James Noble's Retro Homepage

Contact

You can find me in Room CO 234, (Cotton Building).
Now term has finished I'll be around randomly. I'll be away from Wellington 1-12 November.
or otherwise if you'd like to meet, please email ahead to arrange a time that'll suit us both.
E-mail: kjx@ecs.vuw.ac.nz
Telephone: +64 4 463 6736 (I don't answer this: send email).
Fax: +64 4 4635045 (I don't even remember what this is: send email).
School office: +64 4 4635341 (whatever they tell you to do, you'd be better off sending email).
Postal: School of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington, P.O. Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand.

Teaching

For information about courses I'm teaching, please see the SWEN301 web page, ENGR301 web page, ENGR302 web page, or SWEN303 web page.

Language

I'm involved in the Grace programming language design project.

Research

My research profile includes programming langauges, software engineering, design patterns, ownership types, and the philosophy of computer science, coloured by a long-standing interest in object-orientation. I'm looking for project and thesis students in all of these areas.

Journal

I'm an editor of LNCS Transactions on Pattern Languages of Programming.

James Noble's Laws of Software

  1. Good projects produce software. Bad projects produce methodologies. (Corollary: all progress depends on bad projects),
  2. Every alternative to UML that you invent will be worse than UML itself.
  3. The best thing about the best ideas is how often they get rediscovered.

Other Stuff

You can find my cv (html), wikipedia entry, publicity bios, interviews and talks, publications at dblp, profile at Google scholar, techreports, darkest karori (blog), selective yellow (research music), the doubtful sounds (pop music), or email me.