ECS-4884 Rethinking Software Systems: A friendly introduction to Behavioral Programming | Devoxx

Devoxx Belgium 2018
from Monday 12 November to Friday 16 November 2018.

   Rethinking Software Systems: A friendly introduction to Behavioral Programming


Programming languages
Programming languages
Beginner & novice level
Room 9 Thursday from 13:50 til 14:40

Behavioral Programming (BP) is a novel programming paradigm. Under BP, complex systems are composed of many simple threads of behavior, called b-threads. B-threads communicate with each other using a synchronized, event-based protocol. BP has many traits interesting for software engineers: it is highly modular, concurrent, and (after a while) intuitive. Unlike objects or functions, b-threads align well with business requirements. But most importantly, systems written in BP are verifiable. That is - it is possible to formally prove they contain no bugs.

The ability to formally verify critical parts of a system, rather than merely testing them, can transform the way we create software. Even a programs written in "scripting" languages, such as Javascript, can be proven reliable and be used in mission critical systems. In fact, we are currently building a satellite controller prototype using this paradigm. In Javascript.

This talk will introduce the principles of BP, and BPjs - an open-source toolset for running and verifying behavioral programs written in Javascript. Participants will learn about one possible future of Software Engineering, and how they can start using it today.

programming paradigms   Verification   reliability   Javascript   The New Parts  
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Michael Bar-Sinai
Michael Bar-Sinai
From BGU/Harvard IQSS/Freelance

Father of 3. Trained as a Software Engineer (Technion, Israel), completed Master's degree in CS, currently working on my PhD (CS too). Both advanced degrees are centered around the Behavioral Programming paradigm. Worked as a software engineer in companies big and small, and in some startups. Maintains a software consultancy focused on systems with positive social impact. A fellow at Harvard Institute of Quantitative Social Science, working on data science tools, privacy, and security.

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