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Allen Wirfs-Brock and Brendan Eich.
Proc. ACM Program. Lang. 4, HOPL, Article 77 (June 2020), 189 pages. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3386327
AbstractHow a sidekick scripting language for Java, created at Netscape in a ten-day hack, ships first as a de facto Web standard and eventually becomes the world’s most widely used programming language. This paper tells the story of the creation, design, evolution, and standardization of the JavaScript language over the period of 1995–2015. But the story is not only about the technical details of the language. It is also the story of how people and organizations competed and collaborated to shape the JavaScript language which dominates the Web of 2020.
5th Asian Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs (AsianPLoP). AsianPLoP’2016, February 24-26
Abstract. A technical design team is a group that is chartered to collectively work to develop solutions to a set of related technical problems. A standards committee is a group is that chartered to produce the normative specification for some technology. A programming language standards committee is a standards committee that is also a technical design team and whose charter is both to develop technical enhancements to a programming language and to produce a normative specification for the extended language. Design teams and standards committees are social organizations and each has its own challenges for members who want to be effective participants. These challenges combine in programming language standards committees.
This paper presents the first steps towards defining a pattern language that provides guidance on how an individual can be an effective and productive participant on a programming language standards committee.

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ACM DL Author-ize serviceDesigning reusable designs (panel session): experiences designing object-oriented frameworks

Allen Wirfs-Brock, John Vissades, Ward Cunningham, Ralph Johnson, Lonnie Bollette
OOPSLA/ECOOP ’90 Proceedings of the European conference on Object-oriented programming addendum : systems, languages, and applications: systems, languages, and applications, 1990

ACM DL Author-ize serviceA overview of modular smalltalk

Allen Wirfs-Brock, Brian Wilkerson
OOPSLA ’88 Conference proceedings on Object-oriented programming systems, languages and applications, 1988

ACM DL Author-ize serviceA third generation Smalltalk-80 implementation

Patrick J. Caudill, Allen Wirfs-Brock
OOPLSA ’86 Conference proceedings on Object-oriented programming systems, languages and applications, 1986

ACM DL Author-ize serviceQUICKTALK: a Smalltalk-80 dialect for defining primitive methods

Mark B. Ballard, David Maier, Allen Wirfs-Brock
OOPLSA ’86 Conference proceedings on Object-oriented programming systems, languages and applications, 1986

Other Publications

  • 1989 Variables Limit Resuability Allen Wirfs-Brock, Brian Wilkerson. Journal of Object-Oriented Programming, Volume 2, Issue 1, May/June 1989