Jeremy Hylton : weblog : 2004-10-10

Lightweight Languages 2004 (LL4)

Sunday, October 10, 2004, 6:51 p.m.

The 4th annual Lightweight Languages Workshop will be held at MIT on Saturday, Dec. 4 -- in the shiny new Stata Center. Presentation proposals are due on Nov. 12.

The workshop attracts a good variety of people and languages, which probably reflects the diverse and engaging mix of programmers in the Boston area. (Well, there are a lot of Lisp and Scheme programmers, but it's a diverse group nonetheless.)

It seems to me that there has been a lot of interesting work on lightweight languages lately, even if I don't know what exactly lightweight means. Groovy sure seems lightweight. JavaScript is powering excellent web-apps like GMail. In the Python world, there's IronPython, Prothon/Spry, Boo, and PyPy. I think it's a great sign of the health and vitality of the Python community that people are experimenting with new languages and features.