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  • June Event at Talent-IT

    Talent-IT

  • May Event at BeCode

    The Beacon

  • April Event at the ENTREPOT

    the ENTREPOT

  • March Event at Spilberg

    Spilberg IT Dev bvba

  • February Event at Intracto Antwerpen

    Prophets

    Dear members, For our February meetup we'll be visiting Intracto at the WAW building in Antwerp. We have three talks lined up for you. Joeri Claes will be talking about "Creating immersive 3D experiences in the browser", Tom Bruyneel will talk about "The place of webassembly in full-stack development" and Pieter Helsen will give his "Home Assistant for a Smarter Home" talk. Intracto is so kind to provide pizza and drinks for this evening! We hope to see you soon, Dries & Rias PS: Please remember to change your RSVP if you cannot attend. EVENTY We're also happy to announce Eventy, a new platform for managing your events. Eventy is currently under construction but as soon as it's ready we'll be moving with the user group to our new home. Visit https://eventy.io to subscribe to the newsletter and follow the twitter account at https://twitter.com/eventyio to be the first to know when it launches. SCHEDULE 19:00 Doors 20:00 Talks TALKS Intracto Talks by Joeri Claes & Tom Bruyneel Creating immersive 3D experiences in the browser by Joeri Claes (30 min.) In this talk we will take a deep-dive into 3D graphics on the web. We will examine what it takes to create 3D experiences like online configurators and games. We will highlight a few case studies and share some best practices to start creating these applications on your own. All of this is possible by using the computer's GPU and JavaScript. Speaker: Joeri is a front-end developer working at Intracto. He is specialised in creating immersive 3D experiences with webGL and three.js. The place of webassembly in full-stack development by Tom Bruyneel (30 min.) In this talk we look at the why and how of webassembly. We will start with some history and explore why webassembly is needed in a modern browser through some practical examples. This will highlight how webassembly works, where it shines, how you can get started with compiling code to WASM and moreover how it compares to javascript in both performance and ease of use. After this we look at the future of webassembly and its place in full-stack development and single-page frontend applications. While webassembly has been around for some time now, its use up till now mainly consisted of porting game engines and other CPU intensive algorithms. Recently new frameworks have emerged that open up webassembly to a wider public. Speaker: When still a child, my father gave me a written off Commodore 64 instead of a gameboy. Trying to improve the limited number of games on the system sparked my interest in programming, and starting with BASIC I quickly moved on to Turbo Pascal, C and eventually C++. Years later I graduated as an electronics engineer, having learned to program at the lowest level possible, the structure of the chip itself. Nowadays, I develop mostly in high level languages and cross platform frameworks. However I still occasionally like to dabble with the lower level languages and machine code optimization. WASM enables me to combine both worlds. Length: 60min Home Assistant for a Smarter Home by Pieter Helsen February 2019 I was still knee deep in renovating my home. February 2020 is proving to be different entirely. After rebuilding my home from the ground up with automation in mind, I'm able to give you an overview of what's possible and how to go about it. While there are many Home Automation systems, Home Assistant is one of the more popular systems out there. During this talk, I'll show you how to set up Home Assistant, how to quickly install integrations and how to use automations to automate your home. Speaker: From the first computer-controlled lamp I programmed nearly 20 years ago, Home Automation has always been a field of interest for me. We've come a long way since then, but I still feel Home Automation could be improved upon a lot. My focus lies on ease of use and interoperability. Length: 30min

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  • January Event at Digipolis

    Digipolis

    Dear members, For our January event we're keeping the yearly tradition of visiting Digipolis! We have two talks lined up for you. Joeri Sebrechts will be speaking about "Scaling Reliably with Microservices" and Brecht De Rooms will talk about "FaunaDB: A data API for serverless and JAMstack apps." Digipolis is so kind to offer sandwiches and drinks for the event! We hope to see you soon, Dries & Rias PS: Please remember to change your RSVP if you cannot attend. EVENTY We're also happy to announce Eventy, a new platform for managing your events. Eventy is currently under construction but as soon as it's ready we'll be moving with the user group to our new home. Visit https://eventy.io to subscribe to the newsletter and follow the twitter account at https://twitter.com/eventyio to be the first to know when it launches. SCHEDULE 19:00 Doors 20:00 Talks TALKS Scaling Reliably with Microservices by Joeri Sebrechts It is said that complex systems run in degraded mode. Every piece added to the system increases the likelihood of failure. Add enough pieces, and the system's probability of having a broken part at any one time ends up close to one, leaving the system always somewhat broken. Knowing that, how can you scale out without losing reliability? The Antwerp City Platform as a Service is a smart city OS composed out of hundreds of microservices. Due to the scale of ACPaaS the team at Digipolis runs into this reliability challenge every day. In this talk you'll get an insight into lessons learned of building reliable systems at scale. Speaker: Joeri is a digital experience platform architect at Digipolis, working on the next iteration of the ACPaaS smart city platform. Across his career as a software developer he has come into contact with many technologies and domains, from IOT to Big Data and many things in between. He considers himself an information addict and is always eager to learn new things. Length: 45min FaunaDB: A data API for serverless and JAMstack apps. by Brecht De Rooms If we look at the technology landscape we can witness different trends in different domains that are actually racing towards a common goal. On the backend side, there is a strong push towards serverless functions and these functions preferably execute as close to the edge as possible. On the frontend side, we can see a move towards something called 'JAMstack' which is about the development of websites that consist of statically generated pages, augmented with dynamic components that receive data from serverless APIs, all hosted on CDNs. Both trends have similar goals; less configuration and therefore easy-of-use, only pay for what you use, auto-scaling, low latencies. Both trends also benefit from distributed databases that are a perfect match for serverless and JAMstack. In this talk, we will introduce a new distributed database called FaunaDB that is a perfect match for these trends, and we'll explain why. Speaker: The technology landscape is a jungle. I am a programmer who has worked in this tech jungle extensively as a full-stack developer. I was lucky enough to work in many fields, such as research, startups, and IT consultancy. I have always found it disturbing how some great technologies are left underused. Of course, we can do something about that, so I decided to join one of these technologies that I have been following for two years. That technology is FaunaDB, a promising strongly-consistent distributed database developed by ex-twitter engineers. By providing accurate information, I hope to make the IT world a slightly nicer jungle to develop in. Length: 40min

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  • December Event at Rombit

    Rombit

    Dear members, For our December event we're hosted once again by Rombit. We're hosting the event one week earlier than usual to avoid the holidays. We have two talks lined up for you. Jo & Gie will be speaking about "CI/CD with Azure DevOps Pipelines". Jeroen Mols will tall about "Continuous delivery for Philips Hue Android". Rombit is so nice to provide us with pizza and drinks so you can come hungry and thirsty! We hope to see you soon, Dries & Rias PS: Please remember to change your RSVP if you cannot attend. EVENTY We're also happy to announce Eventy, a new platform for managing your events. Eventy is currently under construction but as soon as it's ready we'll be moving with the user group to our new home. Visit https://eventy.io to subscribe to the newsletter and follow the twitter account at https://twitter.com/eventyio to be the first to know when it launches. SCHEDULE 19:00 Doors 20:00 Talks TALKS CI/CD with Azure DevOps Pipelines - How to setup your pipeline in a couple of minutes? by Jo & Gie This talk is about setting up your CI/CD pipeline with Azure DevOps Pipelines following a real-world example at Rombit (we are deprecating our Jenkins infra, aww). We will focus on a frontend pipeline with React but will also show quickly how it can be done for other key components of your application. Deploying to Kubernetes in a couple of minutes! It's possible. Azure Pipelines is a fully-featured continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) service. It works with your preferred Git provider and can deploy to most major cloud services, which include Azure services. Start with your code on GitHub, GitHub Enterprise Server, GitLab, Bitbucket Cloud, or Azure Repos. Then you can automate the build, testing, and deployment of your code to Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, or Amazon Web Services. Speaker: Jo (@josomers) is working as a solution architect at Rombit. Jo has a strong background as a mobile developer (Android/React Native) but shifted his focus 2 years ago. At Rombit, Jo collaborates to very interesting IoT products such as Artcore (smart multiroom) and A-sign (smart signs + platform for the city of Antwerp). Gie (@spaepeng) is also working as a solution architect at Rombit. His background is rooted in medical sciences but was quickly lured into full-stack development. Gie works currently on a smart digitation project for the Brabo harbor pilotage company and is involved in the technical governance of Rombit steering towards a more client faced technology stack. Length: 40min Journey to painless releases - Continuous delivery for Philips Hue Android by Jeroen Mols Wind back one year ago: - releasing took us 10 weeks - our app was plagued by regression - developers felt completely detached from our users Clearly our traditional strategy of heavily testing each release (up-front quality) wasn't working. So we decided to flip things around: why not try to reduce the cost of errors instead? Hence we decided to move our Philips Hue Android app to continuous deployment. In this talk, you will learn that if releasing is painful, you should actually release it even more often. Step by step I'll explain how we moved the Philips Hue Android app to continuous deployment, what our current release process/CI looks like, what changes we made to our overall testing approach, how we empowered developers and testers, and how we made our release process completely painless. Speaker: Jeroen has a real passion to build things, which continuously challenges him to experiment and learn. In the process, he refocussed his master in Electrical engineering to become an Android developer. Starting off with highly technical prototypes for Wi-Fi connected products, he has built his own file-sharing platform (Wi-FileTransfer). He is a Google Developer Expert in Android GDE and former Lead Android developer at Philips Hue. One of a kind, never-been-done-before apps are what he enjoys most. So far Jeroen helped realize four huge connected products, various high profile apps, actively contributes to open source and loves interacting with the Android community. He is a passionate blogger and enjoys speaking at conferences. Length: 40min

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  • November Meetup at November Five

    November Five

    Dear members, On the 27th of November we'll be returning to the amazing offices of November Five. We have two speakers lined up for you. Rik Boeykens will talk about "using AI to analyse film scripts" and Joren Van Hemelrijk will talk about "Serverless architecture applied"/ November Five will be providing some drinks and snacks but it's best that you eat something before heading to the event. We hope to see you soon, Dries & Rias PS: Please remember to change your RSVP if you cannot attend. EVENTY We're also happy to announce Eventy, a new platform for managing your events. Eventy is currently under construction but as soon as it's ready we'll be moving with the user group to our new home. Visit https://eventy.io to subscribe to the newsletter and follow the twitter account at https://twitter.com/eventyio to be the first to know when it launches. SCHEDULE 19:00 Doors 20:00 Talks TALKS From clipboard to computer screen - using AI to analyse film scripts by Rik Boeykens In recent years artificial intelligence has been implemented in a variety of industries such as healthcare, finance, education, etc. But can it be used in the film industry? As a rule of thumb one page in a screenplay will translate to one minute on the screen. As part of the pre production process a script supervisor goes through the script and acts out the entire film to estimate the timings per scene. Can we use machine learning to automate this estimation? By creating a regression algorithm to predict scene timings I will explain some key concepts like regression, feature selection, pipelines, cross validation,… along the way. Speaker: Rik Boeykens is a full stack developer for The Master Labs, where he mostly works with .Net and Angular. In a previous life he worked in the film industry, and he still loves watching and analysing movies. Length: 45min Serverless architecture applied by Joren Van Hemelrijk In this presentation we go over the serverless architecture that backs Radio Winokio, a Spotify-like app for iOS and Android that bundles the music of Kapitein Winokio. We intentionally chose a mix of AWS and Google Firebase services that served our needs best. The presentation mainly focuses on file security, caching and cost reduction measures we took and how we automated the creation of the infrastructure using Terraform. Speaker: After graduating from KDG (Multimedia & Communication Technology), Joren started his career as PHP Developer at November Five. Since then, he gained expertise in Symfony, AWS and recently moved to Serverless using Python. He is currently working as Serverside & Devops Engineer. He has developed platforms amongst others, for Brussels Airport, SD Worx and Coca Cola. Length: 50min

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  • October Meetup at FabLab KdG

    FabLab KdG

    Dear meetup members, For our October meetup we'll hold the yearly tradition of visiting KdG in Antwerp. This year we'll be visiting their new FabLab in Hoboken. We have two speaker confirmed for you. Janne Siera will talk about "Programming with pure functions" and Ben Bridts will talk about "Cloud-Native thinking; Serverless & evolving your architecture". KdG will be providing some drinks but no food so you might want to eat something before you come over. Getting to the venue: closest public transport stop is called "Halte Hoboken Heidestraat". Tram 10 and busses 33, 290 & 295 stop here. More info can be found here (Dutch): https://fablabkdg.be/contact We hope to see you soon, Dries & Rias PS: Please remember to change your RSVP if you cannot attend. SCHEDULE 19:00 Doors 20:00 Talks TALKS Programming with pure functions by Janne Siera Functional programming is taking the world by storm and with it comes the notion of programming with pure functions. We'll explore how this insight can help us build better software by improving how we reason about our programs. By learning about the mathematics of functions we'll build an intuition for thinking functionally, but we'll stay away from difficult mathematical notation or jargon. All code examples used in the talk will be in TypeScript, although we will stick to easy examples. No prerequisite knowledge of mathematics is required. The talk will introduce the concepts of Sets and Functions. Speaker: Janne is an independent software consultant at Siera Solutions, he has multiple years of experience and currently works with F#/C#/TypeScript. He loves to learn about new ideas and apply them to create value in real-world projects. His latest avenue of exploration has brought him to functional programming and category theory. Length: 40min Cloud-Native thinking; Serverless & evolving your architecture by Ben Bridts Software is evolving at a rapid pace, and new technologies like serverless allow us to build and operate applications in completely new ways. In this talk we will take a look at how we can leverage the cloud to build a modern application, different ways to pick components and why we should keep evolving our architecture. Speaker: Ben has been using AWS since 2015 and works with businesses ranging from start-ups to enterprises. He provides architectural and operational support and shares his experiences along the way. Currently his favourite services are CloudFormation, Lambda, KMS, CloudFront, and Lambda@Edge. He pronounces AMI as A-M-I. Length: 35min

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  • September Meetup at Computer Futures

    Syntra AB campus Antwerp

    Dear meetup members, For our September meetup we're visiting Computer Futures. We have two talkes lined up for you. Jeroen Herczeg will talk about Abstract Syntax Trees and Serkan Yildiz will give a lightning talk about the latest Symfony 4.3 features and changes. Computer Futures is so kind to provide us with pizzas and drinks! We hope to see you soon, Dries & Rias PS: Please remember to change your RSVP if you cannot attend. SCHEDULE 19:00 Doors 20:00 Talks TALKS Living on the edge (of Symfony) by Serkan Yildiz Symfony 4.3 came with a bunch of new features, new components, and deprecations. In this lightning talk, we’ll walk through the newly added features, components, and deprecations so you can upgrade your code and make use of those features to be ready for the next release, Symfony 5, which will be released at the end of this year. Speaker: Serkan Yildiz is a PHP consultant working at PHPro. Loves to deep dive into Symfony, spread the knowledge and eat kebab. Length: 20min AST in Wonderland by Jeroen Herczeg We read and write code every day to build maintainable software. To help us in our effort, we use and rely on numerous tools. As we write software for increasingly complex problems, our tooling should also evolve to support this. Like ancient craftsmen, we should not only improve our skills but also the tools we use. In his presentation 'AST in Wonderland', Jeroen will take you on an adventure, that started for him, with Abstract Syntax Trees. In his journey, he found new tools and techniques to help us in our code writing endeavor. He encountered mutants, lakes and even artificial life. Join him and see how deep the rabbit hole goes... Speaker: Jeroen Herczeg is a freelance developer with 13 years of experience. He is a fan of cyberpunk and loves to travel with his girlfriend and cats. Length: 60min

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