May Lightning Talks

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Bean enCounter

Salter Street ST162JU · Stafford

How to find us

We'll be downstairs at Bean enCounter. There will be a warm welcome, free drink and free buffet waiting.

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We're hosting our third lightning talk event in May. It's free to attend with free food and a drink.

We'll be there from 6pm with talks starting from 7pm.


Here is the schedule:

• 6:00pm - 7:00pm Chat, food and drink

• 7:00pm - 7:15pm Introduction by Dave Redfern

• 7:15pm - 7:30pm Unit Testing, for user interfaces by Adam Davis

• 7:30pm - 7:45pm An Introduction to Code Club by Tim Wilson

• 7:45pm - 8:15pm Break, food and chat

• 8:15pm - 8:30pm Creating a CMS using Java by Ruth Mills

• 8:30pm - 8:45pm UX: The bigger picture by Kirsty Burgoine

• 8:45pm - 9:00pm Closing Remarks & Raffle by Dave Redfern


Ruth Mills (
Creating a CMS using Java
How I created a content management system for beauty salon websites in Java, using the Spring Framework, Hibernate, Struts 2, PostgreSQL and eXist-DB, and how it helped me with learning new technologies.

Tim Wilson (
An introduction to Code Club
Tim is the new regional coordinator for Code Club (, a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.

In this lightning talk, Tim will provide an introduction to Code Club, the opportunities of becoming a volunteer and what's involved in setting up, working with schools and an introduction to Code Club projects.

Adam Davis (
Unit Testing, for User Interfaces
Testing is rather an art form, it can be done in a variety of ways, but often not a lot of people write front-end based unit tests. In systems which comprise heavily on front-end based, and complex interfaces the need grows stronger to provide greater front end coverage. This short talk will outline how to approach problems faced when writing tests for these scenarios, and how at RedEye we’re using various technologies to achieve this.

Kirsty Burgoine (
UX: The Bigger Picture
As web designers and developers we spend a lot of time designing and building online experiences. We want the end user to feel joy when using our websites and apps (at least, I do) but its easy to lose sight of the fact that what we create is only one tool in the toolbox and that UX is more than just a shiny happy website. Its about shiny happy people, and creating an overall experience that encourages brand loyalty is so much more.

Having spent a lot of time mulling this over recently, I will look at a few of the brands that I think have got it right and why.