Jason Felice introduces TDD, how it came about, the two schools of TDD thought, the differences and contradictions between them.
Sarah Dutkiewicz takes a trip through the history of computing and presents some of the women that have been instrumental in advancing the computing industry.
Raymond Chen tells the story of Windows’ API evolution from the beginning up to its latest version, WinRT.
Gary Gale revisits some of the important milestones in map development over time up to the digital maps of the present time, noting some of the current developments.
Michael Feathers keynotes on the history of programming, what brings joy to this activity and why developers like it.
Carlton Mills reviews Algol 60, PL/360, BLISS, Algol W, PL/1, C and C++, considering that rediscovering Algol could solve many of today’s Internet virus attacks and common programming errors.
Cameron Purdy discusses how Java’s strengths over C++ helped it prevail in the Internet era, and how the history lessons of that time may help us understand what to do in the new cloud computing era.
Ivan Sutherland elaborates on the idea of a “prison” defined by sequential computers that work with sequential character strings making communication expensive and obstructing concurrency.
Allen Wirfs-Brock discusses the various computing eras and the change we are currently going through, leaving the PC era and entering a new one characterized by mobility, clouds, HTML and content.
Neal Gafter reviews the long history of Java from its inception to the present and makes an incursion into what he thinks will be a great future and guessing what might come in Java SE 9+ after 2014.
Joe Armstrong and Robert Virding recall the events leading to Erlang and its later evolution. They mention the Prolog interpreter, JAM, VEE, Strand88, OTP, TEAM, BEAM, and other technologies.