Tuesday 5th April 2016 – 10:00am – Beatroot Cafe, 20-21 Lower Park Row, Bristol
Read about the format of the meetup here: https://github.com/CodeHubOrg/discussions/issues/7
Tuesday 5th April 2016 – 6:15pm – Brightpearl, New Bond House, Bond Street, Bristol BS2 9AG, Bristol
This meetup is aiming to have a few talks on Spring related technologies, hopefully covering Spring Boot, Spring Data, and possibly some others..
1. Spring Boot in the real world
Spring Boot is here to stay and no one is missing the good old boiler plate configuration. Join the gang for a presentation on the concepts of Spring Boot, the impact on operations, the things you should consider when migrating you Spring applications to Spring Boot and the way it fits nicely with the Microservices approach
2. Testing Spring Boot Micro-services
Got up and running with your shiny new Spring Boot application so quickly that you’ve forgotten to write any tests? Keep that momentum up and build coverage for your microservice fast. Write fluent and concise contract tests with RestAssured. Integration test your service layer with minimal configuration. Enjoy auto-configured embedded databases. Best of all, get back to writing real code faster!
There will also be lightning talks of 5 mins each.
## [Bristol WordPress People: Project Management 101 and A WordPress Composer Shopping List](http://www.meetup.com/Bristol-WordPress-People/events/229633801/)
**Tuesday 5th April 2016 – 6:30pm** – *Famous Royal Navy Volunteer, 17-18 King Street, Bristol BS1 4EF*
Two talks this month on two very different subjects, Hannah talks about Project Management 101 and Simon covers A Composer WordPress Shopping List.
Project Management 101 – Hannah Smith
Practical advice and tips on how to get your project up and running and how to avoid common pitfalls once it’s going. For all levels.
A WordPress Composer Shopping List – Simon Pollard
A quick overview on how you can use composer to create and manage your WordPress sites and bring in all your favourite plugins whilst still version controlling your own theme with Git.
This meetup is a social one so pop along from 6:30pm to meet and chat with the team and other members. The first talk will start around 7:00pm. As always there will be a gap between the talks and everyone will be down in the bar afterwards if you have time to stick around for a pint.
“APL (named after the book A Programming Language) is a programming language developed in the 1960s by Kenneth E. Iverson. Its central datatype is the multidimensional array. It uses a large range of special graphic symbols to represent most operators, leading to very concise code. It has been an important influence on the development of concept modeling, spreadsheets, functional programming, and computer math packages. It has also inspired several other programming languages. It is still used today for certain applications.”
Thursday 7th April 2016 – 10:30am – The Guild Coworking Hub, High Street, Bath, BA1 5EB
The Drop in Coffee mornings are a very informal networking forum, where you can come along and meet others who work in Tech in the region.
Whether you’ve just moved your business to the area and would like to build your network, or if you’re well established in the region, do feel free to pop down, have a coffee courtesy of those lovely people at the Guild Coworking Hub, and also a friendly chat.
The forum is there to connect people, spark ideas, and create introductions. At the very least the BathSPARK team will be there to have a chat and help connect you to the right people!
It’s also an opportunity for you to share ideas with the team for events and articles you’d like to see come to fruition over the coming few months.
In this talk, Chris will briefly outline some of Bristol’s work in cutting edge integrated quantum photonics, which is allowing us to demonstrate some of the most advanced integrated quantum circuits to date on tiny Silicon chips. This technology is completely compatible with the billion dollar classical micro-processor industry that has powered the PC revolution of the last 50 years, allowing us to piggy-back on the billions invested in that industry to deliver much more advanced devices than would otherwise be possible. We are reaching component densities that are now allowing us to design and implement interesting devices.
Go is a modern programming language designed for a distributed and concurrent world. Can it really be as easy to use as Python and as fast to run as C++? This talk investigates. Expect live coding, flying horses, and answers.
Tuesday 12th April 2016 – 6:45pm – The Real Adventure, One Glass Wharf, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS2 0EL , Bristol
The UX of Customer Relationships – James Reece
James will explore the importance of nurturing long-term relationships between people and organisations. He will show how a long-term approach to customer experience can give great outcomes for both users and businesses.
Wednesday 13th April 2016 – 6:00pm – The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer, 17-18 Kings Street, Old City, BS1 4EF, Bristol
The April Bristol Developer User Group will be an open floor meetup. There will be some discussion cards, a couple of laptops and a projector/screen to encourage anyone who wants to do a show & tell, or “group solve” a problem they are having, or present a point/counter-point to step up and give it a whirl. There will of course, be beers, snacks and soft drinks available!
Wednesday 13th April 2016 – 6:30pm – BaseKit, 5th Floor, One Castlepark, Tower Hill, Bristol, BS2 0JA
April features a night all about Clean Code!
Are you a good Code Scout? – Matt Cockayne
Scouts are taught to be adventurous, considerate, thoughtful, effective, diligent, ingenious, thorough, earnest and effective! All of these qualities are ones that we should be striving for as a Developer. Matt will prove that being a Good Scout and being a Great developer are are the same thing. He’ll take you through the actions and attitudes taught to millions of kids aged 7-18 and how you can apply those practices to what you do in your code.
Mission (Im)possible: Quality Decoupled Code with Drupal 7 – Marek Matulka
Everyone is excited about Drupal 8 coming up soon and you want to be ready for it! How can you make sure your code is ready for it? How can you build modules that are backwards compatible with D7 and future proofed for D8? Learn how to build code decoupled from your platform and use it with Drupal or any other framework.
Wednesday 13th April 2016 – 7:00pm – cxpartners, 2 College Square, Bristol
Progressive Apps in the Real World – Dean Hume
Progressive web apps bring a whole new world of possibilities to the web. Whether on mobile or desktop, the ability to ensure a smooth browsing experience is the key. Using the power of Service Workers, we can provide our users with powerful features such as offline pages, background sync, push notifications and improved caching! This talk will show you how to use these features!
South West Founders is a monthly meet-up for people based in the South-West who have been, are, or want to be tech start-up founders.
They welcome entrepreneurs and tech investors with open arms, but discourage freelancers, consultants, lawyers and other service providers unless they have a genuine interest in founding or mentoring start-up businesses. There is a strict ‘no selling’ rule at their events.
CookiesHQ will be attending as we are official sponsors, so come and say “Hi!”
Tuesday 19th April 2016 – 10:00am – Beatroot Cafe, 20-21 Lower Park Row, Bristol
Tuesday 19th April 2016 – 7:00pm – Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre , 2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, , Bristol BS1 3AD
If broad experience is any indicator, people seem to be getting their Scrum knowledge from noisy and error-prone sources. Jim Coplien rarely gets the right answer when asking people why the Daily Scrum is in Scrum (not even close), about the Sprint failure rate of a best-of-class Scrum team (ditto), not to mention more subtle but nonetheless crucial aspects of the framework.
To address this problem, Scrum community leaders have come together to develop several pattern languages around the Wholes of Scrum. Unlike the Scrum Guide, these patterns provide deep rationale, history, and context for the components of Scrum. Unlike the Scrum Almanac, they reflect the authority and engagement of Scrum’s inventor and of the early shapers of the Scrum framework.
These patterns not only provide a reference body of literature for the community but can be used as practical tools by a team adopting Scrum or transitioning to Scrum. They provide a roadmap for an incremental, piecemeal path to Scrum adoption.
Jim Coplien is the Product Owner of the effort and will say a few words about what pattern languages are, about the Value Stream and Organizational Structure pattern languages of Scrum, and will focus on a few patterns that may surprise even people who consider themselves Scrum experts.
Wednesday 20th April 2016 – 6:30pm – The Bath Brew House, 14 James Street West BA1 2BX, Bath
It’s springtime once again and it’s time to celebrate!
Last year’s spring social was a fantastic tech social mixer and drinks event, and nothing’s changed of course; it’ll be another fantastic evening this year too.
Less than 4 months in and it’s already been an amazing year for Bristol and Bath’s tech scene. In February alone we celebrated the best of tech in the West at #theSPARKies awards and were announced as the most productive tech region in the UK by Tech City’s 2016 report.
So pop along and meet with the movers and shakers in the tech industry at the lovely Bath Brew House this April! Perfect for all members both old and new to mix, mingle & seek advice and support from the local tech scene.
Thanks to our sponsors, KPMG, you can enjoy a tipple to warm your cheeks too!
Wednesday 27th April 2016 – 7:00pm – cxpartners, 2 College Square, Bristol
An introduction to ReactJS – Jack Franklin
ReactJS has really taken the community by storm in the last year or so, bringing new ideas, new syntax and new approaches to front end web application development. In this talk you’ll dive into React and look at how you can build web applications using it. You’ll tackle dealing with data and state changes, handling URLs and even look briefly at server side rendering.
PS: if there’s any specific React questions you have, please let Jack know ahead of time!
Geeking out about React Native – Colin Eberhardt
ReactJS, Virtual DOM, JSX, a hackable editor, ES6 modules, classes, arrow functions, node, iOS, native-UI, flexbox, … and while we’re at it, why not throw in a bit of redux and time travel? In this talk Colin will be geeking out about all the seriously cool tech that makes React Native possible.
Making mistakes is natural, but learning from them and avoiding them in future takes effort. There’s no substitute for experience or the shared wisdom of others to help you learn what mistakes to avoid. In this session, Tim will share with you a ton of what he’s learned over the years from working and consulting at multiple Fortune-level companies. You’ll hear about real-world environments he has worked on where there was a high impact from administrators making mistakes in how SQL Server was configured and administered. You’ll learn many proven and accepted best practices for installing, configuring and supporting SQL Server to help your environment run as smoothly as possible and you’ll leave with a checklist of items to take home to make sure your SQL Server environment is configured properly.
Thursday 28th April 2016 – 7:00pm – Little Man Coffee, Bridge Street, Cardiff, CF10 2EE
Ahmad Fahmy will introduce the group to the LeSS Framework and will cover the scaling dilemma, local optimisation and systems thinking, how to descale an organisation with LeSS and will tell some stories about success and failure.