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WWCode Vancouver V-Day Week Special @ PlentyOfFish

Women Who Code and PlentyOfFish are excited to announce our February meetup at "The Aquarium" at PlentyOfFish HQ!


• 5:30pm Doors Open
• 6:00pm Directors' Update
• 6:15pm Speakers Start
• ~8:30pm Post-Talk Mingling


1. Dorota Paleczek - Sr. QA Automation Engineer, PlentyOfFish 

Title: Automation Framework Development for Web Applications

Topic: How can we create reliable, efficient and effective test automation to insure rapid and continuous delivery of high-quality features to our clients? In this talk, I'll discuss the development of "Autoframe", POF's framework for automating functional and layout testing of desktop and responsive web applications using C#, Selenium Web Driver and Specflow.

Discussion Points:
-Main concepts behind Selenium Web Driver
-Benefits of Specflow & Behavioural Driven Development to drive automation
-Approaches to testing across many browsers, devices and languages
-How to reuse tests for different versions of the product
-Integrating tests into the continuous integration and delivery process of the software-Scaling tests for speed

2. Diane Sithoo - Database Administrator, PlentyOfFish

Title: Locking, Blocking, and Transactions: How to Share Toys in the Sandbox

Topic: In a fast-pace, high-volume SQL system, learn the mechanisms we use to control access to data and how queries and updates impact the system. I will go through the basic transaction isolation levels, how they work, and why it's important to know.  Learn why NO LOCK <> NO BLOCK, and how to play nicely with all the other kids in the sandbox. We will also talk about how things like replication, mass updates, and simple SELECT statements can cause issues and how to solve for them.

Discussion Points:
-Who am I?
-Database Administrator and Chapter Leader for SQL PASS
-Transaction Isolation Levels-Blocking
-Replication technologies
-Batch processing
-Troubleshooting and Metrics

3. Monica Olinescu - Instructor @ Lighthouse Labs and Ruby on Rails Developer

Title: Three Reasons Elixir is Awesome

Topic:I will talk about my experience working with Elixir and the Phoenix web framework during the past year while building the real-time backend for DesignDrop. 

Some Context:
- Elixir is a new programming language that has taken the web development community by storm.


Canapes + beer/wine will be served prior to our speaking panel. There will be time following speaker presentations to meet the team + mingle. 

Warm Regards, 

WomenWhoCode Vancouver Leadership Team

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  • Sarah

    This was a great event! Are the presentation slides available online anywhere?

    1 · 4 days ago

    • Holly P.

      Hi Sarah. We'll share the slides this week. Stay tuned. :-)

      4 days ago

  • Shayla S.

    Whoops! Totally missed out on this one! *Runs to check notification settings*

    1 · 4 days ago

  • Sampoorna

    Great event! I was initially intimidated by the topics list because I use/know none of them, but the speakers made an effort to make their talks of general tech interest, which was pretty cool.

    3 · 6 days ago

  • Emily C.

    Nice canapes and wine and interesting panel!

    4 · February 17

  • Mary L.

    My first attendance and I loved it. Welcoming and friendly people, great organization and great speakers. I liked how each speaker talked about different aspects in development.

    5 · February 16

  • Helen

    guys, congratuation! This meetup was a total success. Here are the reasons:
    1. you have selected the right location - not too big like at Microsoft's garage, not too small - just the right.

    2. wine and enough time to talk before the actual presentations - this is the key to success.

    3. you have carefully selected the presenters (several shorts presentations are better than a single long talk:

    Dorota gave a real-life example of automation (no artificial Hello World stuff)

    Diana explained complex stuff and showed real queries.

    Let me thank you for this approach. if you keep doing in this direction, you should expect double increase in your devotees next time. Well done!

    3 · February 16

  • Jade T.

    Is there a an indoors bike locker available?

    1 · February 16

  • Elgin-Skye M.

    We are excited to have some tickets to the Consumer VR Expo to give away at the event tonight.

    For those who can't make it tonight, there will be other ways to win. Stay tuned!

    2 · February 16

  • Holly P.

    Hello all - this is a reminder that doors open at 5:30pm tomorrow; event commences at 6pm. There will be time post-discussion to mingle + chat. As this event is full please RSVP "No" if you know you can't attend. Thanks & see you tomorrow!

    February 15

  • Sarah V.

    What time will the talks get started? I work till 6, so just wondering how quickly I should run over there. :)

    February 1

    • Elgin-Skye M.

      Hi Sarah,
      we try to start our talks pretty close to the scheduled event time especially since there are 3 speakers that night, and we want to leave time for networking.

      The main doors will be open for a little while after the event starts, but if you think you will arrive later than 30 minutes after we start, let me know and we can coordinate to make sure you can get up to the POF offices without any trouble. Look forward to seeing you!

      1 · February 2

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