FOSDEM '09 is a free and non-commercial event organized by the community, for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet.


Speaker: Martin Odersky

Event Track Day Room Start time Duration
Scala - A Scalable Language Development and Languages Saturday Chavanne 16:00 01:00

Martin Odersky

Martin Odersky is a professor at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

He's interested in object-oriented and functional programming. His research thesis is that the two paradigms are two sides of the same coin, to be identified as much as possible. To prove this, he has worked with a number of language designs in the past, in particular the Pizza and GJ extensions to Java.

He has also influenced the development of Java as a co-designer of Java generics and as the original author of the current javac reference compiler.

His recent work is centered on Scala, a new programming language which unifies FP and OOP while staying completely inter-operable with Java.