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ACCU Conference 2014 retrospective
Monday, May 19, 2014

Another year passes, and with it another ACCU Conference.* As ever we came away exhausted but energised with a bunch of new ideas, inspirations and suggestions from those we'd met at the conference....and then needed quite a while to recover. I can't speak for others, but I certainly found it was quite a while before I felt fully back into the swing of things afterwards.

This year was the second year the conference had been at the Bristol Marriott, so there were fewer uncertainties and things went ever so slightly more smoothly than last year (and this time we had a better idea where all the best restaurants and pubs were...).

We arrived on Monday afternoon, but couldn't start setting up our stand (which this year was conveniently packed into flight cases rather than the rag-tag collection of plastic boxes we've used in the past) until Tuesday as there was another event running in the venue.

As Beth and I were both booked on to the C++ 11 preconference session that day (the idea being to use it as a refresher on some of the parts of C++ 11 we're not using yet) We set up our stand before breakfast the following morning.

Setting up our stand before breakfast on Wednesday morning

Each day generally started with a keynote at 9:30am, for which all 420 delegates (minus those who were too badly hungover, no doubt!) gathered in the largest of the conference rooms.

The remainder of the day was filled with four tracks of predominantly 90 minute sessions, culminating in an hour of lightning talks at 6am before the festivities started in the evening.

If you have never been to an ACCU Conference before, the following selection of photos will hopefully give you a feel for the event.

This year Beth and I did Nico Josuttis C++ 11 Preconference session

Nico Josuttis' C++ 11 preconference session

The main hallway during one of its busier periods

The main hallway during one of its busier periods

ACCU 2014 delegates (all 420 of them!) assemble for a keynote

ACCU 2014 delegates (all 420 of them) assemble for a keynote. The room is actually much bigger than you can see here - there is another screen to the right.

The Bloomberg Lounge (with free bar!) was back on Wednesday and Thursday evenings this year, and once again had a selection of retro gaming machines

Jim Hague - He's Not the Messiah

Jim Hague on Cinema and Myths of Leadership

Jon Jagger introducing Dan North's keynote

Jon Jagger (the Conference Chair) introducing Dan North's keynote

Dan North on why Agile doesn't scale - and what you can do about it

Dan North on why Agile doesn't scale - and what you can do about it

Continuous Delivery with Legacy Code

Dan Swain and Leon Hewitt's Continuous Delivery with Legacy Code session

The C++ Pub Quiz
The C++ Pub Quiz

Olve Maudal's C++ Pub Quiz was as popular as ever!

Lightning Talks

The programme each day concluded with an hour of Lightning Talks at 6pm. This is Thaddaeus Frogley on "The Graphics Pipeline".

Didier Verner - Biological Realms in Computer Science

Didier Verner's "Biological Realms in Computer Science" keynote

Phil Nash - Mens sana in corpore sano

Phil Nash presented a very thought provoking session on health and fitness which was especially relevant for us sedentary office workers

For once, Kevlin Henney didnnot talking about singletons for once

Kevlin Henney's talk was "Immutability FTW!", but he still managed to sneak a Singleton in!

More photos, videos, tweets and slides from the conference are also available on the ACCU 2014 Eventifier page. We hope to see you at next year's Conference!

* it was actually 6 weeks ago...Douglas would be proud.

Posted by Anna at 13:16 | Get Link


Visual Lint has been released
Monday, May 12, 2014

This is a maintenance update for Visual Lint 4.5. The following changes are included:

  • When a Visual Studio solution is loaded, its version is now determined by the projects within it rather than its own version fields. This is necessary as in some cases when Visual Studio 2012/2013 converts a solution it does not update the version of the solution file.
  • Fixed a bug in the Analysis Results Display which caused analysis results to remain displayed after a "Delete Analysis Results" operation.
  • When VisualLintGui reloads a file in response to an external change any code editor markers will now also be reloaded.
  • The current selection will now be preserved when VisualLintGui reloads a file in response to an external change.
  • If the configuration to analyse is not specified on the command line, VisualLintConsole will now choose one.
  • Fixed a project naming bug in the Green Hills project file parser.

Posted by Anna at 10:38 | Get Link