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Fast and Dynamic

Posted by Maxime Chevalier-Boisvert  on  Dec 09, 2013

Maxime Chevalier-Boisvert discusses making dynamic languages faster providing various examples of optimizations: SmallTalk, LISP machine, Google V8 and others.

Failure: An Illustrated Guide

Posted by Avi Bryant  on  Dec 02, 2009

Avi Bryant explains the iterative process that led to the concept, implementation, and UI of Trendly (http://trendly.com/ ), using Smalltalk, Javascript, Ruby and Java in the process.

How The JVM Spec Came To Be

Posted by James Gosling  on  Oct 29, 2008 5

In this keynote from the JVM Languages Summit 2008, James Gosling discusses how his history with programming languages led to Java's creation, code as algebra, how users use a product in very unusual ways, Java as a compromise between C and scripting languages, ANDF and Virtual Machines, pointer integrity, the Java object model, gotos and multilevel breaks, primitives and optimization tricks.

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