- Developer Meetup - Ben Greenfield
Ben Greenfield will be discussing his adventures with small-scale manufacturing, whether digital technology has an aesthetic, and if so does it matter. Ben is a local entrepreneur and director of Cogs Inc., working on small-run manufacturing of household appliances on a common technology platform. Lunch provided by Lever.
- Twilio, Amazon Web Services, and Lambda (Oh My!) - John Albano
John Albano will discuss his recent adventures building a (very) simple chatbot with Twilio and AWS' Api Gateway and Lambda. Lunch will be provided by Lever. John is a local, freelance software engineer with nearly 30 years of experience. He likes to continue learning and, to that end, is going to set out to build a simple chatbot using the technologies above -- which he knows very little about today. If all goes well, he'll walk us through the steps and code involved. If all doesn't go well -- there's still free food.
- Developer Meetup: How being a maker gave me a super power - Eric Schimelpfenig
How being a maker gave me a super power. If you've ever built something out of Legos, painted a picture or made a clay statue you've designed and built something. In other words you're a “maker”. Today makers have access to amazing tech. Robots, powerful computers and lasers are just the beginning. In this talk I'll show you how I'm able to use cheap robots and computers to make anything from houses to arcade machines. I'll also show you how can leverage this available tech so you can become a making superhero. Eric Schimelpfenig leads SketchThis.NET, and also developed and launched a kitchen design plugin for Sketchup. He is a regular columnist for Kitchen & Bath Design News, MAKE Magazine, he teaches Sketchup nationally, and speaks on emerging technologies for the design field. Lunch will be provided by Lever.
- Developer Meetup - A shallow dive into unit testing
Rob Mathews will discuss his experiences using various techniques for unit testing ruby on rails and perl, why it's valuable and how it can make software development more efficient. Rob Mathews is a software developer who works with automated build and test system for the Notes/Domino product. Lunch provided by Lever.
- Developer Meetup - Snap Decisions: Management Lessons Learned from Legos
What organizational and technical obstacles ensue when you build a Super Star Destroyer out of Legos? Steven Miller will discuss the inherent challenges of leading groups of Williams students to set a world record for building a 3,152-piece Lego model of the iconic Star Wars battleship in under 10 minutes. Steven Miller is an associate professor of Mathematics at Williams College, and a frequent contributor to the Developer Meetups. Lunch will be provided by Lever.