Year in Review, 2016

Changes, Changes, Changes

On a personal front, 2016 has been a year of great highs and lows.

I left JUST EAT in March, and started working at Yubl where I had the pleasure of working with an amazing group of people and had lots of fun building things with AWS Lambda and Node.js. We took an ailing architecture that was hard to work with and difficult to release (and required downtime to release to production) and transformed it completely in the space of a few months.

The number of production releases went up by more than ten-fold, features were sometimes completed and released into production in a matter of hours. The product was starting to do well and featured by the App Store several times and ranked as high as 4th in the social category.

  

Then everything came to a crushing and disappointing end as funding issues and the reality of a startup reared its ugly head.

What followed was several weeks of job hunting, during which I learnt a lot:

  • London has a vibrant tech scene and there are lots of interesting companies doing amazing things
  • most companies are still weary of the new serverless paradigm, many are “interested” but few are taking the plunge
  • DevOps is super hyped up (and in my opinion, completely misunderstood by most)
  • many companies are buying tickets to the Containerization Train, even though the cheaper, faster and more reliable Serverless Express is right next to it
  • the money available in the contract market is ridiculous
  • there’s a wave of relatively new consultancy firms (EqualExperts, Contino, 101Ways, etc.) that are following the footsteps of ThoughtWorks and doing good things in the Enterprise Consultancy space

After much soul searching, I decided to follow my heart and go back to the games industry. As of tomorrow, I’ll be starting at Space Ape Games studio in Holborn and working with a Scala-based stack.

 

Learning and Sharing

I spoke at 19 conferences and user groups, delivering talks on a diverse range of topics : F#, Serverless, Neo4j, Elm and APL. I have learnt a lot along the way, and visited Dubai and Sydney for the first time and they were both memorable experiences.

I prepared and delivered some new talks this year:

 

I took part in and completed all 25 Advent of Code challenges in F#.

 

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See you in 2017

That’s it folks, happy new year! Wish you all a very productive 2017 

I’m on Functional Geekery!

Hello! Just a quick word to say that I spoke to Steven Proctor for an episode of his excellent Functional Geekery podcast where we talked about a host of topics including F#, Erlang and Orleans.

You can listen or download the episode here.

 

 

Year in Review, 2015

As 2016 dawns upon us, here’s a quick look  back at what I got up to in 2015.

 

It’s been a big year on a personal front – after an amazing journey with Gamesys, I started working at JUST EAT at the start of November. In the meantime, I also made a memorable trip to Tokyo, where I had wanted to visit for a long time

 

Continuous Learning and Sharing

I spoke at a lot of conferences this year, and learnt an awful lot along the way.

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I prepared and delivered a couple of new talks:

 

I took part in and completed all 25 Advent of Code challenges in F#.

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I started a series of posts converting Crista Lopes’ “Exercises in Programming Style” to F#.

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I did a series on L-Systems in Elm.

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I had lots of fun learning APL.

I started work on MBrace.AWS, and am getting close to a workable demo.

 

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See you in 2016

That’s it folks, happy new year, and wish you all a very productive 2016 ahead! 

I’m a JUST EATer!

Hey guys, just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know that I have recently joined JUST EAT as a Principle Engineer, since some of you have been asking on LinkedIn and at conferences.

For those of you based in UK and Europe you might have heard of us – we are the leaders in the online food delivery space, and have been expanding rapidly in the last couple of years. In fact, we’re still actively looking for talented .Net developers to join us, and if you have experience with Xamarin then we definitely wanna hear from you! Check out our jobs page.

As a company, JUST EAT is very technology focused and amongst many perks everyone is entitled to a budget of £1000 + 5 days for training/conferences a year. And we also host many meetup events in our office near City Thameslink.

Keep an eye on our tech blog and github repo to see what we’re up to. A few of us will also be attending BuildStuff this week so feel free to come talk to us. I’ll be giving a new talk on 7 Ineffective Coding Habits Many F# Programmers Don’t Have, as well as an introductory talk on Elm (with plenty of live coding), so hope to see you in Vilnius!

Upcoming speaking engagements

Hey guys,

Just a quick note to say that I’ll be speaking at a number of user groups and conferences in the next few weeks, hope to see you at one of these events!

 

Oct 12    LDN Functionals #2 – F# in the Real World

Oct 24    Lambda.World – F# in the Real World

Oct 27    OSCON Amsterdam – Modelling game economy with Neo4j

Nov 12    F#unctional Londoners – 7 ineffective coding habits many F# programmers don’t have

Nov 18    BuildStuff – 7 ineffective coding habits many F# programmers don’t have

Nov 20    BuildStuff – My adventure with Elm