TEL monthly newsletter – March 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 through blogs, local meet up talks, and conference presentations. Each month, the TEL group gather up all the awesome things that Shine folk have been getting up to in and around the community. Here’s the latest roundup from what’s been happening.

TEL monthly newsletter – February 2017

The 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 through blogs, local meet up talks, and conference presentations. Each month, the TEL group gather up all the awesome things that Shine folk have been getting up to in and around the community.  Here’s the latest roundup:

TEL highlights for 2016

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Shine’s Technical Excellence Leadership Group (TEL) has had a stellar year! In this post we’ve pulled together our top picks from 2016 that we think deserve a special shout out before the year comes to a close. But first, a quick recap on what the TEL group actually is.

TEL 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 through blogs, local meet up talks, and conference presentations. TEL is allocated a yearly budget from the super-duper generous Shine directors, and the members of the TEL group are put in charge of overseeing how it is spent.

The budget comprises two parts: money and time. The monetary portion of the budget goes to prizes and bonuses for producing material. The time portion is for staff to draw upon to get away from their day-to-day work commitments and to produce their material. So, now that you know what TEL is all about, let’s have a look at the highlight reel from 2016 shall we?

Pablo rocking the stage at Google’s annual cloud event!

Last week, Shine’s very own Pablo Caif gave a presentation at GCP Next 2016 in San Francisco, which is Google’s largest annual cloud platform event. Pablo delivered an outstanding talk on the work Shine have done for Telstra, which involves building solutions on the GCP stack to manage and analyse their massive datasets. More specifically, the talk focused around two of Google’s core big data products –BigQuery & Cloud Dataflow.

Shine’s Pablo Caif to present at GCP Next 2016!

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Shine is extremely proud to announce that Pablo Caif has been invited to present at GCP Next 2016, which is Google’s largest annual cloud platform event held in San Francisco.

Pablo will be presenting on the work Shine have done for Telstra, which involves building solutions on GCP to manage and analyse their massive datasets. More specifically, the talk will focus around Google’s two core big data products – BigQuery & Cloud Dataflow.

Pablo will be presenting on Thursday 24th March in the ‘Data & Analytics’ track. Be sure to pop by and say “g’day” if you are going to the event! You can find more information about GCP Next 2016 here.

 

A week in the life of a Google Developer Expert

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All the GDEs posing at the Googleplex

A few months back, Shine’s Pablo Caif and Graham Polley were welcomed into the Google Developer Expert (GDE) program as a result of their recent work at Telstra. The projects they are working on consist of building bleeding edge big data solutions using tools like BigQuery and Cloud Dataflow on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). You can read all about that here.

GDE acceptance comes with many benefits and privileges, one of which is a yearly trip to a private summit at a different location each year. With Google footing the bill, they bring all the GDEs (around 250 currently) from around the globe for, let’s admit it, a complete Google geek-out fest for 2 days!

This year the summit was at the Googleplex in Mountain View. Needless to say, Pablo and Graham were chomping at the bit to go. However, in addition to the summit, Google invited them to fly out prior to actual summit itself. They had lined up a few other things especially for the guys. So this was no ordinary trip. Lucky buggers!

We asked both guys to give their individual feedback on the trip, and here’s what they had to say about it. Read on if you want to hear about how the guys spent six days hanging out with Google in America.

Shiner Ben Teese to speak at YOW! Conference 2015

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Shine is super proud to announce that senior consultant Ben Teese (@benteese) will be speaking at the YOW! Conference being held in Melbourne on the 3rd and 4th of December 2015.

Ben will actually be co-presenting this one with Sam Ritchie (@FakeSamRitchie), an iOS developer from Perth. Sam will be talking about ReactiveCocoa, while Ben’s topic will be React Native, an innovative new framework that applies the principles of the React web development library to native mobile application development.

The focus of the talk will be on the functional programming techniques that both of these frameworks use (uni-directional dataflow in the case of React Native, functional reactive programming (FRP) in the case of ReactiveCocoa).

If you haven’t purchased a ticket to YOW! Conference yet, be sure to get one whilst they’re still available. And if you’re already coming, be sure to check out Ben’s talk and say hi afterwards – Ben is always keen to chew the fat on all things developer related!

Shiner Ben Teese to speak at YOW! Connected

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Shine is proud to announce that senior consultant Ben Teese will be speaking at the YOW! Connected conference being held in Melbourne on the 17th and 18th of September.

Ben’s topic will be React Native, an innovative new framework that applies the principles of the React web development library to native mobile application development.

If you haven’t purchased a ticket to YOW! Connected yet, be sure to get one whilst they’re still available. And if you’re already coming, be sure to check out Ben’s talk and say hi afterwards!

Video of ‘Big Data the Cloud Way’ presentation now available

Video of the recent ‘Big Data the Cloud Way’ presentation by Shine’s Graham Polley and Shane Neubauer is now available.

In it, Graham and Shane talk about how they used both the Google and Amazon cloud stacks at Telstra to query massive quantities of data in super-fast times using regular SQL queries.

In a world of exponentially-growing datasets, we think these technologies have tremendous potential for businesses because they make large-scale data analytics easy and affordable. If you want to learn more, check out the video!

Shine proud to support CoderDojo for kids

Shine was extremely proud to be part of the very first CoderDojo in Melbourne at the Inspire9 building last Saturday.

Organised by Shine’s Graham Polley, volunteers mentored ten enthusiastic kids (or “Ninjas”!) between the ages of 7 and 17 years, and guided them towards making their first steps into the world of software development!

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‘Dancing Cat’ using Scratch
Shiners Graham Polley and Shane Neubauer helping a Coder Dojo attendee
Shiners Graham Polley and Shane Neubauer helping a Coder Dojo attendee

The kids had a fantastic time using Scratch, which teaches the basics of programming to children. Their first challenge was to program a cat to move, make noises and even disco-dance on the screen!

This was a great opportunity for kids to learn from real professionals in the industry. At times, the kids were even encouraged to mentor each other, which was really terrific to see.

 

The sessions are run every second weekend on a Saturday, and many of the kids from the first session have already registered to attend the next session on 11 July.

If you’d like to learn more, become a mentor, or even just help out, then visit the Melbourne CoderDojo at Inspire9 website, or follow them on Twitter, and Facebook.