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OOPSLA Media Advisory - Software Conference Probes Programming Trends

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



NASHVILLE, TN - For Release October 1, 2008




WHAT:  OOPSLA Conference on Programming sponsored by ACM’s Special Interest Group on Programming Languages (SIGPLAN)

·    Escaped from the Lab: Innovation Practices in Large Organizations

·    DSL’s: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

·    Runtime: Tolerating Memory Leaks

·    Java Type Inference is Broken: Can We Fix It?

·    From Sorceress to Scientist: Women in Computing

·    Onward! Track: Out-of-the-box Thinking at the Frontiers of Computing

·    SIGPLAN Student Research Competition: The Cream of the Crop Vie for Awards


 WHEN:   October 19 - 23 - Complimentary press registration (except meals) .


WHERE: Nashville Convention Center, 601 Commerce St., Nashville, TN 37203


WHO:    October 21: Keynote speaker Egyptologist Mark Lehner on Social Programming a Pyramid;  University of Washington professor Sonali Shah on Community-based Innovation from Sports Equipment to Software; October 22: Rebecca Wirfs-Brock, on What Drives Design; Vanderbilt University’s Janos Sztipanovits on Model-based Software, Systems and Control Engineering; October 23: Lucy Suchman of Lancaster University, UK on Practice-based Design Possibilities; Mark Dominus, author of “Higher-Order Perl” on Atypical Types.


WHY:    As OOPSLA convenes for its 21st anniversary, it continues its strong tradition of spawning new software patterns, programming languages, and computing concepts.  At OOPSLA 2008, people on the vanguard of research mingle with practitioners in the trenches as both groups grapple with every facet of software and programming.   OOPSLA 2008 features the people who have built the mainstream, people who challenge the mainstream; people who are inventing the future; and people who buttress the present.


       OOPSLA 2008 is sponsored by ACM SIGPLAN and is independent of vendors or suppliers. 



OOPSLA is sponsored by ACM SIGPLAN, the Special Interest Group on Programming Languages  In its 21st year, OOPSLA is the conference of choice for a broad range of professionals from recognized academics to undergraduate students, from industrial researchers to technical developers and managers, and from technology gurus to users. Additional information at


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.  

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