October 28, 2008

...Learn TDD with Codemanship

Software Craftsmanship 2009 - Conference In Development

First the good news.

I'm in the process of launching a new conference here in sunny old London Town (or "Larndarn Tarn", if you happen to have been born here).

I can't give away too much just yet, because:

a. There's not that much to give away, and
2. There's many a slip twixt cup and lip, and there's always the danger of these things falling through

But I can tell you that the working title for the conference is Software Craftsmanship 2009.

And I can tell you that the focus is going to be on the "hard skills" that take years to master. You know, the actual craft of writing good software. OO design, test-driven development, refactoring, build automation, architecture, patterns, code generation, modeling, concurrent and distributed programming. That sort of thing. Certainly there won't be any sessions about yet more things you can do with coloured bits of card and lego. Well, not unless anyone's discovered a way to generate working code from them.

I can also tell you that we have a provisional date and a provisionally booked venue. The provisional date is February 26th 2009. I'm not going to reveal the venue just yet, though. But it will be in London, rest assured.

Finally, I can tell you that the program selection committe is already starting to shape up very nicely indeed. And the invites are still going out, so we're looking forward to a very healthy pool of world-class expertise to help pick the final schedule.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information posted on this blog, or join my Yahoo! group for announcements.

An informal request for session proposals will be going out in about a week's time. Email me if you'd like to be included in this mailing.

Posted 9 years, 1 month ago on October 28, 2008