I have been developing software professionally for four years and coding for fun for about fifteen. I'm primarily interested in programming languages' features, design and implementation.
I'm ambivalent about the term "software craftsmanship". On one hand it is a slightly exalted way to address what should be yet another engineering discipline; on the other it seems to accurately describe the way I go about writing software: being led by gut feeling and certain sense of aesthetics and making design decisions based on previous experience. In the process I develop my own way of approaching problems and leavesa personal trait in the software I write.
The ways to improve one's skill also resemble crafts in more traditional sense of the word: first and foremost practice, but also exchange of experiences and ideas with other practicioners. It's for the latter that I'm looking forward to this conference.