Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Grand challenges in programming languages

This is old news by now, but a couple of weeks ago I was at POPL, where they had a panel on the grand challenges to solve in programming languages. There is a transcript* here.

Simon Peyton Jones said to find a good way to capture effects; Xavier Leroy said continue being awesome with verification; Kathryn McKinley said to keep working on parallelism; Martin Rinard said to question what levels of correctness we want from programs; Greg Morrisett said to think about how to redesign hardware, think about how to program colonies of robots, and think about how to unify PL to educate people.

For fear of beheading I will provide my opinion off the record. :)

* Did you know one summer at Google my entire job was to [accidentally the whole thing]?


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