Events & Symposium - Symposium - 2008 - Speakers

The 2008 International Rexx Symposium
28 April - 1 May 2008
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Sponsored by the Rexx Language Association


Speaker Mike Cowlishaw - <MFC (at)>
Credentials Mike Cowlishaw has worked in both hardware and software design and is currently leader of the IBM decimal arithmetic initiative. He has long been interested in the human aspects of computing, including the Rexx programming language, color and language perception, text processing, cognition, and decimal arithmetic. He is an IBM Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick. For more detail, google 'mike cowlishaw'.

Speaker Rick McGuire - <object.rexx (at)>
Credentials Rick was the developer charged with integrating Mike Cowlishaw's original Rexx interpreter into VM/CMS back in 1982. From 1982 until 1995, Rick was IBM's lead architect for Rexx issues and principal developer of the Classic Rexx and Object Rexx interpreters for OS/2. Since 1995, Rick has been heavily involved in IBM projects involving programming languages, including 3 years as a member of IBM's Java Virtual Machine development team.

Speaker Lee Peedin - <lee (at)>
Credentials Lee is Vice President of Research and Development at Safe Data, Inc. - a North Carolina corporation that specializes in providing both web and telephony data collection and dissemination services to the agriculture and home-care/hospice industries. Lee first used Rexx under OS/2 in 1997. Much of Lee's work involves the creation and use of external libraries and tools available to ooRexx - Rexx/SQL, Microsoft Office Automation with ActiveX/OLE, BSF4Rexx, and the RxVB.PrinterObject, an ActiveX dll that provides full printing capabilities to ooRexx on the Windows OS.

Speaker David Ashley - <wdashley (at)>
Credentials David is the project leader for the ooRexx Project. He works for IBM Lab Services as a System P consultant.

Speaker Les Koehler - <vmrexx (at)>
Credentials Before his retirement from IBM after 37+ years, Les was an application and tools programmer. First at Research Triangle Park, NC and then with the "Special Planned Products" group that offered time-sharing computing from new facilities in Tampa after the Consent Decree expired.
Les has presented at previous Symposiums many times, finally breaking out of the dinosaur age of foils and an overhead projector to using a PC at the 25th Annual Symposium in Germany in 2004.