Christmas YOW! Night Sydney – 7 Dec

SUMMARY

YOW! Conference in cooperation with DiUS, Atlassian, UNSW and the Sydney user community are pleased to present keynote speakers Simon Peyton Jones, Cameron Purdy and John Hughes. Learn about why Functional Programming and Haskell will impact the future of computing. Hear first hand about the future of the JVM, and finally how to test concurrent applications from NoSQL to automotive protocols.

Network with speakers and colleagues, fill up on deep tech and enjoy a drink with your colleagues and the YOW! team. This is likely the only opportunity to hear these international experts in Sydney!

 

Simon Peyton Jones
In his keynote Escape from the ivory tower: the Haskell journey, from 1990 to 2011, Haskell inventor and MS Principle Researcher Simon Peyton Jones explains why FP and its importance in the future parallel world. Haskell inspired MS LINQ; and F# as well as Scala and Erlang and Clojure and financial DSLs.

Simon Peyton Jones, MA, MBCS, CEng, graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1980. After two years in industry, he spent seven years as a lecturer at University College London, and nine years as a professor at Glasgow University, before moving to Microsoft Research (Cambridge) in 1998.…more…..

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Cameron Purdy
Oracle VP Cameron Purdy shares his vision of the future of Java and the JVM in his keynote Top 10 JVM Erroneous Zones. Cameron is founder of Oracle Coherence and lead efforts in the Java cache space including the recently announced JSR. In early in 2011 became responsible for Oracles Java/JVMdevelopment bringing together Jrocket and HotSpot VM technologies.

Cameron Purdy is Vice President of Development at Oracle. Prior to joining Oracle, Cameron was the CEO of Tangosol, whose revolutionary Coherence Data Grid product provides reliable and scalable data management across the enterprise. He has been working with Java and Java-related technology since 1996.….more….

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SJohn Hughes
John Hughes invited talk Better Testing With Less Work: QuickCheck Testing in Practice explains how to test highly concurrent systems from autotive protocols to NoSQL DBs. John’s paper Why FP Matters is a classic and well known for his work on QuickCheck etc.

John Hughes has worked with functional programming since 1980, was one of the designers of Haskell, and has been heavily involved with Erlang in recent years. In 2000 he and Koen Claessen published the first version of QuickCheck...more…

 

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Product Engineering- Mike Lee – 29 Nov

Mike Lee talks on Product Engineering

SUMMARY

The plan for cashing in on a “million dollar idea” tends to start with step 1, an idea, and end with step 3, profit. The mysterious step 2 turns out to be the hard part, both because it is mysterious, and because it is much, much more complicated than one bullet point will allow.

After having a doctor with a flashlight explain where ideas come from, we’ll explore step 2. We’ll start with presenter Mike Lee’s €1000 an hour idea refinement service. Then we’ll lay out the steps necessary to turn a refined idea into a product

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Mike Lee

Legendary product engineer and World’s Toughest Programmer Mike Lee (@bmf) has worked on apps for Alaska Airlines, Delicious Monster, Tapulous, United Lemur, Apple, and Nextive, producing such hits as Delicious Library, Tap Tap Revenge, Obama ’08, and Apple’s Mobile Store. His goal is to save Madagascar, his homepage is at le.mu.rs, and he has the world’s largest collection of plush prosimians. In his spare time he races cars, flies airplanes, plays guitar, drinks single-malt scotch, and surfs.

Mike lives in Appsterdam, the world capital of app development. Twitter @bmf

 

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Dave Thomas

Transitioning to Clouds & Big Data – YOW! Night 4, 5 Oct | 29 sept

Words of Experience, Bits of Advice

SUMMARY

YOW! Conference in cooperation with the Melbourne user community are pleased to present three experience reports on Transitioning to Clouds and Big Data. Our speakers share their stories about what does and doesn’t work. This is a unique opportunity to learn, validate your own experience or share your mobile experience with others. Come early for light food and drinks, meet new people, catch up with old friends… Find out what’s happening in your local developer community.

Transitioning to the Cloud at MYOB: Mahesh Krishnan – Principal Consultant, Readify
MYOB is considered to be one of the largest Azure projects in the world. Mahesh Krishnan has been a technical leader for this project. The application currently in beta, will eventually host hundreds of thousands of SQL Azure databases. It makes use of most Azure facilities including web roles, worker roles, VM roles, queues, blobs, tables, custom claims based authentication, Sync services, etc., etc. You will learn what you need to think about when transitioning your own business or application to Azure. For those of who heard MYOB CTO Simon Raik-Allen talk at YOW! 2010 this is a chance to get a technical update on the project.

Mahesh Krishnan is a Principal Consultant for Readify in Melbourne. He has worked on a variety of products and projects ranging from shrink wrapped apps to large enterprise solutions. Mahesh is very active in the .NET community, running user groups, organising “Developer Developer Developer” in Melbourne and presents regularly at conferences.

Teaching Machines to See in the Cloud – Philip Haynes – CTO and Co-Founder of Mercurien Limited
Reliable, accurate and low cost machine vision promises numerous opportunities from security, robotics, and medicine. Machine vision is key enabler for large scale, low cost road tolling which gives states the ability to implement motor vehicle policy to control green house gas emissions. Cloud computing allows wicked problems to be solved in a new ways by providing insights not historically available. This talk examines a number of key design principles used to successfully develop and deploy a cloud based machine vision system deployed successfully on Bondi Beach. Technical approaches are demonstrated and how these influenced approaches to algorithm design, parallel computing, GPGPU, networking and mass storage in non-obvious ways.

Philip Haynesis the CTO and Co-Founder of Mercurien Limited. Haynes leads the team that delivers the cloud based, machine vision and transactional platform that efficientlyenables road asset owners to manage their assets. Prior to co-founding Mercurien, Haynes has over 10 years experience at senior executive and project delivery levels including principal consultant role for Object Consulting Pty Ltd (5 years), executive technical management positions e.g. Super-IP, Capital Bet, Aristocrat and Mobilesoft. Haynes has significant experience in software delivery projectstotalling over $200 million.

Think? Compute! See!! – End User Programming for Thinkers – Dave Thomas – Chairman Bedarra Research Labs
The emerging discipline of Computational Science brings Thinkers and Software Experts together to create environments for Thinkers. Thinkers are well educated domain and problem focused computationally literate end users. They live and work in BigData to collaboratively solve their business and technical problems. Thinkers need a capability to Think-Compute-See and to actively participate in problem solutions. In this talk we discuss our experience trying to make state of the art software technologies including functional programming, collaborative computing and visualization consumable by Thinkers.

Dave Thomas is an Old Country Programmer, Chairman Bedarra Research Labs, YOW! Conference Organizer, International Adjunct Professor QUT, a founding director of the Agile Alliance, god father if Eclipse and IBM Smalltalk and Java platforms. www.davethomas.net

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Dave Thomas

Mature Legacy Seeking Sexy New Technology for Fun and Profit – 28 Sept

Mature Legacy Seeking Sexy New Technology for Fun and Profit

Extracting Gold from Legacy Code

In this talk we describe the huge opportunity for innovation in Legacy systems! We argue there has never been a better time for creative legacy renovations which leverage new hot technologies – languages; data bases; web; cloud and Agile practices. Many talented developers turn up their noses or run away in fear from what they see as baroque environments with arcane tool chains. Talent panic often pushes for a grand rewrite using modern technology. Sadly experience shows the grand rewrite has too much risk and way too little business value. Hence given legacy investments the only option is innovation!
We illustrate legacy innovations via several case studies spanning a wide spectrum of legacy systems including: mainframe IT; Unix products; military systems; telecom; data banks and multi-vendor EAI and EAP applications. We explain the appropriate practices, teams, and tools to achieve high impact renovations by inserting new technology. We discuss appropriate investments in training, tooling and practices for different legacy environments. We look at approaches to ensuring lasting high value relationships between legacies and bleeding edge technology.

 

Think? Compute! See!!
End User Programming for Thinkers

In this talk we discuss our experience trying to make state of the art software technologies including functional programming, collaborative computing and visualization consumable by demanding customers we call Thinkers. The emerging discipline of Computational Science brings Thinkers and Software Experts together to create environments for Thinkers.
Thinkers are well educated domain and problem focused computationally literate end users. On a day by day basis thinkers live in BigData to collaboratively solve their business and technical challenges. Thinkers need a capability to Think-Compute-See and to actively participate in problem solutions. They reject being passive misunderstood requirements-changing Agile customers; have no use for end user tools for dummies; and question the cost and complexity of accepted software engineering approaches. Lacking better alternatives they often resort to hodgepodge collections of scripts and arcane tools

 

About Dave Thomas
Dave Thomas is a popular humorous albeit opinionated keynote speaker. Dave Thomas is a founding director of the Agile Alliance and is a Managing Director for Object Mentor a leader in XP, Craftmanship and Lean and Agile in the Large. Dave is doing the opening keynote for the Agile 2010 Conference.

Dave Thomas has an unusual depth and breadth in the software industry spanning developer to executive and investor. Dave is founder and CEO of Bedarra Corporation; which provides virtual CTO, CFO and CEO, business mentoring and seed investment to emerging companies. He is chairman of Bedarra Research Labs which undertakes speculative client funded applied research using emerging technologies. Current Projects are Collaborative Analytics and Next Generation Pervasive Platforms.

He was founder and CEO Object Technology International Inc. (OTI) (now IBM OTI Labs) and led the commercial introduction of object and component technology. The company is often cited as the ideal model of a software technology company. In the late 1980s Dave pioneered an early Lean and Agile process called Just In Time Software portions of which appear today in IBM Team Concert.

He was the principal technical and business visionary and architect for IBM VisualAge Smalltalk and Java tools and virtual machines including the popular Eclipse.org IDE. OTI pioneered the use of virtual machines in embedded systems with Tektronix shipping the first commercial products in 1988. He was instrumental in the establishment of IBM’s Pervasive computing efforts and in particular the Java tooling.

Dave is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University, and Queensland University of Technology and is widely published. Dave is the organiser for the YOW! Developer Conference and on the program committe for GoTo Conference as well as numerous other program committees.

 

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Building Mobile Apps – 16, 18, 24 Aug

Developer Experience From The Trenches

SUMMARY

YOW! and Swipe Conference in cooperation with the Australian mobile user community are pleased to present three experience reports by seasoned mobile developers. Our speakers share their stories about what does and doesn’t work. The experiences cover the spectrum from UI to communicating with the corporate backend systems. This is a unique opportunity to learn, validate your own experience or share your mobile experience with others. Come early for light food and drinks, meet new people, catch up with old friends… Find out what’s happening in your local developer community.

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

Mark Aufflick has been involved in the Apple industry since his first job in 1995 and quickly joined the Internet revolution, starting an ISP a year later. Since then he has developed back end, web and gui applications for various Unix platforms, MacOS and iOS – for both corporate giants and small businesses. These days Mark is a MacLife award winning Mac and iOS developer with his company Pumptheory; a co-founder of the Swipe Conference for Mac and iOS developers; and the convenor of Sydney CocoaHeads. Mark has recently presented at Mobile Camp Oz, CocoaHeads and the Apple University Consortium’s /dev/world. @markaufflick on Twitter.

 

Tom Adams – Tom Adams has over 10 years experience in the IT industry as a software engineer, consultant and lecturer.With Keith Ahern, Tom co-founded mogeneration, becoming Australia’s leading iPhone, iPad & Android development house before focusing on the publishing market with their Oomph platform, powering Australia’s largest magazines & newspapers.

 

Victor Rodrigues is Head of Audiological Software Development for Cochlear. He is an Agile methods practitioner and evangelist with a passion for the total end user experience

 

Kevin O’Neill is the delivery manager for Australia’s largest real estate portal, realestate.com.au. Kevin is a regular speaker at Cocoaheads Melbourne and has worked on some of Australias most recognisable iOS Applications.

Program

5.30pm – Registration

5.30pm – Food & drinks

6.00pm – Presentation

 

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Sydney Community Partners

 

Hidden NServiceBus Gems – Udi Dahan – 5 July

SUMMARY

Although NServiceBus has been around for a while, many developers are only familiar with the top-level public API. Join Udi Dahan for a look into some of the lesser known capabilities of NServiceBus that just might save you from having to reinvent the wheel.

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Udi Dahan

Udi Dahan is The Software Simplist, an internationally renowned expert on software architecture and design. A solutions architecture and connected systems MVP, 5 years in a row, Udi is also one of 33 experts in Europe recognized by the International .NET Association.

During the past decade of consulting with enterprise clients and large-scale web sites, Udi noticed they all needed service bus technology but that none of the existing offerings were good enough. After 5 years of growing a framework used by his clients in the most severe production scenarios, Udi released NServiceBus to the world. Since then, it has had over 10 major releases and is now used by companies, large and small, all over the world both for its scalability and simplicity.

 

Program

5.30pm Registration & Welcome
5.30pmFood & drinks
6.00pm Presentation

YOW! Night Sydney – Cloud – 14 June

Hey! You! Get Onto Our Cloud! Oz Cloud Options for Development and Deployment
Presented by Bedarra Research Labs, QUT and YOW! Conferences

SUMMARY

This is your opportunity to learn firsthand about Australian exciting cloud alternatives. Developers and tech evangelists from Microsoft Azure, Ninefold, CloudFoundry, Salesforce, Cloudbees will present a short fast paced overview of the major features of their platform, followed by a Q & A session.

Stick around for food and drinks following, meet new people, catch up with old friends….find out what’s happening in the Sydney Developer Community.

Program

4.30pm Registration & Welcome

5.00pmPresentations

6.00pm Q & A from Audience

6.45pm Food & drinks

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Dave Thomas

Get Onto Our Cloud! – 7, 8 June

Hey! You! Get Onto Our Cloud!Oz Cloud Options for Development and Deployment
Sponsored by Bedarra Research Labs, QUT and YOW! Conferences

SUMMARY

This is your opportunity to learn firsthand about Australian exciting cloud alternatives. A panel of expert technical speakers from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Ninefold, CloudFoundry, Salesforce and others will present a short fast paced overview of the major features of their platform.

Moderator: Dave Thomas

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Azure – Tim Buntel
Salesforce.com – Clayton Brown
Amazon Web ServicesSimone Brunozzi
Ninefold – Lachlan Hardy
Cloudfoundry – James Tyrrell

Program

4.30pm Registration & Welcome

5.00pmPresentations

6.00pm Q & A from Audience

7.00pm Food & drinks

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12 Agile Adoption Failure Modes – Jean Tabaka – 9 June

12 Agile Adoption Failure Modes Jean Tabaka, Agile Fellow, Rally Software

SUMMARY

Agile methodologies such as Scrum and Kanban take some heat when they appear to have failed to deliver expected benefits to an organization. In fact, Agile initiatives very often backslide and bring about abandonment of the adoption due to this perceived correlation of methodology and failure. In my travels worldwide as an Agile Coach for more than 7 years, I have continued to contend that Agile practices don’t fail—rather the variations on Agile adoption fail. And regrettably, these failures seem to come back to a core set of usual suspects all too frequently. In this session, I present my latest top twelve seemingly ubiquitous failure modes. See which ones may (still) be painfully familiar to you, and which other ones you personally have experienced in your organization.

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Jean Tabaka

Jean Tabaka, Agile Fellow with Rally Software, is continuing on her 30 year path of learning about software development principles, processes, and practices for people. She seeks a humane approach to bringing high value to our communities of creators and consumers. This has led her to move into Kanban and Lean approaches as well as systems thinking and complexity theory that reach beyond traditional Agile software frameworks. Jean holds a Masters in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of “Collaboration Explained” and a variety of articles on Agile, organizational change, team dynamics, systems thinking, Lean thinking, and other associated topics. Jean blogs at www.rallydev.com/agileblog and can be followed on twitter as @jeantabaka. When home in Boulder, CO, she’d invite you over for some wine and some music while gazing across her backyard over a Flat Iron Mountains sunset. Meanwhile, you can find her at jean.tabaka@rallydev.com

 

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Dave Thomas

Mature Legacy Seeking Sexy New Technology for Fun and Profit – Dave Thomas – 12, 14, 19 Apr

Mature Legacy Seeking Sexy New Technology for Fun and Profit
Extracting Gold from Legacy Code
Sponsored by Bedarra Research Labs, DiUS, and YOW! Conferences

SUMMARY

In this talk we describe the huge opportunity for innovation in Legacy systems We argue there has never been a better time for creative legacy renovations that leverage new hot technologies – languages; data bases; web; cloud and Agile practices. Many talented developers turn up their noses or run away in fear from what they see as baroque environments with arcane tool chains. Talent panic often pushes for a grand rewrite using modern technology. Sadly experience shows the grand rewrite has too much risk and way too little business value. Given legacy investments, the only option therefore is innovation!

We illustrate legacy innovations via several case studies spanning a wide spectrum of legacy systems including: mainframe IT; Unix products; military systems; telecom; data banks and multi-vendor EAI and EAP applications. We explain the appropriate practices, teams, and tools to achieve high impact renovations by inserting new technology. We discuss appropriate investments in training, tooling and practices for different legacy environments. We look at approaches to ensuring lasting high value relationships between legacies and bleeding edge technology.

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas is a popular humorous albeit opinionated keynote speaker. Dave Thomas is a founding director of the Agile Alliance and is a Managing Director for Object Mentor, a leader in XP, Craftmanship and Lean and Agile in the Large. Dave presented the opening keynote for the Agile 2010 Conference.

Dave Thomas has an unusual depth and breadth in the software industry spanning developer to executive and investor. Dave is founder and CEO of Bedarra Corporation, which provides virtual CTO, CFO and CEO services, business mentoring and seed investment to emerging companies. He is also chairman of Bedarra Research Labs, which undertakes speculative, client-funded applied research using emerging technologies. Current Projects involve Collaborative Analytics and Next Generation Pervasive Platforms.

He was founder and CEO of Object Technology International Inc. (OTI) (now IBM OTI Labs) and led the commercial introduction of object and component technology. The company is often cited as the ideal model of a software technology company. In the late 1980s Dave pioneered an early Lean and Agile process called Just In Time Software, portions of which appear today in IBM Team Concert.

He was the principal technical and business visionary and architect for IBM VisualAge Smalltalk, Java tools and virtual machines including the popular Eclipse.org IDE. OTI pioneered the use of virtual machines in embedded systems with Tektronix shipping the first commercial products in 1988. He was instrumental in the establishment of IBM’s Pervasive computing efforts and in particular the Java tooling.

Dave is an adjuct research professor at Carleton University and Queensland University of Technology and is widely published. Dave is the organiser of the YOW! Conferences and on the program committee for JAOO Conferences as well as numeros other program committees.

 

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