Nighthacking at Sevilla Java User Group

Last Saturday Mr Stephen Chin came to Sevilla on his crazy European tour to show us Lego and Robots. This was our largest turnout yet for a Java User Group event in Sevilla, which surprised me as it was on a weekend, and the weekend before the spectacle that is Semana Santa in Sevilla.

This is also the first event that we’ve had videoed (apologies for the horrible focus at times on the video, I’m just learning and used to relying heavily on auto-focus).

Thanks very much to Stephen for visiting, and thank you to those who came, you’re making me re-think the idea of running events at weekends.

Also there are photos on Meetup.

Career Advice for Programmers (YOW 2013)

Since I have a tendency to bang on every now and again about how we, as developers, could do better in managing our careers (for example, by creating CVs that don't suck, and by staying ahead of the curve), Dave Thomas asked me to speak for a mere 50 minutes on the subject at GOTO Aarhus, a talk I wasn't enormously happy with as there was no way to cover a lifetime of hard-fought experience in such a short time. Dave seemed to like something in it though, as he gave me the opportunity to present the topic again at YOW last December, and this time I think I managed to distill the important points into the (still ridiculously short) time allotted.

See the video here, and please give me any feedback you have.

I recognise there are many many more topics I could cover, so I'd better start making a list. Suggestions?

Upcoming Events 2014

It’s been a while since I updated you on my travel plans, so now I’ve had some more conferences confirmed, I thought I would pass the information on.

I’ve been really lucky to have been selected for some great conferences this year. I was asked to do a few more, and it was genuinely painful to say no to everything, but it seems the laws of space and time cannot be broken, and so I’ve been forced to select a tiny subset of all the places I’d like to go:

  • 20 May: [GOTO Chicago](,%20Angular.js,%20Groovy,%20Java, %20MongoDB%20all%20together%20-%20what%20could%20possibly%20go%20wrong?) - I’m giving the same live coding presentation from QCon London, although knowing me I expect there will be some tweaks, changes, additions, and maybe improvements.
  • 22-23 May: In New York City, since I’m more or less in the area. Gimme a shout if you want to meet for a drink.
  • 25-28 May: SpeakerConf Barcelona. And while I’m in the area…
  • 29 May: Barcelona JUG - “HTML5, Angular.js, Groovy, Java, MongoDB all together - what could possibly go wrong?”
  • 2-5 June: New York City, probably (wait, am I going to be at home at all??)
  • 23 July: OSCON - live coding again!
  • 28 Sep - 2 Oct: JavaOne woohoo! I love having this opportunity to visit San Francisco.

I’ve got a couple of other events I’m still trying to work out the details for, but I think this is 2014 all booked up.