On Monday evening I am discussing how a negative company culture can affect your ability to get things done, discussing lean and Kanban techniques to visualise and improve the value and meaning of what you do, helping you turn your organisation something that you really enjoy waking up in the morning to go to. Free sign up at SkillsMatter.
Tuesday night is a preview of the up coming JAXLondon conference in April, with well respected speakers talking on event driven architectures and Spring framework 3.1. There are still few free tickets left for the preview, so sign up soon. Tattershall Castle is a great place for an event, its actually a boat moored on Victoria Embankment.
Next week is a fascinating talk on ScalaZ by Rustem Suniev, an active member of several London user groups. In the talk, Rustem will cover the main functional concepts as well as their practical application, including examples of how ScalaZ can be put into practice.
If you want to try out some functional programming for yourself, the London Clojure group has just announced the March Clojure coding dojo. This event always fills up, so if you are ready to try out some Clojure then sign up soon. If you haven’t looked at Clojure yet, I’ve been putting together a site to help get you started with Clojure.
If you missed the concurrency talk we ran at PlayFish last time, we are running the talk again at SkillsMatter on 24th March. As we had around 130 people signed up last time, we are expecting the re-run of this talk to fill up quite quickly.
The London Clojure coding dojo was a little more sophisticated last week, with Robert Rees and Bruce Durling laying on some lovely sandwiches and quiche as a healthy change from pizza. Again the dojo was split into groups and we worked on building interconnecting dungeons. I really got a sense of understanding the functional programming approach and wrote some Clojure tests and code. It was very satisfying and has really helped start to ingrain Clojure coding skills. There were some interesting approaches at the show-n-tell session, with our group constructing very solid dungeons.
I received my “I’m speaking at JAX badge” this week, I am really looking forward to talking about Clojure at JAX and seeing what questions and feedback I get. The rest of the JAX London conference looks great, for me its got a better line up than QCon, so I am very happy to be going. See you there for some excellent learning opportunities.