YOW! Night Bne – 6, 13, 14 July

YOW! Nights: An Evening For Software Professionals


Hosted by ThoughtWorks, Microsoft and YOW! Developer Conference Australia (formerly known as JAOO)

In recognition of the importance of active software professionals who always seek improvement – YOW! Australia in cooperation with our sponsors, and your local user groups is pleased to invite you to join us for YOW! Nights. Hear great YOW! speakers and network with other software professionals.

It is well known that the best people get the best opportunities especially in tough times. These people can play multiple positions on the software team. Reach beyond your favorite language, platform, paradigm or practice! Invest in yourself, increase your breadth your depth and your professional network. Invest in your community; share your experience and expertise with others. Connect with the global YOW! community!


Pam Fox, Google – Google APIs: A-Z’

Over the past 4 years that I’ve worked at Google, we’ve gone from offering 8 APIs to offering 80, and our offerings cover everything from the open-sourced Android SDK to the just-released Google Fonts API, targeting everyone from web developers to research scientists. In this talk, I will attempt the impossible: introduce every API, show how they fit into your life as a developer, and why they exist.

About Pam

Pamela Fox loves to teach other developers how to use Google APIs. She spent her first 3 years at Google supporting the Maps API community, and now focuses her time on helping the rapidly growing Wave APIs community. In her free time, she likes to play around with any one of Google’s many APIs, make drawings on her new Android phone, and learn the dance steps from pop music videos.


Erik Dörnenburg, TDD Expert, ThoughtWorks Inc – ‘Builds: from Good to Great’

Fully scripted builds and continuous integration have become more mainstream in the past years. In this talk I want to share some of the great ideas and best practices for builds I’ve seen on projects that take continuous integration a step further. I will examine build pipelines, fully automated acceptance test suites, information radiators, virtualised test environments, and software quality reports. In addition I will discuss a few do’s and dont’s that can make the difference between a good build and a great build.

About Erik

Erik Dörnenburg is a Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks where he is helping clients with the design and implementation of enterprise software. With experience in Java, .NET, and other environments Erik is continually exploring new technology. Frequent exposure to overly complex software has made him interested in simple architectures and software visualisation as means to help people better understand architecture.

Erik’s career in enterprise software began in the early nineties on the NeXTSTEP platform, and throughout his career he has been an advocate of agile values and Open Source software. He holds a degree in Informatics from the University of Dortmund and has studied Computer Science and Linguistics at University College Dublin.


Schedule of Events

5.15pm – 5.45pm Doors Open & light food/drink

5.45pm – 6.30pm Presentation by Pam Fox

6.30pm – 7.15pm Presentation by Erik Dörnenburg

7.15pm – 7.30pm Q & A