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  • Mental Health in the Tech Industry – Chad Gowler (@kitation)

    "Mental health is something that will affect most of us. The tech industry is high-paced and high pressure, and this means that we may be leaving some developers to struggle. This talk will examine touchpoints such as meetings, code review and timesheets and think about ways that they could cause difficulty. We will think about how we can make them easier to navigate so that developers can get back doing to what they do best."

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    Katie Fenn – Functional JavaScript, in a nutshell

    "JavaScript is a language of two flavours: object-oriented and functional. Some would say functional is JavaScript's dominant flavour, but only recently have we started exploring its uses fully.

    This talk will introduce the basic ingredients of functional programming and explain why embracing them makes JavaScript easier to work with."

  • Once upon a time ...

    In a galaxy far far away ...

    As a ... I want ... so that ...

    We all like a good story, but we're not all great at telling them.

    Communication is key in assuring we work effectively and efficiently to deliver agile products and services.

    In this months meetup we will explore the importance of communication through discussion and a few activities.

    I'll be joined by a few of our regular members to deliver a session that will provide a lot of learning and some activities that you can takeaway and try out with your own teams.

    More details to follow over the coming days, and keep an eye out for further info on twitter.

    If you’ll be coming along by yourself, haven’t attended before or would like to make sure you say hi in person - send a Meetup message or tweet @AgileSheffield. We promise to get back to you and someone will find you on the night to have a chat.

    Rich

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • What's this about?

    Let's study Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) together over a brunch at Bill's. Bring your copy, your laptop, and let's run through the exercise together.

    No prior experience required. Newcomers welcome.

    The book itself is available online. And has even been converted to a nice HTML/EPUB format

    Original lectures by Abelson and Sussman are available online too and well worth a look.

    Recommended Software

    The book uses Scheme for all examples and exercises. You can download Racket Scheme online to go through the exercises yourself. You could also try all the exercises in another Lisp dialect, such as Clojure.

    Preparation required

    None! - All the resources are available for free and the point of the meetup is to go through the exercises

    Experience required

    None required. We'd recommend some basic familiarity with programming, but the book assumes no prior knowledge. We've had beginners write their first piece of code while going through c...

  • This month we are having a coding dojo-like session where we will be practising Python programming. The general idea of these is to pair up attendees so that those with less experience have access to someone who can help.

    While usually we settle on a single topic for the dojo, this time we are going to be playing a game of Escalating Requirements. This is where we start with a simple initial requirement and team members in turn make the required changes and suggest the next requirement to add.

    The usual schedule for PySheff dojos works out to be something like this:

    17:45 - 18:15: Informally, a number of us are likely to be at StreetFoodChef for burritos. While these are not provided as part of attending, anyone is welcome to join us.

    18:30 - 18:45: Socialising time at UnionSt.

    18:45 - 19:00: Discussion of the topic and decide groups to split into.

    19:00 - 19:45: First programming session.

    19:45 - 19:55: Quick break to discuss progress.

    19:55 - 20:20: Second pro...

  • tbc.

    Would you like to present something? Get in touch via the meetup page. Follow us on Twitter at @steelbugs or email sheftest@iain.xyz.

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • The 10th Startup Weekend Sheffield - that's more than 500 hours of starting up in Sheffield!

    Being an entrepreneur is about taking control of your own destiny. Whether you're working in a boring day job, graduating and have no idea what your next step is, or just need to focus and be creative for a weekend, Startup Weekend Sheffield is for you!

    3 days to learn how to be an entrepreneur!

    Learn how to validate assumptions, design products that have value to your customers, and build scalable companies. All this without having to write a pointless business plan or sit through another 'advice session'.

    No matter what your skill-set, you're guaranteed to find your creative spark at Startup Weekend Sheffield. Come and be a part of this global movement right here in Sheffield.

  • Rider is a new cross platform IDE from JetBrains, integrating the language analysis features of ReSharper inside the IDE functionality of IntelliJ. Wait, what? ReSharper is a plugin to Visual Studio, running in .NET, and IntelliJ is a JVM application! Cats and dogs, living together, mass hysteria!

    So how does this work? Rider runs ReSharper out of process, as a headless language server. All of the .NET language features - inspections, navigations, refactorings and more - happen in the ReSharper process, with the results being displayed in the IntelliJ based user interface, running on the JVM.

    How would you tackle this? JSON and REST? Protobuf and named pipes? Or something a little more made-to-measure? In this session, we won’t just be looking at Rider’s (impressive, comprehensive, some would say attractive) feature set. Once we've had a quick overview, let’s geek out and see how and why we built our own custom, asynchronous, declarative, reactive, inter-process, cross runtime commun...

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • What's this about?

    Let's study Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) together over a brunch at Bill's. Bring your copy, your laptop, and let's run through the exercise together.

    No prior experience required. Newcomers welcome.

    The book itself is available online. And has even been converted to a nice HTML/EPUB format

    Original lectures by Abelson and Sussman are available online too and well worth a look.

    Recommended Software

    The book uses Scheme for all examples and exercises. You can download Racket Scheme online to go through the exercises yourself. You could also try all the exercises in another Lisp dialect, such as Clojure.

    Preparation required

    None! - All the resources are available for free and the point of the meetup is to go through the exercises

    Experience required

    None required. We'd recommend some basic familiarity with programming, but the book assumes no prior knowledge. We've had beginners write their first piece of code while going through c...

  • A FREE monthly WordPress meetup for developers, designers, bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts organised by Kimb Jones & supported by Make Do and the Sheffield Hallam University.

  • Introduction to Arel (~15mins)

    The talk will be an introduction to Arel, discussing:
    * what is Arel and when to use it?

    * what are the syntactic differences from ActiveRecord?

    * examples of query building with Arel

    Cultivating Code (~40mins)

    "The Pragmatic Programmer" first introduced me to the idea that writing software is like planting a garden. Over the years I'd forgotten the importance of the metaphor, until recently when I started working on my real-world garden. Musing on my day in the office whilst tending my plants, I realised gardening really does have a lot in common with working with legacy code.

    With a 10-year-old, monolithic code base that's still being worked on, staying on top of maintenance at FreeAgent is no easy matter. In this talk I'll share how thinking about development in terms of gardening has helped me to understand the maintenance burden. I'll talk about how we handle routine and exceptional maintenance in the product teams at FreeAgent and I'll share s...

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • What's this about?

    Let's study Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) together over a brunch at Bill's. Bring your copy, your laptop, and let's run through the exercise together.

    No prior experience required. Newcomers welcome.

    The book itself is available online. And has even been converted to a nice HTML/EPUB format

    Original lectures by Abelson and Sussman are available online too and well worth a look.

    Recommended Software

    The book uses Scheme for all examples and exercises. You can download Racket Scheme online to go through the exercises yourself. You could also try all the exercises in another Lisp dialect, such as Clojure.

    Preparation required

    None! - All the resources are available for free and the point of the meetup is to go through the exercises

    Experience required

    None required. We'd recommend some basic familiarity with programming, but the book assumes no prior knowledge. We've had beginners write their first piece of code while going through c...

  • The June Python Sheffield event is still to be determined but, as usual, will be from 18:30 on the last Tuesday of the month.

    Details to follow.

    Attendance is free and the event is intended to be suitable for all levels of python experience. If you'd like to attend this meeting, it is advisable to bring a laptop. Any under 18s who wish to attend must be accompanied by an adult, preferably also with an interest in Python.

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully self-contained holographic computer running Windows 10. It is completely self-contained-no wires, phones, or connection to a PC needed. HoloLens allows you to place holograms in your physical environment and provides a new way to see your world. This session provides a developer’s overview of the HoloLens and holographic app development in Unity and C#.

    Mike Taulty works in the developer group at Microsoft in the UK where he has spent the past decade helping developers understand and get the best from the Microsoft platform. Prior to this, Mike worked for a few years with Microsoft Consulting Services as a consultant on developer technologies. Before joining Microsoft, Mike spent the previous decade working as a software developer, team lead and product lead for a number of enterprises, consultancies and software vendors working with a variety of operating system, client, communication and server technologies. You can find more of a complete caree...

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • SteelCon is the North's premier hacker con.
    Back for our fourth year in 2017, we won’t be getting any bigger but we will be trying to get better. With nearly 50 tickets sold before we had announced a venue, date or any type of content, we expect this to be another sell out year so keep your eyes on social media if you want to guarantee your place. The main ticket sales will be around May but expect the occasional surprise releases throughout the year. Call for training and talks will also be in May, we will make lots of noise about it so it will be hard to miss.

  • What's this about?

    Let's study Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) together over a brunch at Bill's. Bring your copy, your laptop, and let's run through the exercise together.

    No prior experience required. Newcomers welcome.

    The book itself is available online. And has even been converted to a nice HTML/EPUB format

    Original lectures by Abelson and Sussman are available online too and well worth a look.

    Recommended Software

    The book uses Scheme for all examples and exercises. You can download Racket Scheme online to go through the exercises yourself. You could also try all the exercises in another Lisp dialect, such as Clojure.

    Preparation required

    None! - All the resources are available for free and the point of the meetup is to go through the exercises

    Experience required

    None required. We'd recommend some basic familiarity with programming, but the book assumes no prior knowledge. We've had beginners write their first piece of code while going through c...

  • A FREE monthly WordPress meetup for developers, designers, bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts organised by Kimb Jones & supported by Make Do and the Sheffield Hallam University.

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • What's this about?

    Let's study Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) together over a brunch at Bill's. Bring your copy, your laptop, and let's run through the exercise together.

    No prior experience required. Newcomers welcome.

    The book itself is available online. And has even been converted to a nice HTML/EPUB format

    Original lectures by Abelson and Sussman are available online too and well worth a look.

    Recommended Software

    The book uses Scheme for all examples and exercises. You can download Racket Scheme online to go through the exercises yourself. You could also try all the exercises in another Lisp dialect, such as Clojure.

    Preparation required

    None! - All the resources are available for free and the point of the meetup is to go through the exercises

    Experience required

    None required. We'd recommend some basic familiarity with programming, but the book assumes no prior knowledge. We've had beginners write their first piece of code while going through c...

  • Please note that this event is ticketed as previous similar events have proved to be reasonably popular. Tickets are free but donations to our hosts, Union St., will be welcome on the day. Tickets are available from here: www.eventbrite.com

    For this meetup, we are encouraging attendees to bring any projects they want to show off, combining this with a micro:bit hacking evening. There will be some micro:bits available to play with over the evening though you can bring your own. Alternatively you might choose to bring a Raspberry Pi or anything else you want.

    The evening is going to be split into two parts.

    In the first part, anyone who wants to show off things that they have already made, from lighting leds to small robots can, well.. show off!

    Please remember to be sensible about the dimensions of projects that you bring along, those that draw a significant amount of power and, obviously, n...

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • Talks and details to follow

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • What's this about?

    Let's study Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) together over a brunch at Bill's. Bring your copy, your laptop, and let's run through the exercise together.

    No prior experience required. Newcomers welcome.

    The book itself is available online. And has even been converted to a nice HTML/EPUB format

    Original lectures by Abelson and Sussman are available online too and well worth a look.

    Recommended Software

    The book uses Scheme for all examples and exercises. You can download Racket Scheme online to go through the exercises yourself. You could also try all the exercises in another Lisp dialect, such as Clojure.

    Preparation required

    None! - All the resources are available for free and the point of the meetup is to go through the exercises

    Experience required

    None required. We'd recommend some basic familiarity with programming, but the book assumes no prior knowledge. We've had beginners write their first piece of code while going through c...

  • A FREE monthly WordPress meetup for developers, designers, bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts organised by Kimb Jones & supported by Make Do and the Sheffield Hallam University.

  • What's this about?

    Let's study Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) together over a brunch at Bill's. Bring your copy, your laptop, and let's run through the exercise together.

    No prior experience required. Newcomers welcome.

    The book itself is available online. And has even been converted to a nice HTML/EPUB format

    Original lectures by Abelson and Sussman are available online too and well worth a look.

    Recommended Software

    The book uses Scheme for all examples and exercises. You can download Racket Scheme online to go through the exercises yourself. You could also try all the exercises in another Lisp dialect, such as Clojure.

    Preparation required

    None! - All the resources are available for free and the point of the meetup is to go through the exercises

    Experience required

    None required. We'd recommend some basic familiarity with programming, but the book assumes no prior knowledge. We've had beginners write their first piece of code while going through c...

  • What's this about?

    Let's study Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) together over a brunch at Bill's. Bring your copy, your laptop, and let's run through the exercise together.

    No prior experience required. Newcomers welcome.

    The book itself is available online. And has even been converted to a nice HTML/EPUB format

    Original lectures by Abelson and Sussman are available online too and well worth a look.

    Recommended Software

    The book uses Scheme for all examples and exercises. You can download Racket Scheme online to go through the exercises yourself. You could also try all the exercises in another Lisp dialect, such as Clojure.

    Preparation required

    None! - All the resources are available for free and the point of the meetup is to go through the exercises

    Experience required

    None required. We'd recommend some basic familiarity with programming, but the book assumes no prior knowledge. We've had beginners write their first piece of code while going through c...

  • September's event will be split in to two parts, Andrew Gunn will present on Identity Crisis and then Gavin Payne will present on The evolution of artificial intelligence.

    Andrew Gunn - Identity Crisis

    TBC

    Gavin Payne - The evolution of artificial intelligence

    These days, artificial intelligence is always in the news and on technology roadmaps, yet the idea of it is older than modern computing. So why the increased interest in it? Why has it suddenly become the next big thing and how should we expect it to make decision making easier?
    This session:

    • starts by looking at the history of modern AI, back to when Alan Turing first dreamed of machine

    • considers why new data storage and processor hardware technologies are letting it take off

    • suggests how it might shape the future of business analytics and the world we live in

    Gavin Payne is the head of digital transformation for Coeo, an analytics and data platform consultancy, where he focusses on innovation and providing thought...

  • A FREE monthly WordPress meetup for developers, designers, bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts organised by Kimb Jones & supported by Make Do and the Sheffield Hallam University.

  • What's this about?

    Let's study Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) together over a brunch at Bill's. Bring your copy, your laptop, and let's run through the exercise together.

    No prior experience required. Newcomers welcome.

    The book itself is available online. And has even been converted to a nice HTML/EPUB format

    Original lectures by Abelson and Sussman are available online too and well worth a look.

    Recommended Software

    The book uses Scheme for all examples and exercises. You can download Racket Scheme online to go through the exercises yourself. You could also try all the exercises in another Lisp dialect, such as Clojure.

    Preparation required

    None! - All the resources are available for free and the point of the meetup is to go through the exercises

    Experience required

    None required. We'd recommend some basic familiarity with programming, but the book assumes no prior knowledge. We've had beginners write their first piece of code while going through c...

  • What's this about?

    Let's study Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) together over a brunch at Bill's. Bring your copy, your laptop, and let's run through the exercise together.

    No prior experience required. Newcomers welcome.

    The book itself is available online. And has even been converted to a nice HTML/EPUB format

    Original lectures by Abelson and Sussman are available online too and well worth a look.

    Recommended Software

    The book uses Scheme for all examples and exercises. You can download Racket Scheme online to go through the exercises yourself. You could also try all the exercises in another Lisp dialect, such as Clojure.

    Preparation required

    None! - All the resources are available for free and the point of the meetup is to go through the exercises

    Experience required

    None required. We'd recommend some basic familiarity with programming, but the book assumes no prior knowledge. We've had beginners write their first piece of code while going through c...

  • October's event will be split in to two parts, Gosia Borzecka will present on Overview of SharePoint Framework and then John Stovin will present on Thinking Functionally with .NET.

    Overview of SharePoint Framework with Gosia Borzecka

    About a year ago Microsoft announced a SharePoint Framework (SPFx) - a new way of development for SharePoint Online.

    Now you can use your own machine with your favorite OS and just write the client-side web part. You don't even need to have an O365 subscription because you can test your code on localhost. What to know more? Just come to this session for Overview of SPFx.

    Gosia Borzecka is a full stack developer with a .NET background. From last half a year she works as SharePoint developer. She is also a co-founder of NottsDevWorkshop.co.uk.

    Twitter: @gosiaborzecka

    Blog: gosiaborzecka.net

    AboutMe: about.me

    Thinking Functionally with .NET with John Stovin

    Recent versions of C# have seen the introduction of many features that...

  • A FREE monthly WordPress meetup for developers, designers, bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts organised by Kimb Jones & supported by Make Do and the Sheffield Hallam University.

  • What's this about?

    Let's study Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) together over a brunch at Bill's. Bring your copy, your laptop, and let's run through the exercise together.

    No prior experience required. Newcomers welcome.

    The book itself is available online. And has even been converted to a nice HTML/EPUB format

    Original lectures by Abelson and Sussman are available online too and well worth a look.

    Recommended Software

    The book uses Scheme for all examples and exercises. You can download Racket Scheme online to go through the exercises yourself. You could also try all the exercises in another Lisp dialect, such as Clojure.

    Preparation required

    None! - All the resources are available for free and the point of the meetup is to go through the exercises

    Experience required

    None required. We'd recommend some basic familiarity with programming, but the book assumes no prior knowledge. We've had beginners write their first piece of code while going through c...

  • What's this about?

    Let's study Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) together over a brunch at Bill's. Bring your copy, your laptop, and let's run through the exercise together.

    No prior experience required. Newcomers welcome.

    The book itself is available online. And has even been converted to a nice HTML/EPUB format

    Original lectures by Abelson and Sussman are available online too and well worth a look.

    Recommended Software

    The book uses Scheme for all examples and exercises. You can download Racket Scheme online to go through the exercises yourself. You could also try all the exercises in another Lisp dialect, such as Clojure.

    Preparation required

    None! - All the resources are available for free and the point of the meetup is to go through the exercises

    Experience required

    None required. We'd recommend some basic familiarity with programming, but the book assumes no prior knowledge. We've had beginners write their first piece of code while going through c...

  • Predicting House Prices with Azure Machine Learning

    Everyone’s talking about ML, but what is it?

    We’ll start off with a brief explanation of ML, including an overview of the different types (supervised, unsupervised, reinforcement) and algorithms (clustering, classification, regression, anomaly detection).

    The majority of the time will be spent giving a detailed demo using Azure ML Studio to create a model for accurately predicting house prices based on their various qualities. This data will be exposed via a web service allowing for single requests as well as batch execution for large data sets.

    You’ll leave with a good understanding of Azure ML and how you can use Azure ML Studio to build your own predictive models

  • What's this about?

    Let's study Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) together over a brunch at Bill's. Bring your copy, your laptop, and let's run through the exercise together.

    No prior experience required. Newcomers welcome.

    The book itself is available online. And has even been converted to a nice HTML/EPUB format

    Original lectures by Abelson and Sussman are available online too and well worth a look.

    Recommended Software

    The book uses Scheme for all examples and exercises. You can download Racket Scheme online to go through the exercises yourself. You could also try all the exercises in another Lisp dialect, such as Clojure.

    Preparation required

    None! - All the resources are available for free and the point of the meetup is to go through the exercises

    Experience required

    None required. We'd recommend some basic familiarity with programming, but the book assumes no prior knowledge. We've had beginners write their first piece of code while going through c...

  • A FREE monthly WordPress meetup for developers, designers, bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts organised by Kimb Jones & supported by Make Do and the Sheffield Hallam University.