Presentation Patterns and Rocking the Gradle

5:30-6:00: Networking and Food

Food, Soda, Beer and Networking. We are grateful to Cody Powell from TEksystems for their continued sponsorship of the Food and Soda! Also, thanks to Mike Henninger of BWBacon for supplying the beer.

6:00-6:10: Announcements

6:10-7:10: Presentation Patterns by Matthew McCullough

Patterns are like the lower-level steps found inside recipes; they are the techniques you must master to be considered a master chef or master presenter. You can use the patterns in this book to construct your own recipes for different contexts, such as business meetings, technical demonstrations, scientific expositions, and keynotes, just to name a few.

About Matthew McCullough:

Matthew is an energetic 15 year veteran of enterprise software development, open source education, and co-founder of Ambient Ideas, LLC, a Denver consultancy. Matthew currently is VP of Training at GitHub.com, author of the Git Master Class series for O'Reilly, speaker at over 30 national and international conferences, author of three of the top 10 DZone RefCards, and President of the Denver Open Source Users Group. His current topics of research center around project automation: build tools (Gradle), distributed version control (Git, GitHub), Continuous Integration (Jenkins, Travis) and Quality Metrics (Sonar). Matthew resides in Denver, Colorado with his beautiful wife and two young daughters, who are active in nearly every outdoor activity Colorado has to offer.

7:10-7:20: Break

7:20-8:50: Rocking the Gradle by Peter Walker

This presentation introduces the audience to the power of Gradle through many real-world examples that are demonstrated. By the end of the presentation, you'll understand how Gradle helps to elegantly solve the challenges that we face in our daily builds. We'll go through such powerful concepts as: advantages of declarative over imperative build systems, convention over configuration without rigidity, the Gradle plugins, deep multi–project support, performance optimizations through partial builds and incrementalness, harvesting existing functionality through Ant and Maven integration, as well as migration strategies for migrating from these build tools. We will demonstrate many of the innovative goodies that come with Gradle out–of–the–box, like the Gradle Daemon, the Gradle Wrapper, easy administration of your build environment, building Android apps and libraries, Eclipse integration, and other new plugins.

About Peter Walker:

Peter brings to Gradleware more than 20 years experience as a software developer and enterprise architect in the engineering and financial technology sectors. From 1998 to 2012, he worked at Goldman Sachs, most recently as the CTO of the GS Application Practices Group. In this role, he delivered an integrated development platform for firm–wide usage that satisfied audit and regulatory controls for GS software development. A strong advocate of project automation and agile, lean, and TDD techniques, Peter has committed code to open source projects, such as Fitnesse. He previously taught TDD classes at Goldman Sachs. A graduate of the University of Birmingham in England, Peter holds a master's degree in manufacturing engineering and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He lives outside of New York City with his family.

8:50: Door prizes:

Safari Online Book Subscription (1-year, 10-slot) - provided by DevelopIntelligence Training

Amazon Gift Cards - provided by Lea Holmboe of ECS

JetBrains IDE License

ZeroTurnaround JRebel License

A couple O'Reilly and Pearson books

A GitHub t-shirt and credits

Gradle Effective Implementation Guide Book provided by Packt publishing.

9:00: Networking at Ice House Tavern. Very special thanks to Katie Green from ReadyTalk for their sponsorship of food at this location.


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  • Dan A.

    Epic. The introduction to Gradle was practical and well-rehearsed. The Presentation Patterns talk was inspirational and entertaining. Overall, the night was a great blend of technical, educational and motivational content...a splendid mix.

    March 14, 2013

    • Dan A.

      ...naturally, the Presentation Patterns was also very well-rehearsed :)

      March 14, 2013

  • herc

    i like this meeting. It is very simple, normal and down to earth setup. appreciate everyone helping this cause, and thank everyone individually on making it a happen every month without a miss ! kudos !!! Lets learn something today !!!

    March 13, 2013

  • James D.

    this would be my first meetup for this group...what is the parking situation.
    Thanks

    March 11, 2013

    • Michael A. F.

      There is a $10 parking structure next door; I usually take the light rail though.

      March 11, 2013

    • Mike S.

      I think the one around the corner is only $5

      March 11, 2013

  • Michael A. F.

    sounds like fun

    March 7, 2013

  • Al W.

    Oh yeah....

    February 7, 2013

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