February 2020 – Lightning Talks

Thanks for coming along to the February edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – My Clever Group, Dataflexnet, Codeweavers, VesselsValue and Kanuka Digital.

Talks

Free yourself and your data

Paul BoocockSoftware Engineer, Snowplow Analytics

Our world is becoming ever more data driven, we’re collecting data from more sources than ever and whilst data tools are becoming more sophisticated, working with and deriving insightful meaning from our data is still the greatest challenge of all.

Developers track the data they have available to them, analysts work with that data to try and find insights but there is often a disconnect between a developers world and an analysts world, leaving both parties feeling unsatisfied.

During this talk we’ll look at how we can bridge that gap and help communicate meaning and intention in the data we track, whilst still maintaining the flexibility to evolve your data structures as your business needs change. We’ll also dive into what standards and open source technologies we can utilise to help us roll this out across an organisation.

January 2020 – Lightning Talks

Thanks for coming along to the January edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – My Clever Group, Dataflexnet, Codeweavers, VesselsValue and Kanuka Digital.

Talks

WebAssembly Interface Types

Greg Mayes Developer, VesselsValue

The Future of Interoperability. Most examples of WebAssembly tend to be focused on running it within a browser and interfacing with JavaScript. What if WebAssembly could be executed anywhere, in almost any language? WebAssembly Interface Types aim to help with that momentous undertaking. This talk will provide a brief introduction to WebAssembly and interface description languages (IDL), before then moving on to the problem that WebAssembly Interface Types attempts to solve.

Using Cats to Purfect Your Software Architecture

Andy Clarke

What have cats got to tell us about Software Architecture? Well, most people are roughly familiar with cats, their boundaries and their input/output mechanisms. It turns out it’s very easy to see when a use case has gone wrong when using a cat. We’ll take a look at some typical cat use cases and see what lessons we can take back to software architecture.

Join me for an irreverent look at Coupling and Cohesion, Aggregate Roots and the Point of Highest Abstraction … all using the medium of cats.

November 2019 – Design Patterns & Development Do’s and Don’ts

Thanks for coming along to the November edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – My Clever Group, Dataflexnet, Codeweavers, VesselsValue and Kanuka Digital.

Talks

The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Design Patterns

Dan Parkin

There comes a time on our journey as developers where we first encounter design patterns, and this naturally comes along with many questions.
In this talk, we’ll look at the who, what, when, where and why of design patterns; Who made them? What are they? When should you use them? Where did they come from? Why should you learn them?

Along the way, we’ll look at some of the principles that underpin them, the pros and cons of patterns and the danger of being “pattern happy”.

Do’s and Don’ts of Long-term Development Projects

Jon Baldie

What have cats got to tell us about Software Architecture? Well, most people are roThe web development industry is moving faster than ever, but more developers are finding that an old truth still applies: The biggest difficulties we face in the workplace aren’t necessarily due to the work itself, but from our interactions with other people. Jonathan will use a classic case study from the tech industry to show how social intelligence can make our working lives both less stressful and more rewarding, especially in long-term development projects.

October 2019 – Guest Speaker & 5th Birthday Celebrations!

Thanks for coming along to the October edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

Thanks to everyone who has joined us, spoken and volunteered over the past year.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – My Clever Group, Dataflexnet, Codeweavers, VesselsValue and Kanuka Digital.

Talk

The future of the web

Paul TebbattHead Of Learning, My Clever Group

An interactive session lead by Paul Tebbatt, Head of Technical Learning at My Clever Group.

Looking at the technologies and trends shaping the future of the web. Servers or lack of, deployments, back end data storage, front-end, JavaScript native apps, user interfaces, Alexa, VR and chatbots (AI).

September 2019 – Lightning Talks

Thanks for coming along to the September edition of Staffs Web Meetup.

A massive thank you to our sponsors – My Clever Group, Dataflexnet, Codeweavers, VesselsValue and Kanuka Digital.

Talks

Big Data Quality

Louise BradshawSenior Data Analyst, VesselsValue

In an ever expanding data environment, data quality management is becoming more important and challenging than ever. Louise will look at data quality principles and what to think about when designing new products.

Improving your UX approach

Natasha WylieUX/Front-end Developer, VesselsValue

Slides

In this talk I aim to outline the complexity of UX and the responsibilities required to achieve a good UX approach. I will demonstrate key ways to help you improve the UX of a service, application or website and show you how to go about creating user personas and journeys to ensure better understanding of your customers and identify areas which require improvements. I will also discuss the benefits of performing UI and usability testing with your users to confirm whether these improvements are successful.