Over the last few months, I have written several articles for the Norfolk Tech Journal.
In late February, I attended the Norfolk Developers Conference (NorDevCon) at the King’s Centre, along with 2 colleagues from my team. It was the first tech conference I’ve ever attended, and I found it very interesting and feel that I learnt a lot.
The sessions I attended were as follows: Software Apprenticeships (opening keynote), Continuous Delivery at 7-Digital, Pulp Prototyping, Building Next Gen Enterprise Mobile Applications, Applied API Design, The World Needs Open Source, Abusing C# and Building SOLID Foundations (closing keynote).
I also attended the pre-conference meetup on the eve of the conference, which included talks about Java 8, Groovy and Systems Thinking. I made a lot of notes at these events and I also wrote a couple of reviews for the Norfolk Tech Journal. My review of the pre-conference meetup was published in Issue 6 of the Norfolk Tech Journal and also on the journal’s website at http://www.norfolktechjournal.com/review-nordevcon-pre-conference-special/
My review of “The World Needs Open Source” talk by Ruth Cheesley appeared in Issue 7: http://www.norfolktechjournal.com/world-needs-open-source-ruth-cheesley-review-victoria-holland/
Other articles I’ve had published in the Norfolk Tech Journal include:
- Q&A with Archant’s Victoria Holland – An interview-style article explaining my background in IT and my technology-related interests.
- Review – NorDev does Just A Minute – My review of the recent Norfolk Developers event based on the BBC Radio 4 show “Just a Minute”.
- September’s NorDev Meetup Review – My review of September’s Norfolk Developers meetup event.
- Norfolk Developers – BDD Workshop with Seb Rose – My review of the Behaviour Driven Development Workshop with Seb Rose, October 2014
- Review: NorDev January 2015 – Write your own compiler in 24 hours with Phil Trelford – My review of the F# compiler-writing session led by Phil Trelford in January 2015. This was also published in the special print edition of the Norfolk Tech Journal which was given to all delegates at the Norfolk Developers Conference (NorDevCon) in February.
- A NorDevCon Review: Building Learning into Team Life – My review of Rachel Davies’ “Building Learning into Team Life” talk at NorDevCon in February 2015. I was particularly inspired by this talk and I’m currently working to get some of the initiatives implemented in my own workplace.
In February 2015, I had my first article published on the OpenSource.com website. This is an article I wrote about my experience participating in the 24 Pull Requests challenge on GitHub in December 2014. I originally published the article on my personal blog, where it was discovered by one of the editors from OpenSource.com, who requested permission to republish it as part of their “Beginners to Open Source” series.