The Software Language Design and Engineering Group on a recent paint ball outing. From left to right:

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Off the Beaten Track is a new workshop co-locating with POPL 2012 in Philadelphia about "Underrepresented Problems for Programming Language Researchers":

Programming language researchers have the principles, tools, algorithms and abstractions to solve all kinds of problems, in all areas of computer science. However, identifying and evaluating new problems, particularly those that lie outside the typical core PL problems we all know and love, can be a significant challenge. Hence, the goal of this workshop is to identify and discuss problems that do not often show up in our top conferences, but where programming language researchers can make a substantial impact. The hope is that by holding such a forum and associating it directly with a top conference like POPL, we can slowly start to increase the diversity of problems that are studied by PL researchers and that by doing so we will increase the impact that our community has on the world.

SPLASH 2011 takes place in Portland, Oregon from October 22 to 27. It is the event for programming language aficionados, including OOPSLA, GPCE, and Onward!, the ACM Symposium on New Ideas in Programming and Reflections on Software, keynotes by Ivan Sutherland, Markus PĆ¼schel, Brendan Eich, further talks by Brad Myers, Dave Thomas, and much more. Register now. You cannot afford not to be there!


DHH interviews the founders of Slicehost, a hosting company that was sold to Rackspace a little more than two years after founding. Interesting debriefing about the question whether and when to sell, what to do with life after cashing out, and how they got there. "We automated the shit out of everything."

Slicehost part 1: The scrappy start-up from 37signals on Vimeo.