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Cambridge University Computing and Technology Society
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Thu 28 Feb 2013, 6:00pm  |  MR5, Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Dr Michael Spivey (University of Oxford) speaks on
GeomLab is a simple functional language that we use at Oxford to help school students explore computer programming in a functional language with graphics. Recently, I have been working on a faster implementation that is based on compiling dynamically to code for the Java virtual machine. The project has become self-hosting, in that most of the GeomLab compiler is now written in its own language and compiles itself. The message of this talk is that using the JVM as a target makes it an easy and pleasant task to implement a programming language with reasonable performance, and better fun than ever as a personal programming project. Since GeomLab is open source, it can provide a springboard for your own experiments.

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