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The final day of the GOTO; conference proper in Chicago wrapped up a few hours ago. It’s been an amazing experience. I didn’t miss a session, and all but one were good-to-excellent (and that one was OK). Some highlights:
Dan North and Liz Keogh on BDD, simplicity, and uncertainty.
Linda Rising on incentives.
Michael Feathers on things he wished he’d known when he started out.
Mike Lee on apps.
Pamela Fox on web front-end architectures.
Brian Goetz on Java 8 and lambdas.
Erik Meijer on machine learning with C# (and much more).
Steve Vinoski on Riak and Erlang.
And the ones I missed? Eric Evans. Rich Hickey. Ola Bini. Hadi Hariri. Nathan Marz. And so on.
If you don’t recognize at least some of these names, you haven’t been paying attention to the software development community.
Functional programming is of growing importance.
Dogma, even Agile dogma, can be toxic.
People are illogical, and I am a person.
Don’t write a game app.
There is no one right answer; it’s all trade-offs.
I have so much to learn.