This Week & Last

Your 7-day serving of This Week & Last. Take a look at everything we’ve got on at Skills Matter in terms of free events This Week, and everything you can catch up on from Last.

We’re also at QCon this week from Wednesday to Friday – so come say Hi. We’re be putting on some Q&A sessions on Day 1 so make sure you pop over during the breaks!

THIS WEEK

TUESDAY

In The Brain of Werner Vogels

21st Century Application Applications – Skills Matter opens it’s doors to Werner Vogels, Amazon’s CTO, for a free evening talk on March 5th. Werner will give a talk on 21st Century Application Architectures.

London Clojure User Group

March Lightning Talks – Mathieu Gauthron, Tom Hall, and Nick Rothwell present talks at this month’s Clojure UG at Skills Matter.

WEDNESDAY

In The Brain of Jimmy Bogard

Building External DSLs for Fun and Profit – Want to move beyond the barriers of the programming language and into actual external, executable DSLs? In this session, Jimmy will look at the landscape of lexers, parsers, grammars and trees to see how you can use these tools to build external DSLs that business users will actually enjoy using. This talk will also explore how to take those trees and transform them into real, executable code.

In The Brain of Christophe Coenraets

The next generation of HTML and CSS offer powerful new features for creating graphically rich content and applications. In this session, Christophe will discuss the latest trends of the modern web, and introduce the Adobe Edge Tools: a unique set of tools and services that help designers and developers create content and applications that leverage modern web technologies.

THURSDAY

BlackBerry 10 Jam

Join us for a BlackBerry 10 Jam – an exciting one day event packed with talks that will provide you with the skills to successfully develop apps on the BlackBerry 10 platform. Join us and learn about BB10; its strengths, the vision, and how you can make apps that stand out to app-hungry BlackBerry users.

LAST WEEK

London Ouya

RELOAD – OUYA Game Devs vs Fans – Join to experience the OUYA console and play on a selection of exciting games being developed on this revolutionary new console before its release in March.
This is also an opportunity to meet with the game developers powering the changing face of gaming and give your feedback on the OUYA and games being made for it.

In The Brain of Michael Feathers

Functional Pipeline Design in Ruby – Do you know how to design software? Of course you do. We all know how to organize our applications with classes and methods. Often we use frameworks that help us with the easy choices. But many people don’t realize that there are other approaches to design

London Scrum User Group

Iain McKenna – What’s causing your Scrum team pain? What is getting in the way of your team delivering working software in 30 days or less? This is your chance to ask the questions that you just have nobody to ask day to day and to get some useful insights that will help you and your team tomorrow. 

London Scala

PredicitionIO – Introducing The First Scala-Based Open-Source Prediction Server – Join the London Scala User Group on February 27th for a talk delivered by Simon Chan on the first Scala-based open source predicition server.

London Software Craftsmanship

Their monthly hands-on session at Skills Matter

Neo4J User Group

How Can We Use Graph Visualisations to Gain Better Insights – One of the nice aspects of graphs is the fact that they can – if properly represented – can be quite easily visualised and assessed by humans, using specific visualisation applications. In this session we will be taking you through some traditional and mode advanced options that will really help us understand the power and potential of these technologies.

London Java Community

Git – From The Bits Up – So you’ve gotten a handle on Git and know how to use it for everyday development tasks like committing code and pushing and pulling changes with the rest of the team. But do you really know how it works under the covers? In this talk, we’ll commit a file to a brand new repository without ever touching the git add or git commit commands, and in the process learn some critical Git internals that every power user should know.

F#unctional Londoners

The F# 3.0 SQL Server Type Provider – A practical walkthough of F# 3.0′s SQL Server Type provider, and the query {} expression. How to get started. How to write efficient queries. When to use it – and when not to.

Limited WIP Society

Case Studies – Join the Limited WIP Society for a group discussion on Kanban – successful evolutionary change. In our January meeting we agreed that we want to bring up a topic or situation as a case study for us to understand and collaborate on options.

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