Central Ohio Software Symposium
May 19 - 21, 2006 - Columbus, OH
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The Productive Programmer
This session shows you how to become a more productive programmer every day by using tools that you didn't know you already had.
Why, in my day, we didn't have any fancy Gooey tools -- we did everything from the command line and we liked it. And, we got a lot more done than all you point-and-click monkeys
Have you ever noticed that some old-school developers can run rings around you at the keyboard? Have you ever seen a 2 week problem become a 2 hour solution because someone knew a better way to solve it? This session is about all the command line and other tools that are extremely powerful yet widely neglected in today's graphical environments. This session shows you how to take advantage of those tools whether you run Windows, *Nix, or Mac. It focuses on specific recipes to make your job easier. I'll show you how to get around your computer in a hurry (no more clicking around in trees), how to find anything fast, how to manage projects and artifacts from the command line, how to automate the repetative tasks you find yourself doing every single day, how to stop repeating yourself, and how to stop repeating yourself. This session is guaranteed to improve your developer productivity by an order of magnitude.
Key Session Points
- Creating a common environment
- The Unix philosophy (without Granola or sandals)
- Automating common programming tasks
- Getting around in a hurry
- Searching techniques
- Text techniques
- Project management from the command line
- Stop repeating yourself
- Tying it together
About Neal Ford
Neal is Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery.
Before joining ThoughtWorks, Neal was the Chief Technology Officer at The DSW Group, Ltd., a nationally recognized training and development firm. Neal has a degree in Computer Science from Georgia State University specializing in languages and compilers and a minor in mathematics specializing in statistical analysis.
He is also the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, video presentations, and author of 6 books, including the most recent The Productive Programmer. His language proficiencies include Java, C#/.NET, Ruby, Groovy, functional languages, Scheme, Object Pascal, C++, and C. His primary consulting focus is the design and construction of large-scale enterprise applications. Neal has taught on-site classes nationally and internationally to all phases of the military and to many Fortune 500 companies. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, having spoken at over 100 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 600 talks. If you have an insatiable curiosity about Neal, visit his web site at http://www.nealford.com. He welcomes feedback and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.More About Neal »