What we're about

We love all things developer.

We are a technology & vendor-neutral group (so we do not favour anyone or anything) which lets us share and learn on WIDE variety of topics from software development methodologies to patterns, best practices, various language paradigms and xkcd humour etc.

It's great to meet local developers and see what they are doing! From beginner to expert, all are welcome.

We meet monthly to learn about things related to software development. Our regular meetings happen in Joburg, Pretoria and Cape Town every month!

We also run ad hoc special events.

Upcoming events (5+)

Cape Town - Moving to DevOps & Microservices

Entelect - Cape Town

Agenda · Session 1 - · Session 2 - ======================================================================= Session 1 Title: Insights from how MicroFocus moved to DevOps internally and how we include Security in the process. Facilitator: Stephen James Smith BIO Stephen James Smith is a 35 year veteran in the IT industry. He started in the Mainframe hardware arena as a systems engineer. He has experience in IT hardware, software, networking, security and end to end management of all of the above. The last twenty years he has worked for major IT vendors and in so doing has gained wide exposure and experience in a number of disciplines. He gained certifications in disciplines such as ITIL, training and SAFE. He has been happily married for 33 years and has 4 grown children and now 1 grandchild all of whom bring him great joy. He has a number of hobbies including building model planes and lately riding his adventure bike wherever he can. ======================================================================= Session 2 Title: Microservices: A gift and a curse Facilitator: Ezra Jivan Description: Microservices come with many eventual benefits to an organisation. In its infancy, it can be seen as more of a curse than a blessing with all of the complexities that come with managing services, versioning and the effort of moving everything over from a monolithic architecture. When developers and business embrace the hidden cost and continuous effort of microservices though, the true benefits can be reaped and the versatility and flexibility can be used to their advantage, rather than as a deterrent to getting things done. BIO Ezra Jivan is a Software Engineer with very varied experience. Starting his career with .Net and moving through PHP, Desktop Support, Java and PCI-DSS Compliance, Python and back to Java and now C#. Having worked on enterprise architectures, home-grown solutions and lots of spaghetti code (and written his fair share of copy-pasta code), he really has no preference when it comes to a programming language or specific style of coding. He is always open for varied discussions around Software, Psychology or random topics and is generally the quiet one in the room.

JHB: Monthly Meeting

Microsoft Campus Bryanston

Agenda · Welcome (start 16h30) · Lightning talk (start 16h35) - 10min · Session 1 (start 16h50) - 20 min · Session 2 (start 17h15) - 40min Title: What Civil Engineering Taught Me About Being a Good Software Developer A year and a half ago, I was working as a civil engineer and had a scholarship to complete a PhD in chemical and environmental engineering. I left my job as an engineer to turn my passion into a career. While I am really enjoying development, there are a lot of aspects of engineering that I still care about, and from which I have learnt a lot of valuable lessons. I’ve found that being aware of certain things has given me a unique perspective and really helped me grow in my new role. I will go into detail about my insights into each of these and what they mean for every software developer. Facilitator: Bhekani Khumalo I am a Software Developer with a background as a Civil Engineer and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). I'm currently working as a GIS Developer at Esri South Africa. I am very passionate about learning and about finding ways to learn more effectively and efficiently. I really love working with geo-spatial technologies because it offers the opportunity to interact with many kinds of problems from different fields. Besides software development, engineering and GIS. I am a sketch artist and painter. I am also a co-host of the Just Livin' Life podcast and the Just Livin' Life YouTube channel where my fiancee and I talk about all things to do with relationships. Session 1 Title: TBC Facilitator: TBC TBC Session 2 Title: How to become the most sought after IT Professionals in South Africa Vanessa will look at the most in-demand skills – both tech and soft skills, in South Africa at the moment. She will help you get the audience to an understanding the benefits of standing out from their peers on social media as that is where recruitment is happening! Recruiters are hand picking Thought Leaders off Social Media platforms and placing them in exciting new roles! Facilitator: Vanessa Raath I am determined to bring the ‘Human Element’ back into today’s Recruitment Process as I believe it has been lacking for too long now! I believe that people are the core building blocks of every business but that doesn’t mean that we can treat every ‘block’ the same. I have over 13 years’ experience in the Recruitment Industry and I have specialised in the IT Applications space for most of this time. Before starting my career in Recruitment, I taught unruly children in London; operated a chairlift in the USA and taught people to Scuba Dive in SE Asia. I have recently decided to flex my entrepreneurial muscle and I have launched my own Sourcing Training Business. I am passionate about raising the standard of Sourcing in Africa so that we can get up to speed with our global competitors. I also love presenting about Sourcing, career branding and sharing my knowledge, and experience, with others. My mantra is “Life is too short to work in boring jobs….” The same attitude can be applied to the way I have lived my life and how I tackle each day. When I am not in work mode, you will probably find me having a lekker braai with family & friends, preferably in the Bush or at the Beach :) You are most welcome to connect with me on Twitter & Instagram too - @Van_Raa If you are new to the group, read our monthly meeting FAQ to answer some common questions (http://www.meetup.com/DeveloperUG/pages/Monthly_Meetings/).

PTA: Monthly Meeting

Momentum

· Welcome (start 16h30) · Lightning talk (start 16h35) - 10min · Session 1 (start 16h50) - 20 min · Session 2 (start 17h15) - 40min Title: TBC Facilitator: TBC TBC Title: TBC Facilitator: TBC TBC Session 2 Title: How to become the most sought after IT Professionals in South Africa Vanessa will look at the most in-demand skills – both tech and soft skills, in South Africa at the moment. She will help you get the audience to an understanding the benefits of standing out from their peers on social media as that is where recruitment is happening! Recruiters are hand picking Thought Leaders off Social Media platforms and placing them in exciting new roles! Facilitator: Vanessa Raath I am determined to bring the ‘Human Element’ back into today’s Recruitment Process as I believe it has been lacking for too long now! I believe that people are the core building blocks of every business but that doesn’t mean that we can treat every ‘block’ the same. I have over 13 years’ experience in the Recruitment Industry and I have specialised in the IT Applications space for most of this time. Before starting my career in Recruitment, I taught unruly children in London; operated a chairlift in the USA and taught people to Scuba Dive in SE Asia. I have recently decided to flex my entrepreneurial muscle and I have launched my own Sourcing Training Business. I am passionate about raising the standard of Sourcing in Africa so that we can get up to speed with our global competitors. I also love presenting about Sourcing, career branding and sharing my knowledge, and experience, with others. My mantra is “Life is too short to work in boring jobs….” The same attitude can be applied to the way I have lived my life and how I tackle each day. When I am not in work mode, you will probably find me having a lekker braai with family & friends, preferably in the Bush or at the Beach :) You are most welcome to connect with me on Twitter & Instagram too - @Van_Raa If you are new to the group, read our monthly meeting FAQ to answer some common questions (http://www.meetup.com/DeveloperUG/pages/Monthly_Meetings/).

Cape Town Monthly

Entelect - Cape Town

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