Friday Round-Up: 10 – 14th February

The rain wasn’t able to keep most of you away this week, in fact we had even more than expected! With a mixture of In The Brains, User Groups and a bundle of courses filling the building, Skills Matter HQ was abuzz with activity. Remember if you haven’t already done so, sign up to our new website!

This week in Skillscasts:

This week's meetups and user groups at Skills Matter, London

So we kicked off the week with 9 fantastic lightning talks hosted by the London Ruby User Group. All with a theme of Ruby and Rails, the event was a hit among the LRUG community. We do apologise to those who did not manage to catch a glimpse of what was in store, but the bug with our online bookings system has now been resolved.

To continue the busy evening, Jimmy Bogard took a look at how Octopus enables Continuous Delivery at his In The Brain talk, looking at what it offers over standard tooling, and most importantly how to make your ops team love you again. Crucial! Jimmy is a member of the ASPInsiders group, the C# Insiders group, and received the “Microsoft Most Valuable Professional” (MVP) award for ASP.NET in 2009-2012. Jimmy is also the creator and lead developer of the popular OSS library AutoMapper.

Limited WIP hosted a talk based on Agile Product Planning co-organised and presented by Value Glide Ltd and PMI UK Agile CoP. The speakers looked at how to execute a product strategy in a way that is complimentary to the principles of Agile – the debate was lively and enthusiastic, so be sure to check out the Skillscast!

The London Android User Group brought together Steve Plank and Mandy Waite to explore building mobile backends in the Cloud & accessing the Cloud through your Android app. Mandy and Steve put together two fabulous talks for you, so check out if didn’t manage to make it there in person. Many thanks to Microsoft for sponsoring the event!

Finally Tomas Petricek made an appearance this week at the F#unctional User Group introducing Deedle, the new open-source library for data and time series manipulation. A fantastic talk, which demonstrated the Deedle library as well as the ‘data science’ stack for F#.

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