such as safety, correctness, and also the implementation of seemingly
expensive features such as closures and dynamic dispatch.  Lightweight
languages have proven to be the most effective vector for getting
innovative language features into the hands of working programmers.

We use the term "lightweight languages" to describe some of the common
features of these new languages.  The term "lightweight" refers not to
actual functionality, but to the idea that these languages are easy to
acquire, learn, and use.  Examples that would fall into this category
include Perl, Python, Ruby, Scheme (and scsh), and Curl.

The one day workshop on lightweight languages aims to bring together
implementors from the lightweight language community and researchers
from academia.  The hope is that both communities will find it both
enjoyable and enlightening to hear what others are up to.  People
involved with implementing the next generation of scripting languages
might find design and implementation ideas from academia, and
programming language researchers can hear about the challenges and
successes involved with producing and maintaining popular lightweight

The conference is free, but space is tight and you have to register!

To register, send mail to address@hidden  If you would like to give a
talk, participate in a panel, or if you have suggestions for people or
panels, send mail to address@hidden  Also, check out the web site at

  Greg Sullivan  address@hidden  (617)253-5807
  Mike Salib     address@hidden
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