Christchurch Tech Events

The Next 30 Days

Thu
28

CHC.JS: Inheriting Object Oriented patterns

Elvis Adomnica (who presented at Nodeconf Chch in March) is going to be speaking about inheritance patterns in JavaScript. He has provided this epic description of his talk:

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"year 2013: Haskell people are still writing monad tutorials, JavaScript people are still trying to explain inheritance." 

— Vyacheslav Egorov (@mraleph) April 12, 2013 

This quote is as valid in 2015 as it was back in 2013 and even though it sounds very harsh it's quite true. The popularity of Node and Angular have brought lots of developers into JavaScript world, most of them having a background using languages that use "classic" inheritance. 

 JavaScript prototypal inheritance is very different from the paradigms we're used to in other languages. It is simpler yet misunderstood by many. One reason is that JavaScript was designed "as a little brother to Java, as a complementary language like Visual Basic was to C++ in Microsoft’s language families at the time." People usually get confused because constructors look like classes but they don't behave like classes. 


As Douglas Crockford stated: "This indirection was intended to make the language seem more familiar to classically trained programmers, but failed to do that, as we can see from the very low opinion Java programmers have of JavaScript. JavaScript’s constructor pattern did not appeal to the classical crowd. It also obscured JavaScript’s true prototypal nature. As a result, there are very few programmers who know how to use the language effectively." 

Making a parallel between traditional OOP and JavaScript prototypal inheritance may help developers "unlearn" the traditional paradigms and fully understand the power of JavaScript inheritance.

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Well, that sounds like a fantastic talk!

We'll likely do a bit of a discussion session and some nodeschool/hacking afterwards, so come along and learn some stuff, meet new people, and have fun.

Where
Christchurch Office, Catalyst IT Limited, Level 1, 284 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
May 28 2015 at 7:00am to 10:00am
Sun
31

The Foundation: Sunday Session

The Foundation is for hackers and makers – all levels and ages welcome. Get some help, learn some new skills, or just meet new people.

Finish your project

Looking for a focused place to finish your game, smartphone app, or BeagleBone project? The Foundation is for you.

Awesome kit

3D printers, electronics, a solder station, Arduinos, all free to play with. More coming soon.

Where
Above Pomeroy's Pub, 292 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
May 31 2015 at 1:00am to 6:00am
Mon
01

WikiHouse NZ open community: WikiHouse NZ breakfast

 

Keen to find out more about the WikiHouse project? Come join our early morning WikiHouse discussion, sharing, brainstorming over coffee and breakfast at C1 and be part of the action.

Where
C1 Espresso, 150 High Street, Christchurch, nz
When
June 1 2015 at 8:00pm to 9:15pm
Tue
02

Coffee & Jam

Coffee & Jam is a place to share your ideas, provide feedback, learn stuff, meet some like minded folk and be inspired. Whether you're a hardened entrepreneur, an office-jockey, postman or whoever, if you're interested in finding out about what cool ideas, projects and businesses people are working on, as well as information and tips about a range of business topics, Coffee & Jam is for you. [http://www.ministryofawesome.com](http://www.ministryofawesome.com)
Where
EPIC, BNZ Lounge, Crnr Manchester & Tuam St, Christchurch
When
June 2 2015 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Tue
02

Canterbury Software Cluster Event

At Canterbury Software one of our activities is to hold a monthly evening event where industry experts and speakers come along and share their knowledge of particular topics. Drinks and nibbles are provided - these meetings provide excellent networking opportunities. The event is free for members, $20 on the door for non-members. Register at [http://www.eventbrite.co.nz/o/canterbury-software-cluster-3708115373](http://www.eventbrite.co.nz/o/canterbury-software-cluster-3708115373)
Where
EPIC, Christchurch
When
June 2 2015 at 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Wed
03

Christchurch Amateur Radio Club

Monthly meeting is where radio enthusiasts get together to share ideas and meet with fellow hams. Amateur Radio offers something for everybody, talking to the world or your mate down the road, even helping in an emergency. Using any communications means available this includes radio, satellite, smart phones and computers, all from the comfort of your home, your car, or walking the dog via a handheld radio. We offer advanced radio training where you get a world recognised qualification (An Amateur radio licence). Once you have this you can become a part of our Amateur Radio Emergency Communications team. This will have you out on a jetboat, or in a prime spot for rally car action. You may even help save a life working with the Police Search And Rescue teams in the communications area. If this sounds like you come along and meet us. [http://www.chchhamradio.org.nz/](http://www.chchhamradio.org.nz/)
Where
5 Idris Rd, Fendalton, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand
When
June 3 2015 at 7:30pm to June 4 2015 at 12:00am
Thu
04

Think Open Data: Meet - Discuss - Make Stuff Happen

This is an open forum. A place for citizens, industry and government to meet and discuss topics of open data. The forum is action orientated and transparent. Chaired by Tim HG from LINZ SDI Programme, each week a particular opportunity/problem in the OpenData space will be highlighted and open discussion is encouraged.

Where
EPIC Centre, BNZ Space, 96-106 Manchester St, Christchurch, nz
When
June 4 2015 at 12:30am to 3:30am
Thu
04

New Zealand Python User Group - Christchurch: Christchurch Python Meetup

Our meetups are always first Thursday of a month at the Catalyst IT office above Pomeroys Pub.

Every meetup we have one of us presenting a talk about anything that relates to Python programming language.

Doors open at 5:30pm, talk starts at 6pm.

Before and after the talk, an informal conversation, usually over a pint of beer, takes place.

Do not hesitate to pass this information around to whomever you think may be interested to hear and discuss all things Python.

I'll see you on Thursday!

Yours,

Marek Kuziel

Where
Christchurch Office, Catalyst IT Limited, Level 1, 284 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
June 4 2015 at 5:30am to 8:30am
Sun
07

The Foundation: Sunday Session

The Foundation is for hackers and makers – all levels and ages welcome. Get some help, learn some new skills, or just meet new people.

Finish your project

Looking for a focused place to finish your game, smartphone app, or BeagleBone project? The Foundation is for you.

Awesome kit

3D printers, electronics, a solder station, Arduinos, all free to play with. More coming soon.

Where
Above Pomeroy's Pub, 292 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
June 7 2015 at 1:00am to 6:00am
Mon
08

WikiHouse NZ open community: WikiHouse NZ breakfast

 

Keen to find out more about the WikiHouse project? Come join our early morning WikiHouse discussion, sharing, brainstorming over coffee and breakfast at C1 and be part of the action.

Where
C1 Espresso, 150 High Street, Christchurch, nz
When
June 8 2015 at 8:00pm to 9:15pm
Tue
09

Coffee & Jam

Coffee & Jam is a place to share your ideas, provide feedback, learn stuff, meet some like minded folk and be inspired. Whether you're a hardened entrepreneur, an office-jockey, postman or whoever, if you're interested in finding out about what cool ideas, projects and businesses people are working on, as well as information and tips about a range of business topics, Coffee & Jam is for you. [http://www.ministryofawesome.com](http://www.ministryofawesome.com)
Where
EPIC, BNZ Lounge, Crnr Manchester & Tuam St, Christchurch
When
June 9 2015 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Wed
10

Christchurch Bitcoin Meetup: Chat bitcoin and other crypto topics

Where
Bealey's Speight's Ale House, 263 Bealey Ave, Christchurch, nz
When
June 10 2015 at 6:00am to 9:00am
Thu
11

The Valley in Christchurch: Monthly Dinner

The best thing about Silicon Valley is the people and the casual conversations that lead to bigger things. These often happen in restaurants. Christchurch (New Zealand) has restaurants and techy people, so why not bring the two together?

Food, conversation, and a convivial atmosphere. Anyone interested welcome!

Where
TBD, Christchurch, Christchurch, nz
When
June 11 2015 at 6:00am to 9:00am
Thu
11

CHC.JS: Practical Angular: Angular and Single Page Applications Overview

Practical Angular:
Join David Carter and Matt Tester from Stratos Technology Partners as they build a real-world Angular Single Page Application from the ground up in a series of 6 presentations.

Where
Pomeroy's, 292 Kilmore Street, Christchurch, nz
When
June 11 2015 at 7:00am to 10:00am
Sun
14

The Foundation: Sunday Session

The Foundation is for hackers and makers – all levels and ages welcome. Get some help, learn some new skills, or just meet new people.

Finish your project

Looking for a focused place to finish your game, smartphone app, or BeagleBone project? The Foundation is for you.

Awesome kit

3D printers, electronics, a solder station, Arduinos, all free to play with. More coming soon.

Where
Above Pomeroy's Pub, 292 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
June 14 2015 at 1:00am to 6:00am
Mon
15

Robotics Group

Location and times will be announced soon.
Where
Location TBA
When
June 15 2015 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Mon
15

WikiHouse NZ open community: WikiHouse NZ breakfast

 

Keen to find out more about the WikiHouse project? Come join our early morning WikiHouse discussion, sharing, brainstorming over coffee and breakfast at C1 and be part of the action.

Where
C1 Espresso, 150 High Street, Christchurch, nz
When
June 15 2015 at 8:00pm to 9:15pm
Tue
16

Coffee & Jam

Coffee & Jam is a place to share your ideas, provide feedback, learn stuff, meet some like minded folk and be inspired. Whether you're a hardened entrepreneur, an office-jockey, postman or whoever, if you're interested in finding out about what cool ideas, projects and businesses people are working on, as well as information and tips about a range of business topics, Coffee & Jam is for you. [http://www.ministryofawesome.com](http://www.ministryofawesome.com)
Where
EPIC, BNZ Lounge, Crnr Manchester & Tuam St, Christchurch
When
June 16 2015 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Tue
16

Functional Programming User Group

Doors open at 5.30pm.
Where
Above Pomeroy's Pub, 292 Kilmore St
When
June 16 2015 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Tue
16

Functional Christchurch: Clojure, immutable datastructures and react.js

Where
Christchurch Office, Catalyst IT Limited, Level 1, 284 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
June 16 2015 at 6:00am to 9:00am
Thu
18

Think Open Data: Meet - Discuss - Make Stuff Happen

This is an open forum. A place for citizens, industry and government to meet and discuss topics of open data. The forum is action orientated and transparent. Chaired by Tim HG from LINZ SDI Programme, each week a particular opportunity/problem in the OpenData space will be highlighted and open discussion is encouraged.

Where
EPIC Centre, BNZ Space, 96-106 Manchester St, Christchurch, nz
When
June 18 2015 at 12:30am to 3:30am
Thu
18

Christchurch Ruby Group: Monthly Meetup

TBA. We'll update these details closer to the time. :)

Where
Christchurch Office, Catalyst IT Limited, Level 1, 284 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
June 18 2015 at 7:00am to 10:00am
Sun
21

The Foundation: Sunday Session

The Foundation is for hackers and makers – all levels and ages welcome. Get some help, learn some new skills, or just meet new people.

Finish your project

Looking for a focused place to finish your game, smartphone app, or BeagleBone project? The Foundation is for you.

Awesome kit

3D printers, electronics, a solder station, Arduinos, all free to play with. More coming soon.

Where
Above Pomeroy's Pub, 292 Kilmore St, Christchurch, nz
When
June 21 2015 at 1:00am to 6:00am
Mon
22

WikiHouse NZ open community: WikiHouse NZ breakfast

 

Keen to find out more about the WikiHouse project? Come join our early morning WikiHouse discussion, sharing, brainstorming over coffee and breakfast at C1 and be part of the action.

Where
C1 Espresso, 150 High Street, Christchurch, nz
When
June 22 2015 at 8:00pm to 9:15pm
Tue
23

Coffee & Jam

Coffee & Jam is a place to share your ideas, provide feedback, learn stuff, meet some like minded folk and be inspired. Whether you're a hardened entrepreneur, an office-jockey, postman or whoever, if you're interested in finding out about what cool ideas, projects and businesses people are working on, as well as information and tips about a range of business topics, Coffee & Jam is for you. [http://www.ministryofawesome.com](http://www.ministryofawesome.com)
Where
EPIC, BNZ Lounge, Crnr Manchester & Tuam St, Christchurch
When
June 23 2015 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Wed
24

OWASP New Zealand Chapter - Christchurch: Does Your Cloud Solution Look Like a Mushroom?

This presentation draws from my recent blog post “Journey to Self Hosting” and many more resources for some high-level ideas about cloud solutions. I'll discuss what's good and what's not good about "The Cloud." I’ll provide an overview of the many security issues that entities need to think about when deciding whether to use the cloud or to build in-house infrastructure. Owning the technical expertise isn't always necessary. On the other hand, in-house solutions can provide finer grained customized solutions with potential for greater visibility and control than can cloud offerings that are more generic. I'll also discuss my personal journey and what I've discovered along the way, including how you can make the right decisions based on others’ experiences and learn from their mistakes rather than your own.


For full details check out the run-down

Where
Dimension Data, 50 Manchester St, Christchurch, nz
When
June 24 2015 at 7:00am to 10:00am