What Programmers Want

A session at ACCU 2014

Saturday 12th April, 2014

9:30am to 11:00am (GMT)

If you have ever asked yourself "Why did they do THAT!?" when wrestling with a fellow programmer's work, you are the intended audience for this session.

I am engaged in research to try to answer this question, or at least ask better versions of it. Although it often goes no further than an expression of frustration, it is actually a question that deserves closer scrutiny because it is important to productivity and morale. In order to address it and help programmers avoid the pitfalls that provoke an exclamation of "Why did they do THAT!?" I first need to be clear about what "THAT!" is. I have interviewed software developers with a total of more than 400 years of industry experience between them to find out. In this interactive session I will share the common themes that have emerged: what experienced developers say about the decisions made by their peers and how these can make the job harder or easier. Participants also told me that they enjoyed the method I used to help them to reflect on their pro- gramming experience, so I will give you the chance to try it out for yourself.

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Gail Ollis

Researcher in psychology of software development at Bournemouth University. bio from Twitter

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ACCU 2014

England England, Bristol

8th12th April 2014

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Time 9:30am11:00am GMT

Date Sat 12th April 2014

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