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Wednesday, July 30 • 14:00 - 15:15
What Can Journalists Teach Developers About Writing Source Code? (Alistair McKinnell) FILLING

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Programs today are more complicated than ever. Overwhelming detail threatens to prevent developers from writing code that can be understood and safely changed. Exactly how to organize all this detail is a significant challenge. Luckily there is something that developers can learn from journalists.

The Inverted Pyramid is a writing style that journalists use to organize the details in newspaper articles. It provides two important benefits for readers. First, readers can leave an article at any point and understand it, even if they do not have all the details. Second, for those readers who wish to proceed, it conducts them through the article details.

Come to this session and you'll learn how to write source code that provides your readers with these same detail taming benefits.

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Alistair McKinnell

Software Architect, Nulogy
Alistair has been writing software since the days of punch cards. After reading Kent Beck's Extreme Programming Explained he realized he had found his tribe.

Wednesday July 30, 2014 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Osceola 3