Stanford EE Computer Systems Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, March 10, 2010
HP Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B01

Small is Beautiful
the design of Lua

Roberto Ierusalimschy
PUC-Rio, Brazil
About the talk:

The design of a programming language, as that of any other artifact, entails many tradeoffs involving conflicting requirements. Among these requirements, simplicity and smallness are somewhat special, because they conflict with almost any other desirable feature and because these conflicts cannot be solved by adding complexity.

Along the years, the design of the Lua programming language has kept simplicity and smallness among its main goals, within the restraints of a language with a large installed user base. In this talk we will discuss the design of Lua, emphasizing the choices and tradeoffs involved in keeping the language simple and small.


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About the speaker:

Roberto Ierusalimschy is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at PUC-Rio (the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro), where he works with programming-language design and implementation. He is the leading architect of the Lua programming language and the author of the book "Programming in Lua".

Contact information:

Roberto Ierusalimschy
Rua M. S. Vicente 225, Gávea
22451-900, Rio de Janeiro, RJ