The FADS BOF is a platform for discussing the "Future of Astronomical
Data-analysis Systems". Over the years, the overall themes have been
software re-use and interoperability, and whether there is anyting
that we as a community can do to further these desirable goals.
This year, we propose to concentrate on two subjects:
The contention by John Ousterhout that a 'correct' mix between a
scripting language and lower-level language enforces re-use much more
than pure OO in a single language.
- The symbiosis of the 'Cathedral and the Bazaar'. The former is a
monolithic structure, built and maintained by a single group. The
second is like Linux, where lots of hackers somehow WANT to compete
with each other to offer their wares within some overall structure.