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8th November, Timeboxing & Pomodoro, Functional Programming & Scala

posted 5 Nov 2011, 18:08 by Neil McLaughlin   [ updated 5 Nov 2011, 18:09 ]
18:30-19:00       Starters - Networking And Lightning Talks:
Introductions to Timeboxing and Pomodoro
19:00-21:00       Main Course
                            Functional Programming & Scala or
                            Agile Time
21:00 onwards  Drinks@Pub

For November 2011, Agile Yorkshire presents concurrent technical and
conceptual streams. Before this choice of main course from 19:00,
choose a starter from classic networking or introductory talks. Please
come along, sample and tell us what you think of this tasty

As always, thanks to Old Broadcasting House[1], Leeds for letting us
use their great space.

The Menu
 Lightning Talks (Robert Burrell Donkin[2])
  Introduction to Timeboxing[3]: a key Agile technique, from the ground up
  Introduction to The Pomodoro Technique[4]: a deceptively simple
(and Agile) way of improving personal focus and concentration (built
on timeboxing)

Main Course
Technical Stream: Functional Programming & Scala (Aaron Pritzlaff)
There has been a noticeable shift recently towards functional
programming. But what is functional programming, and what does it mean
for us? Is it a code style, paradigm shift, or just a popular

Aaron Pritzlaff has been writing object-oriented code since the mid
90s in C++, Java and .NET. He’s taken an interest in the rise of
alternative JVM languages these past few years, Scala in particular.
Though he’s no expert, he has written several projects in Scala, and
is now a keen advocate of it as the next big language.

At November’s Agile Yorkshire meet-up, Aaron will give a brief
introduction into functional programming: what it is, why it is a
viable alternative to object-oriented and imperative programming, and
how it can be used to write simpler, decoupled and more testable
software. Following this there will be a brief introduction to the
Scala programming language, and why it is in fact the bees knees.

Conceptual Stream: Agile Time (moderated by Robert Burrell Donkin)
Bring along and share your questions and opinions for a Park Bench
Panel[5] on the topic of time. Conversation on the bench wanders
wonderfully but we'll start where the lightning talks finished. The
Pomodoro Technique is a deceptively simple - but subtle - way of
improving personal focus and concentration. Pomodoro shares much with
Agile: timeboxing, iterative improvement and empiricism but is backed
by psychological and biology mind science. What can Agile developers
learn from Pomodoro?