Given OOPSLA's scope, the conference brings together a rich set of views around object-orientated subjects and language related matters. Here are a few entries from around the blogsphere on this year's event. Michael Stal writes on OOPSLA 2007:
Attendees 1225 90% male 60% newcomers Most are architects, researchers, developers, also some testers 78% academy, 22% industry Most 25-34, then in the age of 35-44 31% from rest of the world, the others from Canada and US
Gavin Bierman writes a short summary on an OOPSLA Panel entitled "40 years of languages"
On the panel were Guy Steele, James Gosling, Betrand Meyer, Anders Hejlsberg and Ole Lehrman Madsen. It was quite interesting. The panellists got five minutes to talk about the influence of Simula 67 and the future of PL. Highlights: Steele: He quoted Alan Perlis quite amusingly. He also stated that there would be more functional programming in the future but you can't hide state everywhere. He was still worried about the 5% of state manipulating glue. Gosling: He had an early job maintaining a Simula 67 compiler. He spoke about "drivers" for languages. For Java it was the network. He also mentioned in-memory databases [I've been talking about these recently - I'd like to work some more on these as I think they're going to become very important.] Meyer: He promoted Eiffel (of course). He mentioned that people still used imperative languages because Hoare and Dijkstra had provided us such great reasoning tools. (ha!) He urged people to look at the concurrency model in Eiffel. Hejlsberg: Anders spoke about the growing importance of functional programming in the context of multi-core. He mentioned the (wonderful) news of the productization of F# by Microsoft. Madsen: Ole spoke about the importance of history - people should know more about what has been done in other languages.
And Macintosh girl in a Microsoft world writes about her personal experience at OOPSLA:
Then it was time for my women of OOPSLA birds-of-a-feather meeting. I've had the general feeling that the number of women at OOPSLA has been declining. This year, we gathered demographic information on the registration form, and were pleased to discover that ~10% of the attendees are female. I wanted to gather some people together to talk about this and what we can do about it. The people who showed up were articulate and passionate. We came up with some great ideas that we can implement at OOPSLA 2008, as well as some ideas to take home with us as we think about how to get more women into computer science.
Read Michael Stal's post: http://stal.blogspot.com/2007/10/oopsla-2007-unplugged.html Read Gavin Bierman's post: http://gavinbierman.blogspot.com/2007/10/oopsla-panel-40-years-of-languages.html Read Macintosh girl in a Microsoft world post: http://blogs.msdn.com/nadyne/archive/2007/10/24/great-day-at-oopsla.aspx