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If, like me, you grew up before the internet was a commercial affair, then you will have learned, mostly the hard way, to make code more robust through experience and battle scars. Those of you who grew up with the internet and have always been ‘online’, have the benefits of growing up with fantastic new languages, techniques and ways of thinking, however it has been observed that somehow in all the rush towards this new world, we’ve somehow lost some of the art of earlier generations.
In this talk we’ll explore the art of defensive programming, from both philosophical and practical perspectives, highlighting how it can be added to our repertoire of tools to enable us to add value and reduce failures in our code.