Sat 26 - Thu 31 October 2013 Indianapolis, United States

George Orwell wrote:

Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past

Onward! is dedicated to the spirit of radical innovation, so I will examine the past, present and future of radical innovation in programming languages. How did Lisp, Simula, Actors, Beta, Smalltalk and Self give us the world of C++, Java, Javascript, Perl, Python and PHP? We’ll ponder such questions and speculate what new wonders await us down the road.

Gilad Bracha is the creator of the Newspeak programming language and a software engineer at Google where he works on Dart. Previously, he was a VP at SAP Labs, a Distinguished Engineer at Cadence, and a Computational Theologist and Distinguished Engineer at Sun. He is co-author of the Java Language Specification, and a researcher in the area of object-oriented programming languages. Prior to joining Sun, he worked on Strongtalk, the Animorphic Smalltalk System. He received his B.Sc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Ben Gurion University in Israel and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Utah.