Java vs. OCaml vs. Scala

I just inadvertently ran a poorly controlled experiment on the relative virtues of these three programming languages, at least for the job of writing compilers. Despite the nonexistent experimental protocol, I thought the results were pretty interesting—even if they may irritate some of my PL colleagues. In my compilers course at Cornell (CS 4120), I let the … Continue reading Java vs. OCaml vs. Scala


Limits of Heroism

There has been much nice work lately on proving that complex software is written correctly, including components like operating systems, compilers. But it's hard to see how to scale these heroic efforts to the vast amount of software that is being written every day. It's simply too hard to build software that is correct and secure. … Continue reading Limits of Heroism