patterns & practices Summit 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – 5:00 AM

patterns & practicesDates and an session schedule for this year’s patterns & practices Summit have been announced.

The next patterns & practices Summit takes place October 12-16 in the Kodiak Room at the Microsoft Conference Center at Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond, Washington.

We’ve got a great lineup of speakers including Martin Fowler, Brian Harry and Sara Ford, as well as the usual suspects. It promises to be a great conference. You can review the sessions here. I’ll be talking on distributed development:

Distributed Agile Development: Experiments at Microsoft patterns & practices

Most agile methodologies tend to assume that the team is co-located in a single team room. They give little guidance as to how to address team distribution although proven practices are starting to emerge within the community. The Microsoft patterns & practices team has been experimenting with distributed teams for several years, mining proven practices from the community and experimenting them out on numerous agile projects. This talk summarizes those learnings and proven practices which work for all types of team environment (not just agile) and gives examples of their application – both good and bad – within our teams.

New for this year are lightening sessions. These are very short talks designed to give the audience an overview of something. I seem to have signed up to talk about my adventures in parallel and mixed language programming on multi-core processors:

The Fast Show – Making the most of a multi-core processor

Up until recently the software you wrote last year would run almost twice as fast on this year’s hardware. That’s no longer true. Processors no longer run at faster clock speeds. Instead manufacturers have added multiple cores as the route to increasing power. This presents developers with a problem? How to make the most of multi-core hardware without having to tackle all the complexities of multithreaded coding.

This is something I’ve been playing around with for a while. It’ll be fun… trust me.

Hope to see you all there!

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