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Welcome to the BCS South West Branch website

Welcome to the website for the South West branch of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. This is one of the largest geographical branches covering all of Devon and Cornwall, specifically the postal codes EX, PL, TQ, TR. The Branch has about 1000 members.

Our monthly meetings are generally held between October and May. Events are usually held in either Plymouth or Exeter, there is no charge (unless indicated) and everyone is welcome.

Forthcoming Events

The FURST principles of improving software”.

FURST is a framework that can help in producing higher quality software. The five principles are Fit For Purpose, Unit Tested, Reviewed, Standard and Timely. The concept is a simple one and includes many ideas that have been forwarded in books such as ‘Clean Code’ and ‘Code Complete’ as well as current best practices. Each principle can be decomposed into attributes and these can be assessed to provide a guide to how well the organisation’s goals are being met.

Paul Lynham is the Vice-president of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP). He is a freelance software consultant who is currently engaged as the principal applications architect in a project to implement electronic hospital referrals between consultants within the NHS in Wales. He has a long and wide experience in producing software using a variety of technologies and has used over a dozen Turing complete programming languages. His work has spanned various sectors including agriculture, education, health, defence, policing, wealth management and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Previously he lectured in colleges and for the Open University and is interested in research and practices which can be used to improve software quality. One particular interest is the notion of ‘Compealing Code’, i.e. code which is comprehensible and compelling while being appealing. This is linked to appraising code using static analysis. Another interest is the long-term goal of improving professionalism in software development.

Light refreshments will be available from 19.00.

This event is jointly organised with the Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP)

Date: 09/02/2017, 19.30

Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square, Plymouth University
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Parking is available on campus during out of hours (4.00pm-7.00am weekdays, and over the weekend), vehicles should only be parked in marked parking spaces, in order to avoid being issued with a fixed penalty notice.


Presentations from previous events can be found here.