It's about time

Monday 5:30 pm, Salon A-E

About This Talk

Here’s a fun experiment: Mention timezones within earshot of any experienced programmer. Now wait until the profanity stops.

Handling dates and time is an incredibly common requirement in computer applications. That’s hardly surprising - we all use computers to record when we did old things, track how long things take, and to plan when we’re going to do things. So why is dealing with time so difficult?

Well, it’s because time has a very sordid history. What we even think of as time has changed. In this talk, you’ll travel through time, and see the impact that two thousand years of history have had on our modern life. You’ll be shown how all this wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey history stuff affects the data modelling and APIs we use on a daily basis.

This is going to take some… time.

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Russell Keith-Magee

Dr Russell Keith-Magee is a 12 year veteran of the Django core team, and for 5 years, was President of the Django Software Foundation. He’s also the founder of the BeeWare project, developing GUI tools to support the development of Python software. He lives in Perth, Western Australia with his wife, two children, and two animals that claim to be cats but have almost no feline properties.