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Past Event

Advances in Software Practice - Reflections & Lessons from the Last Thirty Years

Date & Time : Wednesday 13 June 2018, 6.00pm - 9.30pm
Venue : BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA (View on Google Maps)
Speaker : Immo Huneke

Abstract

A personal reflection on advances in software practice as seen through the activities of the Software Practice Advancement (SPA) specialist group since its foundation (as Object-Oriented Programming and Systems) in the mid-1980s. The topics presented at the group's conferences and meetings reflected key aspects of Software Practice over these years:

  • How practitioners have defined, understood and perceived the disciplines
  • The evolution of languages, tools, architectural patterns and approaches
  • Whether and how software practice has actually advanced over the years
  • What patterns, inventions and innovations have stood the test of time
  • What lessons of the past are still applicable today
  • How does today's changed technological and economic context challenge assumptions based on experience
  • What advances can we expect to see over the next decades

About the Speaker

Immo is a veteran of software practice since 1980, a regular participant in SPA conferences, and has helped organise SPA monthly London events since about 1990, giving him s ome insight into how software practice has evolved over the years. He works as a senior software engineer for Zuhlke Engineering Ltd, part of the Zuhlke Engineering Group based in Zurich. When not battling with bash or jousting with jUnit, his favourite activity is singing - choral, solo, or blues. He keeps fit by being consistently late for trains and buses.