Neal Ford | 08:00 – 09:30
Computer science is built on a shaky tower of abstractions, but we’ve been distracted by other things until we believe it is reality. This talk teases apart some of the tangled abstractions that have become so common they are invisible yet impact important decisions. I cover languages, tools, platforms, and burrow all the way down to fundamental concepts. This wide-ranging keynote answers these questions and more:
- Why does my keyboard look the way it does?
- Why is the iPad is the most revolutionary device in the last 30 years?
- Why do some people hate Maven so much?
- How can I choose technologies with long shelf lives?
- Is hiding always a good thing?
Oh, and some jokes too.
Neal is Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. Before joining ThoughtWorks, Neal was the Chief Technology Officer at The DSW Group, Ltd., a nationally recognized training and development firm.