Expert Training

Daniel Steinberg to give an exclusive iOS App Development workshop, 14th May

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Daniel Steinberg will be joining Skills Matter this May to deliver an exclusive iOS App Development Quick Start workshop, covering all the fundamental cornerstones of developing apps for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. The workshop includes Xcode, Objective-C, View Controllers, and Storyboards – everything you need to get started in just one day! This course suits developers from all levels, from beginner to advanced; so as long as you know a C-style language and some object-oriented programming, this workshop is for you.

Click here to find out more!


iOScon 2014

Not only is Daniel giving this fantastic course, he’ll also be presenting the keynote talk at iOScon, our first ever iOS developer conference. And he won’t be alone; you can meet other top thinkers like Martin Pilkington, who will be demystifying Autolayout, Amy Worrall to talk about Key Value Coding, and Simon Whitaker on UIKit Dynamics.

iOScon will be taking place the day after the workshop from May 15th – 16th, followed by a free weekend hackathon on May 17th – 18th where you can meet and collaborate with other iOS developers, create a new app or game, and even win a prize!

If you’re interested in learning more about iOS, meeting other developers, and enhancing your skills, we’ve got a great week coming up for you in May - take your pick!

Watch all the videos from DDD eXchange 2012 at Skills Matter here

Watch all the videos from DDD eXchange 2012

Another DDD eXchange has come and gone at Skills Matter, and our warm thanks go to the godfather of DDD, Eric Evans, for his help in putting together a fantastic event and sponsorship from Domain Language.

If you weren’t there, do you know what you missed?  Let me tell you!  Of course, you missed Eric Evans — our host, compere, and keynote speaker, you missed Greg Young, you missed Dan Haywood, and you missed  Alberto Brandolini.  You missed the excitement of two park bench panel discussions, hosted by Zi Makki.  You missed Cyrille Martraire, you missed Paul Rayner, and did I mention Eric Evans?

You can watch all the videos below:
Eric Evans: Opening & Welcome
Greg Young on Functional Programming with DDD
Dan Haywood on Restful Objects – A Hypermedia API For Domain Object Models
Alberto Brandolini on Why do all my DDD applications look the same?
Zi Makki hosts Park Bench Panel Discussion # 1
Cyrille Martraire on Applying DDD in a legacy application
Paul Rayner on Domain Scenarios to Drive Modelling Whirlpool
Eric Evans on Case Study Involving Strategic Design And Established Formalisms
Zi Makki hosts Park Bench Panel Discussion #2

We are also very excited to announce Skills Matter will continue our partnerhsip with Eric Evans for the fifth annual DDD eXchange! Coming June 14, 2013 — the first 50 tickets are on sale now for just £50.

Our summer of Architecture continues — check out the free events at Skills Matter from our DDD experts, including Eric Evans, Udi Dahan, Greg Young, Andreas Ohlund, Simon Brown and Alberto Brandolini. Read about it here, or check out our full programme of DDD & Architecture events here

@UdiDahan returns to @skillsmatter this July — don’t miss him

Udi Dahan's 5-day course Advanced Distributed Systems Design with SOA will help you to take the pain out of designing large-scale distributed systems.

Udi Dahan — the Software Simplist — has been a regular at Skills Matter for many years, and frequently a familiar face at the DDD eXchange.

Udi is recognised in the community as a leading expert in the areas of Service-Oriented Architecture and Domain-Driven Design.  What’s more, Udi is also the co-creator of the Command/Query Responsibility Segregation pattern, and the founder of NServiceBus.  Is there anything he can’t do?

Udi returns to Skills Matter as part of our Summer of Architecture, and will be delivering his Advanced Distributed Systems Design with SOA between July 2nd and 6th.  While new technologies make it easier to comply with today’s communications and security standards, they won’t magically provide you with a robust and scalable system.

If you enjoy deep architectural discussion, if you are in charge of building a large-scale distributed system, and if you want to know more about how the big guys run their systems, sign up now for Udi Dahan’s Advanced Distributed Systems Design with SOA workshop!

Udi will also be delivering a free “In the Brain” talk while he is at Skills Matter, join him on the evening of July 2nd for Commands, Queries, and Consistency.

Summer of Architecture 2012 @skillsmatter

The sun is out and here at Skills Matter HQ we’re watching out eagerly for the ice cream man — but even more exciting than an ice cream with a flake in it is the big names in Domain Driven Design, CQRS and Software Architecture that we have coming to join us over the coming weeks and months.

We’ve lined up a steady flow of architecture rock stars for the summer, including headliners Udi Dahan, Greg Young and Eric Evans, supported by experts Simon Brown, Andreas Ohlund and Alberto Brandolini to provide an exciting range of talks, discussions and practical workshops on all things architecture.

The only thing we’re missing is you — we’d love to see you soon!

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This week and next week @skillsmatter (Feb 20-24)

You lucky people; it’s time for another weekly round up at Skills Matter.  What happened this week?  What videos can we watch?  And what is in store for you next week?

The ice and snow are gone, and I think it’s only fair to give credit where credit’s due: our experts.  This week we had in residence Alberto Brandolini delivering Eric Evans’ DDD Immersion Workshop, and “Python for Rookies” author Russel Winder giving his Python workshop.  Both were a huge hit with their workshop delegates — and Alberto will be returning to Skills Matter on April 23, with Russel Winder hot on his heels on May 15.

Allan Kelly joined us on Monday for an interactive session on Dialogue Sheets, a new tool for retrospectives — because this was an hands-on event, I don’t have a video to share with you from the talk.  However, we are having a launch party for Allan Kelly’s new book!  Join us with Allan on March 21 at Skills Matter and hear about Business Patterns for Software Development, and get Allan to sign your copy of this book.

Also on Monday night was “Agilekev” Kevin Ryan, giving a talk on Kanban for Agile Portfolio Management. Go watch the skillscast video of this talk here: http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/agile-scrum/kanban-agile-portfolio-management/js-3637

Tuesday brought St Valentine’s Day to London and to Skills Matter.  We shared the love Tuesday night with Alberto Brandolini‘s In the Brain talk Drive your DBA Crazy in 3 easy steps — go watch the skillscast video here: http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/design-architecture/drive-your-dba-crazy/js-3637 – it’s already proving very popular viewing on Twitter.

By mid-week at Skills Matter we had Damjan Vujnovic delivering a Javascript Coding Kata on Wednesday evening.  Unfortunately, this is another event with nothing to show you on video!  But you’re not completely out of luck, Damjan comes to Skills Matter on April 30 to deliver Gojko Adzic’s Test Driven Development Workshop as well as his own Advanced JavaScript Workshop on May 17.  If you ask very nicely, we’ll even ask Damjan for another In the Brain talk when he’s next at Skills Matter.

Thursday night is the last night of the week for our In the Brain talks and User Groups, and this week it was the turn of Londroid: the London Android User Group.  Londroid brought us two talks this month: Robert Taylor on Robobinding: a data-binding framework, and Duncan Cragg on Object Network -mapping the web.

Next Week:

London Cassandra User Group

Free talk: London Cassandra User Group - Cassandra as an email storage system and CQL Then & Now (Feb 20)

>Cassandra London kicks off 2012 with a talk on implementing Cassandra as an email storage system and what’s new in CQL.  Rustam Aliyev share his experiences of implementing Cassandra as an email storage system at Elastic Inbox, and Courtney Robinson — a regular member of the London Cassandra User Group — gives an update on what’s new with CQL.
Feb 20: sign up here.

Expert Training: Udi Dahan’s Enterprise Development with NServiceBus (Feb 20-23)

Udi Dahan's Enterprise Development with NServiceBus with Andreas OhlundDelivered by NServiceBus core developer Andreas Ohlund, Udi Dahan’s “Enterprise Development with NServiceBus” course teaches you all the ins-and-outs of NServiceBus – the most popular, open-source service bus for .NET – now updated for NServiceBus 3.0. Used in production since 2006, NServiceBus is now used in hundreds of companies in finance, healthcare, retail, SaaS, web 2.0, and more. From basic one-way messaging, through publish/subscribe; providing solutions from transactions to cross-machine scale out; this hands-on course will show you how simple distributed systems development can be.

Book your place and find out more here: http://skillsmatter.com/course/open-source-dot-net/udi-dahan-nservicebus-workshop/js-3637

Groovy & Grails User Group

Free talk: Groovy Grails User Group – Deploying Grails Applications (Feb 20)

This month’s meeting for the Groovy Grails User Group will be all about deploying Grails applications. Several community members will describe how they go about ensuring up-time during upgrades, using a Platform-as-a-Service (CloudBees), and more.
Feb 20: sign up here.

In The Brain of Andreas Ohlund: Putting your events on a diet

Free talk:In The Brain of Andreas Ohlund: Putting your events on a diet (Feb 20)

A common problem when designing service oriented architectures is that events going across services tend to be very large in terms of properties they carry. This has the negative effect of making development tougher, testing harder and deployment a risky operation.  In this talk, NServiceBus and Enterprise Software Expert Andreas Ohlund will analyse the checkout process of an online retailer to identify some of the misconceptions that lead to fat events. Finally we’ll look at techniques that will help you keep your events small and fit for the purpose thus mitigating the problems above.
Feb 20: sign up here.

London Ruby User Group Lightning Talks

Free talk: London Ruby User Group Lightning Talks (Feb 21)

As is now traditional, we devote the February London Ruby User Group meeting to lightning talks. We have James Coglan giving a talk on Websockets, a talk on capistrano extensions, Richard Livsey on removing authentication from your models and Harry Marr on Custom documentation generators.
Feb 21: sign up here.

London Java Community : Zero Downtime of JavaEE applications and Home Automation with Java and Arduino

Free talk:London Java Community: Zero Downtime of JavaEE applications and Home Automation with Java and Arduino (Feb 21)

As well as LJC ligtning talks will be Fabiane Nardon on achieving zero downtime in a JavaEE application is not easy, showing several tools, tips and tricks to get there, and Yara Senger & Vinicius Senger showing how you can use Java EE and open-source hardware, like Arduino, to automatize your house. Using jHome, a complete Java EE 6 API for home automation, you can control lamps, wall sockets, electric gates and doors using Web App and Twitter.
Feb 21: sign up here.

Neo4J User Group:Neo4j in a .NET world

Free talk: Neo4J User Group:Neo4j in a .NET world (Feb 22)

This month, Tatham Oddie will be coming from Australia to present at the Neo4j User Group on Neo4j with .NET, and will cover the Neo4j client we have built for .NET, hosting it all in Azure and why our queries were 200ms slower in the cloud, and how we fixed it.

Tatham will present a case study, explaining  -what our project is, -why we chose a graph db, -how we modelled it to start with, -how our first attempts at modelling were wrong and what we’re doing now.

Join us at this great Neo4J meetup and get a chance to win a ticket to the Progressive NoSQL Tutorials to boot! Follow #prognosql on twitter on the day of the event, to find out more!
Feb 22: sign up here.

Expert Training: Martine Devos’ Certified ScrumMaster and Estimation Class (Feb 23-24)

Martine Devos' Certified ScrumMaster and Estimation ClassMartine Devos’ two day ScrumMaster and Estimation class will teach you the fundamental principles of Scrum, qualifying you as a Certified ScrumMaster. Leading a Scrum team is radically different to traditional project management. Rather than plan, instruct, and direct, the leader of a Scrum team (called a ScrumMaster) facilitates, coaches and leads.

In this intensive and highly interactive workshop, you will learn to deal with the obstacles that confront Scrum teams. You will also put theory into practise through a variety of exercises and take-aways to use with co-workers. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be enrolled as a Certified ScrumMaster. This includes a two-year Scrum Alliance membership, where additional ScrumMaster-only material and information is available.

This date sold out! But find out more here: http://skillsmatter.com/course/agile-scrum/martine-devos-scrum-master/js-3637

That’s more than enough for one week!  As always, make sure you follow @skillsmatter and @jameschesters on Twitter in to join the discussion, and be the first to hear when the Skillscast videos are published.  We also have some special Twitter raffles next week, so keep your eyes peeled for a chance to win a place on some great events.  See you at Skills Matter next week.