|Iíd like to begin by
expressing my gratitude the program committee for this opportunity to present
this work here in Scotland, in my native United Kingdom. You might not
immediately guess, given my spot-on Chicago accent, that I am indeed a native
of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the latter part
thereof, to be specific. I left, together with my mother, another native of
Northern Ireland, and my father, a native of Chicago, Illinois, when I was
about three months old. Iíve lived in Illinois ever since. My fathers folkís
left the UK during the nineteenth century having heard (correctly) that
potatoes were more abundant in the United States than in Ireland at the time.
Ethnically, weíre all purebred Irish(men).
|It may seem peculiar
/ somewhat indulgent / that Iím bothering to mention this, but, patience, my
reason for doing so will become evident as my talk progresses.
|(It has been 21
years since Iíve set foot on Great Britain, alas).
|Iíve had the
privilege of working with two native speakers of the language on this paper.
The gentlemen whose visages grace the edges of this slide (and who would
appear to have the same barber) are my co-authors, Ralph Johnson, and James
Noble. Ralph, a native of the Panama Canal Zone, is now perhaps best† known for work on Design Patterns and
Refactoring. His longstanding, staunch Smalltalk advocacy, and long-time
interest in frameworks, reflection and metalevel architectures are all on
|James Noble, alas,
is at home, about as far away as a person can get from here w/o getting wet
right now. I wouldnít be here without Jamesís contributions to this
enterprise. His command of the language, and of the literature, have been
|Both send their
regrets, and regards.