Software Engineers Attend Conference
I originally wrote this article for Volume 118, Issue 2 of mathNEWS.
Last week, nearly two dozen students represented Waterloo at the Canadian Undergraduate Software Engineering Conference (CUSEC) in Montreal, Quebec. In between shivering through the Montreal Winter, discovering the RESO (underground city), and trying to help egg-cat with their homework assignments, we absorbed knowledge from the following speakers:
Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit, spoke about progress made against SOPA/PIPA; how it is the World’s Internet, not America’s Internet; how the fight isn’t nearly over yet.
Jeremy Ashkenas, creator of CoffeeScript, argued the case for code as an art form, rather than just a process to be engineered.
Greg Kroah-Hartman, Linux kernel developer, talked about how big the kernel is, how much it changes every day, and how to get involved contributing patches as a kernel newbie.
Manveer Heir, Senior Designer at BioWare, warned everyone sternly to stay as far away from the game industry as possible – before telling those who remained how to get in, and what it’s like in the industry.
In between speakers, we ran around handing out resumes and making pleasant conversation, rode up and down the hotel elevators, and talked in our sleep. We played chess amongst ourselves at games night, taught the first-years how to tip at a pub, and made it back to Waterloo.
Now for a week of catching up on assignments and studying for quizzes.
Maybe we’ll actually get a chance to pay back some of our sleep debt. Next week.