PLI 2002 -- report from someone who was there?
Wed Oct 23 20:02:40 CEST 2002
Of all the EUCs I've been to, the quality of the presentations at PLI
surpassed them all. A big thank you to all who presented and to every
one else who made it happen.
The papers should be stored in ACM's digital library at
http://www.acm.org/dl/ Some papers are available here and there in
various user's accounts and I will soon be putting what is available on
http://dmoz.org, but don't hold your breath...
Oh, and Ulf forgot to mention that we had plenty of good food and beer,
and there in-between got a few culture points by visiting the odd art
Ulf Wiger wrote:
>On Wed, 23 Oct 2002, Matthias Lang wrote:
>>There are a bunch potentially interesting papers there. I
>>can't find an online copy of the proceedings anywhere.
>>Anyone know? Anyone who was there care to comment on how
>>big the workshop was (how many people)?
>The proceedings will hopefully appear sometime through ACM.
>At least that's the general idea.
>The workshop was quite good, even though the turnout was not
>exactly enormous (about 30 people, I think). I heard a
>rumour that some other workshops had bigger problems.
>I did peek into another lecture hall where lots of people
>sat listening to someone pontificating about software reuse.
>Oh well. Software reuse was covered summarily in our
>workshop by (I think) Martin Logan who stated that there's
>lots of it in Erlang/OTP. (-:
>- Phil Wadler explained to us that God gave us static
> typing, but apparently not Erlang. However, God wants
> us to use functional languages, so we're probably sort of
> OK anyway. Phil also expressed great pride in being
> invited speaker at an Erlang workshop, since Erlang is
> _the_ most successful functional language in the world,
> and the one with the most millionaires (no one cared to
> explain Swedish tax laws to Phil -- God didn't give them
> to us, anyway.) Lots of theory, and lots of T-shirts
> coming off... well, you just had to be there.
>- Richard Carlsson talked about the new package concept.
> It's coming together, but I've come up with some more
> issues, to which I will return later. Nice talk.
>- Kostis explained about how Hipe may double the speed
> of Bit Syntax matching. Promising.
>- Thomas Arts gave a high-speed practical demo of his
> trace analysis program. Great stuff, I think, for
> those who want to visualize their Erlang programs
> in different ways.
>- I talked about testing with Erlang, and to my surprise,
> the auditorium didn't fall asleep. Must mean that people
> are actually using Erlang for some real stuff. (:
>- Scott Fritchie talked about the Erlang Driver Writer's
> Toolkit. This is really good stuff. Kenneth Lundin may
> have to stop telling people that it's unsafe to use
> linked-in drivers...
>- Hal Snyder and Martin Logan talked about Erlang use at
> Vail Systems. Same old story about how a small group
> of people are allowed to use Erlang to monitor and
> restart all those Java apps that can't stay up by
> themselves -- but have to fight to be allowed to tackle
> the really interesting stuff. Just kidding. Good
> presentation, down-to-earth, factual, success story.
>- Thomas Arts again, describing how they analysed some
> properties about a Video on Demand system, using
> verification techniques on actual Erlang code to
> determine dimensioning properties like number and
> size of disks, distribution of movies across disks,
> bandwith, etc. State of the art stuff, indeed.
>- Kostis offered some ideas on how to speed up
> inter-process communication in Erlang. The paper
> states the goal as being "to have truly lightweight
> processes where message passing is at least as
> efficient as method invocation in a modern object
> oriented language". Some interesting ideas, but
> nothing firm yet. Hope they succeed.
>- Joe Armstrong talked about how his protocol description
> and contract definition syntax does everything XML
> and WSDL does, and more, but much more beautifully.
> Always fun to listen to Joe, and I've already started
> playing with his new toy. Very interesting.
>- Closing comments, and a preliminary report on the
> questionnaire. Everyone seemed happy.
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