Lambda the Ultimate

inactiveTopic Happy birthday Dear Lambda
started 7/28/2002; 3:27:46 AM - last post 7/30/2002; 5:56:21 AM
Ehud Lamm - Happy birthday Dear Lambda  blueArrow
7/28/2002; 3:27:46 AM (reads: 1001, responses: 3)
Happy birthday Dear Lambda
Two years and 3850 messages ago LtU was born.

I started LtU to help me in the design of a programming language course (based on EOPL2) at the Open University of Israel. I knew from the get go that I couldn't possibly manage such a weblog by myself. I simply didn't have the time nor the knowledge of all the different subfields of programming language research. I wanted the weblog to reflect the variety of points of view and research questions, and I tried to recruit contributing editors.

Without the help of Andrew Cooke -- who, by the way, originated the use of the acronym LtU -- and the help of Chris Rathman, LtU would never have gained momentum.

Today LtU has more than ten contributing editors and over 300 members. More than 100 page hits an hour are the norm, and many well-known websites have links to LtU.

But numbers don't give the whole story. I feel we managed to create a small community, where each member can give his perspective and engage in civil and professional discussion with others. We didn't become another comp.lang.misc, where flames are the norm, and no real learning takes place.

Quite a few members are actively pursuing research in highly specialized areas of programming language research (such as semantics and algebraic methods). Thanks to them we are exposed to very interesting techniques and research questions, often in the context of real life design questions and examples. This mixture of theory and practice gives LtU a unique quality.

Still, I kind of miss the old times, when we allowed ourselves to post less serious links, if we thought they could be of interest. On occasion, we even allowed ourselves to discuss things that weren't directly programming languages related.

Let me single out two other members. Oleg was kind enough to offer great summaries for various conferences he attended. Behind the scenes he kept on sending me great links for posting on LtU. I learned quite a few things from his always interesting contributions. More recently Jon Fernquest showered us with great links.

It's nice that each member has a different focus, and is an expert on specific issues. May I suggest, one more time, that we need more people to focus their attention on Logic/Declerative languages, and the awfully quiet LC department?

Listen to me! I wanted to say how great you all made LtU become, and here I am complaining...

I just wanted to thank you all for helping create and run LtU. Many happy returns...

Posted to admin by Ehud Lamm on 7/28/02; 3:31:45 AM

jon fernquest - Re: Happy birthday Dear Lambda  blueArrow
7/29/2002; 1:33:56 AM (reads: 570, responses: 1)
Resurrecting a Topic or Keeping It Alive:

I don't know whether it is possible with the Radio Userland Weblog scripting language but here's a feature that would make Lambda the Ultimate more usable:

If someone makes a new posting to a topic that has been taken off the front page and filed away in a department, this topic could be flagged and added to a list on a special "live or recently resurrected topics" page.

Just an idea. I know I've heard people say they wished that a topic remain alive for a little longer or that they could resurrect it after a period of time. As it stands, the filing away of a topic seems to effectively kill a topic.

Ehud Lamm - Re: Happy birthday Dear Lambda  blueArrow
7/29/2002; 1:40:20 AM (reads: 615, responses: 0)
When a new message is added to a thread, you can see the thread on the discussion group page (it will be at the bottom, but you it will be there).

If you prefer to use the chronological view of the DG, you are even luckier: the new item will appear under the right date.

You just don't see these messages on the homepage and in the RSS feed.

Biep - Re: Happy birthday Dear Lambda  blueArrow
7/30/2002; 5:56:21 AM (reads: 540, responses: 0)
What? Only two years ago that you broke "the silence of the lambda"?

Happy birthday!