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Computer Programmers Probe Latest Software Trends at OOPSLA

ACM SIGPLAN Conference to Examine Traditional and Unorthodox Programming Topics

The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession

Contact: Virginia Gold

Nashville, TN, October 15, 2008 –  Software technologists from around the world will gather at the 2008 OOPSLA conference to address the newest trends in improving programming languages, refining the practice of software development, and exploring new programming paradigms. Along with its traditional focus on object orientation, OOPSLA, the international conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications, will reflect on how the software programming field is embedded in other disciplines, and the benefits for both perspectives.  OOPSLA 2008 is sponsored by ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, and ACM SIGPLAN, its Special Interest Group on Programming Languages.  It runs from October 19-23, at the Nashville Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

The OOPSLA 2008 program includes international speakers, interactive panel discussions, innovative research papers, and inventive demonstrations. Among the topics to be presented are agile software development and other development techniques to programming languages, embedded development and web services. Unorthodox subjects like archeology, anthropology, astronomy are on the conference program as well.

A unique strength of the OOPSLA conference is keynote speakers from outside software development whose work offers useful insights for software developers. Examples include:

  • World-renowned Egyptologist Mark Lehner on the infrastructure that supported construction of the great pyramids at Giza, including the social and architectural modularity of provisioning large workforces.
  • Professor Lucy Suchman of Lancaster University, UK on methods for making sense of how people work together, and using those observations to better support their work.
  • Professor Sonali Shah of the University of Washington on the social structures that support innovation and entrepreneurship today.

Oher keynote speakers include leading figures from the software development community:

  • Rebecca Wirfs-Brock, founder of the consulting firm Wirfs-Brock Associates, and inventor of the Responsibility-Driven Design approach to software development.
  • Janos Sztipanovits, director of the Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) at Vanderbilt University, and a leading expert on model-based design for distributed and embedded software.
  • Mark Dominus, best-known for writing "Higher-Order Perl", in which he adapted higher-order programming techniques widely used in Lisp, Haskell, and SML for use in Perl, the Open Source software used for mission critical projects in the public and private sectors.

OOPSLA 2008 is again hosting an ACM Student Research Competition (SRC), enabling students to interact with researchers and learn about current research in the field.  The first round of SRC evaluation will be held jointly with the OOPSLA Poster Session, where authors may present late-breaking results or innovative work in an informal and interactive setting.  The SRC shares the Posters session's goal of facilitating interaction among researchers and attendees.  The SRC also affords students real-time experience with both formal presentations and evaluations.

The conference attracts recognized academics, undergraduate students, industrial developers, researchers and managers as well as creators and users of technology from across the globe.  For more information, or to register, click on

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.


ACM SIGPLAN explores programming language concepts and tools, focusing on design, implementation, and efficient use.  Its members are programming language users, developers, implementers, theoreticians, researchers, and educators. SIGPLAN promotes awareness and advancement of research and practice in programming languages. SIGPLAN sponsors four major annual conferences: the conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, and Applications (OOPSLA); the Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI); the Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (POPL); and the International Conference on Functional Programming (ICFP). SIGPLAN also sponsors many additional conferences and workshops on specific programming developments, and publishes topical newsletters.

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