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Some ideas for NPW2008 in Stockholm

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From:
Lemonnier, Erwan
Date:
May 22, 2007 02:14
Subject:
Some ideas for NPW2008 in Stockholm
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Hi you all!

First, a huge thanks to Jonas, Lars and the other members of the danish NPW team! It was a most interesting and revigoring workshop you gave us!

Last week Jonathan Worthington spent 2 days in Stockholm and we met an evening together with Tobias Wrigstad and Johan Östlund from Stockholm's university who both are teaching and/or doing/leading research in the field of dynamic languages. They came up with very interesting suggestions!

Tobias could get us some support from Stockholm's university, a bit like the Oslo workshop did. We could probably get access to their conference rooms for free/cheap, in exchange for giving the workshop an orientation that would interest students and teachers.

A preliminary suggestion would be to focus the workshop on talks that discuss dynamic programming and dynamic features in Perl. We would for example have talks about the new features in Perl6 and Parrot, about dynamic constructs such as closures, continuations, metaclass hacking, code generation, etc.

An other idea would be to make a bridge between the hacker community around Perl6/Parrot and the academic world. This has been an important trend for many involved in Perl6/Parrot lately, with for example Audrey Tang and Jonathan W. going to wellknown academic conferences. That could mean talks about the way Parrot's guts are implemented, the way Perl6 is being designed or the way CPAN6 will look like.

There are already conferences and workshops for dynamic languages, such as http://dyla2007.unibe.ch/?Call_for_papers. We could do something similar but restricted to Perl.

I believe we would wake a strong interest for the workshop by giving it that kind of orientation for the Stockholm edition and attract really interesting speakers both from the Perl community and Stockholm's university. Giving the workshop some content that is relevant to courses at Stockholm's university could also bring us lots of students as attendees. At least we seem to have the right contacts to make this happen.

What do you all think of that?

/Erwan 

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