Apr 21, 2013

“Foreign Affairs” Features Research of Alum Yuri Takhteyev (Ph.D. ’09)

From Foreign Affairs

From Brazil to Wikipedia:
The Surprising Journey of a Programming Language from Rio

By Yuri Takhteyev

Last month, the San Francisco–based Wikimedia Foundation, which maintains Wikipedia, announced that it was changing the way some of the site’s more complex pages are configured.... The engineers looked especially closely at the version of JavaScript developed by Google, the Internet behemoth based in nearby Mountain View, in the heart of Silicon Valley. But they eventually looked farther afield, settling on Lua, a programming language developed by a trio of researchers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil....

I first heard of Lua eight years ago, when I traveled to Rio de Janeiro to interview software engineers for a research project that was recently published as a book, Coding Places....


Yuri Takhteyev completed his Ph.D. at the School of Information in 2009. His book Coding Places is a continuation of his Ph.D. research.

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