Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Grad School

I plan on going back to grad school, full time maybe, part time maybe. I want to go for language design, as that's really all I'm interested in, and all I've been concentrating on for the past couple of years (outside of work).

I think the obvious choice is EPFL, but I'm not yet sure what my chances are of getting in. NYU part time is also a good option.

I'm very, very excited about this. In the past two years or so I went nuts and bought probably a dozen language design/compiler books, a dozen math books, and a bunch of books on actual languages. I've clearly been getting ready for this for quite some time, and the time is right.

I need to write my statement of objectives, and if anyone is willing to proofread for me, that would be awesome.

Also, if EPFL doesn't work out, I'd be willing to give some other schools a shot, but only for language design. Anyone out there have any good experiences to share?

NYSE => New York Scala Enthusiasts

Monday, February 23rd, meeting of NYSE, or New York Scala Enthusiasts*. I suspect I'll be presenting regularly, but I won't be presenting at the first meeting - I think someone is speaking about the Actor model this time. My first presentation will likely be about ScalaTest, Specs, and other Scala testing alternatives.

I encourage people who actually care about programming to join us, and programmers who don't care about programming to fall off the GW bridge.

* (Very funny that its called NYSE, given my very infamous stay with the actual company, and how that sham of a technology company wouldn't accept Scala at all, despite my best efforts. Anyway, looks like there will finally be a NYSE in town that embraces Scala.)