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On the pitfalls and traps of programming languages

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We live in the magical land of undergraduate studies, where languages have well-defined semantics. Equality is a reflexive, symmetric and transitive relation. Languages are designed with the “least surprises” principle in mind and compilers adhere to the specifications and are bug-free.

Join me on a trip to the Real World, where none of the above is true. Where programming languages are created by people who “actually hate programming”, maintained by people obsessed with backwards compatibility, and documented by the tooth fairy. Bring your towels.

This talk is part of the Churchill CompSci Talks series.

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