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James Almond

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In October 2010 Martha Lane-Fox declared "Revolution not evolution" in her report on the state of the Government's online presence. Four years later that vision is well on the way to being a reality, with the single domain GOV.UK in daily use by millions of UK citizens, and the Government Digital Service leading the way internationally in transforming Government IT.

In this experience report David will tell the story of the development and
evolution of the GOV.UK Departments and Policy publishing tool (codenamed "whitehall"), a large rails monolith developed under significant time pressure. He'll outline some of the key decisions, challenges, mistakes and learnings acquired along the way. You can expect some musings and reflections on approaches to testing and software architecture and maybe some hawaiian shirts.

Sporting the hawaiian look at GDS: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A7vBY2VCMAAsDmb.jpg

Photo description: Neil Williams (product manager), David Heath (developer), Pete Herlihy (delivery manager) celebrate the first departments going live on GOV.UK

​Source (from @JanetHughes): https://twitter.com/JanetHughes/status/269021235399241730

David Heath works as a software developer at the Government Digital Service in London, where he's worked for the past 3 years on the publishing tools behind the award-winning GOV.UK website. When he's not building software David can
be found playing french and european folk music on the accordion.
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Stephen Blower

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Regression Testing: Myths and Illusion's

Regression Testing is a commonly used term, does this mean we all know what it is and when we do it and what the outcomes should be? Is there an agreeable definition of regression testing that would be useful or don’t we need such a definition?

I've found that as many testers, developers and managers that there are, there are also as many meanings behind what they think Regression Testing is.

This evening we'll discuss these five questions:

What is Regression Testing?
Is a Regression Test the same every time?
Do you need to do a Regression Test for every functional change?
Should Regression Testing be automated?
Are bugs found when doing Regression testing Regression defects? Does it matter?
Based on recent experiences on the Testing Coach (#testingcouch) Skype chat (available here) that I hold once a month and the Midlands Exploratory Weekend Testing (#MEWT) workshop I have recently attended.

Although in both sessions some over all agreement was eventually reached, it was very apparent at the outset that we all perceived it to be something quite different.

Tonight’s session will be hosted by Stephen Blower and Paul Berry who will deliver two experience reports of how they see Regression Testing as previously being and now being after recent learns.

Secondly:

I'm looking for a Developer in Test so if you think you have the skills or know someone who has please get in contact, details can be found here. Developer in Test Role 

Bio

Stephen Blower:

With more than eighteen years of testing experience within a multitude of testing fields from gaming, internet service provisioning, gambling, financial services and version control organisations, Stephen Blower has seen the testing industry evolve from strict dogmatic practices to more flexible context driven ways of working towards delivering quality.

Stephen is a strong advocate for tester recognition and he does not accept testing being left to the end. He often provokes debate on what is often seen by non-testers and testers alike as an industry stuck in the middle ages, inflexible and stagnant. To promote this he organises a regular peer group for those involved within development where the tester’s role is hotly debated and controversial topics are encouraged.

Paul Berry:

TBC

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Sheffield Test Gathering: Event 11
Thu, October 9, 2014, 6:30 PM GMT+1
Rutland Arms

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James Almond

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This month's talk is from Luke Roberts and is a comparison between Go and Ruby. From the abstract:

"We all <3 Ruby.
Most people don’t get to get paid for doing what they find fun.
Ruby is a big part of what has made programming fun over the last few years. That said we are all hackers and like to play with new toys. We relish the opportunity to use something new but its hard to find a task we can’t simply do a better job of in Ruby.
Well, recently I had a task where Ruby was not even an option. We chose Go. And this is what we learned!"

The talk will cover some fundamentals, such as compiled vs. dynamic, bundler vs. godep, class based OO vs. struct base OO, pass by reference vs. pass by value, GIL vs. Concurrency and much more.

Luke is a fellow allstar in helping build Sqwiggle(http://www.sqwiggle.com/) adding skills on top of quite a lot of Ruby experience in the past
at The Floow(http://www.thefloow.com/) and Llama Digital(http://www.llamadigital.co.uk/).
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Mark Hardisty

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Hello, I would like to let you know about the Games Britannia Live! festival weekend that I can organising. I hope that the weekend's activities will be of interest to some of you and your networks. The full line-up of events and things-to-do is here: http://markhardisty.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/games-britannia-live-line-up-announced-unity-gamemakerstudio-moshi-monsters-and-more/ - I'd appreciate it if you could also spread the word to your networks and try and get as many people as possible to come along and have fun!
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Gary Martin

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The next Python Sheffield will be on Tues April 29th at ElectricWorks from 18:30 - 20:30. Entrance will be via the rear ElectricWorks entrance facing the bus interchange, not the front entrance facing Sheaf Street and the train station:

http://electric-works.net/contact/

This month we are going to be writing python plugins for an ircbot, called burritobot. You can bring along your own ideas or team up with others on the day. Some starter ideas might be:

 * "burritobot: whatson": a plugin to list upcoming sheffield usergroup meetings
 * "burritobot: lastlink": a plugin to report the title of a given link (perhaps to judge whether the link is suitable for work)
 * repeating a smiley when two different people use the same smiley in quick succession
 * a plugin to determine the burrito obsession of users
 * a (pretend?) text adventure game
 * "burritobot: fight: burrito vs bot": a plugin that takes two things and determines a fight winner by which has more hits (or some other means of your choosing)

If you'd like to attend this meeting, please indicate that you wish to do so on this event page. To get the most out of the event, you will probably want to try to bring along a laptop.

If you wish to install the code in advance and play with the bot, the link to the github repository is https://github.com/sheffgeeks/burritobot and https://github.com/sheffgeeks/burritobot/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md gives hints for installation and writing the plugins.

The Python Sheffield group is open to all levels of Python user, including those who don't currently know the Python language but would like to learn. To find out more, follow @pysheff on Twitter or see the Google group:

groups.google.com/group/python-sheffield
Python Sheffield April 2014
Tue, April 29, 2014, 1:30 PM
Electric Works, Sheffield, United Kingdom

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James Gregory

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Hey everyone!

The final presentations from +Startup Weekend Sheffield are taking place tonight in the Mappin Building at +The University of Sheffield from 5pm. If you're around, we'd love to see you there supporting the start-up community :)
Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.
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Jag Goraya

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Note that this is not our usual meeting date of the first Thursday of the month. April will return to our usual date.

This month we're having a coding session. Bring along any coding problems or katas that you're familiar with that can be implemented in C#. We'll vote at the start of the meeting and attempt the most popular problem in pairs.

If you'd like to attend this meeting, please register for free here on Google Plus and try to bring along a laptop with either Visual Studio or Mono installed.

The Sheffield .NET User Group is open to all levels of .NET user, including those who don't currently know any .NET languages, but would like to learn. To find out more, follow @dotnetsheff on Twitter or see the Google group:

groups.google.com/group/dotnetsheffield
Sheffield .NET User Group
Thu, March 13, 2014, 6:30 PM GMT
Tribal

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might be a good place to mention ORG (open rights group)'s next meeting, at the fabulous Red Deer weds 8th jan? https://sheffield.openrightsgroup.org/

as james wallbank puts it: forgotten about prism? they haven't forgotten you :-)
 
Hey, do you guys do many events or meets or anything in Sheffield?
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Nudge this up a bit - another ORG meetup at Red Deer tomorrow night (12 Mar) ...
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Sheffield Geeks
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It's been nearly a year with the same old banner pic for the Sheffield Geeks community. Much more interesting to see some pics from some of the groups that have been going on.  

Fancy sharing your favourite pics of the year? Have them +1'd and the most voted for before next Friday will be the Sheffield Geeks Banner of the Month. 

Probably ought to have a hashtag for this ... #geekbanner?
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Perry Ismangil

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Seems cool, any Sheffield events being planned?
 
Teach & learn how to code! Take part in the #CodeEU week at the end of November and organise your own coding event in your town! Check the details  and get ready! http://codeweek.eu/
Do not forget the map of initiatives for Europe's coding week! Check it out and see where and when you can learn about coding. There is surely something happening where you are. And if there is nothing, organise your own coding event and add it to the map!  

http://ow.ly/qn0O0
#code   #coding  
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Digital geekery in and around Sheffield. - Play nice. - Share and be open. - No recruitment / agencies. Hosting a usergroup or meetup? Add it as an event to let people know. Twitter: @sheffieldgeeks

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Stephen Blower

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Paul Burkinshaw

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Just wondering if anybody knows of any upcoming conferences \ workshops etc in or around Sheffield. Specifically I am looking for anything related to C# and .NET as well as TDD, MVC but any sort of developer related event would be of interest.
I know there used to be a .NET event that ran monthly at the workstation but I believe this has now ceased to run?
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Stephen Blower

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What is Continuous Delivery?
Continuous Delivery is a software development discipline where you focus on building software in such a way that it can be released to production at any moment. It focuses on techniques and process that allows software to be developed to a high standard, easily packaged and deployed, resulting in the ability to rapidly, reliably and repeatedly push out new features and bug fixes to customers at low risk and with minimal manual overhead

Many businesses are adopting Continuous Delivery because the frequent releases and low risk nature of these releases can provide a competitive cost advantage. This is particularly important in a world where many businesses can only exist and survive and are defined by software based systems.

Following straight on from the talk will be having an open discussion on how can testing activities fit into Continuous Delivery. With Continuous Delivery focusing on small batch sizes and being able to release at any time Testing can become a bottleneck. The Testing the community took some time in establishing practices for Agile projects and this is the communities chance to engage and establish practices early on.

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Alan Parkinson is poacher turned gamekeeper having started his career 14 years ago as a developer and then moving through the tester and operations roles to now be founder and CEO of Hindsight Software. Some of you might know him for his work on BDD and automated checking techniques but he is really interested in improving the overall software development process. This has resulted in his strong opinions on the tribalism and silos around software development roles and their impact on the software we deliver.

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Sheffield Test Gathering: Event 10
Tue, June 17, 2014, 6:30 PM GMT+1
Rutland Arms

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Luke Stringer

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A new version of the Transported iPhone App beta is out with a tweaked style and lots of improvements. If you want to try it out for free then sign up here: http://transportedapp.com/

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Thats ok. No, it is using a combination of the open gov transport data and TSY's live departure dates web site.
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Raheel Dell

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Kids Memory Match is one of the best memory game for kids by
Little Tree House.  Player is required to tap the square
buttons and need to memorize what is behind it in order to match its couple
objects in each level. After successful object matching, boxes will keep on
disappear from the screen.

There are 3 different levels easy, medium and hard. Player is required to
complete a level in minimum finger tips. This game provides you different
themes for more fun. Themes include sets of objects for food, fruits, birds,
animals, numbers, vegetables and shapes. It’s a free game and available for
android devices.


https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=suave.memorygame
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Jag Goraya

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Building an app in Sheffield? Need to test it on a range of devices? Head over to the Open Device Lab ... http://odlsheffield.co.uk/ 
They're taking donations of reasonably current gear too, so share your device lurve. 

Kudos to +Wojtek Kotowski for bringing it.
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Stephen Blower

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Talk 1: 
Why QA needs to Change
By Christopher Kozak and Ashwini Ingle

It’s unarguable that Continuous Delivery has gone from being just a CTO friendly buzzword to a central requirement for a high performance delivery team. It’s no longer cutting edge to merely check in your code to source control and have Jenkins or other continuous integration box run the unit tests. You have to be able to get that code out into a live environment as fast as possible and that means Continuous Delivery. The ability to deliver code into production at will has a direct effect on your bottom line but to do this effectively you need two things, 1) understand the important areas of functionality that the customers really use and 2) be able to test these areas as quickly and easily as possible. The first is a business issue but the second boils down to automating your testing.

The trouble is that most of the industry holds on to a quality assurance process that is directly at odds with this. The reasons are mostly historical but companies have had varying levels of success in the drive to automate QA. The level varies on how highly the company values this ability. So what levels of QA do we commonly see?

We will interlace the presentation with personal experience as well as real examples of what we think “good looks like” from a project we are currently delivering for an internal system at ThoughtWorks.

The talk will be loosely related to some of the concepts discussed here (written by former ThoughtWorks colleague, Martin Anderson):

http://bloodredsun.com/2012/10/23/why-qa-needs-to-change/

Talk 2: 
TBC

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Sheffield Test Gathering: Event 7
Tue, January 28, 2014, 6:30 PM GMT
Rutland Arms

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Hey everyone,

Just wondering if anyone would be interested in setting up an iOS Dev meetup in Sheffield? There's quite a few other cities (NSManchester etc), and we're missing out here in Sheffield!

Dominic
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I would definitely be interested in this :]
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Liam Jolly

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JLUGS are meeting at the Rutland on the 16th of October for a talk on Android development.
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