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Robert Martin (Uncle Bob) is the Master Craftsman at 8th Light, an acclaimed speaker at conferences worldwide, and the author of many books including: The Clean Coder, Clean Code, Agile Software Development: Principles, Patterns, and Practices, and UML for Java Programmers. He served as the Editor-in-chief of the C++ Report, and as chairman of the Agile Alliance. He created cleancoders.com.

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Feb 03, 2016

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  • Absolutely phenomenal classic Uncle Bob

    by Richard Richter /

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    A lot of fun around a lot of truth. As religious Robert Martin is, I still like it and I wish programmers' professionalism goes in this direction. Because there indeed is a serious lack of discipline now.

  • Everyone should see it, even non programmers

    by Fred Janon /

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    Excellent.

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    Superb! Mind-blowing!

  • Original idea, but is it historically accurate?

    by Yaakov Nadler /

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    To connect the evolvement of the "Software Crisis" with the changing demographics within the Dev community (towards young, unexperienced, undisciplined, energetic, male, cheap CS graduates) seems like an original idea. But with all due respect, "Uncle Bob" does not address how his claim fits with the analysis of the famous 1968 NATO "Software Engineering" conference in Garmisch. Note that the year 1968 implies the crisis was felt before this influx.

    And how does it agree with what Edsger W. Dijkstra famously stated in his 1972 Turing Award lecture?
    "... The major cause is... that the machines have become several orders of magnitude more powerful! To put it quite bluntly: as long as there were no machines, programming was no problem at all; when we had a few weak computers, programming became a mild problem, and now we have gigantic computers, programming had become an equally gigantic problem...." from here

    Would the programmers of the 50s and early 60s been with the methodology and skillset been better able to cope with the rapidly evolving complexities after that? Doubtful, based on the testimonies above.

  • Great talk

    by Artem Ko /

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    but the title is misleading

  • An all-too-common-phenomen

    by Tech Guru /

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    Really?

  • Re: Original idea, but is it historically accurate?

    by Yaakov Nadler /

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    But for a much more critical view on Dijkstra's widely circulated presentation of that part of history see here

  • Great talk

    by Eduardo Mello Cantú /

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    A brilliant introduction and a perfect conclusion!

  • Fun history lesson, but does not have much to do with programming languages

    by Jorge Ferrer /

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    This is a good talk, but I was hoping this was an update on another great talk of his: skillsmatter.com/skillscasts/2323-bobs-last-lan...

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