Thursday, 24 May 2018

Event: Find out what makes Python so appealing!

A Tour of Python
Burkhard Kloss

Wednesday, 6th June
The Priory Centre, Priory Plain, Great Yarmouth

Find out what makes Python so appealing!

Burkhard will offer a brief tour of the Python language, and some of the features that make it so expressive, easy to use, and appealing in a wide range of fields. After that, he'll look at examples of Python usage in practice, from really small computers (micro:bits) to clouds, from database to web development, and data science to machine learning.

Burhard Kloss

I only came to England to walk the Pennine Way… 25 years later I still haven’t done it. I did, though, get round to starting an AI company (spectacularly unsuccessful), joining another startup long before it was cool, learning C++, and spending a lot of time on trading floors building systems for complex derivatives. Sometimes hands on, sometimes managing people. Somewhere along the way I realised you can do cool stuff quickly in Python, and I’ve never lost my fascination with making machines smarter.

RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Norfolk-Developers-NorDev/events/249290648/

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Do you still get the buzz? I do!


Whatever else I do to earn a living, I am a software engineer at the core. Outside of work other things give me a reason to smile - heavy metal bands, science fiction books or my family - but when it comes to work, writing software is what gives me the biggest buzz. Even after 33 years!

Recently I spent the weekend writing some software for a client. They have an app, which we built, that allows them to take photos and complete a questionnaire for installations so that they can record compliance. The software I wrote receives the photos and questionnaire responses from the app, generates a PDF document detailing the responses and attaches it to an email, along with the photos, to send to the client. Not a particularly exciting process most would agree.

It’s a straightforward piece of software (despite the security concerns and image processing which took a little while to get just right) which delivers exactly what the client needs, but we wanted to be doubly sure. So, in the early days of the software running for real (i.e. the client is using it, not just us testing it) we got copies of the emails the app generated so we could check everything was working as it should. And that’s where the buzz of being a software developer begins.

As developers, we’re not always able to monitor in what way or how frequently the software we write is being used by our clients. There are confidentiality issues to consider, as well as the practical aspects and cost concerns of implementing a suitable monitoring process. This means a lot of the time we rely on anecdotal responses from our clients, and of course feedback when something goes wrong (which thankfully, isn’t too often).

With this particular client we knew each and every time they used the software as an email would appear and we could see how the app was working until we, and they, were satisfied with the process. Even though it was such a simple thing, every time an email pinged through from the app I got a twinge of excitement and a flush of pride. To see something I’d created from scratch work successfully and be used by someone was a small but genuine reward for me and reminded me why I love doing what I do. The buzz of seeing software work.

What gives you that buzz every day and keeps you doing what you’re doing?

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Enjoy a summer feast with the hottest tech community in The East


Join the Norwich tech community on Friday 27 July 2018 for a tasty BBQ to celebrate #NorfolkDay.

SyncNorwich, Norfolk Developers and Hot Source have got together to organise a delicious BBQ at the lovely Unthank Arms pub. (Don’t worry, we’re leaving it to the professionals to do the cooking.) You will be able to enjoy your meal in the garden – or the covered courtyard (if you need shelter or shade).

We look forward to seeing you for what is sure to be a fun evening from 18:00 to 22:00.

There will be a paying bar.

If your business would like to sponsor this event (particularly the drinks), please get in touch with the organisers.

Tickets cost just £18.92 per person – including transaction fees – but excluding drinks. In return, you’ll be able to choose from the following freshly cooked BBQ food.

Choose a main from either: Juicy homemade burger, Salmon parcels with lemon and herb butter, Archer’s award winning sausages, Lemon and thyme marinated chicken fillet, or Halloumi and bbq vegetables

Choose a side from either: Homemade coleslaw, New potato and spring onion salad, Tomato and red onion salad, or Cucumber and yoghurt raita.

Book now: https://summer-bbq-2018.eventbrite.co.uk

Breakfast with Peter Brady – CEO and Founder of Orbital Media



What: Breakfast with Peter Brady – CEO and Founder of Orbital Media
When: Tuesday 5th June
Where: The Maids Head Hotel, Tombland, Norwich, NR3 1LB
How much: £13.95
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Norfolk-Developers-NorDev/events/qqwhznyxjbhb/

Peter Brady is CEO and founder of Orbital Media, one of the UK’s most innovative full service Digital Agencies. Founded in 2003, Orbital Media has worked with some of the world’s biggest organisations on national and global accounts (including Aviva, NHS, Sanofi, Nestle and Mitsubishi).

Although Orbital Media’s traditional focus was on projecting brand engagement and awareness through social and digital channels, over the last 10 years it has developed a strong innovation and technology focus, becoming the UK’s leading supplier of gamification apps to the healthcare industry.

Peter will talk about Orbital Media’s journey and how it has moved into large scale tech projects (including a collaborative Artificial Intelligence project with an NHS body and the University of Essex, to reduce the burden of minor ailments in primary care). Peter will also tell us about how Orbital Media is developing and exporting virtual / augmented / mixed reality projects in healthcare, education and pain therapy sectors into global markets.