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Saturday, December 06, 2003

If you have ever wondered how to spend that extra 90 million USD burning in your pocket take a look at this: The Clark Center at Stanford University, an exciting interdisciplinary biosciences research center funded by Jim Clark of SGI/Netscape fame and designed by the outstanding British architect Sir Norman Foster.

One word: "Nice!"

Links:

* Clark Center, 'nucleus for a range of new research' opens - PR from Stanford featuring the opening of the center - and a picture of Jim Clark chatting with the legendary Donald Knuth.

* Clark Center - home page for the Clark Center.

* Foster and Partners - a cornucopia of outstanding architecture and design developed by Sir Norman Foster and his associates with loads of pictures and information. Great site!


Wednesday, December 03, 2003

How to Design (Declarative) Programming Languages provides an excellent list of things to ponder when designing a new language (via Lambda the Ultimate).

Since the above list originated from a discussion about designing domain-specific languages (or "DSLs", for the in-crowd) it reminded me of my old buddy from DIKU, Niels Christensen and our discussions on DSLs for Bayesian filtering.

He finished his Ph.D. dissertation on Domain-specific languages in software development (and the relation to partial evaluation) this summer and it looks like an interesting an application of some good, clean theoretical work in a commercial setting - and unlike many other works in the the language area it has more English words than lambdas.

I am looking forward to reading the rest of it.

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