Training: "Aesthetic Programming"
Time: Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00
Location: Henry Moore Room
Aesthetics is a concept that has influenced the thinking of creators
of all forms including mathematicans, physicists, designers,
architects and artists. How can we try and interpret this concept
within the context of software? Is it purely an academic notion, or is
there real value to be gained from considering the role of aesthetics
in software practices? Is it possible that aesthetic programming can
help produce more understandable, readable and maintainable code while
still meeting performance requirements?
This tutorial will ask all of these questions and more. Together we
will closely study the roles of perspective, context and language
leading us to examine the notion that software is, not just a form of
code, but a form of communication. We will consider our potential
audiences and the varying importance of different readers, such as the
computer, yourself, your pair programmer, the tests, the domain expert
- and even your client.
We will discuss the importance of language, not only as a means of
communicating with the computer, but as a means of communicating with
our many, intentional and unintentional, audiences. We will discover
that just as a good choice of algorithm can optimise performance, a
good choice of language can optimise our communication and therefore
help decrease mistakes, and increase our confidence that we are
discussing the same concepts.
This tutorial will contain both discourse on these matters and
associated material from academia and real world solutions.