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LSCC Talks #3

  • May 15, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Our third set of talks is getting philosophical, and addressing some issues in our industry.

The event will consist of two half-hour talks and two five-minute lightning talks, followed by a trip to the pub for further discussion.

We are still looking for two lightning talks for this event. If you're interested, please contact Samir Talwar ASAP.

Feeling Code, by Guy Burton

In this talk, Guy will be exploring the way in which we use natural language in expressing our ideas, to try and help us to become better craftspeople, build better teams, and ultimately deliver a better product.

Guy is a technology agnostic developer who still believes delivering change could be easy.

Bridging the diversity gap, by Despo Pentara

We are all too familiar with the diversity problem in the tech industry. Being vocal on issues is important, but to make a difference we must also act. In October, Despo decided to start Codebar as an attempt to offer free weekly coding workshops to women, LGBT and other underrepresented minorities with the help of the community.

Through her personal experiences and struggles as a developer, she has learned just how important communities and the support they offer are. Things are easier when someone is sitting next to us offering a helping hand or just encouraging us to continue. She will be talking about Codebar, what this is all about, the vision, and what you can do to help make tech a better and more welcome place.

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  • John C.

    I had some thoughts around the Feeling Code talk that I'd liked to have taken to the pub but unfortunately I had to dash. With regards to System 1 (fast) and System 2 (slow), I think that when we first start programming, almost everything we write is driven by System 2. As we improve, more of the lower levels details of writing code can shift to System 1, freeing up more space in System 2, allowing us greater freedom to think about higher-level abstractions and more about what the code is trying rather than how to achieve it. That's not to say that we shouldn't the *how* plenty of thought as well.

    2 · May 16, 2014

    • Carl Matthew J.

      Seriously, I get invited to a viewing at a gallery and you go and have interesting talks when I can't make inconsiderate...

      May 17, 2014

    • Samir T.

      They'll be up for viewing on the Skills Matter website soon. I'll try and put links here as soon as they're up.

      I hope you enjoy them. I did.

      May 17, 2014

  • Mani

    Great talks, don't know about samirs talk he overran. ;) lol I liked demo on using the rekord library. Thanks guys for organising this event!

    1 · May 15, 2014

    • Samir T.

      There's a good chapter on immutability in Effective Java. This Oracle tutorial also covers some of the basics:­ . The best way to really see the advantages, though, is to go learn a functional language such as Clojure or Haskell, where immutability is the default. In Haskell's case, it's really hard to mutate things. I steal most of my ideas from it. :-p

      2 · May 17, 2014

    • Mani

      Immutability is my favourite subject since sometime, I have read Effective Java but worth another read. Here's Graham Allen's library on Immutability (­) if anyone cares to use it. I was learning Clojure but got distracted. Haskell is on my list of languages to learn, I like the concept of "thunk". Thanks again Samir, I now follow what you meant by not using getters and setters.

      May 17, 2014

  • jonk

    Two excellent main talks, and an intriguing lightning talk. Both the main talks had a lot of thought behind them, with some great ideas for the development community to consider seriously. Really good to be hearing about these ideas and initiatives. Now I need to look at the code on github to understand the lightning talk!

    May 16, 2014

  • Mani here's a link to my post on 12 habits to good tdd programming!

    2 · May 15, 2014

  • Carl Matthew J.

    Given the new date, I cannot attend as I already have a commitment that evening.

    May 13, 2014

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