August 2015 – Lightning Talks

Thanks to all those that attended August’s lightning talks. The evening was hosted by Phil and we had three lightning talks covering a range of topics. We will update this page with coverage as and when it comes in.

A big thank you to our sponsors, Connect Group and iWeb for supporting Staffs Web Meetup!

Lightning Talks

We’ve included a summary of the talks below and we’ll update the page with coverage (slides/videos) as it comes in.

Feature Testing and Deployment using Virtualisation

Presented by Trevor Adams

Describing the inception and evolution of internal product development and deployment using virtualisation and open source software.

An introduction to Elasticsearch

Presented by Ed Rowley

Elasticsearch is a modern powerful full-text search engine, but it is also really easy to get running and use. I will show how to get up and running with Elasticsearch, introducing the query language and explaining some of the high level concepts.

Port 80 All The Things Or At Least Most

Presented by Mike Elsmore

Micro service architecture is the in thing, and for good reason. With the growth of API’s, distributed infrastructure and the amount of things that are becoming app centric it totally makes sense. I’ll give an over view as to why it’s grown, why it’s great and some handy ways of glueing micro services together.

June 2015 – Lightning Talks

Thanks to all those that attended June’s lightning talks. The evening was hosted by Phil and we had four lightning talks covering a range of topics. We will update this page with coverage as and when it comes in.

We’d like to thank our sponsors, Connect Group and iWeb for their continued support of Staffs Web Meetup!

Lightning talks

We’ve included a summary of the talks below and we’ll update the page with coverage (slides/videos) as it comes in.

SQL Server Transactions – They need your help

Presented by Simon Hughes

Blindly wrapping SQL code in a BEGIN TRAN and COMMIT TRAN to make it atomic is a rookie mistake you’ll sorely regret. I’ll show you why this is a mistake, and a range of bad to good ways to handle errors and ROLLING back your transactions.

The word “Just”

Presented by Dave Redfern

We love to use the word “just”. Not just in the web industry but in every day life. “Just” is one of those wonderful words in the English language that has the ability to completely change the way people feel. Lets group together and stamp it out!

Open source curriculum in higher education

Presented by Trevor Adams

Web developers have benefitted greatly from open source software. Not only does it provide a plethora of great software, but it allows everyone to contribute. How many people contribute to the community of software developers? There is growing trend towards industry involvement in education. Can open source curriculum development provide a constant and effective conduit between education and industry? How do you think you could contribute?

Web design is dead!

Presented by Neil Martin

As websites are only a small part of our digital intake and more devices and products involve and create even more touch points for our users to receive content and perform tasks our skills are required even more. As a designer born in the generation of Tim Burners-Lee’s internet, its not the same for the next gen, as it evolves in to the new era.

May 2015 – Lightning Talks

We had another great turnout last Thursday! Thanks to everyone who came along. We saw lots of new and old faces. Thanks to everyone who signed up on Meetup or found us through the Feelgood Stafford Magazine.

A big thank you to our sponsors (Connect Group and iWeb) and of course Bean enCounter for the fantastic food, drink and service.

The evening was hosted by Dave Redfern and we had four lightning talks.

Lightning Talks

We’ve included a summary of the talks below and we’ll update the page with coverage (slides/videos) as it comes in.

Creating a CMS using Java

Presented by Ruth Mills

How I created a content management system for beauty salon websites in Java, using the Spring Framework, Hibernate, Struts 2, PostgreSQL and eXist-DB, and how it helped me with learning new technologies.

An introduction to Code Club 

Presented by Tim Wilson

Tim is the new regional coordinator for Code Club, a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.

In this lightning talk, Tim will provide an introduction to Code Club, the opportunities of becoming a volunteer and what’s involved in setting up, working with schools and an introduction to Code Club projects.

Unit Testing, for User Interfaces

Presented by Adam Davis

Testing is rather an art form, it can be done in a variety of ways, but often not a lot of people write front-end based unit tests. In systems which comprise heavily on front-end based, and complex interfaces the need grows stronger to provide greater front end coverage. This short talk will outline how to approach problems faced when writing tests for these scenarios, and how at RedEye we’re using various technologies to achieve this.

UX: The Bigger Picture

Presented by Kirsty Burgoine

As web designers and developers we spend a lot of time designing and building online experiences. We want the end user to feel joy when using our websites and apps (at least, I do) but its easy to lose sight of the fact that what we create is only one tool in the toolbox and that UX is more than just a shiny happy website. Its about shiny happy people, and creating an overall experience that encourages brand loyalty is so much more.

Having spent a lot of time mulling this over recently, I will look at a few of the brands that I think have got it right and why.

April 2015 – An Evening of Agile

Thanks to everyone for coming along to April’s Staffs Web Meetup! Kevin Rutherford was our guest speaker. He demonstrated the real world benefits of agile processes through an interactive session. The event was well received and we look forward to bringing you more fun, interactive sessions in the future.

A big thanks goes out to our awesome sponsors Connect Group and iWeb.

Guest speaker

Kevin RutherfordKevin Rutherford

Dr Kevin Rutherford is a software developer, coach and trainer. He has delivered multi-million pound projects in domains as diverse as healthcare, logistics, defence, CAD, travel and operating system security; he ran his first eXtreme Programming team in 1999. He is the creator of the vastly under-rated Reek code smell detector, and the vastly over-rated book ‘Refactoring in Ruby’. If you have ever used Unix System V or transferred money between bank accounts, you’ve unwittingly used his code. He was using vi before you were born.

Delivering the Product Vision

Successful software development is all about delivering features into users’ hands in reasonable timescales. The question is: how should your company organise itself in order to beat your competitors to market? What is the best way for developers, managers, analysts etc to work together to get the job done?

In this game you will be divided into groups and each given a project to deliver. (Don’t worry, there’s no programming involved!) The game is a simple contest: which team can deliver the best product in the time allowed!