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From Amdahl to Zipf: the Physics of Software Projects

13th July 2016 in London at CodeNode

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It's easy to think software is magic - but it's not. Most of the time, it's not even sufficiently advanced. Like everything else in our world, the people you work with and the products they build are subject to the fundamental laws of nature. In this talk originally created by Pieter Hintjens, Dylan Beattie will explore the laws of our universe - from Amdahl to Zip, from Newton's Laws of Motion to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, from Conway to Murphy to Godwin to Moore. We'll look at how these laws apply to your projects, even when you pretend they don't - and why if you ignore them, your works will collapse like a badly-designed bridge.

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From Amdahl to Zipf: the Physics of Software Projects

Dylan Beattie

Dylan Beattie is a systems architect and software developer, who has built everything from tiny standalone websites to large-scale distributed systems. By day, he’s the systems architect at Spotlight (www.spotlight.com), where he works on HTTP APIs, distributed systems, and the architectural challenges of delivering cutting-edge online services in a company with nearly ninety years of legacy. He’s been working with Spotlight since 2000, and his first-hand experience of watching an organisation - and their code - evolving over more than a decade has given him a unique insight into how API design, distributed systems, Conway's Law, working with legacy systems, and recruitment can all influence a company’s products and culture. Alongside his work at Spotlight, Dylan is actively involved in the software development community. He’s involved in running the FullStack and Progressive.NET conferences, and frequently speaks at conferences in the UK and around Europe about software architecture and development culture.

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It's easy to think software is magic - but it's not. Most of the time, it's not even sufficiently advanced. Like everything else in our world, the people you work with and the products they build are subject to the fundamental laws of nature. In this talk originally created by Pieter Hintjens, Dylan Beattie will explore the laws of our universe - from Amdahl to Zip, from Newton's Laws of Motion to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, from Conway to Murphy to Godwin to Moore. We'll look at how these laws apply to your projects, even when you pretend they don't - and why if you ignore them, your works will collapse like a badly-designed bridge.

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From Amdahl to Zipf: the Physics of Software Projects

Dylan Beattie

Dylan Beattie is a systems architect and software developer, who has built everything from tiny standalone websites to large-scale distributed systems. By day, he’s the systems architect at Spotlight (www.spotlight.com), where he works on HTTP APIs, distributed systems, and the architectural challenges of delivering cutting-edge online services in a company with nearly ninety years of legacy. He’s been working with Spotlight since 2000, and his first-hand experience of watching an organisation - and their code - evolving over more than a decade has given him a unique insight into how API design, distributed systems, Conway's Law, working with legacy systems, and recruitment can all influence a company’s products and culture. Alongside his work at Spotlight, Dylan is actively involved in the software development community. He’s involved in running the FullStack and Progressive.NET conferences, and frequently speaks at conferences in the UK and around Europe about software architecture and development culture.

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