Announce: Pike Conference 2002

Call for Participation and Contributions
Pike Conference 2002 - Aug 22-24
Pike and the Semantic Web

RISE, the Research Center for Integrational Software Engineering, Linköping University, ( has agreed to take over hosting, development, and maintenance of Pike, formerly at Roxen Internet Software AB. Pike is a second generation Java-like language, has a fast and reliable implementation, many killer applications, and a well running open source development community ( Pike runs on most flavours of Unix, on the Win32 platform and MacOS X.

Besides maintaining Pike a fast and reliable platform as it has been in the past, a main RISE goal is to make it the first scripting language for the Semantic Web. As a language, Pike is much better suited for the Semantic Web than Java or C#, since it provides multiple inheritance, sets, relations, and dynamic arrays. A second goal is to embed software composition technology into Pike. In the long run, Pike will be extended with modern concepts such as connectors or aspects. This way, Pike will strengthen the RISE center, whose mission is to develop practical composition and integration technology for software components.

During August 22-24, 2002, RISE will host the next Pike User Group Meeting in Linköping ( RISE invites the Pike programmers all over the world to come to Linköping and hear more about these exciting perspectives.

The meeting with the focus topic "Pike and the Semantic Web" will reveal more about the future strategy of Pike.

  • There will be workshops/discussions on various topics.
  • There will be an opportunity for people to present papers on relevant topics, give short presentations of projects etc. (Papers, abstracts and other material should be submitted in advance so we can schedule them properly. The tentative deadline is July 31 for such submissions.)
  • A small fee will be charged for participation, to cover the expenses for organising the conference. The fee has not yet been determined, but will be something like 20-30 Euro.

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Your Pike people at IDA;
Uwe Aßmann, Marcus Comstedt, Martin Nilsson, Johan Sundström, Leif Stensson