Does Your Code Tell A Story


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  • The Taming of the Code:A tale of the first principles of software development presented in three actsHow do we balance building the right thingwith building it well? In this presentation we will examine this question at three levels of focus looking at I The Goal, II The Guidlines and III The Practice. This will be an interactive discussion of the values, compromises and practices of successful software development.
  • Does Your Code Tell A Story

    1. 1. Does Your Code Tell A Story? H. Alan Stevens A Desultory Philippic On Code Clarity
    2. 2. Contact Me Email/IM: Blog: Twitter: @alanstevens
    3. 3. David Gelernter Machine Beauty: Elegance and the Heart of Technology Beauty is more important in computing than anywhere else in technology because software is so complicated. Beauty is the ultimate defense against complexity.
    4. 4. Beauty is the ultimate defense against complexity
    5. 5. Good ideas come slowly
    6. 6. Busyness leads to little sharp staccato ideas instead of big slow ideas Brenda Ueland
    7. 7. Writing is: • Telepathy • Refined Thinking • Seduction
    8. 8. You must freely and recklessly make new mistakes
    9. 9. You need a tolerance for having no idea where your thing is going. Merlin Mann
    10. 10. When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a pen in his mouth. Kurt Vonnegut
    11. 11. E. L. Doctorow Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
    12. 12. Stories are found things. Stephen King
    13. 13. You won't see how to do it until you see yourself doing it. David Allen
    14. 14. Read a lot. Write a lot. Stephen King
    15. 15. It’s not the writing part that’s hard. It’s the sitting down to write. Stephen Pressfield
    16. 16. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain
    17. 17. 1. breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks 2. then starting on the first one Mark Twain The secret of getting started is
    18. 18. Give Yourself Short Assignments
    19. 19. “All I’m gonna’ do is…”
    20. 20. Write shitty first drafts Annie Lamont
    21. 21. The first draft is the child’s draft.
    22. 22. Begin to write in the dumb, awkward way that an animal cries out in pain. Natalie Goldberg
    23. 23. You must feel that you have permission to write the worst junk in the world and it would be okay. Natalie Goldberg
    24. 24. Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It is the main obstacle to your shitty first draft. Annie Lamont
    25. 25. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self confident. The real one is scared to death. Stephen Pressfield
    26. 26. Three Kinds Of Drafts • The first draft is the “down draft” just get it down. • The second draft is the “up draft” clean it up. • The third draft is the “dental draft” where you carefully inspect each tooth.
    27. 27. When you write a story, you're telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story. Stephen King
    28. 28. Write with the door closed. Rewrite with the door open. Stephen King
    29. 29. The danger is greatest when the finish line is in sight. Stephen Pressfield
    30. 30. Once you know what the story is and get it right, as right as you can anyway, it belongs to anyone who wants to read it. Stephen King !
    31. 31. When you finally realize what your program is doing, you have to go back and make it look like you knew that all along. Make it look like it was easy to write this program, even if it wasn’t. Ward Cunningham “Mastering the Craft of Programming”
    32. 32. Beauty is the ultimate defense against complexity
    33. 33. Thanks For Listening! Email/IM: Blog: Twitter: @alanstevens