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Programming Should Be More than Coding



Leslie Lamport makes the case for separating the design details of what a program should do and how it should work from the business of writing code, and discusses how the design process should work. Note: Due to a mistake in timing on QCon's part, Leslie was told 35 minutes into his planned 50 minute talk that he only had 5 minutes left to speak.


Leslie Lamport is 2013 Turing Award Winner for "fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of distributed and concurrent systems,” much of the infrastructure implemented in places like is based on his research.

About the conference

Software is Changing the World. QCon empowers software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the developer community. A practitioner-driven conference, QCon is designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams.

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Dec 27, 2014