Thursday, 7 November 2013

Winter Is Coming - Part 3

In this, the third part of Winter Is Coming we take a look at three more sessions from next year’s NorDevCon. Tickets for NorDevCon on Friday the 28th of February 2014 are on sale now! You can buy your ticket by following the link below:

All your types are belong to us!

Big Data tasks typically require acquiring and analysing data from a wide variety of data sources, visualizing the data and applying a barrage of statistical algorithms. This talk will show how this can be accomplished in Visual Studio on Windows or Xamarin Studio on Mac and Linux using F#'s REPL and Type Providers.

Type Providers give typed access to a wide range of data sources from CSV, JSON and XML to SQL, OData and Web Services, instantly without a code generation step. The Type Provider mechanism can also be used to analyse data with direct access to statistical packages like R and MATLAB as well as all the existing .Net libraries.

Finally visualizations can be generated using F#'s desktop charting libraries, or with ASP.Net and even JavaScript libraries like HighCharts.

Expect a sprinkling of anecdotes drawn from experiences working on large machine learning systems at Microsoft, and plenty of live demos.

Hands On Machine Learning with F# (Workshop)

This session will introduce basic Machine Learning concepts with a practical exercise using sample data from Kaggle. No prior knowledge of either Machine Learning or F# is required.

To get the most from the session please try and bring a laptop along with F# installed.

Installing F#:

* Use F# on Windows
* Use F# on Mac OSX
* Use F# on Linux

Phil Trelford

Phil Trelford is a Software Developer and Architect at Trayport, a market leading supplier of energy trading systems. He's a regular speaker, trainer, blogger, open source author, co-organizer of the London F# Meetup and Microsoft MVP.

Let Me Graph That For You

Graphs are one of the best abstractions we have for modelling connectedness. Graph databases, in turn, are one of the best tools at our disposal for modelling, storing and querying complex, densely-connected data. Today, graphs and graph databases are helping solve some of the world's most challenging data problems, in domains as diverse as search, social networking, recommendations, datacentre management, logistics, entitlements and authorization, route finding, network monitoring, and fraud analysis.

In this session we'll take a peek inside the graphista's toolbox. We'll look at some common graph data structures, and the graph database queries that unleash the insights buried inside them. We'll survey some of the tools and techniques you can use to graph your world, experiment with graph data, and apply it in your own applications. And we'll draw lots of circles and lines. We might even colour some of them in.

Ian Robinson

Ian works on research and development for future versions of the Neo4j graph database. Harbouring a long-held interest in connected data, he was for many years one of the foremost proponents of REST architectures, before turning his focus from the Web's global graph to the realm of graph databases. As Neo Technology’s Director of Customer Success, he has worked extensively with customers to design and develop graph database solutions. He is a co-author of 'Graph Databases' and 'REST in Practice' (O'Reilly), and a contributor to 'REST: From Research to Practice' (Springer) and 'Service Design Patterns' (Addison-Wesley). He blogs at, and tweets at @iansrobinson.

Agile maturity - avoiding the 'process trap'

In the early stages of Agile Transformation it is all too easy for organisations, particularly large enterprises, to fall into the trap of seeing Agile as just a new process to follow.  In this session, Janet will use her experience of Agile transformation at Aviva to describe some of the common pitfalls, together with  strategies that can be used to avoid them.

Janet Randell

Janet Randell has been the driving force behind the Agile transformation in Aviva UK General Insurance since early 2010 and is now the lead Agile SME in the Aviva global Agile transformation programme. Janet has worked in IT for more than 20 years and is passionate about breaking down organizational barriers to improve the effectiveness of software delivery. She has been involved in the enhancement and application of IT development processes throughout much her career, with previous roles including Methods and Tools support and management of the Architecture and Design team for UKGI.


There are 50 Super Early Bird tickets at £50 + fees and 450 Early Bird tickets at £75 + fees. We are offering significant discounts for students and the unemployed. Please email for details. There are 80 places for the conference dinner (3 courses, 2 glasses of wine and speakers!) and tickets are £35 + fees. The Virgin Wines reception is free to attend for conference attendees and there are 80 places.

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