FADS 1998

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:
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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