Grady Booch, ACM SIGCSE 2007 Invited Talk - "Readn', Writ'n, 'Rithmetic... & Cod'n"

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Grady Booch's recent ACM SIGCSE 2007 (SIGCSE = Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education) invited talk was titled, "Readn', Writ'n, 'Rithmetic...and Code'n". I love the title.  It almost sounds like a country and western song title (if so, shouldn't the "'Rithmetic", in the title, actually be "'Rithmetic'n"?).

The abstract can be found at http://www.cs.potsdam.edu/sigcse07/Speakers.shtml#booch. The PowerPoint slide deck containing the presentation can be found at http://www.booch.com/architecture/blog/artifacts/Reading%20Writing%20Coding.ppt. The general URL to many of Grady's presentations is http://www.booch.com/architecture/blog.jsp?part=Papers

In the talk, Grady covers three very important (and little talked about) aspects of software development: 1) the moral dimension of software, 2) the appreciation of beauty in software, and 3) the privilege and responsibility of being a software developer.

One of my favorite quotes from Grady's presentation is from Bjarne Stroustrup - " Our civilization runs on software."

Way to go, Grady. I wish I had been there in person!


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