Monday, 31 March 2014

NorDev: Mainframe for Startups & Naughty and Nice advice on mobile design

What: Mainframe for Startups & Naughty and Nice advice on mobile design

When: Wednesday 9th April 2014 @ 6.30pm

Where: Virgin Wines, 4th Floor, St James' Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1TN


Mainframe for Start-ups
Colin Mower

Many view the a Mainframe as big, expensive and archaic. As the Mainframe (or System z as it is known) reaches it's 50th year, you will learn in this talk how these views are challenged, and understand how it has been evolving quietly, remaining at the cutting edge of IT. System z is still as relevant today in modern computing as it was in the 1960's, and can be applied to almost any business size and need.

Colin Mower has been working in IT for 17 years, joining Norwich Union as a Mainframe Systems Programmer, before moving into cross platform design and architecture. He joined IBM in 2011 as a client facing architect, and spends most of his time on Greater Anglia trains or on the A11. Outside of work, he is kept busy with two young children, a mini computer museum and vague attempts at keeping fit through cycling and running.

Naughty and Nice advice on mobile design
Matt Davey

A quick guide on the building blocks of mobile design. Exploring the tiny details that make the difference. Exploring Rhythm, Clarity, Copy, Accessibility, alignment and typography. This won’t be overly specific to mobile applications more a basis for visual awesomeness.

Matt Davey is a designer. Currently he runs Everpress a product startup and designs at 1Password.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Angular JS Full Day Hands on Workshop (Norwich)

What: AngularJS in a day

When: Thursday 10th April 2014, 10am to 4.30pm

Where: Kings Centre, Norwich, NR1 1PH

How much: £30


AngularJS is big news: though newer than Backbone or Ember, it is already hugely more popular. Its secret is the huge productivity of its UI primitives. For example: why reinvent wheels to make a live updating list or grid when you can declaratively repeat, filter and edit with Angular's simple extensions to HTML?
In this session we'll learn the core of AngularJS, demystify some of its rough edges, and peek behind the scenes to understand how it all works. We'll then build up a full single-page web application so you are ready to start applying Angular to your own projects.

Tim Ruffles 

Tim is the founder of SidekickJS, a code-quality tracker for teams. He teaches & mentors developers for General Assembly and EventHandler. Previously he was front-end tech-lead for Skimlinks and Picklive. He talks about Javascript at conferences and events.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Issue 05 of the Norfolk Tech Journal Out Now!

This is the first issue of the Norfolk Tech Journal that you won’t be able to hold in your hands (unless of course you’ve printed it yourself). We’re making the journal purely digital for the time being to explore that channel more thoroughly and to target it at a wider audience. We’re working on a facelift for the journal and a marketing strategy that will get it in front of more people.
As always, watch this space and if you can help us, now’s the time to shout.
I’ve written before about how Agile East Anglia, the group that went on to be part ofSyncNorwich was inspired by the Extreme Tuesday Club (XTC) in London. Another group I’m a member of is the ACCU (formerly the Associate of C and C++ Users). The ACCU hold a conference that inspired the Norfolk Developers Conference. The ACCU conference runs for 5 days and includes a full pre-conference tutorial day and four days with four tracks, ending on a Saturday. It usually attracts between 300 and 500 people. One day I hope NorDevCon will be of a similar size and structure.
Since I joined in around 2000 and the proliferation of C++ has declined, the ACCU has often had a crisis of faith. They, including me, are not sure what they are or what they want to be. This has come to the forefront again in the last few weeks as membership has dropped significantly. There is a fee for joining the ACCU which gets you the associations magazines and a discount on the conference. So dropping membership numbers puts the magazines in jeopardy. The future of the ACCU isn’t looking bright, but I for one hope it can find a way to continue. It could be that the conference becomes the main focus and rest is allowed to slowly fade away.
The ACCU does have two things that I am quite envious of and hope we can find a way to incorporate into Norfolk Developers (NorDev). It has a large international membership and a very active mailing list which stimulates communication between its members. NorDev has a mailing list ready and waiting and in the coming weeks we’ll be pushing it quite hard.
You can download isssue 05 of the Norfolk Tech Journal here and view it on Issuu here.