This Week at Skills Matter: 18 – 22 August

Lightning talks are the theme of the week here at Skills Matter with Swift London, Cassandra London, the London Software Craftmanship Community and Women Who Code all featuring them.

For those not familiar with the concept, lightning talks are short presentations ranging from just a few minutes to around ten minutes long, designed to bring you as much information in as short a time as possible. But don’t worry about the speed, if something piques your interest we still have plenty of time after the meetup to continue the conversations and to ask those burning questions!

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Kicking off the week, Swift London return for their second meetup with guest speakers Al Skipp and Johannes Weiß, as well as a series of lightning talks. Johannes will present an introduction to Functional Programming, showing that understanding the strengths of FP and learning to think in a Functional way will be an increasingly valuable skill for all Swift developers. Al will continue the theme, showing us why Functional Programming is handy for any young Swift Developer.


Steve Smith joins us on Tuesday to talk about Release Testing & Risk Management. Exploring the topics from a Continuous Delivery perspective, Steve will discuss why Release Testing is an antipattern, and offer an alternative risk reduction strategy.

We’re also delighted to welcome back the OpenTechSchool who continue their introduction to web programming series with the first of a two-part introduction to Javascript. You will need to bring a laptop to work on the exercises!


Join Cassandra London for an evening of 6 lightning talks followed by a talk on testing with Cassandra by Christopher Batey. Christopher will talk about how to test your applications that use Cassandra, starting at the unit test level through to the black box acceptance tests. Most of the talk will be around a new framework, Stubbed Cassandra.

Git, the revision control and source code management system, is the focus for Benedicte Slee’s talk as she joins Women Who Code on Wednesday. Initially designed and developed by Linus Torvalds in 2005, Git has since become the most widely adopted version control system for software development. There will be a hands-on session after the talk, so be sure to bring a laptop!

Finally on Wednesday, the London Software Craftsmanship Community join us for their August Meetup. Timo Tuominen looks at application as data flow, exploring the problems and solutions encountered when building a reactive architecture in a large-scale Android project with the software agency Futurice. Antonio Terreno will then take us through the world of Microservices, sharing his experience at Forward Internet Group where he had the luck to witness the creation of one of the first microservices architectures.


Finally on Thursday, our last meetup of the week sees the London Java Community host Richard Warburton and Colin Vipurs for an evening looking at Lambda Behave & the common reasons Unit Tests are brittle.


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