Metaphors We Compute By


We think in words, we talk with words, we understand the world thanks to words. Metaphors take words to the next level explaining concepts that were escaping our understanding before. In 1980 George Lakoff revolutionised the Linguistic and Philosophic worlds when he studied how metaphors affect our thinking, how they influence our actions and even shape who we are. What happens with the metaphors that we use in the Software Industry?

In this talk we are going to review the importance that metaphors have in our code quality, in the algorithms we choose, and the products we ship.

As a practical example we are going to see why Microservices and Containers have been so successful in the past couple of years. We’ll try to understand why they have redefined how we package and ship products in our industry.

Speaker

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Alvaro Videla

 

Alvaro Videla works as a Distributed Systems Engineer and previously was a Core Developer for RabbitMQ. Before moving to Europe he used to work in Shanghai where he helped building one of Germany’s biggest dating websites. He co-authored the book “RabbitMQ in Action” for Manning Publishing. Some of his open source projects can be found here: http://github.com/videlalvaro. Apart from code related stuff he likes traveling with his wife, listening/playing music and reading books.