Spindle, Mutilate and Metaprogram: How far _can_ you push it before there be dragons?

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Accepted Session
Long form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 from 1:45 – 3:30pm in Broadway

Excerpt

Maybe the edge isn’t as close as we thought it was. Maybe you can do some really funky things with your language without accidentally summoning eldritch spirits.

Or maybe not.

The only way to find out is to try it—or, if you are of the more prudent proclivities, to watch someone else try it.

Description

Languages such as perl, ruby, python, scala, javascript, lua, and others have been steadily pushing out the frontier of what a “normal” language should do for almost two decades now. Despite the early prognostications of imminent doom from the static typing, LR, “you can visualize the machine code” establishment, nothing too awful has happened. Yet.

Meanwhile, languages like clojure, OMeta, and others are boldly going even further, and with a rigor lacking in the earlier edge dwellers.

Maybe the edge isn’t as close as we thought it was. Maybe you can do some really funky things with your language without accidentally summoning eldritch spirits.

Or maybe not.

The only way to find out is to try it—or, if you are of the more prudent proclivities, to watch someone else try it.

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