Lone Star Software Symposium: Austin
August 12 - 14, 2005 - Austin, TX
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All programming languages have a limited life span, and Java is no different. This is a philosophical session rather than a programming session. Sooner or later, Java will lose its leadership position. This session will explore Java's strengths and weaknesses. We'll try to understand whether conditions are ripe for alternatives to emerge, and what those alternatives may be.
The Java programming language has been tremendously successful. Many of the roots of its success may be surprising to the audience. But every major programming language has a limited life cycle. While it’s true that Java and .NET seem to be the only games in town, some alternatives are beginning to emerge.
In this session, we’ll discuss some of the limitations of the Java language, and the impact that they might have on the productivity of Java developers. We’ll then look at some of the innovations around other frameworks and languages, and some of the features of those languages that boost the productivity of other non-Java developers:
• Typing, and why it matters • Code blocks and closures • Regular expressions • Innovative frameworks
Finally, we’ll take a look at where developers may look at using other languages. Clearly, most of the work that we do will be in Java for the foreseeable future, but certain project classifications may make it much easier to embrace alternatives, for good competitive effect.
About Bruce Tate
Bruce Tate is a kayaker, mountain biker, and father of two from Austin, Texas. Currently at RapidRed, his focus is on rapid development and Ruby applications. Bruce was the chief technology officer behind the sites ChangingThePresent.org and ClassWish. His current project is DigtheDirt, a social gardening site. The international speaker has coauthored more than a dozen books including Rails Up and Running, Deploying Rails Applications, Beyond Java, and From Java to Ruby. His firm seeks to improve total application quality through the use of small teams, expressive programming language and agile development practices.More About Bruce »