• TAQfull: More or (SERVER)less

    Dunelm Ltd

    AGENDA: Doors Open: 6pm Networking (drinks): 6pm - 6:45pm Talk 1: 6:45pm to 7:15pm Pizza and Drinks: 7:15pm to 7:45pm Talk 2: 7:45pm to 8:15pm Wrap up: 8:15pm to 8:30 Close: 8:45 Food and refreshments will be supplied. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements we need to be made aware off. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ TALK 1: Is Servless The Future? with Antoine Colombier and Hasan Gani Description: “They say serverless is more - but is this actually the case? Antoine and Hasan from Dunelm discuss their experience of serverless technology and how it played a vital role in the restructuring of Dunelm Tech.” ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ TALK 2: Monumap.com - How I built an API for free with serverless functions with Alexandre Rieux Description: Monumap.com is a map plotting the sites from the UNESCO world heritage list. The web app is driven by a cost effective API using AWS Lambda. I will walk you through the project architecture and explain how I used Serverless framework for the deployment while keeping an immutable infrastructure. Finally, I will speak about token verification with API Gateway lambda authorizer. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Speakers Bio: Hasan Gani Hasan is an SDET at Dunelm for 1.5 years with a passion for tech, quality and table football. When he isn’t pretending to be a developer, he likes to contribute to the reduction of office donuts and generally help everyone get better (worse) at table football :) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Antoine Colombier Antoine is a dedicated, enthusiastic and hard working engineer and team player. When he isn’t busy playing online shoot em ups, he develops apps and (occasionally) does some awesome stuff for Dunelm :) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Alexandre Rieux I am a Fullstack engineer, I worked with React and Node for the last 4 years. Lately I have been building Golang micro services on AWS for a startup. I am passionate about web maps and built a popular library called react-mapbox-gl, this passion for maps also led me to building monumap.com which I will talk about at the meetup.

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  • WELCOME TO TAQfull

    Dunelm Ltd

    Food and refreshments will be supplied. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements we need to be made aware off. AGENDA: Doors Open: 6pm Networking (drinks): 6pm - 6:45pm Talk 1: 6:45pm to 7:15pm Pizza and Drinks: 7:15pm to 7:45pm Talk 2: 7:45pm to 8:15pm Wrap up: 8:15pm to 8:30 Close: 8:45 TALK 1: Digital Transformation at Dunelm with Max Watson (Head of Engineering) In this talk, Max Watson, the Head of Engineering for Dunelm Digital will talk through the Digital Transformation Dunelm has been undergoing over the last 18 months. He will focus on why the transformation was required and how the technology, culture and working practices have transformed. TALK 2: Practicalities of Building Communities at Scale with Gareth Waterhouse & Lindsay Strydom At our company we do things at scale; to give you an idea of the scale just one of our several hundred APIs will serve upwards of 1,000 requests per second and we get 100 million page requests a day. We're an international business with 16.5 million active customers and we shipped 1.7 million parcels last Black Friday. We have over 200 QAs, split over six locations, and fostering a sense of a community that fits everybody’s needs is difficult. That isn’t to say we haven’t tried. This session will talk about our journey towards where we are now in terms of building a community of practice and the lessons we've learnt along the way that can be taken on board by communities of any size. We'll also discuss some of the key benefits we get from having a thriving community of QAs. The key points of our talk include: How and why certain types of community don't always work. We’ve tried various community models, and for a number of reasons some of these have failed. It’s okay to fail and re-evaluate - if what you have isn’t working (such as one large all encompassing community), then change it. It's all about iteration! Common problems we faced (and that you may face) when building a community and how we have overcome them - e.g. lack of enthusiasm (but passion is infectious and now we hire people with that in mind) & work and time pressures (getting line manager buy in and leadership recognition) Different events that we have held and the outcomes of them - What events proved popular, and what events proved not so popular and why. Things you can do to set up your community(ies) for success - Things like hiring the right people, building a brand, making it as fun and inclusive as possible. Speakers Bio: Lindsay Strydom Reformed Luddite and accidental QA with over five-years of experience in testing e-commerce native and web applications. Queen of the gif and most active slack user in the company (but not a slacker). @strydom_lindsay Gareth Waterhouse Seasoned QA with a decade of experience, father of two and Sunderland fan (please don't hold that against us). Regularly attends QA/Testing meetups and has given numerous presentations at meetups. Always looking at ways to develop others. Regularly blog about things that I think may be of interest. @gwaterhouse85 | http://www.testingthewaterhouse

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