From DOT to Dotty

8th December 2016 in London at Business Design Centre

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Objects are useful because they are natural modules, that is, building blocks from which larger systems are defined. Static type systems are essential for fine grained control what information is exposed in a module, and, conversely, what one is free to change inside a module. A good module or object system should follow three principles:

  • Everything can be nested in a module.
  • Everything can be parameterized with a module.
  • Module types are interfaces, which can be abstracted.

In this talk Martin will present DOT, a particularly simple calculus that can express systems following these principles. DOT has been developed as the foundation of the next version of Scala. He will also report on dotty, a new Scala compiler that implements the constructs of DOT in its core data structures and that uses the lessons learned to drive Scala's evolution.

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From DOT to Dotty

Martin Odersky

Martin Odersky is a professor at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is best known as the creator of the Scala programming language. Prior to that, he made several contributions to the development of Java. He created the Pizza and GJ languages, designed the original version of generics for Java, and wrote the javac reference compiler.