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Following on from the other reflections on XpDay, the things that struck me about this year were:
- I’m actually quite surprised (and relieved) at how well it all came together. Chris and Nader’s confidence carried us through.
- Having an unusual building makes a difference. We used to have a tradition of finding interesting places which we let slip recently. Although the facilities (internet) weren’t as good, the space made up for it. Mary Ward House turns out to have a very appropriate foundation and history and the upstairs rooms are very nice.
- I’m hopeful we’ve found the right experience filter. We’ve had problems before with unhappy attendees who were essentially looking for training. As Kent Beck told us the first year, XP (or whatever approach is currently fashionable) is the draw, not fly-by personalities.
- 100 is a good size. We should, however, make it clear to those who registered but didn’t show that they cost us and excluded others who wanted to come.
- We just need to be better organised next year. Too much was left to a beyond-the-last-responsible-moment scramble which makes it difficult for session proposers and organisers. I’m hoping that we can build on this year’s experience.
- Perhaps we should consider a voluntary charge, as Citcon London did this year, to cover our losses.
- A loosely coupled programme is so much better than the usual alternatives.
- Perhaps we should include some hot nibbles in the lunches, although the sandwiches were decent.
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We are very pleased to announce 7digital as a Title sponsor for XPDay 2011.
Rob Bowley, Head of Development at 7digital said:
I’m delighted to be in a position to be able to give something back to an event I and many others here at 7digital have benefited so much from. I personally don’t think I’d be in the position I am today if it wasn’t for XPDay, the Extreme Tuesday Club and all the inspiring people I’ve met there along the way.
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We’re very pleased to welcome Kevlin Henney as our opening keynote speaker. A long-term friend of the London XtC community, we’ve been trying to get him to turn up for years.
Code is the stuff of software. It is the definition of the software. It is the enabler of functionality, the realizer of business value, the expression of understanding. It is also an expression of misunderstanding, a resister of change, a source of sunk costs.
But the word code has meanings beyond source and binary. In a broader sense, code and codes are also the stuff of software development. There are cultures of programming, principles of practice, manifestos of desire. Code refers to a set of conventions by which a group of people will govern themselves. As with source code, other codes need to be open to change and to question.
In all senses, code is a means and model of communication. This talk will explore technical and non-technical sides of code, from questions of craft and agility to questions of culture and doctrine.
Kevlin is an independent consultant and trainer based in the UK, known internationally for his speaking, writing, incidental humor and occasional insights. His software development interests are in patterns, programming, practice and process. Kevlin is co-author of A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing and On Patterns and Pattern Languages, two volumes in the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series, editor of the 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know site and book, and has written many articles and columns, both treeware and online.