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During a talk called "Rethinking Best Practices in Java EE 6" at [http://www.oracle.com/javaone/ JavaOne] 2011, speaker Adam Bien showed a slide titled "[http://www.adam-bien.com/roller/abien/entry/validate_your_patterns_with_aliens Explain to an alien]" (i.e. explain your project to someone who doesn't understand any of the context). He said "<span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:Cambria;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US">My first version of this </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-fareast-font-family: Cambria;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;color:black;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US">was 'Explain it to a woman' but I got lots of criticism at the conferences (big laugh from the audience) and one talk was almost cancelled.. (more laughing) So I think “Explain it to an alien" is better.”</span>
 
During a talk called "Rethinking Best Practices in Java EE 6" at [http://www.oracle.com/javaone/ JavaOne] 2011, speaker Adam Bien showed a slide titled "[http://www.adam-bien.com/roller/abien/entry/validate_your_patterns_with_aliens Explain to an alien]" (i.e. explain your project to someone who doesn't understand any of the context). He said "<span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:Cambria;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US">My first version of this </span><span style="font-size:10.5pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-fareast-font-family: Cambria;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;color:black;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: EN-US">was 'Explain it to a woman' but I got lots of criticism at the conferences (big laugh from the audience) and one talk was almost cancelled.. (more laughing) So I think “Explain it to an alien" is better.”</span>
   
A female audience member asked him in the Q&A to apologize for the joke, and he did, and added "I was thinking of people who are not programmers... My wife is a designer and a not a developer." In person and on Google+, male audience members complained to the woman who asked for the apology that she should "relax" and had made them "supremely uncomfortable."
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A female audience member asked him in the Q&A to apologize for the joke, and he did, and added "I was thinking of people who are not programmers... My wife is a designer and a not a developer. Therefore she is unbiased and perfectly capable for evaulation of overengineering and cargo cult programming." In person and on Google+, male audience members complained to the woman who asked for the apology that she should "relax" and had made them "supremely uncomfortable."
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
*[https://twitter.com/#!/AdamBien/status/121720602267623424 Adam Bien pretends the joke was not sexist on Twitter]
 
*[https://twitter.com/#!/AdamBien/status/121720602267623424 Adam Bien pretends the joke was not sexist on Twitter]

Revision as of 07:16, 9 October 2012

During a talk called "Rethinking Best Practices in Java EE 6" at JavaOne 2011, speaker Adam Bien showed a slide titled "Explain to an alien" (i.e. explain your project to someone who doesn't understand any of the context). He said "My first version of this was 'Explain it to a woman' but I got lots of criticism at the conferences (big laugh from the audience) and one talk was almost cancelled.. (more laughing) So I think “Explain it to an alien" is better.”

A female audience member asked him in the Q&A to apologize for the joke, and he did, and added "I was thinking of people who are not programmers... My wife is a designer and a not a developer. Therefore she is unbiased and perfectly capable for evaulation of overengineering and cargo cult programming." In person and on Google+, male audience members complained to the woman who asked for the apology that she should "relax" and had made them "supremely uncomfortable."

References