Workshop on Self-sustaining Systems (S3) 2008
May 15-16, 2008
Potsdam, Germany

Call for papers:

The Workshop on Self-sustaining Systems (S3) is a forum for discussion of topics relating to computer systems and languages that are able to bootstrap, implement, modify, and maintain themselves. One property of these systems is that their implementation is based on small but powerful abstractions; examples include (amongst others) Squeak/Smalltalk, COLA, Klein/Self, PyPy/Python, Rubinius/Ruby, and Lisp. Such systems are the engines of their own replacement, giving researchers and developers great power to experiment with, and explore future directions from within, their own small language kernels.

S3 will be take place May 15-16, 2008 at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam, Germany. It is an exciting opportunity for researchers and practitioners interested in self-sustaining systems to meet and share their knowledge, experience, and ideas for future research and development.

— Invited talk:

Ian Piumarta: Late-bound Object Lambda Architectures (Viewpoints Research Institute, USA)

— Submissions and proceedings:

S3 invites submissions of high-quality papers reporting original research, or describing innovative contributions to, or experience with, self-sustaining systems, their implementation, and their application. Papers that depart significantly from established ideas and practices are particularly welcome.

Submissions must not have been published previously and must not be under review for any another refereed event or publication. The program committee will evaluate each contributed paper based on its relevance, significance, clarity, and originality. Revised papers will be published as post-proceedings in the Springer LNCS series.

Papers should be submitted electronically via EasyChair at
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=s3 in PDF format.
Submissions must be written in English (the official language of the
workshop) and must not exceed 20 pages. They should use the LNCS format, templates for which are available at http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html.

— Venue:

Hasso-Plattner-Institut (Potsdam, Germany)

— Important dates:

Submission of papers: February 15, 2008
Author notification: April 11, 2008
Revised papers due: April 25, 2008

S3 workshop: May 15-16, 2008

Final papers for LNCS post-proceedings due: June 6, 2008

— Chairs:

* Robert Hirschfeld (Hasso-Plattner-Institut Potsdam, Germany)
* Kim Rose (Viewpoints Research Institute, USA)

— Program committee:

* Johan Brichau, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
* Pascal Costanza, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
* Wolfgang De Meuter, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
* Stephane Ducasse, INRIA Lille, France
* Michael Haupt, Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Germany
* Robert Hirschfeld, Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Germany
* Dan Ingalls, Sun Microsystems Laboratories, USA
* Martin von Lšwis, Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Germany
* Hidehiko Masuhara, University of Tokyo, Japan
* Ian Piumarta, Viewpoints Research Institute, USA
* David Ungar, IBM, USA

— Registration fees:

Early (until April 18, 2008)
* Regular participants: EUR 160
* Students: EUR 80

Late (after April 18, 2008)
* Regular participants: EUR 170
* Students: EUR 90

Babe Ruth

Don’t Miss Dan Ingalls’ Talk about the Lively Kernel! It’s Squeak on steroids! Ok not steroids (considering everything that going on with baseball), but it is Squeak on JavaScript!

Details below:

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Boston Digital Media Summit

From Aaron E. Walsh:

Happy New Year, everyone. As we enter 2008 I’m happy to announce that the Boston Digital Media Summit (next weekend) is focused on Immersive Education and will feature Croquet in several sessions (see the schedule of events below; Julian’s keynote is on Day 1 — January 12th).

Please join us if you’re in the Boston area or would like to make a trip for the event. The news release is below, and I’ve attached the PDF version as well.
It’s also in HTML format along with related news items at:


The Summit schedule of events has been set, which you can also see at:

http://mediagrid.org/summit/ (main page)
http://mediagrid.org/summit/program.html (schedule of events)

Best regards,

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Argentina Smalltalk 2007

From Hernan Wilkinson:


I just wanted to let you know that the Smalltalks 2007 presentations are available at https://www.dc.uba.ar/events/smalltalks/2007/presentaciones
Most of them are in English although not all.
You can look some pictures at http://picasaweb.google.com/smalltalks2007 and http://picasaweb.google.com/WeybridgeWay/1erCongresoArgentinoDeSmalltalk

I wanted to give a public “Thanks” to ESUG for their support (DVD, book, ideas, etc), Viewpoints, Dan Ingalls, James Robertson, John Sarkela and Bruce Badger for the videos. Stef and Noury sent me something to read but finally I did not have the time to do it (sorry). Also, to all the sponsors that helped us with the conference.

Below are some comments we got in the Argentine Smalltalk lists (first in Spanish and then in English, translated by Andres Valloud).
It is very hard for me to find the right words to express how happy we are with the outcome of the conference, not only for the amount of people that came but also for their kindness and technical level of the presentations. Thanks to all.

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Alexandre Bergel and Göran Krampe reported on the mailing-list (1, 2) the highlights of the Squeak BOF session at OOPSLA 2007 on Monday:

  • Jamie Douglass discussed CAT, an alternative to SmaCC
  • Andrew P. Black showed “Squeak by Example” (and sold a few more copies!)
  • Alessandro Warth showed how to implement a JavaScript interpreter in 300 lines of code by using OMeta (SqueakMap page, paper[pdf] co-authored with Ian Piumarta)
  • Göran gave a presentation on DeltaStreams
  • Maurice Rabb talked about condensing the change and sources files of Squeak
  • Alexandre Bergel introduced Athena Smalltalk – a Smalltalk Virtual Machine in Java, and intended to be embedded in Java applications (project homepage)
  • Bert Freudenberg and Yoshiki Ohshima demonstrated eToys on the OLPC XO laptop

Göran filmed the event, and has made the videos available at his blog.

Alexander Lazarevič is making compressed versions available through an online player:

Conference round-up

10 October, 2007

Georg Heeg, the Executive Director of The Smalltalk Industry Council, announced on the mailing list that STIC has a new website and is organising next year’s Smalltalk Solutions conference for 18-21 June in Reno, Nevada. For more details, check out Georg’s blog.

Hernan Wilkinson and Andres Valloud announced the first Smalltalk conference in Argentina, to be held in Buenos Aires on 10 December this year. See the conference website for more details (in Spanish, but with a summary of events in English).

If you can’t make it to Buenos Aires that week, how about Paris? Serge Stinckwich announced the 6th SmalltalkParty on 11 December. There’s more information (in French) on Serge’s blog.

Göran Krampe is organising a Squeak BOF (birds of a feather) session at this year’s OOPSLA conference, being held on 21-25 October in Montréal. More details of the programme at the OOPSLA conference website. The BOF session will be on Monday evening at 19:00.

Seaside Sign Small

From Michael Lucas-Smith:

Hi Everyone,

Just a heads up that Industry Misinterpretations, our Smalltalk podcast, has three podcasts specifically about Seaside coming out over the next week.

Podcast #1: Myself, James Robertson, Tamara Kogan, Martin Kobetic, Arden Thomas

Podcast #2: Myself, James Robertson, Michel Bany, Alan Knight, Arden Thomas

Podcast #3: Myself, James Robertson, The entire Gemstone GLASS team

The podcasts will be appearing here:
You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes (just search for smalltalk) or with: http://www.cincomsmalltalk.com/rssBlog/blog_podcast.xml
They’ll also be announced on James’s blog:


Dynamic Languages 2

Call For Papers!

Are you ready to OOPSLA!!

The Dynamic Language Symposium is looking for participants.

D L S 2 0 0 7

Dynamic Languages Symposium

October 22, 2007
Palais des congres de Montreal
Montreal, Canada

co-located with OOPSLA 2007
sponsored by ACM SIGPLAN


The Dynamic Languages Symposium (DLS) is a forum for discussion of dynamic languages, their implementation and application. While mature dynamic languages including Smalltalk, Lisp, Scheme, Self, and Prolog continue to grow and inspire new converts, a new generation of dynamic scripting languages such as Python, Ruby, PHP, and JavaScript are successful in a wide range of applications. DLS provides a place for researchers and practitioners to come together and share their knowledge, experience, and ideas for future research and development.

This year 30 papers were submitted to the Dynamic Languages Symposium of which 9 papers were accepted. The program committee reviewed each paper and met electronically to select papers for the final program.

We are pleased host invited talks by Mark Miller and Jim Hugunin.

The program of the Dynamic Languages Symposium is available from http://www.swa.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/dls07/

Please note that participation in DLS requires registration with OOPSLA at http://www.regmaster.com/conf/oopsla2007.html or http://www.oopsla.org/oopsla2007/

Pascal Costanza (pascal.costanza @ vub.ac.be)

Robert Hirschfeld (hirschfeld @ hpi.uni-potsdam.de)

SqueakFest 07 Official

Register for SqueakFest ’07.

From Kim Rose, Viewpoints Research Institute:

Greetings —

Online registration is now available for SqueakFest ’07!

We’re putting together a great three day program including hands-on workshops, panels, presentations, casual sharing time and fun social events.

Alan Kay will give a talk about the One Laptop Per Child Initiative, the “xo” machine and Squeak Etoys on this platform.

Registration for the entire program is $125.00. Please register
early as this will be helpful for our planning. We also encourage
you to BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM(s) EARLY! Chicago will host numerous summer events and hotels are already near capacity for August 1-3.

Some suggested accomodations appear on the SqueakFest website:

Please forward this email to anyone you know that may be interested in attending.
Come join us in Chicago! We look forward to seeing you there.

Squeak Summer Of Code

Thanks to a lot of very hard work by Giovanni Corriga all the mentors and applicants, Squeak was selected for five projects in the Google Summer of Code. Read the rest of this entry »