Dear OOPSLA People,
Cristina Videira Lopes, UC Irvine
Let's face it: objects are here to stay. It's time to let them walk on their own and move on. Objects are just one of many great concepts in programming - other great concepts are waiting to be formulated. We need those fast. It's been 20 years since the first OOPSLA and 10 since Java came to be. What did we gain? A few good concepts and a few new programming tools. But developing software is still as hard as it ever was, if not harder. There's more "stuff" to learn, buzz words have multiplied like rabbits.
We must move out of this local maximum that we've been stuck in for so long. As the first step into the unknown, I dare you to drop those two little wheels on the side and have the courage to assume the substance that you've always had: the quest for better programming. Become PSLA.