CfC: Workshop on Revival of Dynamic Languages @ OOPSLA'04

Roel Wuyts roel.wuyts at
Tue Jul 6 09:58:46 CEST 2004


International Workshop on Revival of Dynamic Languages
	(at OOPSLA2004,  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 24-28, 200)

Organization committee:
	Roel Wuyts (primary contact - roel.wuyts at, Gilad Bracha, 
Wolfgang De Meuter, Stéphane Ducasse and Oscar Nierstrasz.

Important Dates
	Deadline for submissions: August 16, 2004.
	Notification of Acceptance: September 10, 2004.

Theme and Goals
In industry, static languages (such as Java, C++ and C\#) are much more 
widely used than their dynamic counterparts (like CLOS, Python, Self or 
Smalltalk). So it appears as though dynamic language concepts were 
forgotten and have 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 breakthrough.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers in 
(object-oriented) language design interested in dynamic language features 
and languages that do not fit into the static mainstream.

Call for contributions
Areas of interests include, but are not limited to
	? 	closures
	? 	delegation
	? 	actors, active objects
	? 	prototype-based languages and approaches
	? 	 mixins and traits
	? 	reflection and meta-programming
	? 	language symbiosis and multi-paradigm languages
	? 	...

In Brief: we welcome position statements, both about new language(s) 
(features) as well as about existing ones that already cover solutions for 
problems that are currently getting relevant in mainstream languages. We 
encourage brand new ideas, even though they have not been tried and proven 
yet. It is a workshop, not a conference, so work in progress is accepted.

We expect...
	? 	 a statement to bring dynamism to an existing OOPL, or
	? 	 a proposal for completely new features/languages, or
	? 	 experience reports on dynamic features, to learn what works/does not 
work in current-day development, or
	? 	 killer applications making use of dynamic features, or
	? 	 descriptions of interactions between different dynamic features and/or 
OO concepts, or
	? 	 anything else related to dynamicity in (OO) PLs

Prospective attendees are requested to submit a position statement or an 
essay (max 5 pages) on a topic relevant to the workshop to Roel Wuyts 
(Roel.Wuyts at no later than August, 16. Submissions should be 5 
pages in length and are demanded to be in .pdf format. Notification of 
acceptance will be on September, 10. Submissions should contain page 
numbers and up to 5 keywords.

Important Dates
Deadline for submissions: August 16, 2004.
Notification of Acceptance: September 10, 2004.

Roel Wuyts                                                                
roel.wuyts at                               Université Libre de 
Bruxelles                                    Belgique

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