Monday, 18 August 2014

Bloodstock 2014 Review

Friday

Just like last year I stayed in a Travelodge in Derby the night before Bloodstock, which makes the first day shorter as I don’t need to leave Norwich at stupid o’clock to catch the bands I want to see. After a short jaunt down the A38 to the Burton-on-Trent Central Premier Inn to meet Andy (who was late as usual) we got to the arena just as Bloodshot Dawn were starting their final song. It was amazing! Progressive death metal. I'll be ordering something of theirs as soon as I can.

Next up were the first band of the day I'd actually planned to see, Entombed AD. Basically the same band I used to go and see when I was at University, although they were just called Entombed then, and basically the same performance. Still good though.

Then came Primordial. Every year there are bands I don't know announced on the bill that sound interesting so I buy some of their stuff. Primordial were the first of these bands. I really like the couple of albums I bought and the performance was excellent. Dark, moody and well played. I've always been into My Dying Bride and more recently Swallow the Sun and really like this sort of doomy metal. Primordial are in much the same vain.

I'd never heard of Flotsam And Jetsam and as they were described as old school thrash, I didn't have high hopes and to begin with it looked like my fears were realised. Then, about a third of the way through their set, they played a new track that was just amazing and they continued to improve from that point on.

Most people only know Prong for 'Snap your fingers, snap your neck'. I had that album when I was at school, but never got around to buying it on CD until I heard they were playing at Bloodstock. It's great and Prong's performance was even better all the way through. They have a unique thrashy sound that really just works.

Triptykon were as expected, which was mediocre. I've got all their stuff and I quite like it, but I have to be in the right mood. They're one of those doom metal bands that are verging on good. They played well, but there was little interaction with the crowd.

I skipped Hatebreed on the main stage, mostly because they're rubbish and went to see Winterfylleth in the Sophie Lancaster tent, which was also a good way of missing the torrential rain. I was told they were a bit black metally and they were! Although no corpse paint, which is also refreshing. The British band were having some sort of technical difficulty but when they did play they were very good.

Dimmu Borgir also had their share of “Technical Bullshit” and were half an hour late to the stage, played one song, had more technical difficulties and disappeared for another five minutes. When they came back they played a, shortened, blinder. These days Dimmu are always good and they do seem to play lots of their songs that I like, which, to be fair, is most of them!

I had intended to go and see Rotting Christ as although I quite like the recent Down EPs, I'm not a fan of their original albums at all. The problem is I got comfortable in the Rock Society tent and Down were not only quite good, but Phil Anselmo is very charismatic and quite entertaining. So I stayed put. At least until I got cold...


Saturday

As I walked into the Arena from parking the car, Evil Scarecrow, a band I know nothing about were playing. Apparently they're unsigned and have played Bloodstock a number of times before. They were hilarious. They reminded me of Devin Townsend doing Ziltoid. They had cheap, but great stage props and lots of silly dances that the audience were all to happy to do, some of them dressed as tin foil robots. Just brilliant.

Shining shouldn't have been allowed on any stage at Bloodstock.

In 1993 I really got into Megadeth and a friend of mine from school lent me all their stuff and some Iron Maiden too. He wasn't really into Metal any more unless it was death metal. He mostly liked Grunge then. One of the Death Metal bands he liked was Vader and he played me a music video of theirs. I didn't really like it. In 2005 I found myself in San Francisco wandering round a large record store and there was The Beast by Vader. So I thought I'd give it a go, along with an album by Zyklon (are you seeing the BOA 2014 connections here?). I loved them both, especially the Vader album. As I found out more about them I discovered other Polish progressive death metal bands like Behemoth and Decapitated. I love them too. In the years since I've seen both Vader and Behemoth twice, but never managed to see Decapitated until today. They were fantastic. Like many of the other bands on the Bloodstock bill this year, they suffered from a poor guitar sound and in Decapitated's case in particular they could have done with a second guitarist. However, they were tight heavy and really rather wonderful.

I first saw Orphaned Land at ProgPower, the very short lived Power and Progressive Metal festival, in 2006 and thought they were good. It took me quite a while to get into their album Mabool and I never really got into the follow up, The Never Ending Way of the Warrior. However, their latest album All Is One is fantastic and I have played it relentlessly. I missed orphaned Land in Norwich recently so I was glad they were playing Bloodstock and they were very good, especially when they did Brother, my favourite track from the album, if not from the band. The vocalist is especially good. Again the guitar sound could have been better. As an Israeli band they of course mentioned the war in Gaza and how Palestinians were their friends.

I ignored Crowbar from the Rock Society tent.

For a band with one good album and two good songs on another album and a history of being crap when I've seen them before, Lacuna Coil were definite contenders for band of the day. Looking like they had a new drummer and a guitarist down, they put on the best show I have seen them do. I really enjoyed it.

Lacuna Coil's fly in the ointment was Children of Bodem. Fast, heavy, entertaining and lots of fun, Children of Bodem were just superb. You can't fault them in any way. Their new album is another one I've had on constant play and it's really helped me appreciate some of their other more recently albums too. These guys should get a headlining slot.

What's going on with Carcass? They are the band of the day, but what was going on with the guitarists? They seemed frequently out of tune and out of time. It didn't stop them being brutally heavy or entertaining between songs. A few seconds into the second song the power was pulled as someone had collapsed in the crowd. This resulted in the band being asked to cut their set short, which they refused to do and whinged about. Good on them though. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed their set.

I didn't have high hopes for Emperor as, even though it was the first album of theirs I bought (along with Godless Savage Garden by Dimmu Borgir in Glasgow) I'm not the biggest fan of it now. In some ways my fears were realised as they didn't play a single song I really knew (nothing from Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk or IX Equilibrium), but the problem is they play them so well and the music really is quite good, so again I came home (in the rain) having really enjoyed their set.


Sunday

I opened the Premier Inn curtains on Sunday morning to find torrential rain, so we skipped our usual VIP area breakfast and had it in the Beefeater next to the hotel instead before adorning full wets and heading for Catton Hall.

After the long walk from the car I caught the tail end of Arthemis, but they didn't make enough of an impression on me for me to be able to remember anything about their set.

I was really looking forward to Aborted and they were incredible. A tight, excellent performance playing lots of stuff from their new album. With bands like Aborted (and Decapitated) it doesn't matter what they play because it's all good. The only thing that let them down was their attitude to the crowd and the over exaggerated “don't give a damn” attitude that was completely unnecessary. It won't stop me seeing them again though.

I was hoping Revamp would be so much more, but I was being unrealistic as although their album is very listenable, it's not great. I love Floor Jansen. She was great in After Forever and singing with Star One and I can't wait to hear what she's like with Nightwish, but Revamp just really never got going. The problems with Floor's microphone didn't help through the second song, but at least provided some entertainment.

I remember having an argument at school about Biohazard. One of my classmates was really into them but would argue relentlessly that they're not a metal band. I know different. They were excellent. Full of energy, great songs and as you would expect, got loads of the crowd up on stage at the end. They were good enough to get me to order one of their old albums.

Graveyard's flight was delayed, so they were moved to the Sophie Lancaster stage later in the evening and replaced by Avatar. I'm not really sure what to say about them and their little drummer boy attire. They reminded me of Deathstars (who once played the indoor festival), but not as good.

I missed Obituary the last time they played Bloodstock as we had a new baby. I was very disappointed as I've been into them since World Demise and regularly get out their old and new stuff but have never seen them. They were fantastic. I didn't recognise a single song, but they're another of those bands that just sound great, so it doesn't matter what they play.

By this time we'd been thrown out of the Rock Society tent as the wind had made it unsafe and I was cold and tired, so I decided to skip Saxon (who I don't like anyway), Amon Amarth and Megadeth. I've seen Amon Amarth twice before at Bloodstock and Megadeth many times in various places. Apparently Megadeth were very good, but getting home to my family a night early was too appealing.

As usual, I'm already looking forward to next year.






Thursday, 24 July 2014

NorDev Event: An Evening of DevOps

What: NorDev: An Evening of DevOps

When: 6th August 2014, 6.30pm

Where: The King's Centre, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH

Sign-up: http://www.meetup.com/Norfolk-Developers-NorDev/events/178508812/



Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online in mixed development environments

Application and infrastructure are never as architecturally pure or simple as we would like. You can’t always rely on working in your language of choice. With this in mind we’re going to take a look at how TFS can help you with this whether you work with Java, .net or something else.

We’ll cover a number of topics including:

  • source control
  • build
  • testing
  • deployment

This talk will be aimed at developer though it shouldn’t matter what technology is being used.

Release Management with Team Foundation Server 2013 

With the shortening of delivery cycles; adoption of agile; and a focus on continuous delivery; there is a growing need to deploy application faster and more reliably. Microsoft Release Management with TFS 2013 is a new entry in this space complementing Microsoft’s existing Application Lifecycle Management offerings. This is a semi-technical demo, so it should be of interest anyone who’s involved in the release process specifically on the Windows Server Platform.

See how Release Management can:

  • Help provide faster and more consistent deployments.
  • Automate verification of deployments.Allow Single click promotion to different environments.
  • Secure releases with workflow approval release authorisation.
  • Integrate with your existing test and build processes


Chris Pont & John Nicholson 

Chris (@chrispont) and John (@ijyijohn) are both experienced developers / technical architects and have recently set up a new venture in Ipswich called IJYI (@IjyiLtd) offering bespoke development and consultancy in ALM, Team Foundation Server and SCRUM. They both have strong experience in .NET and the Microsoft ecosystem, are both certified ScrumMasters and have a huge interest in development process and the tooling that can ease transition into a more agile approach to application life cycle management.

MobDevCon 2014 Survey

As many of you know, this year’s MobDevCon had to be cancelled just weeks away from the conference. We wanted to release a statement to let those that had reserved tickets for the conference and were looking forward to the conference following on from the huge success of last year’s MobDevCon 2013, know the reason behind the event being cancelled. Unfortunately, even after extending the early bird tickets at reduced prices, and the sale of tickets for a further working week, there were only 10 paying delegates confirmed to attend. Add to this the sponsors, speakers and organisers this figure did rise to 40 people however we wanted to protect our relationships with the confirmed sponsors and it’s important to us to deliver on our promises. Having predicted around 100 paying delegates we felt that this would not present our sponsors with a fair return on their sponsorship investments. The low numbers of paying delegates also meant that the revenue generated from the conference would not cover its breakeven point and proved to be an unfeasible proposition for  Naked Element Ltd. to undertake.

As we’ve mentioned last year’s conference was a resounding success and we’d like to hear from you, as past attendees or members of the mobile development community, how we can make the conference a success once more and try to address the reasons behind poor ticket sales. We’ve had fantastic feedback from previous conferences and have the passion and commitment to bring the latest in mobile developments to the area and feel that there’s still life in our Mobile Development Conferences.

We would really appreciate if you would take just 1 minute out of your day to answer our questionnaire. All responses will be anonymous unless you specify otherwise and responses will be held in strict confidence. We will be taking your valuable feedback into account when organising future conferences and this will enable us to deliver what you want, how and when you want it.

Complete the questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J9WT5KJ

Monday, 30 June 2014

Norfolk Developers: Reactive Game Development & AngularJS 101

What: Reactive Game Development & AngularJS 101

When: Wednesday 2nd July @ 6.30pm

Where: The King's Centre, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Norfolk-Developers-NorDev/events/183266442/



This meetup includes free hotdogs, burgers (vegetarian option available), beer and soft drinks for all courtesy of Anglia IT Recruitment.

Reactive Game Development For The Discerning Hipster 
Bodil Stokke (@bodil)

To most people in JS, functional programmers are perceived as academic hipsters raving about things like applicative functors, semigroup homomorphisms and Yoneda lemmas for no good reason except to make the rest of us feel stupid. And this is fair; there’s no better way to make you feel pitifully mainstream than throwing category theory at you. Conversely, JS programmers tend to believe functional programming, therefore, can have no real world application because nobody in the real world has any idea what a Yoneda lemma is and they seem to be getting by just fine without it.

Except we aren’t. We’ve been living in callback hell for almost two decades now, and no matter how many control flow libraries we submit to npm, things don’t seem to be getting any better. And that’s where functional programming comes in—turns out callbacks are just functions, and those academics in their ivory towers with their Haskell compilers actually encountered and solved these problems long ago. And now we can have their solutions in JS too, because of functional reactive programming. To demonstrate, I’ll attempt to write a browser based game, from scratch, with ponies, using RxJS, everybody’s favourite reactive library, live on stage in 30 minutes with no callback hell in sight. And we’ll be finding out if this reactive stuff is all it’s cracked up to be or not.

Bodil Stokke

Bodil is a compulsive conference speaker in the fields of functional programming and internets technologies, and is a co-organiser of multiple developer conferences in Scandinavia and the UK, mostly because she’s still learning how to stop. She is a prolific contributor to the Free Software community, and has recently taken up designing new programming languages as a hobby. In her spare time, she works as a developer for Future Ad Labs, a London based startup that wants to make advertising a productive member of society. Her favourite pony is Pinkie Pie.


AngularJS 101 
Frank Reding (@Mottokrosh)

In this session, front-end aficionado Frank will give you an introduction to the immensely popular AngularJS Javascript framework developed by Google. We'll look at declarative markup, expressions, directives (Angular's name for custom elements), testing, and how to quickly and neatly hook your app with with RESTful backend services. We'll also touch on command line generators, dependency management and build tools.

Frank Reding

Frank is a senior front-end developer at Neontribe (they of the pulp prototyping fame), where he constantly seeks to eek out extra performance from web apps masquerading as native mobile apps. Unless he gets distracted by modern PHP frameworks, or new design tools.


Food & Drink Sponsored by: Anglia IT

Anglia IT Recruitment specialise in permanent IT careers in the East Anglia region covering Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.  




MobDevCon Lite: Paul Lammertsma, Google Cast & Matteo Manferdini, iOS toolbox

What: MobDevCon Lite: Paul Lammertsma, Google Cast & Matteo Manferdini, iOS toolbox

When: Wednesday 9th July @ 6.30pm

Where: Whitespace, 2nd Floor, St James' Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1TN

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Norfolk-Developers-NorDev/events/191805352/

We had to cancel MobDevCon, but all is not lost! We're running a MobDevCon Lite as part of Norfolk Developers with keynote speaker Paul Lammertsma and Matteo Manferdini.

We're holding MobDevCon Lite at Whitespace at St. James' Mill. Places are limited to 30 so be quick!

Google Cast

Paul is CTO and co-founder of Pixplicity, Holland’s leading Android- specific consulting and app-building company. He applies his knowledge of Java, Android and Linux in Pixplicity to develop high-quality apps and provide technical solutions for customers such as Mercedes-Benz, Parkmobile, NestlĂ©, De Telegraaf and De Consumentenbond.

Google recently launched Google Cast, a technology that enables devices to control content over multiple screens. This simple principle enables small, handheld devices to send and control media on larger devices, such as a television. The platform is easy to get started with and is a delight to play with! I’ll demonstrate creating our very MobDevCon Android and Google Cast app and getting content to display on a $35 Chromecast dongle! I’ll expand on the extensibility of the platform and show ways in which you can enhance your existing apps to benefit from the Big Screen.


iOS toolbox: must know technologies for iOS development 

Matteo is a software and business consultant specialized in iOS and Mac OS X. He has developed and published several apps, alone and for different clients, and has been a co-founder of New Lemurs, where he was the main developer on the first product. He runs a consultancy named Pure Creek, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has been one of the founders of Appsterdam, where he was the Speakers Bureau coordinator for almost three years, organizing the weekly lectures and giving speaker training. He's also a teacher and trainer in programming and iOS, he's spoken at different conferences and he's currently writing a book on learning iOS by example.

As the iOS platform has evolved over the years, Apple has introduced many useful technologies to help developers ship quality apps. While some technologies are useful only in specific cases, many new and old ones should be in the toolbox of any iOS developer as they are required for the development of most apps. In this talk we will have a look at the functioning of many of them and to the general design patterns for iOS development.

Review: Dr Who: Harvest of Time

By Alastair Reynolds

ISBN: 978-1849904193

When I was a boy I loved Dr. Who and Blake's 7. When I was at University, in around 1997, they used to show Dr. Who and Blake’s on UK Gold on a Sunday morning. While Blake’s 7 still had me totally captivated, Dr. Who didn’t live up to my memories. Of course I grew up with Tom Baker, Peter Davidson, Colin Baker (who I barely remembered at all at the time) and Sylvester McCoy. In my mind the illusion was complete, but watching them again aged around 20 I saw straight through the special effects and the memories were somewhat shattered. So I approached the Harvest of Time with a little apprehension.

As with everything Alastair Reynolds writes, the story is excellent. However, I don’t think the Dr. Who universe gave it anything and it would have been much better as a straight time travel and invasion novel. The Sild are a very Dr. Who type enemy and I didn’t really believe in them. Of course The Master was a superb character and I didn’t see the twist with the Red Queen until just before it was revealed. I don’t really remember UNIT from the original Dr. Who, but they came across a bit nieve, over enthusiastic and stiff upper lipped.

I did enjoy Harvest of Time, but I’m looking forward to the final book in the Poseidon's Children trilogy and what will come after. In the meantime I’ll be diving back into Pandora’s Star by Peter Hamilton. My recent change of job has given me far more reading time again, so expect more reviews.

Monday, 9 June 2014

MobDevCon is back by popular demand!

Tickets on sale now!

Following on from the huge success of last year’s sold out conference, MobDevCon is back by popular demand!

We’ve combined the successes of last year’s conference with the fantastic reviews and feedback we received to bring you an impressive programme that will take a look at what’s new in the ever changing world of mobile technology.

The programme is centred around the changes in the mobile market, trends innovations and keynote speaker, Mike Spradbery will be discussing everything from wearables to compossable apps and healthcare mobile innovations to hardware capabilities.

He will also be addressing the implications of new technologies on enterprise architecture and explore how organisations can build flexibility into their mobile strategies.

Ruth John from mobile giant O2 will also have the title of keynote speaker at the conference. Ruth will be talking about the browser, its emerging technologies and how much mobile technology has changed the direction of the web. She also addresses the battle of Web vs. Native.

We’ll then get to hear how Paul Lammertsma from Pixplicity, Holland’s leading Android-specific consulting and app-building company, used his knowledge of Java, Android and Linux in Pixplicity to develop high-quality apps for some of the most famous brands around.

Next up Stephen Charman from Proxama will take an insightful look at designing for Android with Android in the technical sense. Karl Krukow from Xamarin then goes on to introduce and demo Calabash,  an open-source technology for automated UI and acceptance testing of Android and iOS native and hybrid apps.

Other marvellous mobile minds include Frank Reding from NeonTribe who looks at how to use PhoneGap to package web apps built with HTML5 and Javascript as native mobile apps. Andrew Ferrier and Donal Spring from IBM address the best practices required to build applications rapidly and successfully with the IBM Worklight Platform, and Pure Creek’s Matteo Manferdini explores the iOS toolbox and must-know technologies for iOS development.

Matt Davey teaches us to ‘design between the lines’ and covers all things app-design on behalf of Nimble Studios. If that’s not all enough there’s an all day workshop with Microsoft Guru Shawn Wildermuth who will walk you through the basics of building HTML/JS-based projects for iOS, Android and other platforms.



The 2014 MobDevCon is a one day conference covering all the latest and greatest goings on in the world of mobile development from some of the brightest mobile minds around. From presentations to workshops this year’s conference will be held on the on the 9th July 2014 at The King’s Centre in Norwich. The King’s Centre is a popular and accessible conference venue right in the heart of the city, with excellent facilities and ample parking close by.

Thanks to the really positive exposure last year’s conference generated we already have some fantastic sponsors. MobDevCon is the perfect opportunity for those who want to get noticed by around 100 mobile developers and industry influencers in and around Norfolk and from further afield.

Even if your company operates outside the mobile development arena, sponsoring the 2014 MobDevCon is a fantastic way to show that your company is a progressive and innovative brand that likes to keep its finger on the pulse with new and emerging technologies. So, if you would like more information on sponsorship opportunities check out the website’s Sponsors page here.

We hope you’re as excited about the 2014 MobDevCon as conference hosts Naked Element, and, if our list of confirmed speakers and the success of last year’s conference is anything to go by. It’s sure to be a fantastic insight and insiders’ perspective into mobile technology.


Buy your tickets now.

Words: Lauren Yaxely

Saturday, 7 June 2014

SyncNorwich Review: Paper Prototyping


It’s been a long time since I’ve been to SyncNorwich. This is partly because I’m busier these days, partly because there’s only so many maps I can take, and partly because I’ve been contributing to other groups such as NRUG and NorDev. However, I’m incredibly glad that I came, with 22 other people, to SyncNorwich tonight because Harry and Rupert were amazing.

But more about them in a moment.

As usual, I looked around at the other people attending. Back in the early days of SyncNorwich, I recognised and could name 80% or 90% of the people who attended (that’s good coverage in any developers book!). Not so many now. Alright, I haven’t been to SyncNorwich for a long time, but the point is that less than 20% of the people attending tonight attended SyncNorwich when it first started. W hat’s happened to all the people who used to attend, but aren’t attending now?

SyncNorwich crowds have reduced by about 60% compared to in the past, but their membership has rocketed.

The tech community in Norwich, not just SyncNorwich, is changing again. I’ll be writing more about this soon.

My first, very brief meeting with Harry Harold (I’d had to run off to fix something or other) was at SynConf. A few months later we met again when we interviewed Neontribe for the then Norfolk Tech Journal, and Harry was kind enough to be on our Question Time panel at Norfolk Developers in October.

He was still a relative unknown to me at that point, but he was phenomenal. Harry possess a very unique charisma, which he demonstrated in January with a presentation on Preaching the Gospel at Norfolk Developers and then again at this years NorDevCon in February, alongside Rupert Redington. I received more feedback about Harry and Rupert’s NorDevCon session than any other (even more feedback that Jon Skeet’s!!) and it was all extremely positive. It was a no-brainer that they would be sensational when they repeated Paper Prototyping at SyncNorwich.

Harry and Rupert came here tonight to tell us that Paper Prototyping exists. They’re very excited about it and want to encourage us to try it ourselves. They certainly did all of that. They started off by telling us about the book, Paper Prototyping by Carolyn Snyder and about what Paper Prototyping is not:

  • A technique that works in windy conditions
  • Photoshop mockups
  • Wireframes
  • Early stage mockup

Despite there being no code or digital images, it is a heaven for people with a stationary fetish: it involves cards representing things like pictures, text, paragraphs of text, modal dialogues and buttons. Blue Tak is used to make buttons ‘clickable’.

I learned that Paper Prototyping is a way of getting users to test an interface before it’s implemented and even before a designer has knocked up some wireframes or photoshops. Harry and Rupert demonstrated this with the help of two volunteers. Harry presented them with a large piece of card with various other bits of card stuck to it to represent the widgets that formed the interface. Then, as the volunteers operated the widgets and expressed how they felt about the interface, Harry changed it to demonstrate the result of their actions. Meanwhile, Rupert recorded what they learnt from the volunteers on post-it notes he stuck to the wall.

They demonstrated how Paper Prototyping works and just how effective it can be.

All too soon it was over. Harry and Rupert’s performance was highly entertaining at the same time as being incredibly informative, and I can’t wait to see them again!

Originally published here.


Monday, 26 May 2014

NorDev: Just A Minute!

What: NorDev: Just A Minute!

When: Wednesday 4th of June 2014 @ 6.30pm

Where: The King's Centre, King Street, Norwich, Norwich, NR1 1PH

Sign-up: http://www.meetup.com/Norfolk-Developers-NorDev/events/184896552/

Norfolk Developers will be holding their own technical version of the popular radio 4 show Just a Minute. Four contestants will attempt speak on technical subjects for a minute without:

  • hesitation 
  • repetition 
  • deviation

A contestant scores a point for making a correct challenge against whomever is speaking, while the speaker gets a point if the challenge is deemed incorrect. However, if a witty interjection amuses the audience, even though it is not a correct challenge, both the challenger and speaker may gain a point, at the chairman's discretion. A player who makes a correct challenge takes over the subject for the remainder of the minute, or until he or she is correctly challenged. The person speaking when the 60 seconds expires also scores a point. An extra point is awarded when a panellist speaks for the entire minute without being challenged.

This is guaranteed to be an entertaining evening. We already have:


as contestants and we’re looking for more! If you would like to take part, please drop Paul an email: paul@nakedelement.co.uk.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

NorDev: Software in the City & CoffeeScript is for...

What: NorDev: Software in the City & CoffeeScript is for...

When: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 @ 6:30 PM

Where: The King's Centre, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH

Sign-up: http://www.meetup.com/Norfolk-Developers-NorDev/events/167058832/


Software in the City: the real story

Burkhard Kloss (@georgebernhard)

The news is full of tales of trillions of derivatives being traded in global financial centres. This talk will give an insight - with thinly veiled anecdotes, and possibly some humour - of how the software behind these trades really gets developed, and what it's like to be in the thick of it.

Burkhard has been writing Software in the City of London for longer than he cares to mention these days. Starting in C++, but occasionally venturing into Python, Java, .Net and sometimes VBA (but we don't talk about that), he has seen the good, the bad, and a lot of the ugly side of what really happens in "The City".


CoffeeScript is for... 

Anders Fisher (@atleastimtrying)

Anders Fisher will be giving an in depth look at the pros and cons of coffeescript as a compiled language as well as some of its advantages in encouraging good practices in JS development and encouraging different approaches. He will also be going into some of the diverse projects he has used coffeescript for including mobile development. If it sounds a bit much remember, it's just Javascript with a fancy hat on!

Anders Fisher is a seasoned front end developer working daily with a variety of clients helping to implement a variety of approaches to front end development.