This post showcases three papers published in SIGPLAN venues which have been selected as SIGPLAN Research Highlights. Each of them has been nominated to appear in upcoming issues of the Communications of the ACM.
ICFP 2020 will be virtual, combining a mirrored technical program—all technical talks will appear twice, 12 hours apart—with a synchronous set of keynote talks and social events. This post says more about it. Be sure to register by August 8!
PL research is as consequential as ever; how can we make it more impactful? I suggest three ways: (1) expand the tent and lower the barriers to entering it; (2) venture outside the tent, taking PL knowledge and ideas to other communities, to address their problems; and (3) join or organize collaborative efforts attacking substantial problems, such as deployable AI or a quantum programming stack, the solution to which involves PL techniques, but many others besides.
The History of Programming Languages (HOPL) conference is the most paradoxical that SIGPLAN puts on: the hardest to publish in, yet an acceptance rate of almost 100%. This post is the story of HOPL IV (2020).
Online conferences are the new normal. Here’s how to make them shine.