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Softwire in 2015


20 July 2015, by

If you are interested in how we run as a company, you should watch the following video.

Lightning Talks – Modern IDE Usage


3 June 2015, by

In April 2015 we ran another Lightning Talks competition where eight employees each had five minutes to tell us something they find interesting – inside or outside the software development world. We had talks this year on topics from the Java ecosystem to general relativity!

Once again we voted on our favourite talks and the top two won Amazon vouchers.  This is Suzanne Hamilton’s winning talk demonstrating the power of modern IDEs, where she refactors an example piece of code based on Martin Fowler’s book “Refactoring” without ever typing anything!

 

David Simons on “When it’s right to be wrong”


24 February 2015, by

At a recent SoftCon talk, David Simons explains how there’s a trade off between speed and accuracy in algorithms, and what this means from a computing perspective.

See his talk here:

Lightning Talks – How to Build an Orbital Laser Battery


20 January 2015, by

In October 2014 we ran our fourth Lightning Talks competition. The number of speakers this year was sufficient that we ran two sets of talks where eight employees each had five minutes to tell us something interesting about software development. We voted on our favourite talks and the top three won Amazon vouchers.

Here is Harry Cumming’s second place talk from the first round, in which he builds a Orbital Laser Battery… API.

Lightning Talks – A 2048 Bot


9 January 2015, by

In October 2014 we ran our fourth Lightning Talks competition. The number of speakers this year was sufficient that we ran two sets of talks where eight employees each had five minutes to tell us something interesting about software development. We voted on our favourite talks and the top two won Amazon vouchers.

Here is Tom Eccles’ second place talk from the second round, demonstrating how he created a bot to solve popular game 2048.

Lightning Talks – The UX Factor


15 December 2014, by

In October 2014 we ran our fourth Lightning Talks competition. The number of speakers this year was sufficient that we ran two sets of talks where eight employees each had five minutes to tell us something interesting about software development. We voted on our favourite talks and the top two from each event won Amazon vouchers.

Here is David Simons’ winning talk from the first round, about what The X Factor can teach us when designing our applications.

Lunch and Learn: Hook!


12 December 2014, by

Usman has been busy writing a webapp for use within Softwire called “Hook”. Hook provides webhooks on our git repositories. Watch his lunch and learn if you’d like to know more:

Lunch and Learn: How to be a good tech lead


6 November 2014, by

At Softwire, we like to keep on improving, and what better way to do that than to listen to an interesting talk at lunch time. In this talk, Harry teaches us how to be a good tech lead, sharing the knowledge he’s learnt while doing the job.

Softwire employees get a free lunch for watching our lunchtime talks. Unfortunately, we can’t offer the same service to our blog readers, but feel free to watch this on your lunch break for the true experience.

If you have any comments on Harry’s talk, then let us know in the comment section below. There’s always more to learn!

Lightning Talks: JavaScript is going places


20 February 2014, by

In January 2014 we ran our third Lightning Talks competition where eight employees each had five minutes to tell us something interesting about software development. There was no official theme this time round but there was lots of love for JavaScript.

Once again we voted on our favourite talks and the top three won Amazon vouchers. This is Tim Perry’s winning talk: “JavaScript is going places” – watch out for the twist at the end!

 

Lightning Talks: Speedy App Development with Meteor


13 February 2014, by

In January 2014 we ran our third Lightning Talks competition where eight employees each had five minutes to tell us something interesting about software development. There was no official theme this time round but there was lots of love for JavaScript.

Once again we voted on our favourite talks and the top three won Amazon vouchers. This is David Simons’ second-placed talk: “Speedy App Development with Meteor”, which might have won had the internet connection not let him down at the end!