Last year at SPLASH 2010 in Reno a group of programming language designers from academia and industry came together to discuss the creation of group to provide a forum for discussing language design at a much earlier stage than our conferences allow. Earlier this month we held our inaugural meeting hosted by Google in Mountain View with a great collection of language designers.
Today Jonathan Edwards and I (as secretary and chair, respectively, of the group) presented to the IFIP TC2 committee meeting at ETH in Zurich the proposal for the formation of a Working Group on Programming Language Design to join the existing TC2 working groups.
We are happy to report that the committee approved the formation of the working group
Quoting from the proposal:
Aim: To explore and evaluate new ideas in programming language design. Our stance is that programming languages are foremost a medium for expressing the structure and intention of software, and communicating these to other programmers. As such human factors must weigh heavily in language design decisions, requiring a well-judged balance between conflicting goals that are qualitative in nature.