Software Aesthetics: Appreciating Code from the Past
Convention Ctr – 212B
Bruce Anderson, IBM and Wizard Systems,
Ralph Johnson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

We all know that software can be beautiful and that it is a thing to be appreciated for itself, though we often know that by experiencing the opposite. In this workshop we will look at some great and influential programs from the past, working directly with the code as text and in executing versions. We will spend time in small groups, and in plenary sessions, with plenty of time for discussion and telling stories. The outcome of the workshop will be both an appreciation of the works we have studied, and some elements of a theory or process for better appreciating code.


Track: Software Engineering

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