This Week at Skills Matter: 28 April – 2 May

Here’s what’s coming up at Skills Matter this week!


Luke Hohmann


We have a fantastic kick off to the week today, with three In The Brain talks from some amazing experts:

Adam Gundry, Haskell Consultant for Well-Typed LLP, will be delivering a talk dedicated to employing Haskell records successfully within large projects. He will explain how he has extended Haskell to overcome common frustrations with records. Adam completed a PhD in 2013 on combining Haskell with dependent types, and is a seriously keen Haskell programmer.

Next up, Luke Hohmann will reveal how his team at The Innovation Games Company have been working with organisations to transform the retrospective process, using collaboration games to maximise the wisdom of the entire organisation and improve enterprise retrospectives to work. Luke is the founder and CEO of The Innovation Games Company, author of three books, and has studied not only data structures and artificial intelligence, but cognitive psychology and organisational behaviour. His playfully diverse background and life experience have uniquely prepared him to design and produce serious games!

Last (but certainly not least!) Shashikant Jagtap will tackle Behaviour Driven Design. His talk will show how using Headless browsers like PhantomJS and Zombie, can actually speed up the entire BDD process, making running scenarios easier to maintain and less time consuming.

Shashikant has been working in the Agile BDD environment as Developer in Test for the last few years with massive interest in BDD tools. He has explored BDD tools like Behat & Cucumber and integrated them with open source tools to use in test automation. He last spoke at CukeUp! 2014 in London on Headless BDD & Responsive Test Automation, and we’re delighted to have him back!


We host a performance and predictability special from the London Java Community on Tuesday, where Richard Warburton will be informing attendees why access platforms are important and what kind of speed you can gain with them. He will discuss how you can write simple high level code which works well with these kind of patterns.


Neo4J return with an evening based on graphs from the worlds of gaming and recruitment. Mark Wright and Yan Cui will cover topics from building your own private social network using Neo4J, to overcoming the challenges of modelling and balancing the economy of a large-scale game.

The MEAN Stack User Group join us for the first time to discuss Forms Angular – a simple framework built on top of the MEAN stack that enables you to generate forms super quickly. Mark Chapman will show how he used MEAN stack to build forms-angular while Tamas Piros will walk through how to use geospatial data with MongoDB.


The Functional Londoners will be here for a hands-on session with Michael Newton who will provide expert advice on how to construct and hack providers already out there. This will then leave you with the opportunity to create your own first type provider or hack some of the excellent open source providers that already exist.

Codebar, who are also joining us this week for the first time, will be aiming to make the tech scene more diverse by making the jump into coding just that little bit easier. The night will consist of talks that will answer important questions for beginners, introducing attendees to programming and its importance to the real-life stories and struggles of becoming a software developer.

And finishing off the week, the London Java Community will be back with a talk covering the architecture behind LMAX Exchange. Sam Adams, who leads one of the development teams at LMAX echange, will give an overview of their full architecture – all in plain old Java.

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