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  • Liked Melinda Seckington
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    Melinda Seckington - Reflect & Refactor

    Melinda Seckington
    Melinda Seckington
    Developer
    FutureLearn
    schedule 2 months ago
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    60 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    As developers, we’re constantly learning: whether it’s figuring out how to solve new problems and bugs, or focusing on new skills and knowledge to apply to our work. Often when we talk about reflecting and refactoring, it will be about the way we work in our teams or how we can make our code better – but why don’t we apply the same method to ourselves?

    This talk looks at how to constantly reflect and refactor your own skills and values, creating your own idea of a “good” developer. It will examine the psychology of creating new habits, the different motivations of why we are developers, and how we can each define the type of developers we want to be.

  • Liked Andy Clarke
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    Andy Clarke - Designing inspired style guides

    Andy Clarke
    Andy Clarke
    Head of Design
    Ansarada
    schedule 2 months ago
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    60 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    “Style guide” is an umbrella term for several types of design documentation; static style or visual identity guides, voice and tone, front-end code guidelines or component/pattern libraries. These all offer something different but often have something in common. They look ugly enough to have been designed by someone who enjoys configuring a router.

    In this fast-paced talk, Andy will demonstrate ways to improve how style guides look and make them better at communicating design information to creatives without it getting in the way of what technical people need.

  • Liked James Stewart
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    James Stewart - Lessons Learned as a Government CTO

    James Stewart
    James Stewart
    Principal Consultant
    jystewart.net
    schedule 2 months ago
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    60 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    Over the past few years James Stewart went on an unusual journey, from a very hands-on software delivery role changing how the UK government made its website, to a high-profile position working across government to reform technology and security policy. He’ll share some of that story and some of the lessons learned along the way, with some thoughts on how as technologists we can communicate the wider changes we know are possible.

  • Liked Anita Sengupta
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    Anita Sengupta - The Future of Mars Exploration

    60 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    Mars is the next destination for humans to explore and colonize in our journey through the solar system and beyond. For the past thirty years, the space programs of many nations have been sending landed platforms of increasing complexity, revealing the Red Planet’s ancient past. One of the most challenging aspects of all missions to Mars is the safe landing on the surface, from an initial entry speed of 30,000 miles per hour to a soft touchdown. During the descent to the surface, robots and eventually people are protected from extreme temperatures and G-forces by complex engineered systems. On the surface they must be able to survive radiation and low pressures, with only the limited resources they can bring with them. This talk will discuss the motivation for Mars exploration and how engineering challenges are tackled with computational modeling, cutting-edge technologies, and out-of-the-box thinking. Engineering the Red Planet is the key to our future and understanding our past.

  • Liked Ashley Aitken
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    Ashley Aitken - Extreme Lean Startup for Developers

    60 Mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    The Lean Startup approach applies the principles and practices of lean manufacturing to starting a new (potentially high growth) business, or more correctly, to the process of searching for one. Although it is often misunderstood, this approach changes significantly what startups should do to achieve success. Interestingly, it has significant implications for software developers and other product developers working in startups. This presentation and discussion will consider some of the key principles and practices behind Lean Startup and point out what it means for software developers working in startups. It is highly recommended for those working as a software developer in a startup, considering doing their own startup, or are just interested in learning about this new approach and what it means for software development. Even if you think you know about Lean Startup come along, you may be surprised.

    A talk similar to this has been presented for entrepreneurs and innovators previously in Perth and London and exceptionally well received. This one is tailored especially for developers and focuses on what they really need to know about Lean Startup. It will (with out a doubt) significantly change their perspective on their role as a developer in a Lean Startup. The presenter is the organiser of the Lean Startup Perth Meetup, which is a group of startup founders (many of them technical founders) who meet regularly to investigate and put into practice Lean Startup principles and practices. The presenter is also an active developer and startup founder building a system (with others) that uses Scala and Akka for microservices on the backend, with a CQRS architecture for most of the microservies, and React / Javascript on the front-end.

  • Liked Vasyl Boroviak
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    Vasyl Boroviak - Introduction to Jest Testing Framework

    Vasyl Boroviak
    Vasyl Boroviak
    Software Engineer
    SafetyCulture
    schedule 2 months ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    There are always ways to improve processes and standards in large organizations.

    If your company or you are working on multiple and/or large JavaScript projects then you should try Jest.

    This talk is about JavaScript unit testing. I’ll show the testing platform called Jest. Will tell why and how large companies can benefit from it.

    The presentation is going to be fun and entertaining.

  • Liked Peter Wilson
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    Peter Wilson - Performance: The path to HTTP/2 is Full of Potholes

    50 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    HTTP2 is here to solve all our performance woes. Well, not quite, even on websites that enable it, a significant proportion of traffic uses the older, slower protocol. It’s our job as web developers to account for both.

    Everything just got a whole lot more complicated.

    Discover some of the techniques available to developers during this transitional period, the new catches in HTTP2 and – importantly – how to keep your visitors from giving up before your site even loads.

  • Liked Jinju Jang
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    Jinju Jang - Creative Agile – Upgrading Design Without Design Skills

    Jinju Jang
    Jinju Jang
    Lead Designer
    Sportsmate Mobile
    schedule 2 months ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Agile has become the industry standard for software development. However, there is one problematic subject – Creativity. It’s hard to measure the value of aesthetic, sentimental features based on time, budget and impact. The subject of this talk is on improving the creative process. Also, there will be small tips that cover tools, management, and graphic design as well.

    Here are three topics to support the main idea:

    1. Tools: Software / Libraries that can polish your product faster.
    2. Collaborative design: How management, developers and other parts of the team can collaborate without design skills.
    3. Pure visual design: How can a designer boost up their artistic skills for the maximum product value.

  • Liked Ian Randall
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    Ian Randall - From Inception to Production – A Continuous Delivery Story

    Ian Randall
    Ian Randall
    Engineering Lead
    Pushpay
    schedule 2 months ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    At Pushpay in New Zealand, we make changes to our production servers half-a-dozen times a day or more. We do this with an expanding engineering team in an industry (mobile payments) that demands rigour and risk aversion.

    Join me as I talk about how we ship a feature all the way from a thought in someone’s head to running on the production servers. Sometimes, on the same day!

    This session will cover the tools and systems that make this possible, but more importantly the organisational culture that is the bedrock on which those systems are implemented.

  • Liked Andrew Tetlaw
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    Andrew Tetlaw - Leaving Your Legacy

    Andrew Tetlaw
    Andrew Tetlaw
    iOS Tech Lead
    SafetyCulture
    schedule 2 months ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Leaving Your Legacy is a presentation about how to take a product-driven approach to dealing with legacy code. The talk explores the need for a product-driven approach (rather than a purely engineering approach) as a key strategy for dealing with legacy issues, the cost of re-engineering without a product-driven approach, the cost of keeping legacy product features you’re hesitant to remove, how to decide what to remove, some examples of ways to remove product features.

    If a codebase reflects a product’s history, legacy code often represents legacy features. Those features in turn represent legacy notions about the product itself. It becomes clear that to solve the legacy code problem you have to examine if legacy features fit your evolving understanding of your product. The aim of course is to be able to delete all that legacy code, by removing legacy features, allowing you to focus engineering efforts where they’ll contribute the most to the development of the product.

  • Liked Ted Tencza
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    Ted Tencza - 5 Things I am Doing Wrong with Distributed Teams, and You Should Too

    Ted Tencza
    Ted Tencza
    Head of Engineering
    Prospa
    schedule 2 months ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Its increasingly common that teams are distributed across multiple offices, in different countries, all working on the same product or project. But how do you make this work well? There seem to be a number of readily accepted tenants of conventional wisdom to help deal with leading distributed teams, from seeming good ideas “teams must be co-located” to ones that are purely economic “offshore teams can be run at a far lower cost”.

    This talk will challenge the conventional wisdom around leading distributed teams. I will explore how I have structured distributed teams at finder.com, and explain where and why I deviate from conventional practices (teams are not co-located or bounded by geography for instance). I will show how ignoring or modifying these can produce much better outcomes, happier, more productive teams, and a great culture of distributed work.

    I have over 10 years experience leading geographically dispersed teams (in the US, Australia, Manila, and Europe) and growing successful high performing tech teams. I recently set up teams in the Philippines and Poland and will be drawing on that experience for this talk.

  • Liked Philip Laureano
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    Philip Laureano - Easy Eventual Consistency with Actor Models and AWS

    Philip Laureano
    Philip Laureano
    Technical Lead
    Domain Group
    schedule 2 months ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    I found a way to ‘cheat’ the CAP theorem, and in this session, I’ll show you how to do it. No, seriously

    The CAP theorem is a very difficult problem to solve in distributed systems, but it turns out that there are a few simple rules that you can follow to get strong eventual consistency in the cloud. These rules can work in almost any programming language, and I’ll talk about what it take to make it all happen. At Domain, we used these principles to recover from catastrophic data failures in our clickstream events, and in this session, I’ll show you how we did it.

    With CRDTs + Event Sourcing and its intrinsic immutability, there’s a mathematically provable way to ensure that all nodes in a distributed system (such as a data store, or an Akka.NET grid) get the same level of consistency without even talking to each other.

  • Liked Naresh Jain
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    Naresh Jain - Setting up Continuous Delivery Pipeline for a Large-Scale Mobile App

    Naresh Jain
    Naresh Jain
    Founder
    Xnsio
    schedule 2 months ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Hike is a mobile-first, messaging platform that is used by 100 million users to exchange 40 billion messages/month. Hike app is available on Android, iOS and Windows phone. On the back-end, we’ve 100+ macro-services in Java, Python, Ruby, Go and Elixir. While setting up a Continuous Delivery pipeline, we ran into a series of technical challenges. However it was more important to address the organisational/behavioural challenges to ensure a sustainable culture shift in the company.

    In this talk, I’ll explain how we went about:

    • Setup a trunk-based development model
    • Decentralised our build & test environments using Docker and Jenkins
    • Segregated and containerised our macro-services
    • Refactored the mobile apps to be more container friendly
    • Setup a mobile device farm using STF
    • Improved the quality of code-reviews using PRBuilder & PRRiskAdvisor
    • Created different kinds of automated tests to align with our CI Pipeline and get rapid feedback
    • Finally how we used C3 to visualise the health of our code-base

  • Liked Luke Sleeman
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    Luke Sleeman - Tensor What? AI and mobile

    50 Mins
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    Intermediate

    AI and mobile are are great combination. Over the past few years we seen an explosion of AI related mobile technology: Siri, Google now, Image and voice recognition. We will conduct a high level, broad overview of the AI field, looking at some of the recent breakthroughs on mobile and the technologies behind them. We will also look at the Google TensorFlow library in more detail explaining what it is exploring some of the models that have been built using TensorFlow. Finally we will look at how TensorFlow can be used to enhance your own mobile apps, providing examples of both running TensorFlow directly on a mobile and on a server to provide a web services. This will include a live demo of my phone using TensorFlow to recognise a banana!

  • Liked Lee Campbell
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    Lee Campbell - Cost of a Dependency

    Lee Campbell
    Lee Campbell
    Lead Engineer
    VGW
    schedule 2 months ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    This presentation will challenge a common movement that is sweeping the lands unnoticed. Agile micro-service projects that live in a single VCS repository, that are slow to test, hard to understand need to be deployed and versioned as a single unit. While that sounds silly, ask these questions of your project:

    • Are you using a layered architecture?
    • Do you generally have an interface for each class (Java/.NET)?
    • Do your Views live in one folder and your ViewModels in another?
    • Has your platform’s package manager made it too easy to just add, more?
    • Has your team mistaken “reuse” as a goal, not an outcome?
    • Does your team favor living code over doco, yet no one understands how the system works?
    • Could you make a one line code change, test it, commit it, package it and deploy it in under 15min?
    • Do you think you are doing Microservices, but all the code lives in the same repo? Share the same contracts? Get versioned and deployed together? Share a data store?

    Even if you are not on the Microservices band wagon, will your framework of choice be relevant in 5 years? Can your team pivot to new libraries, GUI or data store technologies in days or weeks? Or, are you actively building the next legacy project churn-and-burn style?

    This session will pose some challenges to prevailing convention and ask how did we get here. More importantly we will discover the costs of our decisions and how we start applying an engineering instead of religious approach to design.

  • Liked Christopher Biggs
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    Christopher Biggs - The Internet Of Scary Things – Guidance for Developing and Deploying IoT Products

    Christopher Biggs
    Christopher Biggs
    Director
    Accelerando Consulting
    schedule 2 months ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    The Internet of Things (IoT) has recently been somewhat of a laughing stock, with poorly designed and managed IoT devices being associated with severe privacy leaks, theft of service, and botnet-perpetrated denial-of-service attacks. The currently circulating joke goes “The S in IoT stands for Security!”

    This presentation covers how to recognise and avoid risks to your business from adopting IoT, some best practices for selecting and deploying IoT devices, and most importantly, for developers of IoT products, how to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, through good architecture, quality processes and use of the right tools and frameworks. I will talk about ways to ensure that less-secure or rogue devices cannot damage your network or the Internet at large, how to monitor and control your IoT devices to keep them safe and functional, and how to choose among the growing collection of incompatible frameworks for IoT systems.

    IoT is the Wild West – Criminals have outrun the Law, but the Law, and good development practices, are catching up. My presentation will teach you about the guidelines, traps, tools and frameworks that you need to know about to avoid becoming the next “IoT is…” joke.

  • Liked Andy Marks
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    Andy Marks - Does smelly code also sound bad? Using audio cues to indicate code quality

    50 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    This is a demonstration of a code quality analysis tool that doesn’t visualise the metrics – it “audiolises” them.

    The concepts of poor code having smell and colour (usually red) is commonly accepted, but what about appealing to our sense of hearing as well as eyes and nose? Aeolian is an open source tool (written by the author) that generates MIDI music from code quality metrics, which begs the question:

    • What does poor quality code sound like? Justin Beiber’s latest? A Phillip Glass soundtrack? A Phil Spector wall of sound cacophony? Modern Jazz?
    • Likewise, what does good quality code sound like? Mozart? White noise?
    • How do commonly accepted musical concepts (keys, tempo, verse, chorus) apply when illustrating code quality.

    The author (an amateur musician and long time producer of smelly code) will talk through the concepts of Aeolian and provide plenty of examples of how you can map code quality to music. This will be a light hearted talk and no knowledge of music theory is needed.

  • Liked Rhys Campbell
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    Rhys Campbell - Introduction to Serverless – Abandon All Hardware!

    Rhys Campbell
    Rhys Campbell
    Solutions Architect
    VGW
    schedule 2 months ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    An introduction to serverless cloud computing via the Serverless framework running on AWS with a simple continuous integration pipeline. The aim of the talk is to 1) build a simple but working and deployed service 2) break that barrier to entry into the world of serverless and 3) get the audience moving forward with the low cost, highly scalable, agile development that can be achieved with a serverless approach.

  • Liked Glenn Tweedie
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    Glenn Tweedie - Conway vs The Monolith

    Glenn Tweedie
    Glenn Tweedie
    Developer
    Envato
    schedule 2 months ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Envato runs a suite of web marketplaces for digital goods at serious scale. Our core Ruby on Rails application is over 10 years old. This codebase has served us well, however its size, complexity and monolithic nature has made it increasingly difficult to move and improve at the pace that we would like.

    In early 2016, Envato reorganised so that our communication structure was more closely aligned with the system structure that we wanted. In other words we deliberately set Conway’s Law against our monolith.

    In this talk I will explore the reasons for the change, the way we went about changing, and see what progress has been made towards the goal.

  • Liked Rob Ciolli
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    Rob Ciolli - Reactive Programming in the Real World

    Rob Ciolli
    Rob Ciolli
    Sr. Mobile Developer
    REA Group
    schedule 2 months ago
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    50 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Reactive programming can be a difficult concept to grok. Even once a you have an understanding of the basic principles it can be difficult to see how to use this technique in a real world context.

    This presentation will attempt to bridge the divide between conceptual understanding and day to day usage. Through the use of (redacted) code examples from production code, I will illustrate how reactive techniques can be used. Also I will make a case for why these patterns should be adopted.

    While these code example are from a swift app running on iOS (using RxSwift and ReactiveCocoa) these concepts are relevant to Reactive programming in any language.

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