Talk: 17:25-18:10 (English)

Programming by any other name

Programmers enjoy looking back and learning about the primitive technologies used “back in the day” like hexadecimal code, assembly, punched cards, paper teletypes and how complicated things were. We rarely do the inverse exercise and imagine which technologies will look primitive from a future perspective.

What if the current state of computing is just a really low local maxima? Which technologies will be replaced by obviously superior ones, which ones will survive the test of time? What if the computer revolution hasn’t happened yet? Do we know how to compute? Have you heard of Unison, Darklang, Lasp, NetLogo, Glamourous Toolkit, Hazel, Dynamic Land?

Someone said that “The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed”, in this talk we will see if it is in fact here, which tools are already available to escape the local maxima and if not already here, which hints of that future are available on current research.

Mariano Guerra


Mariano is a Software Engineer from Argentina, currently living in Stuttgart, Germany.

During the day as a Co-founder of instadeq he tries to bring the power of programming to everyone, later in the day he participates in communities related to distributed systems (Riak Core/Partisan) and programming languages like the Future of Coding Community and as a Member of the Language Interoperability WG/Documentation WG at the Erlang Ecosystem Foundation.