• Techie Brekkie #10 // Microservices - great or a different way to mess up?

    There has been a big move from SOA to Microservices recently. But is it always a good idea? Are there situations where Microservices make the implementation more complicated and you end up with multiple small components which all dependent on each other. Also how do you choose how to break up components?

  • Techie Brekkie #11 // Serverless Computing : What are the challenges?

    Serverless Computing such as AWS Lambdas and Azure Functions have some big advantages, including that you only pay for the processing you do/use and can save money, but also allow scaling up without having to stress. But what are the challenges? We consider latency, debugging/testing, vendor lock in, managing a large number of serverless functions and what you can do to make your life easier.

  • Techie Brekkie #12 // Exploratory Testing: What is it and why you might care

    Google defines it as, "Exploratory testing is all about discovery, investigation, and learning. It emphasises personal freedom and responsibility of the individual tester. It is defined as a type of testing where Test cases are not created in advance but testers check the system on the fly" ... Does it replace traditional testing? Enhance it? Should all testers do it? We'll explore all this over breakfast! Our guest speaker for the morning is Callum, a Senior Test Engineer at Scott Logic (London Office) with 11 years of experience across multiple domains from finance to public safety. His technical skills and keen interest in exploratory testing techniques are backed up with a passion for team engagement and the advocation for the integration of testers into agile teams. Using his background in psychology, Callum has recently been engaging teams with quality narratives surrounding human factors; providing insights on how individual and diverse users will engage and experience their products in different ways. In his spare time he's also a kick-ass Dungeon Master and blogs about testing.