2023 Keynote, Laura Savino: Coping With Other People’s Code

We’ve previously announced keynotes by Bjarne Stroustrup on C++ Safety, Andrei Alexandrescu on AI and C++, and Bret Brown and Bill Hoffman on Dependency Management.

Laura Savino

We’re now pleased to announce the fourth of our five conference keynotes: Laura Savino will be delivering a talk on something every software practitioner experiences – “other people’s code.” This talk encourages us to not to just consider it “someone else’s work” but also how to approach it with curiosity and a generous nature in order to learn and grow.

From her talk description:

Coping with Other People’s Code

Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to work with a small group of devs who share our coding values, and when we see their PRs come in, we nod along and say, “Yup, that’s what I would have done. Oh, nice, that one’s even better than my usual approach, I’d better tuck that idea away for next time.”

This perfect alignment is precious… and particularly elusive in C++. Most of us are living in codebases that are profitable, complex, and updated in ways with which we have legitimate beef. How can we keep a sense of curiosity, progress, and satisfaction amidst patterns we would never have chosen?

This presentation explores the often-overlooked social aspects of C++ development, offering both practical tools and light-hearted commiseration. We’ll draw from the field of behavior science to build strategies that address conflicting design patterns and the strong opinions that come with them.

Registration is now open so don’t miss out on CppCon 2023 this October 2-6. Register today!