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Welcome to SeaSpin

Free and open to all the Software Development community, our group is comprised of local practitioners, students, academics, and leaders in IT and Software Development. We meet monthly and invite you to join us!

For more information on SeaSPIN, contact Patrick McMonagle or chime in on our LinkedIn group!

February 7th: PsycPhilProg: Intersections of Three Sciences

Presented by Ted Neward

Psychology: The science of the brain, emotions, and behavior, psychology attempts to understand the ‘hardware and software of the brain’, so as to better understand how humans reason—or not—when presented with various stimuli.

Philosophy: Ancient Greek for "love of wisdom", philosophy is the study of the general and fundamental nature of reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind and language.

Programming: Ancient Latin for "please God let it compile this time", programming is the science by which pizza and caffeine are transformed into software for consumption.

Three distinctly different subjects, yet each deals with fundamentally the same thing: the mind, how we (or others with whom we interact) think, act, behave, and engage. Most of the time, programmers (and philosophers and psychologists) don't really think of these three things as being similar or alike, but given that all three work closely with the mind, mental models, and the ways in which we perceive and process information, it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that there's a surprising amount of overlap. But, surprisingly, it does come as a surprise to most developers. And in this presentation, we're going to uncover some of those surprises, learn a little about psychology, play amateur philosopher, contemplate the nature of mind and logic and the universe...and become better developers as a result.

Ted Neward

Ted Neward is an independent consultant specializing in high-scale enterprise systems, working with clients ranging in size from Fortune 500 corporations to small 10-person shops. He is an authority in Java and .NET technologies, particularly in the areas of Java/.NET integration (both in-process and via integration tools like Web services), programming languages of all forms, back-end enterprise software systems, and virtual machine/execution engine plumbing.

He is the author or co-author of several books, including Professional F# 2.0, Effective Enterprise Java, C# In a Nutshell, SSCLI Essentials, Server-Based Java Programming, and a contributor to several technology journals. All told, he has written close to a hundred articles in both print and online form.

Ted is also a Microsoft F# MVP (having also been an Architect and C# MVP in prior years), an F# Insider, C# Insider, and VB Insider, INETA speaker, former DevelopMentor instructor, current PluralSight course author, frequent worldwide conference speaker, and a member of various Java JSRs.

He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, two sons, dog, four cats, eight laptops, seven tablets, nine phones and a rather large utility bill.

Reach him at ted@tedneward.com or visit Ted's blog at http://blogs.tedneward.com.

Meeting Location and Schedule

5:30-6:15 pm: Networking and food supplied by our generous sponsor, Smartsheet
6:15-6:40 pm: Business meeting
6:45-8:00 pm: Featured presentation "PsycPhilProg" by Ted Neward

The meeting will be hosted by:

   Smartsheet
   10500 NE 8th St #1300
   Bellevue, WA 98004

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