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This Week at Skills Matter: 26 – 29 August

The Open Tech School

The Open Tech School

As you read this we assume you’re asking the same question as us – can this really be the end of summer? But don’t be gloomy (even if this was the chilliest August Bank Holiday ever recorded), we’ve got six fantastic meetups this week, from Londroid looking at moving your app interface beyond 2D to an introduction to web programming with the Open Tech School. Check them all out below!


The London Android User Group join us for another fully booked talk this evening, as they discuss Holo to Material Design. This is an open discussion around one question – what if an interface wasn’t just 2D? If app developers take advantage of virtual light sources, realtime shadows and put an emphasis on clean typographic layouts with rich animated touch feedback, can they transition their beloved Holo? And if so, should they? And when!?

In anticipation of the talk, you’re also invited to share your own examples and apps using #materialdesign. Find out more and see the full agenda on the group’s page.

Also joining us tonight, the Open Tech School return for the second part of their introduction to web programming using Javascript. Be sure to bring a laptop!


The Neo4j User Group bring along speaker Rik Van Bruggen – regional territory manager for Neo Technology for the BeNeLux, UK, and Nordics – for a talk on importing data into Neo4j. With examples, strategies and live demos Rik will demonstrate the advantage of using a graph database to represent complex relationships between pieces of data directly, covering the various aspects of the data import process for Neo4j and present the existing procedures and tools.


Get hands-on with FParsec on Thursday as Phil Trelford and the F#unctional Londoners, as they introduce parsing domain-specific and general purpose languages using FParsec. Along the way you’ll cover creating a simple Abstract Syntax Tree (AST) with discriminated unions, and interpreting or compiling the language using pattern matching.

Go back to basics for WebGL Workshop London’s talk on WebGL, Three.js and Babylon.js. This month they finish the rotating dice in raw WebGL, then do the same in Three.js and Babylon.js for comparison. This is the second part of this talk, the first of which you can watch here.

Finishing off the week the London Java Community bring us their Java 8 Roadshow. Join speakers Tori Wieldt, Raoul-Gabriel Urma and Richard Warburton as they take you through the great new features on Java 8!

This Week at Skills Matter: 22 – 25 April

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


The London Java Community return to Skills Matter HQ for a presentation by Arun Gupta, director of RedHat. Arun will discuss RedHat’s open source Java EE 7 compliant application server, Wildfly 8. Come along to learn about its features and how it contains robust implementations like WebSocket and all Java EE 7 technologies.

Also on Tuesday, James Nocentini and Matt Gaunt join this month’s London PhoneGap Meetup, where they will show you how to make a real offline mobileapp and how to optimize and debug your mobile application withDevtools, as well as covering other interesting topics like how PouchDB helped to avoid creating a backend.


Deep Learning London will be joined by Dr. Boumediene Hamzi who will take a closer look at machine learning, learning theory and Artificial Neural Networks. He will be characterizing the frameworks and use Artificial Networks to illustrate the thought process.


Mark Harwood will be joing us for an In The Brain talk, demonstrating scenarios with real-data and examples based around the forth-coming feature of the open source search and analytics platform – ElasticSearch. This demonstration will cover how anomaly detection algorithms can spot credit card fraud and some other rather useful uses. Mark is a software engineer at ElasticSearch and a long-time contributor to Lucene. Prior to joining Elasticsearch Mark was Chief Scientist at BAE Systems Detica, designing search and visualization systems on multi-billion document solutions for analysts in commercial and government clients.

And wrapping up the week, the Limited WIP Society will be concentrating closely on Theory of Constraints and ‘evaporating clouds. Using real-life examples, they will visualise both sides of the conflict and will try to find a better overall solution than just compromise.

This week at Skills Matter: 17 – 21st February 2014

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


The London Open Tech School will be making their first appearance at Skills Matter with their first part introduction website making, teaching HTML & CSS. With no previous experience necessary the group will be running through the basic building blocks required to kick-start your site. By the end of the second session you will have left with your very own personal portfolio website.


London Storm are back with a hands-on session devoted to the core concepts in Trident, the DSL language of Storm. By the end you will have gained a greater understanding of Trident and seen a Trident topology developer from scratch and run in a production environment. You couldn’t really ask for much more!


If you are interested in Quantum Computing and Spherical geometry algorithms, then the Big-O User Group  is the place to start. They are hosting two speakers, Jason Davies and Anish Mohammed, both with tonnes of experience which they are ready and willing to share. Sign up but remember this event starts at 6pm to ensure everything is covered.


Another hands-on this week, but delivered by the The WebGL User Group who will be taking a closer look at some three.js features. Make sure you catch where things are heading and maybe a peek at some alternatives.

You can view all upcoming user groups and meetups on the Skills Matter website here. All events are free, but spaces are limited, so please be sure to register to avoid disappointment! 

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

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


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!



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!

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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