ILC 2009 – I’m going?!

Quite unexpectedly – to myself, at least – I’ve registered for ILC 2009. The title/theme/tagline is “The Next 50 Years”. Judging by the invited talks, the next 50 years seems to be reinventing CL in Scheme. (Although a 50 year estimate for R8RS doesn’t seem unreasonable.)

Not really sure what to do about the tutorials; I’ll probably end up listening to Pascal all day.

The Great Macro Debate “Are Macros a Menace?” seems a rather desperate attempt to gee up a controversy where there really oughtn’t to be one. On the other hand, if Guy Steele argues for the affirmative in terza rima it could be fun…

Predicted dark-horse highlight: Didier Verna’s CLOS efficiency paper. Predicted dead-horse lowlight: ALU Annual Meeting.

What else should I be doing in Cambridge/Boston while I’m there? 

5 Responses to “ILC 2009 – I’m going?!”

  1. Mark Simpson says:

    Go to the MIT Museum while you are in Cambridge. You can see the CADR along with other cool old pieces of technology.

  2. Zach Beane says:

    I’ll buy you a beer if you buy me one.

  3. I’d like to see the “Are Macros a Menace?” talk. I think there may be something there, but I’d be interested to hear the argument (debate ;)).

  4. Ken says:

    I hear they have a decent marathon that time of year.

  5. Luke Gorrie says:

    I’ll still be in weeping my recovery from Lisp50 and won’t make it over. See you around somewhere soon though I hope :-)

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