Lisp conference.

Registration has just opened for the 2007 International Lisp Conference, which will take place at Clare College, Cambridge, England from 1-4 April, with a day of punting and walking around Cambridge on March 31 to get people into the mood.

My mate Nick Levine is one of the organisers, and I’m going along to report on the event and learn some cool stuff.

Lisp is the little programming language that could. Invented in 1958 it sits with COBOL, FORTRAN and Algol as one of the oldest languages still in regular use for production systems, and over the last decade Common Lisp has emerged as the language of choice for many ‘ill-defined, complex and dynamic’ applications, as the Wikipedia puts it.
Alongside the usual four day program of tutorials, invited speakers and technical sessions, this year there will also be workshops and demonstrations covering all aspects of Lisp in use, and the conference will be rounded off with a traditional high table dinner served in the college’s Great Hall.
Invited speakers include Richard Jones from the University of Kent, John Mallery from the AI Lab at MIT and Ralf Moeller from Hamburg University of Technology. If you’re an experienced Lisp programmer and want to give a paper then you have until December 15 to submit an abstract.
Full details on the registration site at, or you can get  conference announcements from the ILC 2007 announce mailing list at
Everyone who knows the value of balanced parentheses will be there – shouldn’t you?
Conference fees for advance registration are £120 for students and £350 for everyone else.