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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 (2)

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 - 2:00: Workshop 2:00: 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]

8LU Keynote w/ Gary Fredericks - Computationology: the Good Weird Parts

Join us Friday, May 10th for an 8th Light University keynote presentation by Gary Fredericks! Computationology: the Good Weird Parts --- SCHEDULE: 12:15 - 12:30: Lunch Service 12:30 - 1:30: Presentation 1:30: Questions/Networking ABOUT THE TALK: Sometimes exploring a simple question can give rise to an absurd amount of mathematical structure. This talk will show how one question, namely what problems can computers solve, results in a rich and surprising variety of structures well beyond P vs NP and the halting problem. SPEAKER: Gary Fredericks is a professional adultperson who works for people who want to have somebody write their computercodes, and sometimes does talks like this one. He doesn't have the slightest idea how a water pump works. Like, is there a little water wheel in there or something? What's going on? --- Lunch will be provided by 8th Light (https://8thlight.com/). We will be live streaming the event via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/3541015445). 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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