Refreshments and sandwiches from 18:00.
Developers can get better at their craft by learning from the great writers who mastered theirs. Writing software isn't the same as writing a novel, but there are parallels. Advice from writers is better because writers have been struggling with their craft for many centuries, not just a few decades. It's better-written as well. This talk shares great writers' best advice for coders: Stephen King on refactoring, Anne Rice on development hardware, Hemingway on modelling with personas, and Neil Gaiman on everything. You'll learn new ideas that will help you to become a better coder.
Peter Hilton is a software developer, writer, speaker and trainer on the subjects of web application architecture, design and construction, as well as technical project management. He has delivered projects for large customers in the logistics, government, financial services, energy, utilities, pharmaceutical, transport and space industries.
Specialties include database-backed intranet web application architecture, design and build, agile software development process and practices and web-based collaboration. He is a Typesafe-certified trainer on the Play framework and delivers training in Scala, Slick, Java EE and Drools.