It Will Never Work in Theory

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It Will Never Work in Theory

Want to learn what we actually know about software engineering? These lightning talks will tell you what researchers have discovered.

By Greg Wilson

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Date and time

April 25 · 2am - April 26 · 12pm PDT



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About this event

  • 1 day 10 hours
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People have been building complex software for over seventy years. Researchers have been studying what they make and how they make it for almost as long, but most working programmers don't know what they have discovered, or even what kinds of questions they can answer.

To help researchers and practitioners connect with each other, It Will Never Work in Theory is offering its first live event. Over the course of two three-hour sessions, leading software engineering researchers will summarize key findings from their work in 10-minute lightning presentations. How can programmers automatically generate the nastiest test inputs possible? What makes programmers thrive (and what doesn't)? What should programmers know about learning, or about the special challenges of making scientific software sustainable? And what is it like to grow old in our profession? Our speakers will share what we know about these questions and more.

To ensure that presentations are accessible to as many people as possible, we are running two sessions: one at 09:00-12:00 UTC on Tuesday, April 25 and another at 16:00-19:00 UTC on Wednesday, April 26. Tickets are CAD$50 for people in affluent countries and CAD$20 for people in less affluent countries; all of the money raised will go to support Books for Africa.

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About the organizer

Organized by
Greg Wilson

Greg Wilson has been a programmer and teacher for 35 years, and is now trying to find ways to combine his passions.

CA$20 – CA$50