C++ inventor Stroustrup to present special seminar

May 17, 2007

Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup, professor and College of Engineering Endowed Chair in Computer Science, will preview his paper, "Evolving a language in and for the real world: C++ 1991-2006," Wednesday (May 23). This special seminar will be held at 3 p.m. in the Frank J. Malina Auditorium, Room 124 of the H.R. Bright Building on campus. Stroustrup is also a researcher in the Computer Science Division of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station, the engineering rresearch agency of the State of Texas and a member of The Texas A&M University System. His presentation outlines the history of the C++ programming language from the early days of its ISO standardization (1991), through the 1998 ISO standard, to the later stages of the C++OX revision of that standard (2007). Stroustrup said he is eager to have an audience that will ask tough questions during the Q&A session following his talk. He will present this lecture again at the Association for Computing Machinery SIGPLAN History of Programming Languages Conference in June in San Diego. A draft of the paper may be found at http://www.research.att.com/~bs/hopl-almost-final.pdf. Stroustrup designed and implemented the C++ programming language and remains active in the ISO C++ standards committee working on C++OX. He wrote The C++ Programming Language and The Design and Evolution of C++. In 2004 he was elected member of The National Academy of Engineering. More biographical information about Stroustrup may be found at http://www.research.att.com/~bs/bio.html.

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