Developers can get better at their craft by learning from the great writers who mastered theirs. Writing software isn’t the same as writing a novel, but there are parallels. Besides, advice from writers is better because writers have been struggling with their craft for many centuries, not just a few decades. It’s better-written as well. This talk shares great writers’ best advice for coders: Stephen King on refactoring, Anne Rice on development hardware, Hemingway on modelling with personas, and Neil Gaiman on everything.
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Peter Hilton is a software developer, writer, speaker, trainer, and musician. Peter’s professional interests are web application development, functional design, agile software development and project management. His speciality is database-backed intranet web application architecture, design and build. He currently builds web applications using Scala, Play Framework and Slick. Peter has presented at several European developer conferences, co-authored ‘Play for Scala’ (Manning Publications) and is a Typesafe certified trainer for ‘Fast Track to Play with Scala’.