Onward! 2014
Mon 20 - Fri 24 October 2014 Portland, Oregon, United States
co-located with SPLASH 2014
Thu 23 Oct 2014 10:52 - 11:15 at Salon A - Session the Second Chair(s): Gail Murphy

Tierless programming languages enable developing the typical server, client and database tiers of a web application as a single mono-linguistic program.
This development style is in stark contrast to the current practice which requires combining multiple technologies and programming languages. A myriad of tierless programming languages has already been proposed, often featuring a JavaScript-like syntax. Instead of introducing yet another, we advocate that it should be possible to develop tierless web applications in existing general-purpose languages. This not only reduces the complexity that developers are exposed to, but also precludes the need for new development tools. We concretize this novel approach to tierless programming by discussing requirements on its future instantiations. We explore the design space of the program analysis for determining and the program transformation for realizing the tier split respectively. The former corresponds to new adaptations of an old familiar, program slicing, for tier splitting. The latter includes several strategies for handling cross-tier function calls and data accesses. Using a prototype instantiation for JavaScript, we demonstrate the feasibility of our approach on an example web application. We conclude with a discussion of open questions and challenges for future research.

Thu 23 Oct
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10:30 - 12:00: Session the SecondOnward! Papers at Salon A
Chair(s): Gail MurphyUniversity of British Columbia
10:30 - 10:52
Onward! Papers
Bob ReyndersiMinds - Distrinet, KU Leuven, Dominique DevrieseiMinds - Distrinet, KU Leuven, Frank PiessensiMinds - Distrinet, KU Leuven
10:52 - 11:15
Onward! Papers
Laure PhilipsSoftware Languages Lab, Coen De RooverSoftware Languages Lab, Software Engineering Laboratory, Tom Van CutsemAlcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, Wolfgang De MeuterVrije Universiteit Brussel
11:15 - 11:37
Onward! Papers
Zhongxian GuUC Davis, Drew SchleckUC Davis, Earl T. BarrUniversity College London, Zhendong SuUniversity of California, Davis
11:37 - 12:00
Onward! Papers
Eelco VisserDelft University of Technology, Guido WachsmuthDelft University of Technology, Andrew TolmachPortland State University, Pierre NeronTU Delft, Vlad VerguTU Delft, Augusto PassalaquaTU Delft, Gabriël KonatDelft University of Technology
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