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14 November 2013

The many facets of Programming Language Design

Location: Meeting Room 10, 2nd Floor, JLB
Time: 12:30pm - 13:45pm
Speaker(s): Luke Church - Luke Church Consulting Ltd

What are the parameters shaping a new programming system? Why does each new language look so much like the one that came before it? Why has the development experience changed so little in the past decade? Where does future progress come from? This talk attempts to address these questions and argues that the non-conversations that dominate interactions between programming language experts, user experience professionals and social theorists has resulted in the current impasse. However, it's not all doom and gloom, we look at encouraging recent trends, and pose some interesting challenges which need addressing from all the above perspectives and progress towards addressing them. Bio: Luke is interested in improving the experience of programming. His background is in computer science and user experience design at Cambridge. He currently works at Autodesk where he leads the technical aspects of DesignScript and Google where he does UX work on Dart. Luke also likes empirically studying the behaviour of hedgehogs.

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