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Ken Sipe - Cloud Development and Advanced Spock

This month we are pleased to have Ken Sipe in town to talk to us on the future of development and the cloud, along with a session on advanced spock.

5:30-6:10: Networking and Food

Food, Soda, Beer and Networking. We are grateful to Charlie Weber from TEksystems for their continued sponsorship of the Food and Soda! Our friends over at FullContact have taken over the beer sponsorship, so a big thanks to them.

6:10-6:20: Announcements

6:20-7:10: Future of Development and the Cloud - Ken Sipe

A large change is afoot in software development.  Baby steps have lead the way noted by continuous delivery efforts, virtual machines and service oriented architecture.  I will reveal my team's research results as part of R&D on the future of cloud.  It is clear the next steps in cloud development are through virtualized applications and application containers (not virtual machines).  This movement has already started and is being used at dotCloud, twitter, foursquare, AirBnb and Baidu just to name a few.  The technology will have greater acceptance and reach with built in support in RedHat Linux schedule to have a public release in April 2014.  

This session will cover the future of cloud development using docker and mesos and how it will create a commoditized cloud solution set and how it will change software development.

7:10-7:30: Break

7:30-8:20: Advance Spock - Ken Sipe

The Spock unit testing framework is on the verge of a 1.0 release and has already proven itself to be the next generation thinking on how to test Java production code.  Spock hands down is the best way for developers to mock and test Java applications. One of Spock's great features is the ability to write your own custom extensions. 

This session is a fast paced (not for beginners), code centric view on how to use the advanced features in spock including custom extensions and interceptors. 

About Ken Sipe:

Ken has worked with Fortune 500 companies to small startups in the roles of developer, designer, application architect and enterprise architect. Ken's current focus is on enterprise system automation and continuous delivery systems.

Ken is an international speaker on the subject of software engineering speaking at conferences such as JavaOne, JavaZone, Jax-India, and The Strange Loop. He is a regular speaker with NFJS where he is best known for his architecture and security hacking talks. In 2009, Ken was honored by being awarded the JavaOne Rockstar Award at JavaOne in SF, California and the JavaZone Rockstar Award at JavaZone in Oslo, Norway as the top ranked speaker.

8:20: Door prizes:

JetBrains IDE License

Books - Provided by O'Reilly Media

8:30: Networking/Food/Drinks at Old Chicago.

Our sponsor,, will be hosting the food and drinks at Old Chicago (1415 Market St).  Come join us for further discussion on topic of the night and whatnot.

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  • Andy E.

    I haven't seen Ken's slides but did find these on Mesos + Docker which had some similar themes/graphics:

    March 17, 2014

    • Nicolas S.

      Awesome, thanks. Mesos was what I was looking for.

      March 17, 2014

  • Nicolas S.

    Great presentations. Was wondering if Ken's slides are or will be available. If not, I am having a hard time remembering the other project he presented during the cloud presentation besides docker.

    March 13, 2014

  • Michael A. F.

    as always, a great speaker. He is where I would like to be knowledgewise, but I may have had trouble comprehending all of his comments. That is probably more of a reflection on me than him though.

    March 13, 2014

  • Dan A.

    Great overview and introduction to Docker. I also appreciated the tie-in to testing, which came in the second half.

    March 13, 2014

  • Justin S.

    Came for the Spock but it wasn't as advanced as I was hoping. Great intro to Docker and meso though.

    1 · March 12, 2014

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    Weekend of May 30 at Galvanize. (it's not the same weekend as memorial day weekend!)

    1 · March 7, 2014

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    Join us for 'Scalable Logging and Analytics with LogStash' with Rich Viet, Principal Engineer at Cloud Elements, 3/11 at Galvanize

    March 5, 2014

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