Wednesday, 13 July 2011

The Last Programming Language

Tonight was mostly about entertainment and Robert C. Martin had me in stitches for most of the evening. He started off, as I gather he often does, by seeing who in the room could recite PI to any number of decimal places and how he lost a PI off to Herb Sutter.

Throughout his talk Uncle Bob mentioned most of the languages and paradigms of the last 60+ years and gradually brought us to the idea that nothing much that was really new has come about since around 1965. He went on to tell us that he thought that programming would converge into a single language. He even told us what that language would be, but I'm not going to spoil his surprise.

If you ever get the chance, go and listen to Uncle Bob! It's 100% geeky fun with a serious message. And I got my copy of Clean Code signed.

See the video here.