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Bit of a Friday reminder to have a 'no fear' day. Speak up for yourself. Demand a little more out of life. 
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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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Hi, we opened a community for local events in Sheffield.  Come join and tell us about your events.

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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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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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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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