Friday Round-Up: 10 – 14th February

The rain wasn’t able to keep most of you away this week, in fact we had even more than expected! With a mixture of In The Brains, User Groups and a bundle of courses filling the building, Skills Matter HQ was abuzz with activity. Remember if you haven’t already done so, sign up to our new website!

This week in Skillscasts:

This week's meetups and user groups at Skills Matter, London

So we kicked off the week with 9 fantastic lightning talks hosted by the London Ruby User Group. All with a theme of Ruby and Rails, the event was a hit among the LRUG community. We do apologise to those who did not manage to catch a glimpse of what was in store, but the bug with our online bookings system has now been resolved.

To continue the busy evening, Jimmy Bogard took a look at how Octopus enables Continuous Delivery at his In The Brain talk, looking at what it offers over standard tooling, and most importantly how to make your ops team love you again. Crucial! Jimmy is a member of the ASPInsiders group, the C# Insiders group, and received the “Microsoft Most Valuable Professional” (MVP) award for ASP.NET in 2009-2012. Jimmy is also the creator and lead developer of the popular OSS library AutoMapper.

Limited WIP hosted a talk based on Agile Product Planning co-organised and presented by Value Glide Ltd and PMI UK Agile CoP. The speakers looked at how to execute a product strategy in a way that is complimentary to the principles of Agile – the debate was lively and enthusiastic, so be sure to check out the Skillscast!

The London Android User Group brought together Steve Plank and Mandy Waite to explore building mobile backends in the Cloud & accessing the Cloud through your Android app. Mandy and Steve put together two fabulous talks for you, so check out if didn’t manage to make it there in person. Many thanks to Microsoft for sponsoring the event!

Finally Tomas Petricek made an appearance this week at the F#unctional User Group introducing Deedle, the new open-source library for data and time series manipulation. A fantastic talk, which demonstrated the Deedle library as well as the ‘data science’ stack for F#.

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:


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’ – 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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