Software Development

Watch: ‘Zombie code,’ or how a 60-year-old programming language can help solve new problems

Comcast Software Engineer Daisy Kid Henderson explains how LISP helped her team with a unique challenge.

AutoCAD is drafting and design software used to create everything from buildings to households items. But what if its connection to the 1960-founded LISP programming language could help engineers solve automation problems?

In her Developers Conference at Philly Tech Week 2021 presented by Comcast session, Comcast Software Engineer Daisy Kid Henderson presented an issue she and her colleagues had to analyze for a vendor as a case study of how technologists can use their skill sets in software development to solve complex problems.

A lesson from the process that applies to many dev challenges: “Write good code; when that fails, write good comments,” she said. “Readable code is the only way.”

Watch the full session, slides included, here:

Michael Butler is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. -30-
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