Simplicity - The Road Not Taken?
It appears that there is a software complexity conspiracy seeking to make the development of even straightforward applications challenging. To be successful today one needs to cope with the full-stack, and constantly changing collection of languages, apis, runtimes, tools and frameworks. The different levels of maturity and quality require that developers learn by trial and error. The sheer volume of APIs is daunting. Complexity begets complexity! Yet applications for the most part are not complicated. We argue that hardware enables simplicities in software. That modern applications don’t need to be as complicated as they are. We examine application domains to illustrate the value of an approach we call collection oriented programming.
Dave has repeatedly demonstrated how to deliver quality software on time and on budget. He is best known as the founder and past CEO of Object Technology International Inc. where he led the commercial introduction of object and component technology. The company is often cited as the ideal model of a software technology company and was a pioneer in Agile Product Development with a process called Just-In-Time Software. Dave has a unique ability to translate research breakthroughs into competitive products. He was the principal visionary and architect for IBM VisualAge Smalltalk and Java tools and virtual machines including the popular open-source, multi-language Eclipse.org IDE. OTI pioneered the use of virtual machines in embedded systems with Tektronix shipping the first commercial products in 1988. He is a popular, humorous, albeit opinionated keynote speaker with a unique breadth of business experience and technical depth. He is widely published in software engineering literature. Dave remains active in various roles within the technical community including ECOOP, AOSD, JAOO, Agile Development Conference, OOPSLA Onward, ENASE and Dynamic Language Symposium. He is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University and the Queensland University of Technology as well as a founding director of the Agile Alliance, an ACM Distinguished Engineer, President of AITO and an advisor for IEEE Software. He also writes an expert column in the Journal Of Object Technology.