Past Meetup

Transforming Programming with Dave Thomas

This Meetup is past

143 people went

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5:30-6:00: Welcome and Networking (food and drinks will be served!)

6:00-7:00: Transforming Programming

7:00-7:30: Q&A and Networking


I wrote my first object-oriented program in 1974, and I've been an OO developer for most of the time since then. During that time, I've evangelized OO, trained folks how to think in objects, and generally been an OO bigot.

I was wrong.

About 10 years ago, it became apparent that object orientation was reaching a kind of limit. The fundamental principle of agility—optimize for change—was getting increasingly difficult to realize.

What to do? That's what this talk is about.

Dave Thomas is a cornerstone of the Ruby community, and is personally responsible for many of its innovative directions and initiatives. Dave is a programmer, and now he is an accidental publisher. He wrote The Pragmatic Programmer with Andy Hunt at the end of the '90s, and that experience opened a new world for them. They discovered a love of writing that complemented their love of learning new things. Dave is one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, and he is probably responsible for bringing Ruby to attention of Western developers with the book Programming Ruby. He was one of the first adopters of Rails, and helped spread the word with the book Agile Web Development with Rails. He enjoys speaking at conferences, running public and private training. But most of all, he loves coding. He tweets at @pragdave (