Friday Round-Up: 6 – 9 May


Here’s what you may have missed at Skills Matter this week!

The Week in Skillscasts

Every week we record the majority of meetups and user groups that come to our offices in London for evening events and talks. These are our Skillscasts – and their all available for free on!


The London Clojure Community came along to Skills Matter HQ on Tuesday with three fantastic speakers around the topic of Robots, Haskell & Hedge Funds. The evening took the community through topics like DSL and Haskell, with the aim of leaving us better Clojure programmers.

Patrik Sundberg looked at running a hedge fund in Clojure as he presented a case study of a commodity hedge fund making the unusual choice of building their own infrastructure in Clojure. Patrik presented his road to Clojure, how it came to shape a business infrastructure, what it was used for and the lessons learnt in the process.

Dave Snowdon then explored robot control in Clojure as he outlined a small DSL written in Clojure that aims to make it possible to generate animations in a more readable way.

Fianlly, Bodil Stokke looked at Haskell for Clojurists. The talk explained that for Clojure to retain its competitive edge it’s imperitive to keep a healthy interest in the whole field of computer science – especially Haskell, a close cousin to Clojure.

Wednesday brought the London Java Community for a talk on Cloud Developer’s DHARMA. Daniel Bryant looked to redefine ‘done’ for Cloud applications, as he looked at lessons from both a theoretic and practical perspective built from the Cloud Developer’s ‘DHARMA’ rules – Documented (just enough); Highly cohesive/loosely coupled (all the way down); Automated from code commit to cloud; Resource aware; Monitored thoroughly; and Antifragile.

Also on Wednesday, Farid Tejani, Managing Partner at Ignitr consulting, looked at overcoming the challenges to Lean/Agile adaoption in the finance industry for an In The Brain talk. Farid discussed some of the tests people face within Finance and how they manifest themselves and explore how they might be overcome.

Finally, the F#unctional Londoners came on Thursday with Ben Hall to explore using F# to model how physics and biology create organs. This fascinating talk showed how Ben took advantage of different features of F# and other tools to understand the results of a hybrid simulator in F# which allows us to explore how stem cells grow in an organ, and how breakdowns can lead to cancer growth.

The Week in Blog

Crafting Games for Fun and Profit – a guest post from Jonathan Frawley; While It’s Compiling with Cate Huston

Next Week in Brief

Monday: Learning to Code, How to win developers and Deprecating ActiveResource (with the London Ruby User Group); Intro to programming using Python (part 1)

Tuesday: A discussion on Meteor with London AjaxModels of Automation and Automating Google Analytics tracking (with London Selenium)Scalable Real-time Analytics with Storm Trident

Wednesday: CQRS & Scala + Spoiwo with London Scala Users’ Group

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