Professional Development Seminars

Title Event date Lecturer(s) Abstract
R for Software Developers and Data Analysts Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 8:00am Robert Kabacoff, Ph.D.

Big Data Analytics

If you are looking at this workshop, you probably have some data that you need to collect, summarize, transform, explore, model, visualize, or present. If so, then R is for you! R has become the world-wide language for statistice, predictive analytics, and data visualization. It offers the widest range of methodologies for understanding data, from the most basic to the most complex and bleeding edge.

Improving the User Experience For the Very First Time Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 8:00am Jared Spool, User Interface Engineering

Great Design for Competitive Edge

Many organizations are discovering that a great user experience can provide them a powerful competitive edge. A great product or service’s user experience increases revenues, decreases costs, and builds long-term customer loyalty.

For these organizations, it’s the first time they’ve made a it a priority to improve the user experience of their designs. Doing this for the first time can be tricky. It involves technical, process, and cultural changes across the organization.

The Cloud: How It is Going to Transform Your Life as a Java Developer! Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 9:00am Mark Prichard, Senior Director of Product Management, CloudBees

This is an interactive, hands-on workshop focused on Platform as a Service (PaaS) and the impact on Java developers caused by cloud computing. How does development in the cloud affect your career? How can you leverage existing Java skills in the cloud? What about PaaS – is it an opportunity or just a lot of hype?

The Journeyman Programmer: Programming - More Than Coding Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 9:00am Joseph Bowen, Damon Poole, Dana Chisnell, Russ Doty

4 Interesting topics for Journeymen Software Developers: Desktop Support and Deployment Implications, How to be a Member of an Agile Team, Modeling the User, Opportunity in Open Source.

Programming Without Fear: Best Practices for New and Existing Software Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 8:00am Gil Broza

The Legacy Code Trap

Writing new code is one of the joys of programming. Modifying existing code is often one of the nightmares of programming. Unfortunately, you will spend more time modifying existing code than writing new code.

Modifying existing code often results in Whac-A-Mole Programming - you make a change in one part of the code, and a problem crops up in another place. You fix that problem and two more pop up. You quickly find yourself trapped in debug hell!