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Tuesday, March 3 2020

Onward! Essays 2020 Call for Papers

			    Onward! Essays 2020
    ACM SIGPLAN International Symposium on New Ideas, New Paradigms, and
		  Reflections on Programming and Software

		     Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
				Chicago, USA

			    November 18--20 2020

			    Part of SPLASH 2020
	      Systems, Programming Languages and Applications:
			   Software for Humanity


Onward! is a premier multidisciplinary conference focused on everything to
do with programming and software: including processes, methods, languages,
communities, applications and education.

Compared to other conferences, Onward! is more radical, more visionary, and
more open to ideas that are well-argued but not yet proven. It is not
looking for research-as-usual papers. To allow room for bigger, bolder
and/or less mature ideas, it accepts less exact methods of validation, such
as compelling arguments, exploratory implementations, and substantial

Onward! Essays is looking for clear and compelling pieces of writing about
topics important to the software community (there is also a parallel Papers
track with a seperate announcement).

An essay can be an exploration of the topic and its impact, or a story about
the circumstances of its creation; it can present a personal view of what
is, explore a terrain, or lead the reader in an act of discovery; it can be
a philosophical digression or a deep analysis. It can describe a personal
journey, perhaps the one the author took to reach an understanding of the
topic. The subject area—software, programming, and programming
languages—should be interpreted broadly and can include the relationship of
software to human endeavors, or its philosophical, sociological,
psychological, historical, or anthropological underpinnings.

Format and Selection:

Onward! essays must describe unpublished work that is not currently
submitted for publication elsewhere as described by SIGPLAN's Republication
Policy. Submitters should also be aware of ACM's Policy and Procedures on
Plagiarism. Onward! essays should use the ACM SIGPLAN Conference acmart
format. Please refer to the conference's website above for full details.

The Onward! Essays track follows a two-phase review process. Essays are
peer-reviewed in a single-blind manner. Accepted essays will appear in the
Onward! Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library, and must be presented at the
conference. Submissions will be judged on the potential impact of the ideas
and the quality of the presentation.

Important dates:

All deadlines are midnight, anywhere on Earth.

Essay submission:         23 April
First-round notification: 11 June
Second-round submission:  15 July
Final notification:       30 July
Conference:               18--20 November

Programme Committee:

Didier Verna, EPITA Research lab, France (Program Chair)

Anya Helene Bagge, University of Bergen, Norway
Alexandre Bergel, University of Chile
Jean Bresson, Ableton, Germany
Maxime Chevalier-Boisvert, Université de Montréal, Québec
Elisa Gonzalez Boix, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Hidehiko Masuhara, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Kent Pitman, PTC, USA
Donya Quick, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Gordana Rakić, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Wednesday, May 2 2018

Lisp, Jazz, Aikido, 10 years later

10 years ago, I published a short blog entitled "Lisp, Jazz, Aikido", barely scratching the surface of what I found to be commonalities between the 3 disciplines. At the time, I had the intuition that those ideas were the tip of a potentially big iceberg, and I ended the blog with the following sentence: "I'd like to write a proper essay about these things when I find the time... someday."

Well, 10 years later, I did. The essay, which is 50 pages long, has been published in the Art, Science, and Engineering of Programming Journal, and actually received the Reviewers'Choice Award 2018. I'm not the bragging type, far from it, but I had to mention this because this essay is so personal, and I invested so much in its preparation (more than 300 hours) that I am as deeply touched by the award as I would have been hurt, had it been negatively received...

The live presentation has unfortunately not been recorded, but I took the time to make a screencast afterwards, which is now available on YouTube. Just like the essay, this presentation is not in the typical setting that you'd expect at a scientific conference...

If you've got an artistic fiber, if you're sensitive to the aesthetic dimension in what you do, you may enjoy this work...

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