The Productive Programmer

Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)
Tools & Techniques
Location: Portland 256
Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials.
Average rating: ***..
(3.57, 35 ratings)

Anyone who develops software for a living needs a proven way to produce it better, faster, and cheaper. This session offers critical timesaving and productivity tools that you can adopt right away, no matter what platform you use. I not only offers advice on the mechanics of productivity-how to work smarter, spurn interruptions, get the most out your computer, and avoid repetition-he also details valuable practices that will help you elude common traps, improve your code, and become more valuable to your team. You’ll learn to:

  • Write the test before you write the code
  • Manage the lifecycle of your objects fastidiously
  • Build only what you need now, not what you might need later
  • Apply ancient philosophies to software development
  • Question authority, rather than blindly adhere to standards
  • Make hard things easier and impossible things possible through meta-programming
  • Be sure all code within a method is at the same level of abstraction
  • Pick the right editor and assemble the best tools for the job

This isn’t theory, but the fruits of my real-world experience as an Application Architect at the global IT consultancy ThoughtWorks. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro with years of experience, you’ll improve your work and your career with the simple and straightforward principles in The Productive Programmer.

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Neal Ford

ThoughtWorks

Neal Ford is Software Architect and Meme Wrangler at *Thought*Works, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. He is also the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, courseware, video/DVD presentations, and author and/or editor of 6 books spanning a variety of technologies, including the most recent The Productive Programmer. He focuses on designing and building of large-scale enterprise applications. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, speaking at over 100 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 600 talks. Check out his web site at http://www.nealford.com. He welcomes feedback and can be reached at nford@thoughtworks.com.

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Kurt Lakin
07/20/2010 7:35am PDT

I liked the second half much better. Everything he complained about in the first half could be fixed with an operating system called UBUNTU. I hear you can download it for a reasonable price…

Ben Reece
07/19/2010 4:52pm PDT

The first half was great, the second half was too java-centric, not enough about productivity, and too much about standard coding practices. Not what I was expecting.

Speaker and delivery were great.

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