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Re: LL3 question

Interesting.  I've watched Tod Proebsting's talk and the Erlang talk at twice since LL2, but you've reminded me that the talks at LL2 were really good, i had forgotten about the Lazlo one.

I liked the two Lua presentations.  Roberto Ierusalimschy described an interesting virtual machine with only 35 instructions.  Norm Ramsey then used ML to generated glue code so that Lua could be used to control a C compiler.

At 02:53 PM 1/8/2004 -0500, Neelakantan Krishnaswami wrote:

>A (late) question about LL3: I'm curious about what you think the most
>surprising talk was. By surprising, I don't only mean good, I mean
>which talk made you think about languages in a surprising new way.
>When I was at LL2, the talk that surprised me the most was Oliver
>Steele's talk about LZX, the Laszlo language. The whole package was a
>surprise -- I was surprised to realize that other languages could
>target the Flash VM; I was surprised at how compact constraint-based
>descriptions of GUIs could be; and overall I was surprised at how
>"retrospectively obvious" their strategy was.
>By way of contrast, Tod Proebsting's talk was "good", in that it was
>very well-presented and convincingly argued, but it mostly confirmed
>my beliefs rather than adding to them or revising them. I left his
>talk thinking "I'm glad such a smart person thinks mostly the same as
>I do," whereas I left Oliver's talk thinking, "Wow, why didn't I think
>of that?"
>Neel Krishnaswami