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It is now more than thirty-five years since object-oriented programming was "invented" and work on Simula started, but, by all accounts, it appears as if object-oriented technology has only been "discovered" in the past couple of years! When the first European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP) was held in Paris in 1987, it was generally assumed that object-oriented programming, like structured programming, would quickly enter the vernacular, and that a conference on the subject would quickly become superfluous. The contrary is the case. The range and impact of object-oriented approaches and methods continues to expand, and, despite the inevitable oversell and hype, object-oriented technology has reached a level of scientific maturity that few could have foreseen ten years ago.

Object-oriented technology cuts across scientific communities in a unique way. There are object-oriented programming languages, object-oriented operating systems, object-oriented middleware, object-oriented database systems, object-oriented analysis and design methods, and many more. Thus, object-oriented concepts affect virtually all aspects of the software life cycle. (So, in retrospect, emphasizing only programming in the name of the conference was perhaps somewhat short-sighted. But at least the acronym is pronounceable and easy to remember :-!)

Despite numerous other conferences on object-related topics, ECOOP has established itself as the premier conference on object technology in Europe. It is an academic conference of very high quality, and at the same time it heavily contributes to the dissemination of object-oriented technology in the software industry. This is partly due to the composition of the conference week. The first two days of the conference are devoted to a comprehensive tutorial program running in parallel with a workshop program. The remaining three days are devoted to the technical program with high quality paper presentations, panels, and invited talks.

The ECOOP conference series is organized under the auspices of AITO (Association Internationale pour les Technologies Objets, http://www.aito.org), a non-profit association registered in Kaiserslautern, Germany. AITO was founded during ECOOP'92 in Utrecht by a number of people who have been involved in organizing previous ECOOPs. AITO not only provides a formal mechanism for ensuring the continuation of ECOOP, but it also provides a legal entity to promote the advancement of research in object-oriented technology, primarily in Europe.

The work published here includes ECOOP proceedings from 1987 to 2000. Additional information on the organization of ECOOP conferences and related activities may be looked up at http://www.ecoop.org.

We close with some statistics on those authors who have published the most papers in the ECOOP conference series.

Number of Papers
Urs Hölzle 8
Craig Chambers 6
Ole Lehrmann Madsen 6
Jens Palsberg 5
Mario Tokoro 5
Akinori Yonezawa 5
Elisa Bertino 4
Alan Borning 4
Rachid Guerraoui 4
Giovanna Guerrini 4
Jean-Marc Jézéquel 4
Ralph E. Johnson 4
Michael I. Schwartzbach 4
Jan Vitek 4
Ole Agesen 3
Gul Agha 3
Kim B. Bruce 3
Gert Florijn 3
Bjørn N. Freeman-Benson 3
Erich Gamma 3
Jørgen Lindskov Knudsen 3
Boris Magnusson 3
Birger Møller-Pedersen 3
Markku Sakkinen 3
David Ungar 3

Enjoy reading the ECOOP articles!

Pierre Cointe, President of AITO
Ecoles des Mines de Nantes (France)

Ole Lehrmann Madsen, Vice-President of AITO
Aarhus University (Denmark)

Gerti Kappel, Manager of AITO
University of Linz (Austria)

Walter Olthoff, Treasurer of AITO
DFKI Kaiserslautern (Germany)

May 2000


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