What we're about

8th Light University is a semi-regular event held at 8th Light's Chicago office (https://8thlight.com/locations/chicago/). Topics vary greatly, but are always focused on improving the craft of software development. Developers of all skills levels are welcome!

To find out about upcoming events, join the group and you'll receive notifications when they are scheduled.

To find out more about past events, browse the videos on our 8th Light University YouTube Playlist (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjj3tI9U49A&list=PLJ8U_Ztr7xwWxTykN1e5mXYIPvEGNGG43).

Upcoming events (3)

8LU Workshop - Taking Command of the Command Line (RailsConf 2019 Preview)

Join us Friday, April 5th for a very special 8th Light University / RailsConf 2019 preview workshop presented by 8th Light CTO Colin Jones! Taking Command of the Command Line --- SCHEDULE: 12:15 - 12:30: Lunch Service 12:30 - 2:00: Workshop 2:00: Questions/Networking ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Do you ever feel like your coworkers, and other folks in the wider industry, were born knowing how to use the Unix command line? You’re not alone! Bash, Zsh, and friends can be daunting, but they can also make your job a lot easier, both with small efficiencies and by helping you improve your understanding of how your computer works. In this workshop, you’ll build command-line skills that’ll change the way you work day to day. From readline and environment variables, to permissions and searching, all the way to pipes and process control, you’ll get hands-on practice with the most useful commands and features for web developers. SPEAKER: Colin Jones is CTO at 8th Light, where he works with teams to craft reliable, maintainable software. He's into application performance, security, DevOps, architecture, and functional programming. Colin wasn't born with a Bash shell in hand - he picked up Rails and the Unix command line after a couple of music degrees turned out to provide minimal job security, and hasn't looked back! --- Lunch will be provided by 8th Light (https://8thlight.com/). Because this is a hands-on workshop, we wil not be streaming or recording this event. Want to learn more about 8th Light? Hang out after the presentation to chat with one of our crafters and find out how 8th Light is changing the software community. If you have trouble finding the office, please call Nicole (804)[masked]

8LU Keynote w/ Ray Hightower: Exploring Parallelism With Raspberry Pi

Join us Friday, April 12th for an 8th Light University keynote presentation by long time Chicago community engager and current director of 8th Light's Los Angeles office, Ray Hightower! He will be previewing a talk that he will be presenting at IndyCode later in April. Exploring Parallelism With Raspberry Pi --- SCHEDULE: 12:15 - 12:30: Lunch Service 12:30 - 1:30: Presentation 1:30: Questions/Networking ABOUT THE TALK: Moore's Law is running out. Still, customers want more computing power, more performance. Parallelism offers a way for software developers to deliver more. This talk offers an intro to parallelism, including some inexpensive ways to study the topic using that well-known single-board computer, the Raspberry Pi. SPEAKER: Ray Hightower founded and ran a technology company for twenty-one years before selling the company to 8th Light in 2016. Today, Hightower serves as Director of the 8th Light office in Los Angeles, California. Hightower is a perpetual student, currently exploring parallelism, quantum computing, and IoT. He studied Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed his BS in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Hightower is invited to speak at tech conferences around the world, and he blogs on technology and business growth at RayHightower.com. --- Lunch will be provided by 8th Light (https://8thlight.com/). We will be live streaming the event via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/3541015445) and a link to the recording will be made available after the event. Want to learn more about 8th Light? Hang out after the presentation to chat with one of our crafters and find out how 8th Light is changing the software community. If you have trouble finding the office, please call Nicole (804)[masked]

8LU Workshop - From Code Smells to Code Sense (RailsConf 2019 Preview)

Join us Friday, April 19th for a very special 8th Light University / RailsConf 2019 preview workshop presented by 8th Light software crafters Kyle Annen and Cyrus Vandrevala! From Code Smells to Code Sense --- SCHEDULE: 12:15 - 12:30: Lunch Service 12:30 - 3:00: Workshop 3:00: Questions/Networking ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Opinionated web frameworks like Rails allow us to focus on what’s unique to our domain, rather than reinventing the wheel. But under deadline pressures, we often find ourselves with a codebase that works in the short term, but takes more and more effort over time to extend, test, and maintain. To speed our development back up and make coding fun again, we need to be able to recognize issues and refactor them away. In this workshop, we will explore some strategies for identifying common code smells in production Rails apps, and get hands-on practice in cleaning them up. SPEAKERS: Kyle Annen is a software crafter at 8th Light in Chicago who is passionate about functional languages, object oriented languages, DevOps, and building sustainable systems. Kyle learned programming through online open access bootcamps prior to joining 8th Light. His past career in business took him around the world, including building low income housing in the borderlands of Mexico, and he spent half a decade working in Shanghai, China. Cyrus Vandrevala is a crafter at 8th Light who has developed software in a variety of industries covering finance, insurance, travel, and education. He is passionate about sharing knowledge and has helped developers acquire new skills through training sessions including object-oriented development, DevOps philosophies, and Agile methodologies. Before joining 8th Light, Cyrus earned his Ph.D. in physics from Purdue University. --- Lunch will be provided by 8th Light (https://8thlight.com/). Because this is a hands-on workshop, we wil not be streaming or recording this event. Want to learn more about 8th Light? Hang out after the presentation to chat with one of our crafters and find out how 8th Light is changing the software community. If you have trouble finding the office, please call Nicole (804)[masked]

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