07 Dec 2017 TEL Newsletter – December 2017
Shine’s TEL group was established in 2011 with the aim of publicising the great technical work that Shine does, and to raise the company’s profile as a technical thought-leader in the community through blogs, local meet up talks, and conference presentations. Every now and then (it started off as being monthly, but that was too much work), we curate all the noteworthy things that Shiners have been up to, and publish a newsletter. Read on for this month’s edition.
- Stewart Burnell wrote his fist ever blog post on what it’s like stepping into the real word straight out of university, and how he quickly realised that what they teach you in there is no help whatsoever.
- Oh, here we go. What a surprise. Graham (I only talk about BigQuery) Polley blogged about how to schedule BigQuery jobs using Google Apps Script. We’re so over it now. Just kidding, keep it up BigQuery fan-boy.
Both Nic Hobbs and Peter Fuggle “attended” AWS re:Invent in Vegas. They each blogged about the experience, but failed to include the late nights, and the booze filled morning’s spent gambling in the casinos. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas apparently.
- We’re shocked. Utterly shocked! Graham Polley blogged about something other than Google Cloud Platform. He was lucky enough to score a ticket to YOW! 2017 in Melbourne, and he wrote about his favourite talks from the two day developer conference.
- Stewart Burnell keeps knocking them out of the park, and teed up his second blog post in as many months. This time, he explained to readers that dynamically partitioning data in BigQuery doesn’t have to be hard when you use Cloud Dataflow. The post even caught the attention of the Cloud Dataflow engineers from Google, commenting that it was a great post. Nice work Stew.
Presentations & meetups:
- Graham Polley flew up to sunny Sydney, and presented his serverless data pipelines on GCP talk (again) at this year’s Google DevFest. Apparently his talk went quite well – we’d expect nothing less considering that’s the only topic he ever talks about.
Kai Xai presented at the November Ansible Meetup in Melbourne. He deep dove into how Ansible works under the hood, and it’s a testament to Kai that nobody managed to fall asleep during it. High five Kai!
- Yogi Langnickel gave a lightning talk at the Angular Meetup in Melbourne on cypress.io; another testing tool (built on Node) for “anything that runs in a browser.” – suuuuure. Fun fact: Yogi likes to present whilst grasping onto his staff (yes, he actually owns a staff).
Upcoming things & other random news:
- Shine hosted the November Meetup for GDG Cloud Melbourne, and Jordan Tigani from Google dialled in from London via Hangouts (it actually worked!), and gave a cracking deep dive technical talk on BigQuery’s storage layer.
- Congratulations to Mark Johnson and Shahin Namin both of whom passed their Google Certified Data Engineer exam. We’ve heard it’s not very hard to be honest, but well done anyway gents. In a few months, Gareth Jones, Graham Polley, and Aaron Brown will all be sitting their exams too. If Mark can pass it, then it should be a walk in the park for those three.
- Shine has opened a new office in Sydney, and we’re currently building up the team there. If you’re not a Shiner reading this (highly unlikely), then feel free to ping us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Shine are always on the look out for good people who are passionate about technology.