Agile methodologies like extreme programming will be hot at Software Education Associates’ software developers’ conference in Wellington next week.
Jim Highsmith, practice director of the Massachusetts-based Cutter Consortium’s Agile Project Management Advisory Service, will lead off with a keynote exploring why programmers are so keen on agile methodologies.
Highsmith is an experienced practitioner of agile development and the author of several books and articles on software development and the business of innovation.
One of the leading lights at the annual conference’s second day will be Martin Fowler, chief scientist for ThoughtWorks, a custom e-business application and platform development firm based in Chicago. He will speak on “refactoring”, a set of techniques for altering a functioning program to express it in simpler steps.
Extreme programming specialist and Computerworld columnist Bryan Dollery says just as physical systems increase in entropy as time progresses, so programs become less ordered as more code is inserted. Refactoring is the reordering process.
“I see another theme as ‘getting the basics right’,” says conference organiser Martyn Jones.
Kerry Elton, CIO of CentrePort, the Wellington port authority, will be putting the user’s point of view, with a talk on “RAD — rapid application development — in a changing environment”.