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Museum of Computing’s Software Design & Programming

Public Lectures in October

· ‘Tales From the Home Front’ – How a generation of hobbyists grew up to be today’s IT gurus

· Complex Modern Software Design – Taming the Tiger!

· Artificial Intelligence (Wed 22nd October)

Two leading UK software developers will be taking the floor to uncover the virtues and history of computer programming on Thursday 16th October 2003 from 6.15pm onwards at the Museum of Computing, ( located in the campus of the University of Bath in Swindon. The emphasis is on programming rather than gaming but home computers with favourite games are on hand to be viewed and sampled afterwards.

‘Tales From the Home Front’

Firstly, Kevlin Henney ( will explore the legacy of the home computer generation from the 1980s. How many of the hobbyists who hacked away on small programs have become, and influenced, the software development culture today. How an army of enthusiasts brought up on a rainbow of idiosyncratic BASIC dialects have grown up and found their way into commercial and open source software development.

Mark Radford ( ) will follow on with a talk about the intricacies of modern software design. Most PC users know little or nothing about the software development process for the latest all-singing, all-dancing PCs. The apparent ease of use distracts from the fact that modern software is highly complex, and requires development techniques capable of taming the complexity.

The talks are aimed at a non-technical audience but those within the industry will also pick up useful insights into the evolution of software development. Refreshments will be provided and the Museum of Computing will have extended opening hours. It is not necessary to register to attend either of these lectures. The event has been coordinated on behalf of the Museum of Computing by Crickett Software Limited , a business software solutions and web design company based in Chippenham.

On Wednesday 22 October, Professor Max Bramer of Portsmouth University will talk on the history of artificial intelligence. Debate has raged for 5 decades on whether computers can think or whether the brain is anything more than a digital computer. The term Artifical Intelligence was coined in 1956 and themes will include the Turing Test, early AI systems, modern warfare and Science Fiction. This talk will start at 5.30pm. This lecture is in association with the Centre for Lifelong Learning in the University of Bath in Swindon.

The University of Bath is based at Oakfield Campus, Marlowe Avenue, Swindon, SN3 3JR


Speaker Profiles

Kevlin Henney is an independent software development consultant and writer specialising in programming languages and software design, mainly OO (Object-Oriented Technology), Patterns, C++ and Java. He worked as Principal Technologist for QA Training for several years developing leading-edge training courses, working with blue chip clients and presenting seminars at conferences across the world. He has written numerous technical articles and is a columnist for Application Development Advisor, the C/C++ Users' Journal online C++ Experts Forum and JavaSpektrum. He has a couple of books in the pipeline. He is also on the programme panels for a number of software development conferences. His first computer was a ZX81, but his exposure to home computers started the UK101s and Nascoms at his school, where he misspent odd hours doing odd things with BASIC and assembler.

Mark Radford began his career in software development in 1987 and has been involved in a wide variety of projects including distributed, large scale and embedded systems. He is a member of the C++ Standards committee involving BSI & ISO. Mark speaks regularly at the Spring ACCU conferences and writes articles for Overload, the ACCU’s professional software development journal. He runs twoNINE Computer Services Ltd, a consulting and out-sourcing company.

Professor Max Bramer has been professor of IT at the University of Portsmouth since 1989. He was a founder member of the British Computer Society’s specialist group on Artificial Intelligence and has been its Chairman since 1988. He has written numerous articles and is Chairman and member of wide-ranging committees in the US, France and Germany as well as the UK.

Weblinks Museum of Computing Details of Venue, University of Bath in Swindon Speaker Kevlin Henney Speaker Mark Radford Evening coordinated by CSL, Crickett Software Ltd.

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Museum Profile

The vision is that the museum will be devoted solely to the history of the development of computers. It is housed in the Library of the University of Bath in Swindon, and this initiative is being supported by the Science Museum in Wroughton, the British Computer Society and Swindon borough council. The Museum does not intend to own a collection of exhibits. Its function will be to act as a showcase for outside exhibitors. The first exhibition was presented by Bletchley Park Trust. The Museum is keen to show former products of commercial computer companies, and welcomes such offers.

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