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Becoming a Better Programmer (2013)

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A talk given at the ACCU 2013 software development conference.

A talk given at the ACCU 2013 software development conference.

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  • 1. accu 2013 bristol, aprilbecoming abetter programmer PETE GOODLIFFE pete@goodliffe.net @petegoodliffe
  • 2. @petegoodliffepete@goodliffe.netgoodliffe.blogspot.comwww.goodliffe.net PE TE G OODL PROGRAMME IFFE R / AUTHOR / COLUMN IST / TEACHER ★ CON SCIENTIOUS CODER
  • 3. you
  • 4. this
  • 5. We all want to be better programmers, right?This entertaining session will help you to work out how.With the help of a number of special guests, we will provide a series of practical, simple methods tobecome a better programmer. Well gain some real insights from respected developers.There will be plenty of hand-waving and jumping, a little philosophy, and some twists. Be the best programmer you can!
  • 6. We all want to be better programmers, right?This entertaining session will help you to work out how.With the help of a number of special guests, we will provide a series of practical, simple methods tobecome a better programmer. Well gain some real insights from respected developers.There will be plenty of hand-waving and jumping, a little philosophy, and some twists. Be the best programmer you can!
  • 7. the plan
  • 8. people & wrap up intro(set the scene) stuff (what have we learnt?) (exploring themes) you are here you leave entertained and educated
  • 9. becoming abetter programmer
  • 10. ?what does it mean? better than what? how do we do it?
  • 11. does it matter?
  • 12. yes
  • 13. yes
  • 14. yes!
  • 15. why?
  • 16. but why be better?
  • 17. financialbuild // rework // repurpose // maintain
  • 18. professionalism / craft
  • 19. personal pride
  • 20. what does better look like?
  • 21. better than what?you are now // programmers around you // industry average
  • 22. super awesome you?liability
  • 23. super awesome you?liability
  • 24. super awesome skill bskill a skill c you?liability
  • 25. skills designattitudes communication technologies inter-personal politics techniques
  • 26. a long learning process
  • 27. useful models
  • 28. FOUR THE LEVELS OF ★INCOMPETENCE
  • 29. four levels of (in)competence compe tence Unc onscious in ten ce om pe us inc Co ns cio ce p eten co m en ce c io us p et Co ns c om io us n sc Un co
  • 30. THEDREYFUSMODEL SKILLS OFACQUISITION
  • 31. expert proficient competentadvanced beginner novice
  • 32. expert // authority, interlinked with other skills, intuitionproficient // corrects previous errors, learn from others, interprets maxims has TACIT knowledgecompetent // mental model, plan routes, solves unknown problemsadvanced beginner // breaks from rules, gets stuck, can get answers, can’t filternovice // rule-centric
  • 33. super awesome liabilitywhere are you aiming? (competent is good)
  • 34. comparisons are dangerous
  • 35. who do you want to be? (today)
  • 36. how do you get better?
  • 37. 10,000
  • 38. 10,000 expe rt8,000 s ho w s p ot entia l 4,000 also- ran
  • 39. 10,000 = 10 years * 3 hours
  • 40. 10,000 hours of what?
  • 41. be mindful that you want to improve
  • 42. determine what’s important to you? work-required skills skills for your personal pleasure
  • 43. ?know where you are now
  • 44. ?know where you want to be
  • 45. work out how you’ll get there
  • 46. people & wrap up intro(set the scene) stuff (what have we learnt?) (exploring themes) you are now here
  • 47. ALL★ U? CASTSteve Love Chris OldwoodFrances Buontempo Anthony WilliamsDidier Verna Matt TurnerPhil Nash Anna-Jayne MetcalfeSeb Rose Greg Law
  • 48. AS YOU LISTEN... U? does this apply to me which is most appropriate to a novice?which is most appropriate to a competent?
  • 49. matt turner become a manager! @mt_inside
  • 50. steve love automation @IAmSteveLove
  • 51. didier vernathe music of programming @didierverna
  • 52. frances “dr love” buontempo good feedback @fbuontempo
  • 53. phil nashthe art of balancing forces @phil_nash
  • 54. seb rosedeveloping using examples deliberate practice talking to your testers @sebrose
  • 55. greg lawrealism // the motorbike rider <strangely behind the times>
  • 56. chris oldwood the social programmer @chrisoldwood
  • 57. anthony williams do things mindfully @a_williams
  • 58. anna-jayne metcalfe if it ain’t broken do fix it @annajayne
  • 59. U anyone else?things and stuff and stuff and things @audience//participation
  • 60. QA ★★★ & ★★★Pete Goodliffe @petegoodliffe pete@goodliffe.net
  • 61. @petegoodliffepete@goodliffe.netgoodliffe.blogspot.comwww.goodliffe.net
  • 62. BUMPH DULL, but important ★THIS DOCUMENT WAS CREATED BY PETE GOODLIFFE IT IS COPYRIGHT // © 2013 PETE GOODLIFFE>> ALL RIGHTS RESERVED>> ALL THOUGHTS ARE OWNED>> IMAGE CREDITS FOLLOWTHANK YOU FOR READING // I HOPE IT WAS USEFUL Version 1.0 2013-03-05
  • 63. IMAGE CREDITS ★ENGAGED http://stockarch.com/images/abstract/concept/engaged-toilet-2776ANNOYED http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1327383CAR http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1351165EXIT http://www.sxc.hu/photo/9237TEETH http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/46415LABCOAT http://www.flickr.com/photos/cannongod/3749758602/sizes/z/in/photostream/PEN http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1380083BUS http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1363811DILBERT http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2013-03-21/ (used without permission)GUAGE http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1382510TWIST http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1026751SCIENTIST http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scientist.jpgHIPSTER http://hidari-pnk.deviantart.com/art/HIPSTER-347873661POINTY-HAIRED BOSS http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pointy-Haired_Boss.jpgTHE FONZ http://thegoodgreatsby.com/2011/04/19/happy-birthday-apollo-fonzarelli/WINE http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1337577CHEESE http://www.sxc.hu/photo/750248EWE http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1174028
  • 64. the dreyfus model ★ expert proficient competent advanced beginner novice
  • 65. novicehave no k nowledge (yet) want results (fast) hav e no experience need rules can ’t judge rules
  • 66. a dvanced beginner s ome experience some learngieng explicit knowled can break free fro m rules a little will g et quickly stuck know where t o get answers c ant focus out ir relevant details
  • 67. competent menta l model made associa tions formed und erstand relative importance of aspects can approach unkno wn problems thi go s is od pla a ethodical routes into problems to be ceplans m
  • 68. proficient be yond competency understand big picturefrustrated by n ovice simplifications can corr ect previous errors & re flect on experiences maxims focus on important issues tacit knowledge
  • 69. expert the pinnacleth ere are very few have authority interlink skills can teach others have intuition natura lly see an answer

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