Akka

London Scala Users’ Group Event

We are excited to announce that NET-A-PORTER will be hosting a LSUG event at the THE NET-A-PORTER GROUP offices on Thursday 26th March. I’ll be presenting a talk covering some of the lessons we have learned whilst building the NET-A-PORTER product API in Scala, Akka and Spray.

Schedule:

  • 6:30pm – Doors open
  • 7:15pm – Talk: Building a RESTful product API in Scala, Akka and Spray
  • 8:00pm – Q&A
  • 8:15pm – 9:30pm – Pizza and beer served!

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Spaces are limited, so please sign up via the meet-up event page

Hope to see you there!

Announcements

NAP::Messaging – glue and policies for interacting with ActiveMQ

As part of our service oriented architecture, our Perl applications send messages over ActiveMQ; a few of them also consume those messages and act on them.

All these consumer applications are based on Catalyst. Initially, we used Catalyst::Engine::Stomp and a rather complicated set of in-house libraries to wrap it.

Those in-house libraries have, in time, grown to incorporate more and more responsibilities, including testing, logging, message serialisation, plugin loading… it was time to break them apart and write something cleaner.

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Akka

NET-A-PORTER at Scala eXchange 2013

We are delighted to announce that NET-A-PORTER will be taking part in Skills Matter’s Scala eXchange 2013 in London on the 2nd and 3rd of December, 2013.

Ian Forsey and I have been invited to talk about our practical experiences building Scala projects. On top of that, NET-A-PORTER will be sponsoring the event as a gesture of support to the Scala community.

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Agile

August Agile evening in west London

The NET-A-PORTER Group is running a free Agile discussion evening in west London on Wednesday, August 14th, between 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

Topics will include:

  • The perfect Scrum board
  • Agile and testing
  • Strategic planning and Agile
  • Cross-functional teams
  • Splitting stories
  • Agile at the enterprise level

Come along and meet Agile practitioners from the NET-A-PORTER Group and many other companies, participate in discussions around a number of vital topics in Agile project management, and enjoy the hospitality of our striking London offices.

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Note that this is not an introductory session; you will need at least a basic understanding of Agile/Scrum practices to benefit from this evening.

Update: The event sold out within hours, but you can still sign up to the waiting list if you’d like to attend.