Sunday, October 5, 2008

Kent Pitman will speak at Lisp50

Kent M. Pitman
Kent Pitman has been involved in the design, implementation, and use of the Lisp and Scheme programming languages for three decades. Kent has participated intermittently in the Scheme community, both as an early collaborator, in 1981, on the design of T, a Scheme dialect created at Yale, and later as one of several co-authors of various Revised Reports on Scheme. Throughout the 1980's and into the 1990's, he collaborated on the design of Common Lisp. As Project Editor of subcommittee X3J13, he brought that work to completion with the formal standardization of ANSI Common Lisp. He was also US Representative to and Project Editor for ISO SC22 Working Group 16, which in 1997 standardized programming language ISLISP. Kent writes on various technical issues as well as various kinds of social commentary.

Common Lisp: The Untold Story
It takes more to make a programming language than meets the eye. The processes that bring a language into being can be every bit as interesting as the language itself. The backstory of Common Lisp is no exception. Join me as I retrace some of the highlights of my experiences along the way. In this journey I'll mix history with personal observations in a way that I hope will enlighten those who weren't there and entertain, or perhaps even surprise, those who were.

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