The Rise and Fall of Software Recipes

Darius Blasband,
Room: 3A52, Langgaards Vej 7, Copenhagen
Time: February 16th, 10:00-11:00

Abstract: Software recipes are meant to implement transitive intelligence: they are well- structured and well-documented fragments of good practices that can be transferred and used by less experienced people to achieve something otherwise taking years to master. Recipes have seen many successful applications from healthcare to cooking, from piloting an aircraft to identifying an insect.
However, they hopelessly fail when applied to software engineering. All software development processes defined so far, from waterfall to agile, from formal methods to rapid prototyping, are based on dogmas and drowned in folklore. On his first talk at IT University of Copenhagen, the author of "The Rise and Fall of Software Recipes", Darius Blasband, will elaborate on downsides of current software engineering practices and reflect on the current state of software engineering as an industry.