ICFP 2023
Mon 4 - Sat 9 September 2023 Seattle, Washington, United States
Sat 9 Sep 2023 11:30 - 12:30 at Olympic - SCHEME: Session II Chair(s): Marco T Morazan

The productivity of developers depends on the quality of the available programming languages: their support for adequate testing, for locating and fixing mistakes, and for maintenance tasks. If a programming language does not support these routine tasks, the developer is forced to resort to labor-intensive and ineffective workarounds. Put differently, it isn’t about the syntax, the types, or the semantics, but about the pragmatics of a programming language. The problem is that the PL research area has so far few tools to evaluate pragmatics.

The Rational Programmer is a new scientific instrument for that purpose. While simulations have a long history in computer science applications, the Rational Programmer method puts them to new use in PL research. The heart of the method is a simulation, namely an algorithmic abstraction of information gathering in a work context. The outcome of a rational programmer simulation is typically a strategy that a developer can employ. It may also point designers and researchers to a problematic aspect of a language. Finally, it can inform instructors how to teach students the effective use of a language. In this talk, I will demonstrate the workings of the Rational Programmer method with examples.

Sat 9 Sep

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11:00 - 12:30
SCHEME: Session IIScheme at Olympic
Chair(s): Marco T Morazan Seton Hall University

11:00 The Calysto Scheme Project, James B. Marshall and Douglas Blank

11:30 Keynote Address: The Rational Programmer, Christos Dimoulas

The Calysto Scheme Project
A: James Marshall Sarah Lawrence College, Douglas Blank Bryn Mawr College
The Rational Programmer, An Investigative Method for Programming Language Pragmatics
Christos Dimoulas PLT @ Northwestern University

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Schedule: 11:30-12:30