Takeaways from “Simplifying the Future” by Adrian Cockcroft

Sim­pli­fy­ing things in our dai­ly lives “Life is com­pli­cat­ed… but we use sim­ple abstrac­tions to deal with it.” — Adri­an Cock­croft When peo­ple say “it’s too com­pli­cat­ed”, what they usu­al­ly mean is “there are too many mov­ing parts and I can’t fig­ure out what it’s going to do next, that I haven’t fig­ured out an …

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My picks from OSCON keynotes

So OSCON came and went, and whilst I haven’t seen the record­ing for any of the ses­sions, the keynotes (and a bunch of inter­views) are avail­able on YouTube. Unlike most con­fer­ences, the OSCON keynotes are real­ly short (aver­age 10–15 mins each) and hav­ing watched all the pub­lished keynote ses­sions here are my top picks.   Simon Ward­ley — …

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Polyconf Experience Report

This year’s Poly­Conf is over and although it was my first time at this con­fer­ence and I didn’t know too many peo­ple going in I had such a great time and learnt so much I’ll def­i­nite­ly be back in the near future. Record­ing of the talks are slow­ly appear­ing on their YouTube chan­nel, so keep …

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NDC Oslo 15 – Takeaways from “Lean and Functional Programming”

Bryan Hunter has been respon­si­ble for organ­is­ing the FP track at NDC con­fer­ences as well as a few oth­ers and the qual­i­ty of the tracks have been con­sis­tent­ly good. The FP track for this year’s NDC Oslo was excep­tion­al and every talk has had a full house. And this year Bryan actu­al­ly kicked off the …

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Takeaway from conferences (so far…)

Time flies when you’re hav­ing fun, and we’re already into the sec­ond half of 2015! On a per­son­al lev­el, it’s been a great 6 months, I have spo­ken at 10 con­fer­ences in as many cities and as you read this post I’m at Poly­conf in Poz­nan!  The great thing about being at so many con­fer­ences …

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NDC Oslo 15 – Takeaways from “50 Shades of AppSec”

This year’s ver­sion of NDC Oslo has a strong secu­ri­ty theme throughout,and one of Troy Hunt’s talks — 50 Shades of AppSec — was one of the top-rat­ed talks at the con­fer­ence based on attendee feed­backs. Sad­ly I missed the talk whilst at the con­fer­ence but hav­ing just watched it on Vimeo it left me …

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Functional Programming eXchange experience report

I attend­ed the Func­tion­al Pro­gram­ming eXchange 15 last Thurs­day and it was a thor­ough­ly enjoy­able day. Don’t wor­ry if you weren’t one of the lucky 100 or so that made it, most of the talks are avail­able online on SkillsMatter’s web­site, and here’s a high lev­el sum­ma­ry of a cou­ple of the talks.   Games and …

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CraftConf 15–Takeaways from “Jepsen IV: Hope Springs Eternal”

This talk by Kyle Kings­bury (aka @aphyr on twit­ter) was my favourite at Craft­Conf, and gave us an update on the state of con­sis­ten­cy with Mon­goDB, Elas­tic­search and Aerospike.   Kyle opened the talk by talk­ing about how we so often build appli­ca­tions on top of data­bas­es, queues, streams, etc. and that these sys­tems we …

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CodeMotion 15–Takeaways from “Measuring micro-services”

This talk by Richard Rodger (of near­Form) was my favourite at this year’s Code­Mo­tion con­fer­ence in Rome, where he talked about why we need to change the way we think about mon­i­tor­ing when it comes to mea­sur­ing micro-ser­vices.   TL; DR Iden­ti­fy invari­ants in your sys­tem and use them to mea­sure the health of your …

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Joy of Coding experience report

Joy of Cod­ing has total­ly exceed­ed my expec­ta­tions and proved to be one of the best con­fer­ences I have attend­ed this year (and there has been a few already ).  Rot­ter­dam is also a city I’d like to vis­it again — it’s qui­et, clean, packed full of beau­ti­ful archi­tec­tures and the peo­ple are so friend­ly and help­ful! “hap­py speak­ers, hap­py atten­dees” — …

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