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This Week at Skills Matter: 9th-13th of November

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

Monday:

The Ruby User Group will be in Monday for their December meet-up with a trio of talks from Tymon Tobolski on ‘The Solution To Assets Management In Rails’, Rosario Rascun talks about ‘A Fizzbuzz To Rule Them All’ and finally Najaf Ali gives a talk on ‘From A Raw TCP Socket To A Rails Apllication’. It’s a fantastic line-up and LRUG always proves to be a popular event so make sure you register on our website!

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Tuesday: 

On Tuesday we will will be graced with the arrival of Kelly Waters for an In The Brain session around Kelly’s Agile Journey. Anyone interested in Agile will find this talk enjoyable and useful. However it is particularly useful for managers at all levels – executives, senior managers, programme & project managers, team leaders, development managers, product managers, etc.

Thursday and Friday:

Our final conference of 2013 – The Groovy & Grails eXchange will be taking place with some fantastic speakers such as Guillaume LaForge (the Groovy project manager), Graeme Rocher (the project lead and co-founder the of Grails web application framework) and many more. There is still time to grab a ticket and learn from their vast knowledge and experience, as well as discovering their roadmap for the future – including Groovy 3.0, what it is, how to use it and how it’ll make an impact on your work. We plan to end the year of conferences with a bang so be sure not to miss, it will be a fantastic 2 days!

This Week at Skills Matter: 18th – 22nd of November

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

Monday:

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The King of code will be in the house – In the Brain of Uncle Bob (Robert .C. Martin). Uncle Bob will be taking a look at Design Patterns; a hot topic in 1995 but why do people hardly talk about them now? What happened? And what are these mysterious pattern-like entities anyway?

The Backbone.js London User Group will also be at Skills Matter HQ for their November meet-up with a talk from Damjan Vujnovic on ‘Unit testing in JavaScript’. This will be a hands-on workshop, which will be an introductory level talk and we strongly suggest you bring a laptop to participate in the workshop.

Tuesday:

London Haskell has a hands on session looking at solving Haskell Puzzles. They will be starting to code a solution to the ICFP Programming Contest 2004 task: “Dinner with Ambiants”. The aim of this session is to generally improve everybody’s Haskell skills by solving small puzzles, sharing their solutions and seeing how others solve the same puzzles. You will definitely need to bring along your laptop!

Wednesday:

pacman-ghost-sqWednesday welcomes the F#unctional Londoners for their November meet-up. ‘Pacman Kata’ will be a hands on session allowing you to create your own AI for the ghosts inside a fully animated implementation of Pacman. There will be sample implementations for Windows Desktop, Android, iOS and Web with FunScript. Once again don’t forget your laptop!

This Week at Skills Matter: 11th November – 15th November

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

Monday:

The London Ruby User Group November meet-up wilandrewnesbittl have two talks, the first from Andrew Nesbitt on ‘Controlling Robots with Ruby’ where he will look at one particular Ruby library – Artoo. The second is by Tom Cartwright on ‘How to Parse ’Go’.

We also have The London Big-O November meet-up. Two talks will take place in this session, one by John Graham-Cumming on ‘Rolling Hashes and Compression Algorithms’, John will talk about some of the uses of rolling hashes for string comparison and compression focussing on the rsync protocol, a spam filter, and a delta compression technique. The second will be from Jose Llarena on ‘Mixture of Markoc Chains’. Jose will describe the representation of Mixture of Markov Chains as a graphical model and much more.

Tuesday:

The London Ajax User Group will be in Tuesday for their November meet-up. Why not come and catch up on all the latest LAUG news?

Vaughn Vernon will be talking at our first In The Brain session of the week, this talk ‘Reactive DDD with Scala and Akka’ is not to be missed. Vaughn will be exploring the vaughn_vernonuse of the Actor Model with DDD. He will explain how the basic ideas of the Actor Model and DDD can greatly simplify our ability to comprehend and use concurrency and distribution.

The second In The Brain session will be held by Jon Jagger with a talk on ‘Rethinking Kanban’. Another fabulous talk not to be missed, Jon is a renowned software coach/consultant/mentor/trainer/programmer and all round Agile expert. There is much to learn from him!

Wednesday:

Wednesday welcomes the London Scala User Group. They will be treated to a talk from Patrick Wendell who will introduce Apache Spark – ‘Spark, Scala, and the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack.’



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Friday Round Up: 4th November – 8th November

It’s been a quiet week in the line of conferences but we’ve had a very busy week here at Skills Matter hosting nine free events with our community. These included three In The Brain sessions and six User Group meet-ups all receiving positive feedback and marvellous turnouts! These events wouldn’t be what they are without our community so we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the attending delegates and speakers for learning and sharing at Skills Matter this week.

This week in SkillsCasts:

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Monday saw the arrival of the London Java Community with a talk from Martijn Verburg and Richard Warburton ‘The Bleeding Edge’ where they spoke about what happens to your technology stack if you’re willing to take a risk. Martijn and Richard work together at jClarity and are running production systems using Html 5, Angular.js, vertx, Mongo, groovy and are deploying using chef. They explained how it has been an interesting ride: how some things worked really well and how some things didn’t. They also explained how they ended up with such a diverse stack and how to make technology choices in a fairer way.

Infracoders London were also in for their November meet-up with an interesting talk on ‘A Journey of Windows Infrastructure Automation At thetrainline.com’ – a brief history, where it started, what’s happening now and where it’s heading using Chef, VMWare, power-shell plus a few other tools.

The London Clojurians had three separate lightening talks from the speakers, Henry Garner, Kris Jenkins and Jamie Brandon. This is definitely one to catch up on!

Oren Eini (aka Ayende Rahien) graced us with a first-rate In The Brain session, with a talk on ‘The DB Disassembly Kit’. Oren went into the details that make up the different components in a database, how they are put together and what the different design choices you have for each component, and how they work together.

Our second In The Brain session of the week was from Susanne Madsen who spoke about ‘Project Leadership: Are we too busy with the urgent to focus on the important?’ A very interesting and relevant talk – worth a watch if you missed out!

The London Pyramid Group had two awesome talks, the first from Jon Staley who gave a quick intro to Deform & Colander and spoke about how you can wrangle them into doing what you want. The second from Riley Doyle who covered key lessons learned in building an advanced ‘DNA Search Engine’ with Pyramid.

The London Lua had a talk on ‘Lua & Corona SDK – Cross platform mobile game development’ for their November meet-up. This talk is great for anyone interested in a basic beginners guide to getting started with indie game development in Corona and Lua…

The final In The Brain session was with Ian Plosker who spoke about The Triumph of Simplicity: how database complexity will be replaced by simple services. He discussed why the level of complexity in storing and querying data has exploded and how database software eventually will be overrun by simple services. The Skillscast to this talk will be available in two weeks.

Next week at Skills Matter:
Monday – The London Big-O November meet-upLondon Ruby User Group November meet-upLondon AJAX User Group November meet-up

Tuesday – In The Brain of Vaughn VernonIn The Brain of Jon Jagger

Wednesday – London Scala User Group November meet-up


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This Week at Skills Matter: 4th November – 8th November

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

Monday:

Infracoders London will be joining us at Skills Matter HQ for their November meet-up with a talk on ‘A Journey of Windows Infrastructure Automation At thetrainline.com’ – a brief history, where it started, what’s happening now and where it’s heading using Chef, VMWare, power-shell plus a few other tools.

Also on Monday Richard Warburton and Martijn Verburg will be giving a talk on ‘Bleeding Edge’ at the London Java Community November meet-up. Talking about what happens to your technology stack if you’re willing to take a risk?

Tuesday:

On Tuesday Skills Matter will be hosting the London Clojurians November meet-up where they will have three lightening talks from Henry Garner, Kris Jenkins and Jamie Brandon.

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We will also host Oren Eini, aka Ayende Rahien, for an In The Brain talk about ‘The DB Disassembly Kit’, going into the details that actually make up the different components in a database, how they are put together and much more!
Finally we will host the London .Net User Group Meet-up where they will have a talk from Gael Fraiteur on ‘Multithreading Design Patterns’. Some things Gael will talk about include: characteristics of a threading model, enforcement and automation of threading model and why do we need threading models?

Wednesday:

 The London Pyramid Group will have their November meet-up with talks from Jon Staley on ‘King Forms’ – a quick intro to Deforem & Colander and how he wrangled them to do what he wanted, and Riley Doyle on ‘From the Script to Web’ – covering key lessons learned in building an advanced ‘DNA search engine’ with Pyramid.

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We will also have another In The Brain session with Susanne Madsen who will be talking about ‘Project Leadership: Are we too busy with the urgent to focus on the important?’. Susanne has years of experience running high-profile IT projects and is a qualified corporate and executive coach – this talk is not to be missed!

Thursday:

London Lua will have a talk on ‘Lua & Corona SDK – Cross platform mobile game development’ for their November meet-up.

The final In the Brain of the week will be with Ian Plosker who will be talking about ‘The Triumph of Simplicity: how database complexity will be replaced by simple services’. Ian will be discussing why the level of complexity in storing and querying data has exploded and discuss how database software eventually will be overrun by simple services.



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