The panelists included Microsoft’s own Anders Hejlsberg, best known as the creator of Turbo Pascal, Borland s Delphi and Microsoft’s C#. Martin Odersky, founder, chairman and chief architect at Typesafe and creator of the Scala language was also a part of the panel. Gilad Bracha, creator of the Newspeak programming language and a member of the team building the new Dart language at Google also sat on the panel. And rounding out the panel was Peter Alvaro, a fourth year Computer Science PhD student at the University of California at Berkeley and a member of the team building the Bloom programming language for the cloud and other distributed computing systems. Microsoft software architect and language geek Eric Meijer moderated the panel.
Hejlsberg, who said his goal in building languages and tools is and always has been to make programmers more productive. He noted that while concurrency has been a big thing in the minds of developers for some time, he said he believes the next big thing is machine learning.
Google introduced an early preview of Dart, which the company refers to as a class-based optionally typed programming language for building Web applications, in October 2011. Google announced the Dart preview at the Goto Conference in Aarhus, Denmark, where Google engineers Lars Bak and Bracha were presented an opening keynote for the event on Oct. 10.