Over the last few months I have been to conferences to talk about what I’ve been doing the last year and a half (which is working on Grace; more below).
Most recently I was at SPLASH in Tucson, Arizona last month, presenting “Patterns as Objects in Grace“, and also an author on “Grace: The Absence of (Inessential) Difficulty“. Major takeaways from the location were that Arizona is orange and that I really didn’t appreciate the scale of cactus (pictured). I think the presentation went well and there was some interesting discussion sparked from it.
Before that I was a last-minute fill-in at Strange Loop in St Louis in September, talking about Grace in general at the Emerging Languages Camp. There will be a video of my talk available, apparently on February 25. I don’t have any pictures from St Louis because basically the whole time I was there was occupied by the conference itself, but I did go past the Gateway Arch on the way from the airport — it is bigger than I expected. Strange Loop was a great conference full of interesting sessions, and really well organised. I highly recommend it to anyone who gets the opportunity. It’s a shame it’s so far away and I probably won’t get to go there again.
Even further back in June I was at ECOOP/PLDI in Beijing, presenting at STOP but mostly just attending. There were some interesting sessions there as well. I didn’t get to do much tourism while I was there, but I did get to the nearby Olympic stadium. It was an interesting location for the European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, and one I probably wouldn’t have been to otherwise