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  • Blog Post: OOPSLA submission ideas for Mac people

    I had intended to kind of take a break from OOPSLA this year. I've been on the committee for the past few years, and I wanted to have a year where I didn't focus so much on it. But it's winter, and my mind automatically turns to thoughts of OOPSLA because the first submission deadline is coming up in...
  • Blog Post: OOPSLA 2008 day one - archaeology, response to Fred Brooks

    Tuesday officially began OOPSLA 2008. The day started off with a keynote from Mark Lehner, an archaeologist who found, after being invited to talk at OOPSLA, surprising parallels between his work in Egypt and reading about Grady Booch's work. I found his talk to be quite illuminating, both in terms of...
  • Blog Post: OOPSLA 2008 day zero - Greek gods and goddesses

    Today is the day before OOPSLA officially begins. Tutorials and workshops are going on today, with the technical program starting tomorrow. I'm here for the Welcome Reception tonight, during which the posters are on display, and the first round of the Student Research Competition is conducted. As...
  • Blog Post: Nadyne @ OOPSLA 2008

    Serving as Development Chair for OOPSLA gave me lots of opportunities to see the plan for OOPSLA as it was being put together, and I'm really excited to be able to be in Nashville for it. My schedule for OOPSLA looks like this: attend Rebecca Wirfs-Brock 's tutorial "The Art of Telling Your...
  • Blog Post: OOPSLA 2008 early registration deadline extended to 15 September 2008

    Due to some server issues over the weekend, we're extending the early registration deadline for OOPSLA 2008 . You've now got until Monday, 15 September 2008, to get registered! The conference itself is 19-23 October 2008, in Nashville, Tennessee. See you there!
  • Blog Post: OOPSLA 2008 registration is now open

    Registration is now open for the 23rd annual ACM SIGPLAN conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications . What's in store? Here are some highlights of keynotes to entertain, inform, and challenge you: Mark Lehner who works on discovering the story that the...
  • Blog Post: the road to OOPSLA 2008

    Today I'm in Nashville, attending the spring OOPSLA committee meeting. The early submissions (research papers, Onward! papers, essays, development papers, tutorial proposals, educators' symposium proposals, workshop proposals, panel proposals, and DesignFest proposals) have all been submitted. The decisions...
  • Blog Post: Steve Metsker passed away

    One of the main reasons that I keep on being so involved with OOPSLA is the people. I've had the opportunity to meet so many people who are immensely knowledgeable, funny, and friendly. One of the people that I've been honoured to know is Steve Metsker . Other people know Steve through his books...
  • Blog Post: the progression of an idea at OOPSLA

    For OOPSLA 2008, one of the goals of the conference is to re-think how industry should be involved with presenting content at the conference. Historically, the venues which have the highest industry involvement are practitioner reports and panels. As Development Co-Chair, I've been thinking about this...
  • Blog Post: OOPSLA 2008 on Facebook

    There's now a OOPSLA 2008 group on Facebook . Come join us in Nashville next October!
  • Blog Post: OOPSLA 2008: 19-23 October, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

    Looking over my blog referrals, I noticed that I've gotten a lot of hits lately for the search term 'oopsla 2008'. So let's give some real information. OOPSLA 2008 will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, from 19 through 23 October 2008. The OOPSLA 2008 website will go live later; I'll post here...
  • Blog Post: OOPSLA 2007 Student Research Competition winners

    After its remarkable success in previous years, OOPSLA has again hosted an ACM Student Research Competition . The competition, sponsored by Microsoft Research , offers a unique forum for students to present their original research at top ACM conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. We...
  • Blog Post: great day at OOPSLA

    Today has been a great day at OOPSLA. I'm so glad that I came this year. The day started off with Fred Brooks talking about collaboration in design. I am an unabashed fan of Fred Brooks, so there was no chance of me missing his talk. He has to be one of the most amazing minds in software engineering...
  • Blog Post: women of OOPSLA birds of a feather meeting tonight!

    Tonight, I'm leading a birds-of-a-feather meeting for the women of OOPSLA . It will be held tonight, beginning at 5pm, in room 512F. We'll talk about our experiences at OOPSLA and as technical women. How do we get more women interested in computer science? How can we get more women to attend OOPSLA?...
  • Blog Post: Mac user group @ OOPSLA - Tuesday, 5pm-7pm

    One of my favourite parts about OOPSLA are the Birds of a Feather (BOF) meetings. These are informal meetings set up by anyone at OOPSLA. Take over a room for a night and talk about whatever you want to. I've set up a BOF for Mac users at OOPSLA . It will be on Tuesday from 5-7pm in room 515AB....
  • Blog Post: Twitter @ OOPSLA

    For those of you who are here with me at OOPSLA , or who wish you were here with me at OOPSLA, you can follow OOPSLA on Twitter . You can view the tweets from those that OOPSLA is following (which is anyone who is following it) here . For those of you who are following OOPSLA, you can send a message...
  • Blog Post: Nadyne @ OOPSLA 10/20-10/25

    I leave tomorrow for OOPSLA in Montréal, and I keep on saying that I'm going to post my schedule. For those of you who are coming to OOPSLA and want to chat, I should be pretty easy to catch. I'll be spending some time in the Microsoft booth, so you'll definitely be able to find me there. If you want...
  • Blog Post: Kathy Sierra is speaking at OOPSLA 2007

    We have a special bonus keynote at OOPSLA 2007 : Kathy Sierra, best known for her well-written Creating Passionate Users blog. She's a great user experience speaker, and I'm quite pleased that she'll be speaking at OOPSLA 2007. It'll be a great talk! Advance registration for OOPSLA 2007 closes on...
  • Blog Post: OOPSLA 2007 early registration closes 13 September 2007

    I'm taking a break from all things Office [1] to work on a few OOPSLA things. It's shaping up to be a great conference. I'm honoured to be a part of it. Early registration (which nets you a savings of a little over $100) closes on 13 September, pre-registration closes on 11 October. OOPSLA is in Montréal...
  • Blog Post: OOPSLA call for posters, demos, and other late content

    What's oopsla up to? The leading forum for innovative and thought-provoking ideas in object-oriented programming for 21 years, oopsla is taking on today's software challenges, attracting people interested in: programmer productivity secure and reliable software changing hardware...
  • Blog Post: the odds are good

    At the OOPSLA planning meeting last weekend, we were looking at some of the statistics of our conference attendees. Demographics are always interesting and a good topic of debate. In this case, we were discussing the gender (im)balance at OOPSLA. One of the committee members (I won't mention names, to...
  • Blog Post: enabling OOPSLA

    I served as Student Volunteers Chair of OOPSLA 2006. People ask me what that means, and I've never been able to come up with a good answer. At least, not until today. My job at OOPSLA was to enable it to happen. Me and my little army of Student Volunteers were there to keep the conference ticking...
  • Blog Post: New Zealand chocolate is the inverse of Swiss chocolate

    Ahh, OOPSLA . The week in October where I stop sleeping and eating. Today is day two of my personal OOPSLA, but it's actually two days before the technical programme starts. I'm the Student Volunteers Chair this year, so most of my work comes early in the conference. Yesterday, I had about 20 students...
  • Blog Post: cohorts

    I'm probably going to be incommunicado for the next week or two. I'm in Redmond right now for some training and a couple of big meetings. On Friday, I fly to Portland to attend OOPSLA (and if you're coming to OOPSLA, say hi! -- the students who are working at the Info Booth will always be able to track...
  • Blog Post: last chance for OOPSLA 2006 advance registration

    Advance registration for OOPSLA 2006 closes on Friday, 15 September. Take a look over the conference schedule (although you might like the unofficial schedule at a glance better) and the unofficial guide of how to get around OOPSLA . It's in the unofficial guide that I learned how to tell the weather...
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