Bruce Eckel

Bruce Eckel
President, Mindview, LLC

Website | @BruceEckel

Bruce Eckel is the author of Thinking in Java and Thinking in C++, and a number of other books on computer programming. Atomic Scala by Bruce Eckel and Dianne Marsh will be published in April 2013. He’s been in the computer industry for 30 years, periodically gets frustrated and tries to quit, then something like Scala comes along and offers hope and sucks him back in.

He’s given hundreds of presentations around the world and enjoys putting on alternative conferences and events like The Java Posse Roundup. He is currently studying organizational dynamics, trying to find a new way to organize companies so that working together becomes a joy; you can read about his struggles in this arena at, while his programming work can be found through


Java & JVM
Location: E145/146 Level: Novice
Dianne Marsh (Netflix), Bruce Eckel (Mindview, LLC)
Average rating: **...
(2.74, 27 ratings)
Scala is an amazing and elegant language. It's also powerful, and overwhelming if you try to absorb it all at once. Our goal, based on our book Atomic Scala, is to present the language in small bites you can quickly grasp, to give you a foundation on which to build more knowledge. You’ll finish this half-day tutorial feeling strong and ready to learn more about Scala. Read more.
Location: D136 Level: Novice
Bruce Eckel (Mindview, LLC)
Average rating: ***..
(3.43, 14 ratings)
C++ brought exceptions to mainstream programming; Java goes further with checked exceptions. But are exceptions the one way to report all errors? Scala and Go suggest there is more than one kind of error, so there should be more than one kind of error reporting, and different responses to errors. I’ll show the Scala and Go approaches to the error problem, and how to apply this to Python. Read more.
Location: Portland Ballroom Level: Novice
Bruce Eckel (Mindview, LLC)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 4 ratings)
Imagine an organization designed to create happiness among its workers. I’ll talk about my research for the past several years, companies I’ve visited, struggles against my own preconceptions, the surprising number of others who are pushing on the same ideas and writing books on the subject, things I’ve found that seem like answers, and questions that continue to accumulate. Read more.


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