This month, we'll have a thought-provoking and entertaining presentation from Paul Craig, a developer with the Canadian Digital Service.
Software development is a relatively new discipline but an increasingly important one in today's networked society. In the paper-based past, early programming often meant hobbyists tinkering on their own time, whereas today many organisations employ teams of developers to introduce runtime errors into their critical digital infrastructure. As the culture of programming has evolved, so has the idea of what it means to be a successful programmer -- when the narrative changes so does its hero. This talk focuses on the much-blogged-about "rockstar programmer" (ie, 10x programmer): what is a rockstar programmer? are they popular at office parties? do they even exist outside of a popular Nickleback song?
Come along and find out! Expect a thought-provoking talk, free pizza, and great theme music.