April 11, 2014

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Reliable Everyday Software London, May 15th

Announcing the first of what I hope will be a regular meet-up in London for folk interested in bringing more reliable software to the mainstream.

Reliable Everyday Software London (#RESL) aims to bring together communities of practitioners, researchers, teachers and other interested folk to think about, talk about, and maybe even do something about making some of the techniques and tools we typically associate with more critical software into everyday software development.

Many of us share a belief that some of these techniques have been unwisely overlooked by the vast majority of teams, and know from experience that there are times on every project, and parts of every code base, that would benefit from a more rigorous eye.

We also know that, on a daily basis, we suffer at the hands of software that, while you might not think of it as "critical", can cause a constant low level of pain and inconvenience which every now and again explodes into something serious. Whether it's a utility bill payment that somehow got "lost in the post", or losing that vital piece of data, or a sensitive piece of information accidentally exposed, or getting stuck in an infinite logical loop that means we can't see our email because we forgot our password (and they'll only send a password reminder to that email address we can't see - grrr!), software defects have the potential to ruin our lives. At best, they are a constant low-level annoyance that eats up time and raises blood pressures (thus shortening our lives.)

It doesn't have to be this way. If the communities of practitioners and researchers can get past the "them & us" mentality that currently pervades, with both sides believing the other side are "doing it wrong", we may well see that we have much to learn from each other. The potential benefits of injecting a healthy dose of greater rigour into everyday software development, and a healthy dose of everyday realism into research, cannot be overstated.

So, to foster a spirit of enquiry and co-operation, we'll be meeting at Unruly Media at 6:30-8pm on Thursday May 15th to kick things off. Hope you can joins us. But if you can't, please sign up for our meetup.com group anyway and join in the discussion.

Posted 3 years, 9 months ago on April 11, 2014