CFP: DLS05: ACM Dynamic Languages Symposium

Roel Wuyts Roel.Wuyts at
Mon Apr 18 07:59:20 CEST 2005

                        CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE

            ACM Dynamic Languages Symposium 2005
                                 October 18, 2005
                             San Diego, California
                       (co-located with OOPSLA'05)



In industry, static languages (such as Java, C++ and C#) are much more 
widely used than their dynamic counterparts (like CLOS, Python, Self, 
Perl, php or Smalltalk). So it appears as though dynamic language 
concepts were forgotten and lost the race.

But this is not the case.

Java and C#, the latest mainstream static languages, popularized to a 
certain extent dynamic language features such as garbage collection, 
portability and (limited forms of) reflection. In the near future, we 
expect this dynamicity to increase even further. E.g., it is getting 
clearer year after year that pervasive computing is becoming the rule 
and that concepts such as meta programming, reflection, mobility, 
dynamic reconfigurability and distribution are becoming increasingly 
popular. All of these features are the domain of dynamic languages, and 
hence it is only logical that more dynamic language concepts have to be 
taken up by static languages, or that dynamic languages can make a 

Currently, the dynamic language community is fragmented, split over a 
multitude of paradigms (from functional over logic to object-oriented), 
languages and syntaxes. This fragmentation severely hinders research as 
well as acceptance, and results in either language wars or, even worse, 
language ignorance. The goal of this symposium is to provide a highly 
visible, international forum for researchers working on dynamic 
features and languages. We explicitly invite submissions from all kinds 
of paradigms (object-oriented, functional, logic, ...), as can be seen 
from the structure of the program committee.

Areas of interests include, but are not limited to:
- closures
- delegation
- actors, active objects
- constraint systems
- mixins and traits
- reflection and meta-programming
- language symbiosis and multi-paradigm languages
- experience reports on successful application of dynamic languages

Accepted Papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

Submission Guidelines

Papers will need to be submitted using an online tracking system, of 
which the URL will be given later.

All papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format (or 
PostScript, if you do not have access to PDF-producing programs, but 
this is not recommended). Submissions, as well as final versions, must 
be formatted to conform to ACM Proceedings requirements: Nine point 
font on ten point baseline, two columns per page, each column 3.33 
inches wide by 9 inches tall, with a column gutter of 0.33 inches, etc. 
See the ACM Proceedings Guidelines. You can save preparation time by 
using one of the templates from that page. Note that MS Word documents 
must be converted to PDF before being submitted.

  Important Dates

- Deadline for receipt of submissions: June 24th 2005
- Notification of acceptance or rejection: August 5th 2005
- Final version for the proceedings: To be announced later

Program Committee

- Gilad Bracha
- Wolfgang De Meuter
- Stephane Ducasse
- Gopal Gupta
- Robert Hirschfeld
- Dan Ingalls
- Yukihiro Matsumoto
- Mark Miller
- Eliot Miranda
- Philippe Mougin
- Oscar Nierstrasz
- Dave Thomas
- David Ungar
- Guido Van Rossum
- Peter Van Roy
- Jon L White (G)
- Roel Wuyts (Chair)

Roel Wuyts                                                              
roel.wuyts at                               Université Libre de 
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