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.

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.

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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.

Free Instruct Event: Graph Databases Exposed

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Join us for a coffee and muffin Instruct presentation by Chris Tite, entrepreneur, architect and speaker on Graph Databases on 10 July 2014.

Eventbrite - Graph - Connected Databases (LIMITED SEATS EVENT)

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.
– A practical implementation of graph databases in .Net.

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 - Graph - Connected Databases (LIMITED SEATS EVENT)

To review the video of the last KC Instruct event, NoSQL Explained go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6gn2kuOTV0 or catch up with all past events at https://www.youtube.com/user/instructchannel/videos

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