Gilad Bracha is the creator of the Newspeak programming language and a software engineer at Google, and is a veteran researcher in the area of object-oriented programming languages. Previously, he was a VP at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, a Distinguished Engineer at Cadence, and a Computational Theologist and Distinguished Engineer at Sun. He has authored or co-authored several books including the Java Language and Virtual Machine Specifications, and The Dart Programming Language. Prior to joining Sun, he worked on Strongtalk, the Animorphic Smalltalk System. He received his B.Sc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Ben Gurion University in Israel and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Utah.