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Java and History: An evening at Harvard with Jim Waldo

Java is one of the most widely used programming languages, and everyone hates something about it. But if you know why the language is the way it is, perhaps you will at least understand the thinking that led to a particular wart. In this session, you can talk with one of the original "gang of 6" who decided on the features of Java during the first decade of the language's existence. Come ask about your least favorite (or favorite) feature in Java, and hear the history of the inclusion or evolution of that feature.

Jim Waldo was a distinguished engineer with Sun Microsystems until Sun was acquired by Oracle. He started using Java before it was called Java, was part of the first engineering review of the Java language, and was a member of the gang of six who decided on all of the features added to the language between Java 1.1 and Java 1.5. He is the author of Java: The Good Parts (O'Reilly), and is currently the CTO and Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science for Harvard University .

 

Food and refreshments will be served from 6:00 to 6:30.

The talk and Q&A will be from 6:30pm to 7:30pm,

Networking from 7:30 to 8:30.

 

 

Directions:

Walking and Driving - For walking and driving directions please visit the following link:http://www.mapquest.com/directions

Public Transportation (MBTA-Red Line –Harvard Square Station) – Please visit the following link:www.mbta.com/Parking on campus, please visit: http://www.uos.harvard.edu/transportation/parking/visitor_parking.shtml#v2

Parking: It’s $7 and the nearest parking lot to the Student Center Office at Hilles, 59 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 is called the Observatory. Please visit the scan or cling on the following links: https://www2.uos.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/permit/purchase.pl

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  • Merlin C.

    I really enjoyed the talk by Jim. Everyone was very much engaged. I found the Q&A, and discussions to be very interesting. Hearing the history of Java, from the source, I found to be fascinating. You just don't get hear that everyday. Definitely left the event motivated, and curious to learn more about Java. Nice meeting everyone last night.

    May 9, 2013

  • Mahesh A.

    It was great. Thanks for organizing.
    I was surprised to hear some people think of Java's Death! Wish they can show another programming language that could be an alternative to Java. All those new DSL can't replace a solid and tested Object Oriented Programming Language, to know the vastness of Java and its capabilities one has to engage in design and development of Large Systems.

    Java is a programming language, you can build API to fit your Business Application needs by writing packages on your own, don't expect JDK to contain all 100 trillion custom programs that would probably fulfill all individual programming needs.

    May 9, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Was the talk recorded and posted? If so, could someone send the url. Thanks.

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting. I wish he had talked more. It was a nice illustration that technical decisions don't occur in a vacuum.

    May 9, 2013

  • Saeid

    It was both informing and entertaining. Jim Waldo is a great speaker! All in all a great event that exceeded my expectations.

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Felt like an History class, only much more interesting.

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I only wish we had more time to listen to Jim.

    May 9, 2013

  • Bob F.

    Some good stuff, but a mixed bag, for me at least.
    I suspect it appealed more to the many "pros" who attended.

    May 8, 2013

  • Joseph L.

    Jim was a riot. Very glad to see the performance.

    May 8, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Venue: Other then lack of wifi was good. The discussion was very good..

    May 8, 2013

  • Gregory K.

    My babysitter just called in sick... Sorry have to cancel at the last moment. Please let me know if you are recording this session.

    May 8, 2013

  • Mike C.

    can't make it, sorry for the short notice

    May 8, 2013

  • Burc O.

    url to purchase parking
    https://www2.uos.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/permit/purchase.pl
    Parking Lot: Observatory Lot weeknights 5:00PM-11:30PM
    When registering use
    "visitor to campus" and the code is 7700.

    May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Working late.

    May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I apologize for the confusion with parking. When registering, please go to "visitor to campus" and the code is 7700. The cost is $5.00 this evening.
    Thank you,

    Cathy

    May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please go to the visitor to campus section and the parking code for tonights event is 7700. It may also ask for your license plate number as well. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    May 8, 2013

  • Burc O.

    Parking:
    It’s $7 and the nearest parking lot to the Student Center Office at Hilles,
    59 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 is called the Observatory.
    Please visit the scan or cling on the following links:
    https://www2.uos.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/permit/purchase.pl

    April 24, 2013

    • Robert H.

      Humm.... So on the parking permit purchase site, I selected "Observatory" any idea what Department code to choose?

      May 8, 2013

  • Jon M.

    Sorry for cancelling RSVP at last minute: have flu-ish something. Please let me know if this presentation is taped

    May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will not be able to get there by 6:00 PM so changing RSVP so another can have the spot. Have fun! :)

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A note to outside recruiters of Harvard University. This is not a recruiting event. It is closed to outside recruiters. This is a technology exchange event only. Open to technical professionals. Should we have an open event that is directed more towards recruiting, we'll be sure to notify you.
    Thank you.

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Bob F.

    Been using Java since Swing got working nicely.

    May 6, 2013

  • Lu N.

    I might be there around 6:30 or so. thanks

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just an FYI to everyone regarding May 8th, 6:00pm, Jim Waldo's Harvard University presentation and networking event. Jim will be discussing various web applications and how he envisions innovative collaboration of academia and the technical industry moving forward. Along with refreshments, dinner will be served as well. We are all looking forward to seeing everyone. This promises to be a very interesting, fun networking event.

    May 1, 2013

  • Jeonghun L.

    Can anyone here help me to write tree data structure in Java?

    April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I willl be away but would dearly love to hear this. Will it be recorded?

    April 5, 2013

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