GOTO is a vendor independent international software development conference with more that 90 top speaker and 1300 attendees. The conference cover topics such as .Net, Java, Open Source, Agile, Architecture and Design, Web, Cloud, New Languages and Processes

Dave Thomas, Father of OTI, CEO of Bedarra Corp. Member of Program Advisory Board

Dave Thomas

Biography: Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas has a wide spectrum of experience in the software industry as an engineer, professor, consultant, architect, executive and investor. Dave is founder and CEO of Bedarra Corporation; which provides virtual CTO and CEO, business mentoring and seed investment to emerging companies. Recently formed Bedarra Research Labs undertakes speculative research on applications of emerging software technologies.

Dave is best known as the founder and past CEO and president ofObject Technology International Inc. (formerly OTI, now IBM OTI Labs)and led the commercial introduction of object and component technology.The company is often cited as the ideal model of a software technologycompany.

He was also the principal visionary and architect for IBM VisualAgeSmalltalk and Java tools and virtual machines including the initialwork on popular multi-language IDE. OTI pioneered the useof virtual machines in embedded systems with Tektronix shipping thefirst commercial products in 1988. He was instrumental in theestablishment of IBM's Pervasive computing efforts and in particularthe Java tooling.

Dave is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University, and the University Of Queensland and is widely published in the software engineering literature. He is a popular humorous albeit opinionated keynote speaker. Dave remains active in various roles within the technical community including ECOOP, AOSD, Evolve, and Agile Development Conference, Agile/XP Universe and OOPSLA Onward. He is a founding director of the Agile Alliance and most recently a founder of Open Augment Consortium. Dave writes expert columns in Otland Online in Germany, and the Journal Of Object Technology in Switzerland where he also serves on the editorial board.

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Presentation: Career Owner at - The Most Important Role of Your Career

Track: Career / Time: Wednesday 11:30 - 12:20 / Location: Kammermusiksalen, Musikhuset

Careers are emergent and may be proactively shaped by you the career product owner. Successful career owners seldom look for opportunities because the opportunities find them. In this talk we describe several career development best practices most of which have been used by leading software professionals one or more times during their career. We begin with the career retrospective of experience and future aspirations from which one can build a backlog of career deliverables. We then discuss technical, people, organizational and professional kata which one uses to keep career fit. We examine what is the necessary technical breath and depth to maintain as one grows older.  Throughout we will do some testing and career debugging.  Attendees will leave with one or more practical practices that they can use assess and improve their career.

Presentation: GOTO 2020 - A Speculative View

Time: Wednesday 16:50 - 17:40 / Location: Store Sal, Musikhuset

We are not clairvoyants or fortune tellers, but we do have some strong opinions on what is the next thing to worry about/look forward to in the IT industry. Join our panel to share your views and hear theirs on what will be important to developers in 2020.

Erik Dörnenburg: In 2020 an even smaller number of developers will create the majority of business value. They will benefit from two decades of incremental improvements in development tools and practices. The remaining developers will struggle with endless package customisation and integration or they will be masters of fantastically overengineered frameworks and technologies that don't help them to solve business problems.

Dave Thomas: The future is never clear, but often patterns of fact emerge from the fiction of future predictions. Will it be post agile, post OO and if so what will we be doing? Will end users really be empowered to develop themselves? How will methods, languages and tools change? Will NoSql be YesSql? Will FP be mainstream or bypassed by something else? Will computers truly begin to augment our capabilities? Is HTML5 and the DOM still dominant? Will everything be little things loosely coupled?

Ola Bini: The complexity of software systems seems to increase exponentially. By 2020 I suspect we will have had at least one complexity crash and are either living in the metaphorical stone age ruins, or we have finally found better tools and techniques to manage complexity with.

Brian Goetz: I'm not really one for predicting the future. My talents are more in the area of "explaining the present"!

David Nolen: Concurrency pervades real software systems, yet only in recent years have some programming languages started providing better control structures to manage this source of complexity. We need better tools - the future is relentlessly asynchronous, distributed, and parallel.

Rachel Laycock: Windows automation will be better than Linux and women will outnumber men in both leading and participating in the community. But maybe seven years isn't long enough for that... Realistically, I expect that asynchronous programming and security will be first class concerns and the languages and tools that support those concerns will be what we'll be talking about. And it would be nice if proprietary software that is expensive and hard to use is a horror story from our the past


Moderator: Kresten Krab Thorup