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Software Craftsmanship Conference 2010 - Just Code

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Jason Gorman, the outspoken craftsman behind codemanship set the stage for this years European Software Craftsmanship Conference on Oct 7th, at Bletchley Park, UK.

The credo of the conference is: "No talks. No keynotes. Just code." In many hands-on sessions the attendees will share their experiences and learn from and with other aspiring craftsmen. This reflects that software craftsmanship is about doing and not just talking.

After the successful SC2009 at BBC in London, that was attended by many popular craftsmen SC2010 will be even more community oriented and democratic. To get the most interesting sessions running at the community-led conference, the submission format is somewhat different to that of other conferences.

First, the submission deadline is near the conference date on Sept 5th. Sessions can in any practical format - coding dojos, katas, games, challenges, puzzles, stage pairing to achieve maximum attendee participation - as long as they involve live coding. A requirement for submission is a screencast demonstrating the hands-on features that will make the session relevant for the conference.

Sessions can be resubmitted any time before the deadline. Afterwards all registered attendees are asked to vote for the sessions they would like to attend at SC2010. The voting results will determine the conference schedule.

There will be long breaks for discussions and OpenSpaces for all topics that didn't make it into sessions.

The one day conference costs GBP 85. Registration is available via the Bletchley Park shop. Attendance is limited to 120 seats.

Bletchley Park is a important heritage site, famous for being the home of code breakers like Alan Turing and Jerry Roberts during WWII, as well as being the birthplace of the modern programmable electronic computer in 1943. Tours of the museum and some unusual evening diversons are planned for the day.

The conference supports the public pledge that will help to protect the historical venue. Conference costs will be met by sponsors, and the profits from registration will go to the charity.

Jason recently started codemanship as a new approach to teaching craftsmanship to software developers. He talked about that at QCon London 2010. A complete series of screencasts about codesmells and the refactorings to deal with them is available online.

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