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.

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).

August 2019 – Lightning Talks

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

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

Talks

Anarchy in the DNS

Richard HemingwayData Analyst & Network Administrator, Spec Check

The classic DNS Protocol that has underpinned the internet for decades is poised to be replaced by two controversial new protocols. This talk will cover the pros, cons and implications for enterprise and network security brought by DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPS.

AWS Cloud – Choice picks for developers from a smorgasbord of services

Rhys Powell — Lead Engineer, Tata Consultancy Services

Slides

With Amazon releasing new features and services every month, if not weekly, what are the key services?

This talk takes a look at these key services that engineering teams should be aware of and goes through some of the features and functions that make them useful and what do the other cloud providers offer that are alternatives.

July 2019 – Lightning Talks

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

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

Talks

Finding a boss that swears

Callum BoothSoftware Engineer, Bluetel

Talking about my experiences with job hunting and how I found the right company for me. Going into reasons why I left my previous company, the approach that I took, some of the challenges I faced and ultimately why I accepted the job I currently have.

CSS Grid – A Most Excellent Adventure

Kirsty Burgoine — WordPress Engineer & Frontend Developer, Human Made

Slides | CodePen

The CSS Grid specification is one of the most exciting additions to CSS, pretty much ever. And, much like Bill & Ted’s music did, it has the potential to create a “web” utopia in the future.

Kirsty will take you on a most excellent adventure exploring how to use CSS GRID in a production environment. Taking a tour of some of the new properties and units now available in the GRID Specification, how to create complex layouts and ensuring it is not a bogus journey by explaining some of the gotcha’s and how to get around them.

By the end, hopefully you will agree that CSS Grid really is Excellent and having a deep understanding of it will empower you to build truly flexible themes!