Joseph Woodward

Software Engineer at Just Eat

Going cross-platform with ASP.NET Core

This talk will be a live demonstration and talk about .NET’s recent venture into native the cross-platform territory. I’ll begin by discussing .NET Core’s direction, then using a Macbook – demonstrate how you can get up and running, developing a .NET Core based web application on Linux,Mac or PC.

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Joseph Woodward

Joseph is a software engineer at Just Eat and co-organiser of .NET South West. He Loves .NET/JS/Type­Script, sharing knowledge, learning, growing, community, OSS and blogging.

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Rachel Prudden

Scientific Software Engineer at The Met Office

Genetic Algorithms

Genetic algorithms are a machine learning technique for optimisation. They were inspired by the way natural selection can evolve novel and varied solutions for a broadly stated problem (i.e.”survival”). The idea is to start with a population of randomly generated solutions,and repeatedly create child solutions by combining and mutating the best performing members of the previous generation. This talk will outline the theory behind genetic algorithms and how they can explore a solution space. It will also go into some of their applications, including genetic programming.

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Rachel Prudden

After studying Mathematics, Rachel started as a software developer at the Met Office then joined the Informatics Lab. Her work currently inlcudes data analysis and visualisation.

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Jacob Tomlinson

Senior Solutions Engineer at The Met Office

Monitoring in a scalable World

In the Met Office Informatics Lab we are currently building a scalable big-data platform and in order to performance test and monitor this we have implemented a mix of ELK. TICK and Grafana to gather useful data. With the infrastructure being scalable the monitoring platform has to scale along with it. All of the information derived must also react to an ever changing number of source systems.

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Jacob Tomlinson

Jacob Tomlinson is a developer and system engineer at the Informatics Lab – the innovation unit within the Met Office. He leads their R&D efforts on new infrastructure technologies. Jacob demystifies tech buzzwords to transform how the Met Office makes data accessible to the world.

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John Kane

Javascript Contractor

Fixing the Web with the Interplanetary File System

The Interplanetary File System (IPFS) is an attempt to decentralize the web by upgrading the network protocols that underlie it. The web is fragile. A page that is available today might disappear tomorrow; whether from server outage, url scheme reworking or simple censorship. The web is centralized. The latest cat pie might be shared to a million phones, but each of those phones has to download the file through the choke point of one group of servers.

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John Kane

A Javascript and C# contractor based in Devon. Also a smug lisp weenie.

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Andy Wood

Web Developer at Ideaflip

Enjoy the Vue.js

Vue.js is a JavaScript toolkit that’s a bit like Angular or React and is focused on providing a component-based approach to building websites. It’s easy to get started with, can be used to create very reactive and dynamic experiences and has an API that makes sense. Its design encourages you to structure your code well and it has a large number of handy shortcuts for those of us who don’t like to waste our keystrokes.

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Andy Wood

Andy is the technical co-founder of Ideaflip, an HTML5 webapp for collaborative brainstorming. He likes local multiplayer games, the beaches of the south-west and has been building websites since before JavaScript was invented.

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Martin Thornalley

Data Solution Architect at Microsoft

Data Science in the cloud with Microsoft Azure

The Microsoft Azure cloud platform is a rich environment for performing data science with all the benefits of not needing to purchase and manage the underlying infrastructure. Common Open Source Software languages and packages are supported including R and Python as well as technologies aimed at making it easy to operationalise your models e.g. Azure Machine Learning and Azure Data Factory. In this session I’ll demonstrate how you can get started using these technologies and walk you through integrating them together to quickly build sophisticated solutions.

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Martin Thornally

Cloud computing, data science, big data and the Internet of Things are widely recognised as the future technologies of IT and are certainly receiving most the hype. Martin is in the fortunate position of having a job where he gets to design solutions using them all.

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Craig Buckler

Freelance Web Developer at OptimalWorks Ltd

The Future of Mobile: Native vs Progressive Web Apps

Has the mobile web finally caught native apps? This talk will cover the basic technologies required to make an offline-first progressive web application (HTTPS, manifest,service workers) then determine whether it beats native apps on discover-ability, engagement, speed, ease of development.

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Craig Buckler

Craig contracted the web bug twenty years ago and has been spreading more bugs ever since! He has been freelance for the past decade and worked for a variety of large and small organisations. He’s available to hire or you can find one of his 1,000+ articles on SitePoint.com or video courses at oreilly.com.

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Annette Allen

DBA, University of Exeter

The what, why and how of Unit Testing with SQL Server

We all write SQL scripts but how do we know that what we write is returning the correct results? In this session I will explain the importance of unit testing your code, what to test for and most importantly what free tools you can use to make this easy. By the end of this session you will be equipped with the information you need to go and implement unit testing on your code so that you can confidently carry out stress-free system releases.

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Annette Allan

SQL Server DBA working in Enterprise Environment, 16 years experience of developing in SQL Server from version 7 to 2016. UG Leader for SQL South West, author at Simple Talk, SQL Events organiser.

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Ian Ames

Scrum master at Land Registry

Practical agile. Lessons learned the hard way on our journey building digital products

A retrospective of practical lessons we have learnt developing digital services for the Land Registry. A journey through our project, the things that have worked well, the things that haven’t and what we have done as a result.

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Ian Ames

Ian is the scrum master supporting the team developing the ‘find property information’ service at Land Registry. He is an operations guy in a developers world and is constantly learning how to be agile.

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Christopher Hunt

Lead Technologist for i-DAT, Plymouth University

This Is Where We Where: A TIWWA @ Tate Modern Post Mortem

“This is Where We Are (or TIWWA) is an dynamic digital artwork initially produced for the opening of the new Tate Modern extension in June 2016. The work takes form as an immersive and interactive algorithmic sculpture fuelled by the data we collectively generate. TIWWA invites audiences into a sculptural space where they can see, hear and interact with the data of our everyday lives, contributing to an evolving art work which questions the influence of algorithms on our behaviour.”

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Christopher Hunt

Consulting Technologist – Builder of rather cool things.

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