ACCU Conference 2016

Products, the Universe and Everything from Products, the Universe and Everything

In late April we exhibited at the ACCU Conference (#accuconf), which in many ways is our conference home. The first time we went was all the way back in 2007, and believe it or not we've not missed a year since!
Invaders...from Bournemouth Invaders...from Bournemouth
We normally attend the sessions as delegates and also run an exhibition stand (which makes for some rather hectic juggling!), but this year was a little different as our founder Anna also presented the closing keynote "Comfort Zone" (which she describes as being about "Puppies, Spiders, User Interface Cheese-Moving and the Neuroscience of Anger"....).
Anna-Jayne Metcalfe presenting the closing keynote 'Comfort Zone' Anna-Jayne Metcalfe from Riverblade presenting the closing keynote "Comfort Zone"
As ever, it was an interesting (and quite exhausting) week...but more than that, it was a week when the people who make ACCU what it is stood up and really showed what a truly amazing group of people they are. I'll talk about that specifically in a follow-up post shortly, but suffice it to say that we came away understanding just how lucky we are to have found this particular organisation... Of course if you went, you'll know all this already. If you didn't, here's a handful of photos to give you an idea what you missed this time...
The Bristol suite at #accuconf

The Bristol suite at #accuconf The Bristol suite at #accuconf.

This is where the keynotes take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning...and at the close of the conference on Saturday afternoon

Pete Goodliffe presenting 'The Codealow - a developer's bedtime story' on Wednesday evening Pete Goodliffe presenting "The Codealow - a developer's bedtime story" during the Lightning Talks on Wednesday evening
Don't panic - it's just the conference dinner! Don't panic - it's just the conference dinner!
Set the controls for the heart of the pudding... Set the controls for the heart of the pudding...
OK. *Now* would be  the time to panic... OK. Now would be the time to panic...
Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone
Anna-Jayne Metcalfe presenting the ACCU 2016 closing keynote "Comfort Zone"
If you'd like to see the keynote, there's a video of it on YouTube and the slides are here.

Writing; C Vu Magazine Columns (for January/March/May)

Pete Goodliffe from Pete Goodliffe

Spectacularly late, but I ought to keep the records up to date:

  • My January 2016 C Vu magazine column was Bug Hunting (Part 2), concluding my series on finding and fixing software faults.
  • My March 2016 column was Software Development Is..., an investigation of the finer details (the art, craft, science, and, well... gardening) of the programmer's world.
  • My May 2016 column was Organised Chaos, a look at how the programmer can stay focused and organised.