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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>
   
 
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 evaluation 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."
<p style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial;">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 "Explain to an alien" (i.e. explain your project to someone who doesn't understand any of the context). He said "My first draft of this slide was 'Explain it to a woman' but I got a lot of criticism... (audience laughed here.) Yeah, my talk almost got cancelled.. (more laughing)"</p>
 
 
<p style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial;">A female audience member asked him in the Q&A to apologize for the joke, and he did, but added "I was thinking of people who don't understand IT... My wife doesn't understand IT." 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."</p>
 
 
==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]
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*[https://plus.google.com/110635974610895095726/posts/fTygidL33cx Google+ exchange with members of the audience]
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*[http://www.parleys.com/#st=4&id=102979 Link to Parleys.com which has recording of this Rethinking Best Practices in Java EE 6 talk] - timestamp about 2:45, direct link http://www.parleys.com/#st=5&id=2661&sl=2
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*Link to Adam Bien's blog post: [http://www.adam-bien.com/roller/abien/entry/validate_your_patterns_with_aliens Explain It To An Alien]
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Latest revision as of 17:21, 19 November 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 evaluation 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."

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