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Monday, November 21
 

10:10am

[SLIDES]Michael Feathers @mfeathers - Edge-Free Programming
Many systems are full of error checks and conditional logic. Each of these introduce discontinuities and make reasoning difficult. In this talk, Michael Feathers will introduce the concept of an Edge and describe how removing them and bypassing them in code and UX can lead to systems that are more robust and easier to use and maintain.

Speakers
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Michael Feathers

AUTHOR OF WORKING EFFECTIVELY WITH LEGACY CODE, R7K Research & Conveyance
Michael Feathers is the Founder and Director of R7K Research & Conveyance, a company specializing in software and organization design. Prior to forming R7K, Michael was the Chief Scientist of Obtiva and a consultant with Object Mentor International. Over the past 20 years he has consulted... Read More →



Monday November 21, 2016 10:10am - 11:10am
1. Champions Hall

12:30pm

Rachel Reese @rachelreese - History of a Functional Language: From Euclid to Type Providers
Have you ever wondered where your favorite feature came from? Was it influenced by a feature in another language? How are the different programming languages even related? I spent a couple months researching the history of some programming languages, and wanted to share that with you. In this talk, I cover the history of the ML family from approximately the dawn of time, eventually focusing on F# specifically.

Speakers
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Rachel Reese

ENERGETIC, COMMUNITY ENTHUSIAST, FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING GEEK, Jet.com
Rachel Reese is a long-time software engineer and math geek who can often be found talking to random strangers about the joys of functional programming and F#. She currently handles training & evangelism for Jet.com in the NYC area, and has a habit of starting user groups: so far... Read More →


Monday November 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:20pm
1. Champions Hall

2:20pm

[SLIDES]Paul Stack @stack72 - Centralised Logging without the blood, sweat and tears
Traditionally logging has fallen into one of three camps: don't do it, use an SaaS provider such as Splunk, or expend large amounts of time and energy configuring on-premise logging stacks. The maturity of cloud platform service offerings now means that you can have the flexibility of running your own logging stack without the headache and costs of managing individual components.
In this talk, Paul will demonstrate how the use of managed services like ElasticSearch, AWS Kinesis, and various log-shipping agents can build a scalable, easy-to-manage and cheap-to-run logging infrastructure that will ultimately save your company $$$.

Speakers
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PAUL STACK

DEVELOPER, Joyent
Paul Stack is a product / infrastructure coder and has spoken at various events throughout the world about his passion for continuous integration, continuous delivery and good operational procedures and why they should be part of what developers and system administrators do on a day... Read More →



Monday November 21, 2016 2:20pm - 3:10pm
3. Citius

4:30pm

[SLIDES]Ian Cooper @ICooper - RPC is Evil
As the microservice train thunders into town, it is bringing with it an old enemy - the Remote Procedure Call. Libraries like Thrift are being used for client-server communication and no one seems to be looking back to the past to understand why we ran screaming from RPC last time. Drawing on bitter experience of DCOM, .NET remoting and Web Services, and his very British desire for a decent cup of tea, in this talk Ian Cooper will explain the anti-patterns of RPC and look at the alternatives which will ensure your system stays stable and he gets a decent brew.

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IAN COOPER

Polyglot Coding Architect, JustEat
Polyglot Coding Architect in London, founder of #ldnug, speaker, tabletop gamer, geek. Tattooed, pierced, and bearded. The 'guv' on @BrighterCommand



Monday November 21, 2016 4:30pm - 5:20pm
2. Altius

5:25pm

[SLIDES]Amye Scavarda @amye - Work On The Wrong Things First
It's way too easy to get caught into a path of 'I must be doing it wrong, everyone else seems to understand all this technology, and I don't get it'. The problem is that's wrong. We also have an obsession with 'you must be working on the right things!' And in order to learn how to put everything together, you need to practice. So, work on the wrong things first.

Speakers
avatar for Amye Scavarda

Amye Scavarda

Gluster Community Lead, Red Hat
Implementer of sanity in fast-paced chaos. Pleasant, cheerful andcompetent in a sea of snark. I'm at Red Hat as their Gluster CommunityLead. I help feed and water the Gluster.org community. Previously, Iwas a Drupal and DevOps project manager, expanding out the world onelittle website... Read More →



Monday November 21, 2016 5:25pm - 6:15pm
1. Champions Hall

5:25pm

Rob Ashton @RobAshton - Functional Frontends with Elm
I've been working with Elm professionally for most of the year and it has proven itself to be a remarkably simple way to build applications targeted at the web browser in a safe and maintainable manner.

In this talk we'll very quickly skim over the language itself before taking a tour into the common patterns of usage we have discovered as well as some useful libraries that have ended up being an integral part of each of our applications.

This is not a theoretical talk, there will be tangible examples and some discussion of the pitfalls of using this technology - but hopefully together we can help prevent any more raw JS being forced on the world...

Speakers
avatar for ROB ASHTON

ROB ASHTON

Polyglot Software Developer, id3as
Over a decade of building software in a plethora of languages and technologies, leading teams, travelling around and learning. Now found mostly writing Erlang and Purescript, building distributed media delivery systems for a small b2b company in the UK whilst also developing an ecosystem... Read More →


Monday November 21, 2016 5:25pm - 6:15pm
3. Citius

6:30pm

Steve Pereira @SteveElsewhere - A DevOps Pipeline
A guided tour of using Docker and other best-of-breed tools to deliver quality code from developers to production in a fast and scalable process. How does old school manufacturing compare to modern automation and software? What does a modern pipeline look like in the context of Docker?

We’ll cover:
- the history of build and deployment
- tools of the trade- process overview
- key automations
- deployment, operations and scaling

Speakers
avatar for Steve Pereira

Steve Pereira

CTO of STATFLO
Steve is an 20 year tech veteran specializing in software delivery and operations. From tech support to IT management and current focus on large scale cloud and developer workflow, he's worked with and consulted enterprises and startups in areas like automation, continuous delivery... Read More →


Monday November 21, 2016 6:30pm - 7:20pm
2. Altius
 
Tuesday, November 22
 

11:15am

[SLIDES]Roy Veshovda @royveshovda - From zero to IoT (using Elixir and Nerves)
How can we use what we have learned in the web stack to iterate faster in the world of IoT?
 

Which tools are available today to go from idea to deployed product in much faster iterations than before. To get prototypes out the door faster and get feedback to iterate again. Have a look at Open-Hardware, Open-Source, 3D printing, Erlang (Old New), Elixir, Nerves, and how you can use them all together to prototype and build faster.

Speakers
avatar for Roy Veshovda

Roy Veshovda

BUILD TECHNOLOGY WITH PASSION, Eycarus AS
Roy Veshovda calls himself a developer. He is an independent consultant and serial entrepreneur. He has spent most of his professional life moving from the web world to hardware and back. Along the way he has picked up a lot of languages and technologies, including Erlang and Elixir... Read More →



Tuesday November 22, 2016 11:15am - 12:05pm
3. Citius

11:15am

[SLIDES]Alex West @birdsncherries - A Visual Thinking Warmup for developers
Do strong personalities dominate your development team? Are code reviews painful? Are you blindly following  orders from a backlog, or are you learning from observation? Visual Thinking Strategies, or VTS, is a cross­disciplinary technique applicable to anyone working in a  collaborative setting where observation is key. VTS develops critical thinking skills by viewing and discussing  works of art in a group. It is backed by over 30 years of field research showing its effectiveness and  accessibility. By allowing individuals to talk about art ­ without needing a background in the field ­ VTS  advances skills you can use to create more relevant products and stronger teams: Observing, Brainstorming,  Speculating, Reasoning with Evidence, Cultivating a Point of View, and Revision & Elaboration. During this interactive exercise, we’ll discuss selected works of art as a group. There are no right answers or  group consensus being sought. We’re creating an environment and process for looking, thinking, reasoning  and revision skills that are mission­critical to anyone working in a software design or development role. After  our group discussion, I’ll introduce the basics of image selection and facilitating VTS sessions within your  organization. In addition to the above, I’ll cover how VTS can help you and your team with the following:  Comfort with Ambiguity, Openness to the Unfamiliar, Civil Debate, and Willingness to Participate in Group  Thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra West

Alexandra West

Creative Director/Founder, Nerd/Noir
Alexandra West is a production designer, international speaker, and Creative Director of Nerd/Noir. Her present interest is in bringing a visual thinking mindset into the world of collaborative work. Alex has a long history as a creative. After earning her degree in Art History from... Read More →



Tuesday November 22, 2016 11:15am - 12:05pm
4. Sprint

2:10pm

[SLIDES]Mathias Brandewinder @brandewinder - Agile experiments in Machine Learning with F#
Just like traditional applications development, machine learning involves writing code. One aspect where the two differ is the workflow. While software development follows a fairly linear process (design, develop, and deploy a feature), machine learning is a different beast. You work on a single feature, which is never 100% complete. You constantly run experiments, and re-design your model in depth at a rapid pace. Traditional tests are entirely useless. Validating whether you are on the right track takes minutes, if not hours.
In this talk, we will take the example of a Machine Learning competition we recently participated in, the Kaggle Home Depot competition, to illustrate what "doing Machine Learning" looks like. We will explain the challenges we faced, and how we tackled them, setting up a harness to easily create and run experiments, while keeping our sanity. We will also draw comparisons with traditional software development, and highlight how some ideas translate from one context to the other, adapted to different constraints.

Speakers
avatar for Mathias Brandewinder

Mathias Brandewinder

MODEL BUILDER, Clear Lines
Mathias Brandewinder has been developing software on .NET for about 10 years, and loving every minute of it, except maybe for a few release days. His language of choice was C#, until he discovered F# and fell in love with it. He enjoys arguing about code and how to make it better... Read More →



Tuesday November 22, 2016 2:10pm - 3:00pm
3. Citius

2:10pm

James Nugent @jen20 - Building self-assembling, self-healing, systems in the AWS cloud
No-one likes being woken up with a PagerDuty alert at 4am for a problem which could resolve itself with no human intervention, but for looking at it a bit differently. When moving existing applications into the cloud, or designing new ones targeting the cloud, it's important to consider and take advantage of the capabilities of the target platform, while not locking yourself in to a particular vendor. In this talk we'll look at a variety of different types of software and look at real world deployment patterns for running them in a self-assembling, self-healing manner in the Amazon cloud, and about how we might be able to replicate some of these capabilities on other cloud platforms.

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Tuesday November 22, 2016 2:10pm - 3:00pm
4. Sprint

3:15pm

[SLIDES]Jezen Thomas @jezenthomas - Haskell On Rails
For years, Ruby on Rails has been the web application framework of choice for software developers who need to *Get Things Done*. We can rapidly prototype, and then effortlessly ship. But what happens when the complexity of the system inevitably grows? We write tests, and more tests, and even more tests, and still we're on our knees, fighting fires and debugging. We need better tools. We need our machines to automatically verify the fundamental correctness of our systems. These tools have been around for a while, but until recently the “Getting Started” material has been thin on the ground. In this talk I will show you how to get up and running and ready to build stuff with a Rails-like framework underpinned by one of the fastest and most stable languages in the industry: Haskell. The talk will cover everything from setting up a development environment, to integrating with a database and deploying to a VPS. Although this is a Haskell talk, it's from an angle of pragmatism and not academia. You do not need to know Haskell to enjoy this talk.

Speakers
avatar for Jezen Thomas

Jezen Thomas

WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPER, Syft
Jezen Thomas is a software developer, writer, and public speaker spending most of his time building things for the Internet with Ruby, JavaScript, and Haskell. He currently works remotely from the North coast of Poland, leading user interface development at Syft, a hospitality recruitment... Read More →



Tuesday November 22, 2016 3:15pm - 4:05pm
3. Citius

3:15pm

Dylan Beattie @dylanbeattie - Webmasters, Full Stack Developers and Other Legends
Once upon a time, when the web was young, phones were dumb and people still thought progressive JPEGs were a pretty neat idea, there were people who called themselves... THE WEBMASTERS. They were brave, they were bold. Armed with a 56k modem and a stack of O'Reilly books, the webmasters were fearless in their ongoing quest, driven by a humble vision - to connect the entire world together. Using Netscape Navigator. Of course, that was a long time ago, and nobody really believes the stories any more. Some say the webmasters are gone. Some say they never existed in the first place - it was just a bunch of marketing people with delusions of grandeur. But a few, a select few, believe they changed. They evolved. They learned new skills, they embraced new technology... and the Legend of the Full Stack Developer was born. The history of software development is rich with tales of extraordinary individuals, whose knowledge of their own systems was absolutely unrivalled. But here in 2016, in a world where distributed systems, machine learning and autoscaling cloud systems are ubiquitous and the average web app uses three JavaScript frameworks, four server-side languages and six different kinds of caching technology, does it really make any sense to talk about full stack developers? Are we clinging to outdated paradigms, nostalgic for the simple days when one person really could know all the answers - or does overspecialisation represent a genuine threat to the established discipline of software development? And if it does - should we be resisting it, or embracing it as a change that's long overdue?

Speakers
avatar for DYLAN BEATTIE

DYLAN BEATTIE

System Architect, Skills Matter
Dylan Beattie is a systems architect and software developer, who has built everything from tiny standalone websites to large-scale distributed systems. He's currently the CTO at Skills Matter in London, where he juggles his time between working on their software platform, supporting... Read More →


Tuesday November 22, 2016 3:15pm - 4:05pm
4. Sprint

4:20pm

[SLIDES]Andreas Ahrens @eiolos - How to NOT recruit a developer
A look into the very worst behaviors of IT recruiters and how you should counter. Lots of examples, horror stories and laughter. We also share some of the best answers we ever got from developers.

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avatar for Andreas Ahrens

Andreas Ahrens

CEO at DEVV.IT, devv.it
Started coding at age 6 on a ZX-81, Andreas has been involved in IT his whole life. He started his first business, a web hosting company, at age 20 and is now on his fourth business venture. His mission in life is to make sure the best coders in the world work at really fun companies... Read More →



Tuesday November 22, 2016 4:20pm - 5:10pm
3. Citius