October 20th, 2010 — Steve Yegge — Scaling and Standardizing Programming Language Analysis at Google

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at 7pm. 41/1511, Microsoft. Come early to socialize and eat pizza.


Modern IDEs and compilers generate a wealth of information, and you can’t have any of it. Tools in the compiler family — even the best IDEs — tend to be monolithic, language-specific, generally non-scalable special-purpose applications. Even when they do support headless analysis, none of them do it the same way, and very few of them can do cross-language analysis. At Google, I’ve put together a team with the long-term goal of addressing these problems in a general way. We’ve built infrastructure to run IDE-quality code analyzers such as Eclipse and clang over Google’s entire corpus and all open-source code. We translate the intermediate representations into a language-neutral index, then serve the index data back through language-neutral APIs and query interfaces. In this talk I’ll share what we’ve done so far, then about our longer-term plans for an open platform.


Steve Yegge graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Computer Science. He spent five years as a developer and team lead at Geoworks, several years at various startups, and then more than six years at Amazon.com as a Senior Development Manager. He joined Google in 2005 and is a Staff Software Engineer in the Kirkland office, currently working on scaling language analysis. Steve lives in downtown Kirkland with his lovely wife Linh and their faithful furry sidekick Cino.


Video of Steve’s talk.