My way through GOTO Aarhus 2014 – Day 2

Deciding the path that I will take through the first day of GOTO Aarhus 2014 was difficult, but it now proves to have been nothing in comparison with deciding the second day. For every time slot in the schedule I have at least two different presentations that I would like to attend, however, since I am not living in the world of quantum mechanics and I cannot be in two places at the same time I need to slice and dice, and most important, decide. Here we go:

New Linting Rules, by Kyle Simpson

This promises to be a hardcore and code-heavy exploration of JavaScript. Kyle even issued a warning to the attendees, recommending they have strong knowledge and understanding of the language. Myself, I don’t qualify to be regarded as a suitable attendee for his presentation, as my knowledge and understanding of JS is at a basic level, but I enjoy being challenged and explore the hard parts, because if you understand the hard parts, you will also understand the easy parts.

Enhanced Front-end Applications in AngularJS 1.3, by Matias Niemelä

Even though I mastered the CodeSchool AngularJS course, I am far away from being proficient with this exquisite technology. Getting an introduction to the new features, and general guidance from one of the core developers of AngularJS is more than welcomed :)

UX for mobile: it’s all about attention, by Chris Atherton

Undoubtable, the research in user experience, user behavior and attention span, is now being used to persuade us to buy more, and click more ads. You cannot consider yourself a true software ninja without having some knowledge in this field.

Where’s Captain Kirk? Charting a Course Through Enterprise Architecture, by Eva Andreasson, Kevlin Henney, Ola Bini, and Randy Shoup

Enterprise architecture, such a fancy congregation of words, used mostly to describe the modern version of spaghetti code, except that now we don’t jump from one section of code to another, but instead from one application to another. Everybody has to understand and agree that enterprise architecture is important, and care must be taken when defining it.

Apart from the conference, GOTO Aarhus also features two days of training on Wednesday (1st of October),  and Thursday (2nd of October).

That was it for now, remember to stay tuned, as there will be more posts, live from the conference!!

My way through GOTO Aarhus 2014 – Day 1

The days of GOTO Aarhus 2014 are getting  closer and closer and it’s about time for me to review the conference schedule and sketch my way though it. The conference is structured around 4 tracks, friendly categorized from the attendee perspective as What is Never EndingWhat is NowWhat is NewWhat is Next, and a Solution Track. The full conference schedule can be found here and I plan on shifting my way around the tracks and attend the following:

Scaling Pinterest, by Marty Weiner

Scaling is a subject that I find extremely interesting and challenging, mostly because scaling is such a non-forgiving beast. Most programming errors, or badly developed software, quickly surfaces up as penalty in the speed of your services, websites, or whatever you are developing. Putting bugs and lazy programmers aside, scaling is also greatly affected by architecture. While some architecture solutions are natively scalable, others aren’t, therefore knowing the scaling story, errors, and bad decisions made at Pinterest can only help you in the long run, by learning from others mistakes, not yours (which are more expensive).

Look, no Mocks! Functional TDD with F#, by Mark Seemann

Being a strong believer in automated testing, I always look for ways to better my style of automated testing. Moreover, maybe this talk will finally spark some interest into functional programming and get me into it.

Event-sourcing, by Greg Young

One can simply not get enough presentations about Event Sourcing. Even though I have almost finished watching the dreaded 6 hours long video on event sourcing I feel I could still use a refresh on the subject. But maybe I should stop watching and start doing…

A retake on the Agile Manifesto, by Jez Humble, Katherine Kirk, Prag-Dave Thomas, and Martin Fowler

Throughout my programming life I experienced several “agility levels” at my workplaces, some companies were more agile than advertised, other less agile than advertised, however the common denominator here is “advertise”. While this talk will certainly bring back some bad memories, I definitely look forward to see where we are headed…

As of now, this is my way through the first day of the conference, however later on I might mutate this schedule