TITLE: Get Ready for OOPSLA 2005 AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: January 21, 2005 1:09 PM DESC: The call for participation at OOPSLA 2005 is out. The Educators Symposium seeks submissions, too. ----- BODY: Back in October, I signed on for a second year as program chair for the OOPSLA Educators Symposium. Last year's symposium went well, with Alan Kay's keynote setting an inspirational mood for the symposium and conference, and I welcomed the chance to help put together another useful symposium for OO eductaors. Besides, the chance to work with Ralph Johnson and Dick Gabriel on their vision for an evolving OOPSLA was too much to pass up. The calls for submissions to OOPSLA 2005 are available on-line now. All of the traditional options are available again, but what's really exciting are the new tracks: Essays, Lightning Talks, Software Studies, and FilmFest. Essays and Lightning Talks provide a new way to start serious conversations about programming, languages, systems, and applications, short of the academic research papers found in the usual technical program. I think the Software Studies track will open a new avenue in the empirical study of programs and their design. Check these CFPs out. Of course, I strongly encourage all of you folks who teach OOP to consider submitting a paper, panel proposal, or nifty assignment to the Educators Symposium. As much as software development, teaching well depends on folks sharing successful techniques, results of experiments, and patterns of instructional materials. This year, the symposium is honored to have Ward Cunningham as our keynote speaker. As reported here, Ward spoke at last year's OOPSLA. I love Ward's approach to programming, people, and tools. "OOPSLA is about programming on the edge, doing practical things better than most." "Be receptive to discovery." The symposium's program committee is looking forward to Ward sharing his perspective with educators. If you've been to OOPSLA before, you know how valuable this conference can be to your professinal development. If not, ask someone who has been, or trust me and try it yourself. You won't be disappointed. -----