This Week & Last

Take a look at what evening events we are hosting at Skills Matter This Week and what podcasts you can catch up from Last.



Groovy and Grails (GGUG)

Let’s Brainstorm! – Various people have brought up the need to do more promotion of Groovy and Grails, either internally to companies or to the wider developer community. So let’s get together and discuss what we can do to improve the situation and come up with a plan of action. Let’s leverage an enthusiastic community to make Groovy and its ecosystem more accessible and compelling. Let’s brainstorm!

London ElasticSearch User Group

Real-time Elastic-Search – Share tools, tips, and war stories about using ElasticSearch, the open-source search engine and document store built on Apache Lucene.


London .NET User Group (FULLY BOOKED)

Large Scale Domain Driven Design – In this presentation we look at modules, bounded contexts (including context mapping), distillation of the core domain, and large scale models for a domain.

In The Brain of Nic Ferrier

This Year in Emacs – Emacs is a great operating system and it has at least 3 or 4 good editors. Will this year be when Emacs starts to become a viable application development lisp?


In The Brain of Uncle Bob Martin (DUBLIN)

Components and Architecture – The awesome Robert C. Martin (@unclebobmartin) will be taking the Dublin developer community by storm and will be delivering a talk rich with content helping you change the way you think about code, about design, about your disciplines, about your profession.

 London 0MQ User Group

We will discuss some of the basic concepts, use cases, and get hands on with some C# code. Don’t worry if C# isn’t your language – the concepts should be abstract enough. One of the big positives of 0MQ is being able to communicate across application platforms and languages using pretty much the same concepts. We might even have a park bench at the end 🙂


London Ruby (LRUG)

Lightning Talk Night – February is LRUGs annual lightning talk evening, and as usual they are using the 20×20 format for the talks. If you’ve never encountered this format before it’s when the speaker has 20 slides that auto-transition after 20 seconds, giving them a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds in which to get their point across.

F#unctional Londoners

F# Coding Dojo – In this regular meetup the group will take on one or more programming challenges in F#. All levels of experience welcome, from beginner to expert. Please try to bring a laptop along with F# installed (ideally either MonoDevelop or Visual Studio Web Express/Full Edition)

London Ajax

Challenging Performance Best Practices– This month’s topic is challenging the assumptions we make about performance best practices.

London Python User Group

Switch to Python 3…Now…Immediately. – With Python 3.2 and even more with Python 3.3, Python 3 became usable for release products. Indeed given the things that are in Python 3 that are not being back-ported to Python 2 (*), using Python 3 should probably be considered mandatory for all Python use. Certainly for new projects, and 2 → 3 ports for all extant codes.

In this session we will investigate some of the issues, especially those relating to handling of concurrency and parallelism, and in particular concurrent.futures. Some material on CSP (**) will almost certainly creep into the session.

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