Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2011 with photos on Friday 11th March

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  • Programming and Minimalism: Lessons from Orwell & The Clash

    by Jon Dahl

    Programming is writing. A programmer's job is to express abstract ideas in a specific language - just like the poet, the essayist, and the composer. But while writers and composers spend years improving their style, many programmers think style stops with "two-space indentation". This needs to change.

    This presentation will discuss style in music, writing, and software. We'll look at such diverse sources as George Orwell, Mozart, and punk music, and will find that much of art revolves around complexity and minimalism - just like software. Finally, we'll look at specific patterns and tools for writing software that is not just effective and efficient, but stylistically beautiful.

    LEVEL: Advanced

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Friday 11th March

    In Ballroom A, Austin Convention Center

    Coverage photo

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