Dyla'13, 7th Workshop on Dynamic Languages and Applications
Colocated with ECOOP, ECMFA and ECSA
1–5 July, Montpellier, France


!! Important dates

- Submission deadline:  April 19th
- Notification: mid-May
- Workshop: July 1st
- Ecoop early registration: mid-May

!! Abstract

The advent of Java and C# has been a major breakthrough in the adoption of
some important object-oriented language characteristics. This breakthrough
turned academic features like interfaces, garbage collection, and
meta-programming into technologies generally accepted by
industry. Nevertheless, the massive adoption of these languages now also gives
rise to a growing awareness of their limitations. A number of reactions from
industry testify this: invokedynamic bytecode instruction has been included in
latest Java virtual machine release; the dynamic language runtime (DLR) is
gaining popularity; C# adopted dynamic as a valid static type. Gartner
prognoses further growth (http://blogs.gartner.com/mark_driver/2008/12/10) of
dynamic languages.

Researchers and practitioners struggle with static type systems, overly
complex abstract grammars, simplistic concurrency mechanisms, limited
reflection capabilities, and the absence of higher-order language constructs
such as delegation, closures and continuations. Dynamic languages such as
Ruby, Python, JavaScript and Lua are a step forward in addressing these
problems while getting more and more popular. Making these languages
mainstream requires practitioners to look back and pick mechanisms up in
existing dynamic languages such as Lisp, Scheme, Smalltalk and
Self. Practitioners also need to further explore discover new dynamic
approaches in the context of new challenging fields such as pervasive

The goal of this workshop is to act as a forum where practitioners can discuss
new advances in the design, implementation and application of dynamically
typed languages that, sometimes radically, diverge from the statically typed
class-based mainstream. Another objective is to discuss new as well as older
"forgotten" languages and features in this context. Topics of interest
include, but are not limited to:

- programming language extensions
- programming environment extensions
- executing environments
- static and dynamic analyses
- optional type-checking
- meta-object protocols
- reserve engineering
- domain-specific languages/tooling
- testing environments
- live programming

!! Targeted audience

The expected audience of this workshop is practitioners and researchers
sharing the same interest in dynamically typed languages. Lua, Python, Ruby,
Scheme and Smalltalk are gaining a significant popularity both in industry and
academia. Nevertheless, each community has the tendency to only look at what
it produces. Broadening the scope of each community is the goal of the
workshop. To achieve this goal we will form a PC with leading persons from all
languages mentioned above, fostering participation from all targeted

!! Workshop Format and Submission Information

The workshop will have a demo-oriented style. The idea is to allow
participants to demonstrate new and interesting features and discuss what they
feel is relevant for the dynamic-language community. To participate to the
workshop, you can either

- submit (before __April 19th 2013__) an article (ACM Tighter Alternate style
http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates) describing your
presentation and/or tool. Articles whose length ranges from 2 to 15 pages will
be carefully reviewed by a program committee including but not limited to the
organizers. Each accepted paper will be presented for 20 to 30 minutes and be
published to the ACM Digital Library (at the option of each author) and the
workshop's web site. The submission website is

- or give a 10-minute lightning demo of your work. A dedicated session will be
allocated for this, provided there is ample time available.

A session on pair programming is also planned. People will then get a chance
to share their technologies by interacting with other participants.

!! Program committee

- Carl Friedrich Bolz, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany
- Camillo Bruni, Inria Lille-Nord Europe, France
- Adrian Kuhn, University of British Columbia, Canada
- Lukas Renggli, Google, Switzerland (http://www.lukas-renggli.ch/)
- Juan Pablo Sandoval Alcocer, University of Chile
- Bastian Steinert, Hasso-Plattner-Institute, Germany
- Veronica Uquillas Gomez, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
- Simon Urli, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France
- Didier Verna, EPITA Research and Development Laboratory, France
- the 4 workshop organizers

!! Workshop Organizers

- Alexandre Bergel (http://bergel.eu)
- Damien Cassou (http://damiencassou.seasidehosting.st)
- Jorge Ressia (http://www.jorgeressia.com)
- Serge Stinckwich (http://www.doesnotunderstand.org)

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