This month Jeff Knaggs will take us through building a small React app, using setState for state management. We will then introduce Redux and Sagas into our growing app and refactor as we go using Styled Components and Atomic Design methodologies.
As always there's delicious beers from Poms and another draw for a FrontendMasters.com subscription - last months winner will be announced soon.
If you haven't already heard, SQL Saturday South Island is kicking off on Saturday May 26th.
This event is not just for DBAs but for anyone who interacts with data. If you look at the schedule you'll see some awesome sessions:
We have speakers coming from Sri Lanka (1) , India (2) , United States (1), Australia (6) and New Zealand (10).
This year we have also attracted a senior exec from Microsoft -- Mark Souza (General Manager - Cloud and Enterprise Engineering) to come all the way out to New Zealand to give our keynote.
Which is nothing short of amazing as in years gone by our keynotes have been pretty non-existent.
So this is a huge thing.
Details of the event can be found here:
If you're interested then please head along to the SQL Saturday site and register https://www.sqlsaturday.com/712/RegisterNow.aspx – we have four tracks running – and we have 20 speakers so we think that there is something for everybody there.
Additionally, we have managed to secure the services of three internationally recognised SQL Server and Machine Learning experts to conduct full pre-cons on Friday 25th May.
Ginger Grant (t | b) will be running a Machine Learning with SQL Server session and attendees will learn:
The machine learning workflow
The techniques and algorithms used in creating solutions
The implementation techniques in R and Python and deploy solutions in SQL Server.
Amit RS Bansal (t | b) will be running a more DBA focused session - this is a precon that is Practical SQL Server Performance Tuning. His session is so popular and will be extremely educational that we currently have 2 Data Platform MVPs who have registered for it...!! It is an 8-hour, 100% demo-oriented delivery on SQL Server Performance Troubleshooting.
We also have Martin Cairney (t ) who is running a precon on Designing & Implementing a Database Management Strategy for Azure Databases. If you are looking to utilise Azure for any type of database - this session is definitely the one for you.
If you’re interested then please sign up either via the home page of SQL Saturday South Island or via eventbrite:
Machine Learning precon:
SQL Server Tuning precon:
Azure Database Management precon:
SQL Saturday South Island is a free event - thanks again to our sponsors - and we really hope you will join us for a day of training and networking. Our speakers who have travelled from afar as Singapore are here to teach you some awesome things about all things related to the Data Platform.
Check out the schedule at
Lastly - if you're not interested in databases or data at all - there is another event that might interest you:
Global DevOps Bootcamp is back!!
Saturday June 16th we will be running New Zealand's only event dedicated to showing you DevOps in action - and it's here in Christchurch:
Register and find information here:
This meeting we will touch on the world of IoT hacking but don’t know where to start. Kevin will be giving his talk from the Hardware Hacking Village at BSidesCBR on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). This will contain a run down of some of the hardware and software that Kevin uses when attacking devices.
Thanks to all those who responded to the survey. Based on your feedback, I have scheduled it on a Thursday.
This month we have Bryn talking about a lot of good stuff.
So many embedded devices, tool chains, wireless standards where do we get started..
His presentation PoC constraints:
• Purchase parts in advance
• Build on a rainy Saturday/Sunday
• Cost no more than a tank of petrol
• Minimal/no soldering
See you there!
Our meetups are always first Tuesday of a month at the Catalyst IT office above Pomeroys Pub.
We usually have a talk about anything that relates to Python programming language. Some months we run team coding challenges (aka "dojos"). These will be announced beforehand.
If you have a question about Python on or are stuck with some Python project, feel free to bring it up at the meetup. There will be people around who will be happy to help.
Doors open at 5:30pm, talk starts at 6pm.
At the start and end of the meetup, an informal conversation takes place, usually over a pint of beer.
Do not hesitate to pass this information around to whomever you think may be interested to hear and discuss all things Python.
PS: NZPUG's Code of Conduct applies for our local meetups and the online meetup.com group. Please read it up in case you haven't yet https://nzpug.org/code-of-conduct/
Title: Confess your agile sins
Do your stories take more than one sprint to complete?
Do your sprints feel more like marathons?
Do you need to sit down during your stand-ups?
Do you spell team with an I?
If any of these sound familiar to you, come join the rest of the sinners! This is your chance to find your redemption and we can help you get there!
Assurity is one of the leading Agile consultancies in CHCH with a vast array of experience in transforming organizations across industries. We've seen the good, the bad and the very ugly.
During this event, Assurity will bring a pragmatic and innovative approach to help address your challenges.
Kay is passionate about helping clients get from ideas into production with the speed and quality desired.
For several years Kay has worked with clients to define their transformation strategy and essential cultural change.
Additionally, Kay can help determine which processes, practices and tools to adopt... Kay provides assessments of current capabilities followed by suggesting a roadmap and coaching to enable continuous improvement. Using Design Thinking, Agile and DevOps techniques to define user outcomes, MVPs, hypotheses, metrics and coaching needs.
There will be beer and snacks.
After a bit of a hiatus the Silverstripe ChCh meetup will be resuming on Wednesday 13th June starting @ 6.00pm.
This event is being hosted by the Digichan Team @ Christchurch City Council city office in Hereford Street. Access is via the Worcester Street entrance, not Hereford Street.
There will be someone at the door letting people in and a notice with a contact cellphone just in case.
1. Greet, mingle, pre-drinks and nibbles.
2. We will have members of the SilverStripe team attending from Wellington
Edel Sweeney (Sales)
Daniel Triebsch (Channel Services)
Dylan Wagstaff (Developer)
Dylan Wagstaff (SilverStripe)
"Where to get started with SS4, so your project swims along just nicely"
Mike Cole (Christchurch City Council)
4. Discussion on the future of the meetup group including frequency of meetings, arranging speakers, venue etc.
5. Lightning talks. Let us know if you have any short (5 - 10 min.) talks on any SilverStripe related topic, or just turn up on the night and go for it!
We have a slack channel for members of the Silverstripe Christchurch meetup @ silverstripe-chch.slack.com.
The channel can be used to ask any questions regarding silverstripe and some one will respond.
SilverStripe Ltd provide refreshment, alcoholic beverages and goodies, Christchurch City Council Digichan Team for hosting this event.
TBA. We'll update these details closer to the time. :)