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Alex Buckley, Spec lead, Java Language and VM

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Alex Buckley maintains the Java Language Specification and Java VM Specification at Oracle Corporation. He leads projects to evolve the Java platform with closures (OpenJDK Project Lambda), modularity (JSR 294), and better annotations (JSR 308). He collaborates widely with experts in academia, industry, and standards bodies, and holds a Ph.D. in Computing from Imperial College London.

Presentation: "Programming The Java Virtual Machine(TM)"

Time: Thursday 13:45 - 14:45

Location: Fleming Room


The flood of new languages for the Java platform shows no signs of slowing down over the next few years. At the same time, the Java language continues to evolve, though not always in the "obvious" direction and not always with the same goals as newly designed languages. This talk will discuss such questions as: What challenges do the designers of Java-like and non-Java-like languages face when targeting the Java platform? How do these challenges affect programmers working in multiple JVM languages? How do language implementers best affect change in the Java platform?

Keywords: Java, Virtual Machines, Programming Languages, Dynamic Languages, Performance

Target Audience: Any programmer interested in how language takes best advantage of platforms, and how platforms evolve to support new languages, will find something of interest in this talk.

Presentation: "Panel: Modular Java"

Time: Friday 15:30 - 16:30

Location: St. James's Suite