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18:30 to 21:00

Chat Bots

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
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Join us with our guest speaker Manthan Dave with his talk: "Up and running with chat bots: A journey from being a noob to being awesome"

The chat bot revolution is upon us and every developer wants to build one. This workshop will take them on an epic journey starting from basics and writing a simple chat bot, all the way to learning advanced concepts.

Ever wondered what goes behind a good chat bot? Do you want to build one? Well this workshop is for you!

Complexity can be diffused as soon as you peek behind the curtain. A chat bot, like a website might look complex from the outside, but the reality is different.

This workshop will be divided into three sections. The first section will cover the basic anatomy of a chat bot. Next, we'll work together to build a chat bot. We'll start simple with a chat bot that'll tell us knock knock and chuck norris jokes. Towards the end of the workshop, we'll go over some advanced concepts that can help us scale our chat bot to have more features.

So come! Join us on an awesome journey to talkify our bots!

Manthan Dave

Manthan Dave like drones, robots and tech in general. He make awesome things. Bit by bit.

Manthan is Software Engineer at Capital One UK Software Studio

Past events

Firefox Containers, isolating the web whilst hacking web extensions

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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Presenting Jonathan Kingston with his talk and workshop: "Firefox Containers, isolating the web whilst hacking web extensions".

Bring your laptops with a copy of Firefox Nightly installed as we will hack away at building your own extensions using bleeding edge features.

Firefox Containers tabs are an experimental platform feature for tab management and isolating browsing to solve security and privacy issues.

With the recent launch of containers to test pilot, I'm going to walk through how they are built. Web Extensions are the new cross browser way of adding features to the browser built entirely from JavaScript and other web technologies. New web extension features were added to Firefox for building our containers experiment that you can use today.

I will cover the basics of building extensions so we can have half the evening on hacking and making extensions.

Image credit: Carolyn Jaeger

Jonathan Kingston

Jonathan is a Front End security developer working on Firefox for Mozilla

Hands on with React

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
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Don't point that thing at me.
- Chris Kemp

React is currently my favourite JavaScript framework, and I used it recently to create the Notts Dev Workshop website. It led me to the realisation that NottsJS really should be showcasing JavaScript based web development. (I know! Really?!)

Most people don't get to try a new technology in their day-to-day job, so they do it in their spare time. These people then don't get to apply what they've learnt to a real-world problem.

So that's exactly what I you will be doing. My plan is to use slave labour to enable you to build our website.

I will be acting as your customer and will be signing off your final work, so expect me to try to give you a live example of what it means to use this technology in a real setting.

So please join us in building a real-world react website.

Chris Kemp

Chris is one of the organisers at NottsJS and finds himself without any better offers on Valentine's day.


Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
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elm. A delightful language for reliable webapps.

Elm is a domain-specific, purely functional programming language used for declaratively creating client-side web apps which compile to JavaScript.

In this talk you'll be shown The Elm Architecture, a nestable pattern for building applications, and Elm's full type inference system that helps prevent users from running into errors.

We'll look at how Elm handles HTTP requests and websockets, how it handles uncertainty, the use of partial function application for reusable views, interaction with JS libraries, and how data immutability gives you undo/redo for only a few lines of code.

Chris Kemp

Will read about Elm in late 2015, and has been using it for the last six months or so. Before then he was using React/Redux and vanilla JS.

Will has been working on a donations application that will build wealth redistribution into everyday transactions. As far as he knows, Helpfreely have made the most progress in the donate-while-you-shop space. Will hopes to be working with them soon.

Will also helps to administer the Nottingham chapter of Free Code Camp, the free online course where members learn to code and help nonprofits.

#NottTechParty - Christmas Party 2016

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
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Nottingham's biggest and brightest tech events are coming together to celebrate the stellar growth of the community by throwing another awesome Christmas party.

We're taking over the National Videogame Arcade, with full access to all the games and exhibits, an organised games tournament with pizza and drinks.

Tickets are just £5! The price of your ticket includes full access to the National Videogame Arcade, the games tournament and pizza.

First tickets released this Friday 11th November at midday - Buy your ticket now!

Javascript Cool Wall

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
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"You're using <insert_old_framework>? That's so 2015. You need to use <insert_new_framework>!"
- Javascript Developers

With something that is approaching attention deficit disorder there's new JavaScript frameworks emerging weekly. Even the godfather of modern JS development, jQuery, has been knocked from its perch and is considered passé.

So what do we do now? How do we leverage the good tech, while avoiding the cargo cults?

This month we're going for something completely new. Enter The Cool Wall. A segment that will prove so popular that Jeremy Clarkson will invent Time Travel to steal it from us and make into a popular segment on Top Gear.

This month's session will be a group discussion piece where we talk about the state of modern JavaScript development and our place in this world.

Exploring Progressive Web Apps

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
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"The application cache is a douchebag"
- Jake Archibald

Web apps can be pretty cool, but we could be making them even cooler. Browsers are leveling up by adding functionality to enable a user experience akin to using a native mobile application.

Enter the new buzz-phrase of the moment… Progressive Web Apps!

This talk aims to share knowledge gained from Dan's time at FullStack 2016 conference, and the lessons learned from implementing the features into real web applications. The goal is to provide more than just a high level overview; you should be able to walk away confident that you can implement these features into your own web apps straight away.

You'll find out why you should care, what's available, see a demo and see what features are offered in browsers.

Dan Ian Shea

Dan Shea is a Senior Software Developer at UNiDAYS.

Professionally he concentrates on web apps and web services leveraging .NET technologies. In his own time he likes to gain hipster dev cred by hacking away with Node.js and Angular using an ancient Linux laptop. When the moment strikes, he likes to build crappy robots and make even crappier games.

Realtime Apps with Node.js and RethinkDB

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
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In today's online world, user experience is key. Users expect slick interfaces that are intuitive, informative and engaging. More and more, building apps that update the user in Realtime are becoming an essential part of this experience - and we can see this every day with things like Google Docs, Facebook Notifications, Slack and BBC Live Text.

RethinkDB is a fully featured, opensource, NoSQL database designed to make developing for the Realtime Web easy. We'll talk about changefeeds, clustering and how combining with Node.js can help you avoid some of the pitfalls of building rich, engaging, Realtime Apps to scale and across multiple platforms.

By the end of this talk you'll be ready to go back and create your first Realtime App with RethinkDB and Node.js.

Matt Collins

Before joining IBM Cloud Data Services Matt was the Head of the Development team at UK, overseeing the development of a range of web services with PHP, Node.JS, Cloudant, Amazon Redshift and Redis. Most of his experience is in creating whitelabel search, presence and CRM products designed to be used at scale by third parties.

Matt has a particular interest in anything to do with realtime apps and football - currently looking for an excuse to combine the two!

We are committed to creating a safe and diverse environment and ask all our attendees to adhere to the Code of Conduct.

We will never share or sell your personal information.

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