Team Dynamics – Adrenalin Junkies and Template Zombies

inStruct event recorded at SA Home Loans, 26 March 2015.

Managing and working with knowledge workers can be a real challenge, the old adage applies “Managing developers is like herding cats”. Seven years ago Chris picked up a book which changed his outlook on team dynamics and working with knowledge workers. “Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies” compiles 150 years of software team experience into simple easy to understand patterns. In this talk Chris shares his experiences and observations after applying some of these patterns to his working environment.

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Xamarin Mobile Applications Unpacked – Video Release

inStruct event recorded at Riverside Hotel, 10 March 2015.

KitKat, Jelly Bean, iOS, Windows Mobile … where on earth do you start when you get into mobile development.

Mobile applications development is an ever shifting space, and transitioning into this environment means a steep learning curve. Differing operating platforms and the various development environments add layers of complexity.

The Kaleidocode team faced a mountain of questions when we started mobile development on a large enterprise driven application. In an attempt to modify the extremity of learning required and accommodate the myriad of operating platforms, we reached for Xamarin Studio.

In this session we look at;

  • Xamarin Studio, why did we select this particular tooling?
  • A demonstration on writing an iOS and Android app using a common C# code base.
  • The good, the bad and downright ugly truth about developing mobile apps.
  • The future of Xamarin using Xamarin Forms.

Free Instruct Event – Xamarin Mobile Apps Unpacked

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Join us for a coffee and muffin Instruct event hosted by Chris Tite (entrepreneur, architect and speaker) and joined by Kaleidocode Developers, Steven van der Merwe and Divan Visagie on Xamarin Mobile Apps Unpacked.

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KitKat, Jelly Bean, iOS, Windows Mobile …

Where on earth do you start when you get into mobile development!

Mobile applications development is an ever shifting space, and transitioning into this environment means a steep learning curve. Differing operating platforms and the various development environments add layers of complexity!

The Kaleidocode team faced a mountain of questions when we started mobile development on a large enterprise driven application. In an attempt to modify the extremity of learning required and accommodate the myriad of operating platforms, we reached for Xamarin Studio.

Join us for coffee and muffins as we share the tales of trials and triumphs we experienced when embarking on this journey.

In this session we look at;

  • Xamarin Studio, why this particular tooling?
  • A demonstration on writing an iOS and Android app using a common C# code base.
  • The good, the bad and downright ugly truth about developing mobile apps.
  • The future of Xamarin using Xamarin Forms.

For more information about Chris please see christite.net.

For an invitation contact Chris at chris.tite@kaleidocode.co.za or Rory at rory.clarke@kaleidocode.co.za / 031 303 2299 or register below.

Eventbrite - Xamarin Mobile Apps Unpacked

To review the video of the last KC Instruct event, Domain Driven Design go to http://youtu.be/BPAZwFNxgrg or catch up with all past events at https://www.youtube.com/user/instructchannel/videos

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@kaleidocode
Kaleidocode Pty Ltd
Office 200, 295 Florida Rd Morningside Durban

Free Instruct Event – Domain Driven Design

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Join us for a coffee and muffin Instruct presentation by Chris Tite, entrepreneur, architect and speaker on Domain Driven Design.

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This presentation is not about specific technologies. Rather it will offer attendees insights into an extensive set of design best practices, experience-based techniques, and principles that assist in the implementation of software projects that deal with complex domains.

Merging design and development practice, the session will incorporate fundamental examples based on real projects that Chris has been involved with to clearly illustrate domain-driven design being applied to real-world software

Key areas will include:

  • Placing the project’s primary focus on the core domain and domain logic.
  • Basing designs for a complex system on the model of the domain.
  • Creating a collaboration between technical and domain experts to iteratively improve the conceptual model.
  • Ubiquitous Language – what is it and why does it matter
  • Common DDD Patterns
  • A hands on walk thru of a DDD designed project, explaining the tradeoffs and the wins

For more information about Chris please see christite.net.

For an invitation contact Chris at chris.tite@kaleidocode.co.za or Rory at rory.clarke@kaleidocode.co.za / 031 303 2299 or register below.

Eventbrite - Domain Driven Design

To review the video of the last KC Instruct event, Evolutionary Database Design go to http://youtu.be/QuZnVn_6cBY or catch up with all past events at https://www.youtube.com/user/instructchannel/videos

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

@kaleidocode
Kaleidocode Pty Ltd
Office 200, 295 Florida Rd Morningside Durban

Chris Tite presenting on “Evolutionary database design” at Agile User Group

schemaonlydbFor many decades now both developers and DBA’s have viewed the database as somewhat of a slow moving monolith which should be altered as little as possible and designed very clearly upfront. This mind set often leads to large parts of the database becoming unused but never being cleaned. It also leads to the classic issue of tables that no one wants to clean out because they still contain a single column that is being used by some part of the solution… but no one remembers why or how.

Databases, like our code, are an integral cog in the solutions we work with. This is especially true in the Enterprise space, and as such need to be maintained and refactored with the same diligence as code. Refactoring a database! An absurd concept!

Join us at the Durban Agile User Group September 2014 Meet-up hosted at SA Home Loans on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM where Chris Tite will share how his team has been applying agile principles in database design and maintenance on their projects and products with great success.

Chris will be sharing the practices and principles applied to some of their largest and most complex databases, including a banking product, run by one of South Africa’s largest banks, which managed 2 Billion Rand per annum and was successfully migrated between major versions 2.0 to 4.2 with minimal downtime.

Graph Databases Exposed Video Released

New Release! The video of Chris Tite’s latest presentation on Graph Databases Exposed is available for streaming from the Instruct Video Channel.

Recorded on 10 July 2014 at the Benjamin Hotel in Durban, Chris introduced attendees to the concepts underlying Graph Database technologies and their application.

Relational databases have been the cornerstone of data centric systems for almost 30 years, serving as a trusty workhorse upon which many developers depend. Times, however, are changing and datasets are becoming larger and more complex. Business and users expect more flexibility and insight from their data.

With a worldwide movement to connectedness in applications (Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and many more), our trusty relational database model can’t be relied upon to manage complex connected datasets.

This has lead database technologists to find more effect technologies to manage their connected data. Graph Databases, a subset of NoSQL technology, provide a powerful mechanism to work with datasets where relationships between various entities are important.

In this session Chris covers:

• Introduction to graph databases.
• Compares graph databases to relational databases.
• Introduces Neo4j, a powerful open source graph database technology.
• Demonstrates a practical implementation of graph databases in .Net.

Graph Out

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Thanks to all the Durbanites who made it to the lastest Instruct event at The Benjamin. Graph Databases Exposed was a tight ramp up for the attendees. Covering basic NoSQL elements all the way through to hands-on implementation samples, it was a detail packed session.

Talking to some of the guys from SA Home Loans, The Unlimited and Derivco it was a valuable primer for the uninitiated. If you didn’t get to make it to the event, then keep an eye out for the video recording that will get posted to the Instruct Channel in the next week or two.

Our next Instruct session will cover Domain Driven Design on 02 September 2014. If you are interested in attending feel free to drop an email to events@kaleidocode.co.za to get an invite.