Speaker: Kevlin Henney

(He / him / his)

Editor of "97 Things Every Programmer Should Know "

Kevlin Henney is an independent consultant, speaker, writer and trainer. His development interests include programming languages, software architecture, and programming practices, with a particular emphasis on unit testing and reasoning about practices at the team level. He has helped many teams with their code, culture, and practices. He is co-author of two volumes in the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series, editor of 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know and co-editor of 97 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know.

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Six Impossible Things

Please note: this session will have a Q&A in the attendee Slack space following the session.

"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast," the Queen told Alice on her adventures through the looking glass. Only six? In software development we believe impossible things all the time, no matter the time of day!

In this talk, however, we are going to take a look at six specific impossible things that shape the limits of what we can develop, all the way from the smallest detail of integer representation to the minefield of task estimation and prioritisation, via the uncertainty of distributed systems and the limits of computability. Once we know our limits, we can work within them to create solutions rather than problems.


Tuesday May 10 / 08:50AM EDT (1 hour )


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