This Week at Skills Matter: 30 June – 4 July

NSBCon 2014, hosted by Skills Matter

We promised a busy, event-packed week last week, and we did not disappoint! We had fantastic turnouts for both the ADSD (un)conference and our fist ever NSBCon (pictured, above). Many thanks to everyone who came out, as well as our friends and partners – especially Udi Dahan and the amazing team over at Particular! Be sure to check out the Skillscasts from NSBCon if you missed out!

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


The Social Developers London join us for three talk this week, looking at Facebook Remarketing, Mobile Apps with Parse and Twitters latest Snapshot. Jordan Rogers-Smith, Ruby on Rails and Django Developer for Betapond, looks at effective ways to use Facebook Remarketing pixels. Ali Parr, Technical Head of Parse Partnerships EMEA for Facebook looks at creating a great user experience – forgetting complex infrastructures; and finally, Angus Fox, CEO at Multizone Ltd looks at the latest for developers with a Twitter Snapshot.


We kick July off on Reactive Web Apps & Minecraft Movies with the London Clojure Community. Daniel Neal, in-house developer for the Solar PV installation company EvoEnergy, takes us through Hoplon – a Clojure/ClojureScript web framework that combines a spreadsheet-like data model for managing state with a magic compiler that turns HTML into composable ClojureScript.


Paul Field, director of Clarity of Purpose Ltd, joins us on Wednesday for his In the Brain talk Beyond backlogs: Value-focused delivery. In this interactive presentation, you’ll learn a model for understanding the root causes of poor collaboration, you’ll see how Scrum tries to address the problem and why that doesn’t always work and you’ll learn a technique for getting your teams tightly collaborating on what your clients and business really need.


And finally on Thursday, the London Microservices User Group meet to discuss Hexagonal Microservices. Vlad Mettler and James Gardner share their experiences establishing the technical architecture of a Microservices platform. In addition they’ll explore the testing strategy for hexagons (acceptance/regression/unit; mocking strategies) and how it fits into the the development process (sequence diagrams, workflows definition, role-play component testing); agile vs waterfallish.

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