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Hopefully you’re already signed up, but in case you’ve missed the invitation, on Thursday 21st June we’re running an evening of talks focused on Serverless and Microservices. In our first talk, Rafal Gancarz will be discussing ‘What is Serverless and why should you care’; our second speaker, Kate Stanley, will then present her talk ‘Securing Microservices: a practical guide’. Ahead of the event we managed to have a quick catch up with both Kate and Rafal to get the lowdown on what to expect.


Starting with our first speaker; Rafal is a versatile technologist with several years of commercial experience building high quality distributed systems; a technical architect with broad expertise in numerous architectural styles and patterns, as well as excellent hands-on developer. He’s also a Certified Scrum Master, experienced agile practitioner and evangelist, passionate about improving project delivery and building highly performing teams. We chatted about the questions we can expect to get the answers to and his advice for new developers.

1. Who do you think should come along?

Anybody interested in the future of software delivery or cloud computing. Serverless Computing has huge potential to be the new software delivery paradigm and now is the time to learn what the future of our industry may look like.

2. What do you think are the three most interesting questions that this event will answer?

What is Serverless and Function-as-a-Service?
How FaaS integrates with other Serverless services?
How software is likely to be delivered in the future?

3. Why do you think this presentation is important for people?

I believe that most IT practitioners are mostly familiar with OS runtime oriented or container based software delivery, and haven’t been exposed to Serverless Computing yet; but the industry is moving towards cloud-native architectures, beyond traditional IaaS based paradigm. While containerised application deployments are slowly going mainstream, the next step for many workloads will be Serverless Computing; many organisations can fast-forward their cloud adoption by adopting the Serverless delivery model rather than investing in labour intensive and rather complex container-oriented platforms.

4. Any advice for junior developers entering the industry?

I believe individuals new to the industry should first and foremost invest their time in cloud technologies. Serverless Computing in particular is one of the very promising areas that will have a massive impact on the future of the IT industry. It’s quite likely many junior developers starting their careers in near future will be exclusively working with cloud technologies including Serverless Computing and may not experience much of OS/IaaS based software development at all.

Moving on to our second speaker; Katherine Stanley is a Software Engineer on the microservices team for WebSphere Liberty. As a part of the Liberty team she has created samples to help developers get started with microservices and worked on the open source microservice project GameOn. Katherine has also given presentations and run workshops about microservices and GameOn at European conferences, including DevoxxUK and OSCon in London, and JFokus in Sweden. Katherine has been at IBM since 2014 and is based in the Hursley UK lab. We found what we can expect to learn and why the presentation is important.

1. Who do you think should come along?

Any developers who are starting to create microservice based applications and aren’t sure where to start when it comes to securing those applications in this new architecture choice.

2. What do you think are the three most interesting questions that this event will answer?

This event will answer:
What parts of my application do I need to secure?
What techniques can I use to secure my application?
What libraries and platforms are available to make it easier?

3. Why do you think this presentation is important for people?

The shift to microservices has meant that developers are owning the full stack of an application, which includes security. It is much more effective to add security as you develop your application, rather than trying to add it all at the end, so knowing what to consider as you build your application is very important.

4. Any advice for junior developers entering the industry?

There are lots of libraries and platforms available, so don’t write everything yourself, look for a library or platform to help make your life easier.

If you’d like to join us at the event, it’s happening on Thursday 21st June, 18:30 – 21:00 at Skills Matter, EC2M 7EB and is kindly sponsored by the folks @RecWorks and @skillsmatter. You can find all the registration details here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-is-serverless-and-why-should-you-care-securing-microservices-a-practical-guide-tickets-46531640389

You can also find both our speakers on Twitter @RafalGancarz and @KateStanley91

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On Thursday 14th June, we’re delighted to be hosting an evening of talks with IBM- Towards a General Theory of Intelligence & What’s New for Java in the Cloud.

In our first talk, ‘Towards a General Theory of Intelligence’, Peter Morgan will take a look at the latest developments in AI research and implementation.

Peter MorganIn our second talk, Steve Poole will discuss how the application stack, open source technologies & the Java ecosystem is changing to meet the demands of Cloud. Whether improved memory footprint, new operating modes, different deployment models or even new hardware the future of Java in the Cloud is demanding more than ever before. This talk will help you understand the economic and technical forces driving the evolution of Java and will show you a future that’s even more amazing than you might imagine.

Ahead of the event we caught up with Peter to find out what we can expect during his talk and why it’s important.

1. Who do you think should come along?

Anyone interested in artificial intelligence (everybody?), and developments thereof.

2. What do you think are the three most interesting questions that this event will answer?

i. What is intelligence?
ii. How much can we presently describe theoretically?
iii. How do we get to AGI (Artificial General Intelligence)?

3. Why do you think this presentation is important for people?

It will get people thinking about the true nature of intelligence and how we might build it.

4. Any advice for junior developers entering the industry?

Learn as much about AI as humanly possible.

If this has stoked your interest, the event is happening on Thursday 14th June, 18:00 – 21:00 at IBM, 76/78 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PZ . If you’d like to RSVP, you can find all the details and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/towards-a-general-theory-of-intelligence-whats-new-for-java-in-the-cloud-tickets-46316998389

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