• Distributed Systems: Test S-M-R-T not HARD
    It’s 2018 and we still rely on integrated environments and large end-to-end test suites to release complex ecosystems, also called “software". In this talk, Matt breaks down the arguments for such nonsense and provides a better, faster, safer alternative. *Bio* Matt Fellows is a Principal Consultant at DiUS and a self-described polyglot who enjoys working at the intersection of technology, humans and ideas – ideally fully caffeinated – and has been doing so at startups through to enterprises since Y2K was a thing. He’s passionate about giving back to the tech community, sharing learnings at local meetups and conferences, and is a core contributor to the popular Pact microservices testing framework and author of the Muxy chaos testing tool. When not absorbing the Internet via osmosis, he can be found teaching kids at Code Club, playing basketball or pumping iron like Arnie.

    Pivotal Labs

    875 Howard St. 5th floor · San Francisco, CA

  • Kotlin: From Language to Application, Ready to Ride
    Have you wondered what all this excitement about Kotlin is? Come see Venkat Subramaniam (@venkat_s) and Josh Long (@starbuxman) introduce the wonderful capabilities of Kotlin—like its ability to reduce mountains of code to most elegant expressions, support for rich internal DSLs, facilities for both functional programming and object oriented programming, and the power to do asynchronous programming with coroutines. Then watch them take the language to where your applications are, the server side, the mobile, and frontend.

    Pivotal Labs

    875 Howard St. 5th floor · San Francisco, CA

  • Reactive Card Magic: Understanding Spring WebFlux and Project Reactor
    Spring Framework 5.0 and Spring Boot 2.0 contain groundbreaking technologies known as reactive streams, which enable applications to utilize computing resources efficiently. In this session, James Weaver will discuss the reactive capabilities of Spring, including WebFlux, WebClient, Project Reactor, and functional reactive programming. The session will be centered around a fun demonstration application that illustrates reactive operations in the context of manipulating playing cards. Speaker name: James Weaver, Pivotal James Weaver is a Java developer, author, and speaker with a passion for helping Java to be increasingly leveraged in cloud-native and machine learning applications. He is a Java Champion, and a JavaOne Rockstar. James has written books including Inside Java, Beginning J2EE, the Pro JavaFX series, and Java with Raspberry Pi. As an Pivotal Developer Advocate, James speaks internationally at software technology conferences about Java and Cloud-Native development. James tweets as @JavaFXpert, blogs at http://JavaFXpert.com and http://CulturedEar.com and may be reached at jweaver [at] pivotal.io.

    Pivotal Labs

    875 Howard St. 5th floor · San Francisco, CA

  • Jamming with a Quantum Computer: A musical journey into quantum computing
    Musical improvisation is the creative activity of composing music "in the moment" while performing it, often in a jam session with other musicians. Although composing and performing music is a creative process, the underlying musical style informs the probabilities of note and rhythmic choices that the musician makes. For example, when improvising in the style of twelve-bar blues, the notes played with the highest frequency of occurrence are typically the five that comprise the corresponding minor pentatonic scale. This idea of musical style being a complex system of probabilities fits perfectly with the probabilistic nature of quantum mechanics, which is a phenomenon leveraged by quantum computing. To implement this idea, James Weaver created an open source application named Quantum Music Composer that makes use of a quantum computer to improvise music in a very simplified version of 17th century counterpoint. In this session, James will give an introduction to quantum computing, cover a bit of music theory, and demonstrate how a quantum computer can compose music and participate in a musical jam session. He will then discuss the development and implementation of the Quantum Music Composer application on IBM, and Rigetti, quantum computers. Info for committee This session is a brief but gentle introduction by James Weaver to quantum computing for developers and other IT professionals. The presentation consists of demonstrations, code samples, and slides. Because we’ll be accessing real quantum computers in the cloud and playing the music that they improvise, technical requirements include a reliable internet connection, connection to the room's sound system, and a hands-free microphone. Speaker bio James Weaver is a developer, author, and speaker with a passion for quantum computing. He is a Java Champion, and a JavaOne Rockstar. James has written books including Inside Java, Beginning J2EE, the Pro JavaFX series, and Java with Raspberry Pi. As an IBM Quantum Developer Advocate, James speaks internationally at quantum and classical computing conferences. He tweets as @JavaFXpert, and blogs at http://JavaFXpert.com and http://CulturedEar.com

    Pivotal Labs

    875 Howard St. 5th floor · San Francisco, CA

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