Saturday, 15th August, Online Meetup

This meetup was organised by Skills Matter Premium Meetups in August 2020


Software and Security From a Development Perspective

In this double-length episode, Josh Graham - VP of Technology at Secure Code Warrior and long-term YOW! associate - has a chat with Aaron Bedra about software and security from a development perspective.

Watch now and learn more about: * Dependencies * Domain Modelling * Transparent Secrets Management

Aaron Bedra

Aaron Bedra has served as a Chief Security Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Scientist and Principal Engineer/Architect. He currently works at the intersection of trading + technology as a senior software engineer at DRW.

Aaron has worked professionally on programming languages, most notably Clojure and ClojureScript. He is the creator of Repsheet, an open source threat intelligence toolkit; is the co-author of Programming Clojure, 2nd and 3rd Edition and a contributor to Functional Programming: A PragPub Anthology.

Aaron blogs about software and security at

YOW!Tube with Aino Corry

We’re turning the tables in this YOW!Tube episode and Linda Rising is in the interviewer’s chair to chat with Aino about her book “Retrospectives Antipatterns”. In this great interview you will get a rundown on patterns and antipatterns, a sneak preview of the most common retrospective antipattern, and find out why an octopus has a lot to learn about facilitation.

Aino Vonge Corry


Linda Rising

With a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the field of object-based design metrics, Linda Rising’s background includes university teaching and industry work in telecommunications, avionics, and tactical weapons systems.

97 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know

In this episode, Aino Corry from YOW! sat down to chat with Kevlin Henney about his latest book, “97 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know”. You might be surprised to learn that the Things Every Java Programmer Should Know are not limited to wrangling java.util.Date or garbage collection, but extend to the sociotechnical aspects of how to interact with your community, and even how to ace an interview. Watch this interview to learn more about Java, full-stack development, Jane Austen and the Missing 98th Thing.

Kevlin Henney

Programming · Patterns · Practice · Process

The Programmers' Brain: What Every Programmer Should Know About Cognition

Aino Vonge Corry chats with Felienne about her upcoming book "The Programmers' Brain: What Every Programmer Should Know About Cognition".

It's a fascinating topic. What are our brains doing when we process code and read natural languages? How do we make sense of someone else's code, and how can we get better at both reading and writing code?

Felienne Hermans

Associate professor in software engineering
Delft University of Technology

Product Lifecycles and The End of Things

Aino Vonge Corry chats with Joe about the end of things - product and personal lifecycles, environmental impacts of endings, impact of religious philosophies, and how to get a "no fault divorce" from your customer!

Joe Macleod

Joe has decades of product development experience across digital, physical and service sectors. Previously Head of Design at the award-winning studio Ustwo. He then spent 3 years on the Closure Experiences project researching, writing and publishing the Ends book. He is now founder of andEnd, a business helping companies end their customer relationships.

The Games Industry with Jennifer Scheurle

In this interview, Aino Vonge Corry asks Jennifer about the games industry - pathways to get in, leadership, career path, and of course diversity or lack thereof. They also discuss teaching and how games can be used in that context, even within NASA! And it seems they are scheming to create a hybrid conference where games and tech developers can learn from each other...

Jennifer Scheurle

Jennifer Scheurle is a multi-award-winning game designer most known the Earthlight franchise, which received the Game of the Year award at the Australian Game Developer Awards in 2017. In collaboration with NASA’s Hybrid Reality Lab, parts of her work are used to develop training for astronauts in VR. Jennifer’s work on the physical controller set for Flat Earth Games’ Objects in Space was nominated for the Alt.Ctrl.GDC award in 2017. In 2017 and 2018, she made MCV Pacific’s 30 under 30 list for her passion and public appearances on game design UX, diversity in games and educating audiences on game development processes. Her work on hidden game design has been published by major outlets such as Polygon, Rolling Stone Magazine and Variety. In 2018, Jennifer signed a book deal with CRC Press to write an advanced book on hidden game design techniques.

Career Pathways and DevOps Wisdom with Randy Shoup

In this interview, Aino Vonge Corry chats with Randy about his career pathway to software engineering at some of the world's biggest tech companies, and gets some words of wisdom on DevOps.

Randy Shoup

VP Engineering and Chief Architect

History and Trends of Programming Languages with Erik Meijer & Mads Torgersen

Epic double-length YOW! Tube with YOW! chairman and founder Dave Thomas chatting with Erik and Mads about the history and trends of programming languages. Bonus insights into their personal libraries with a show-and-tell of treasured books.

Dave Thomas

Co-Chair Conferences Program & Technical Advisory Board

Erik Meijer

Erik Meijer is a Dutch computer scientist and entrepreneur. He received his Ph.D. from Nijmegen University in 1992 and has contributed to both academic institutions and major technology corporations.

Erik's research has included the areas of functional programming (particularly Haskell) compiler implementation, parsing, programming language design, XML, and foreign function interfaces. He has worked as an associate professor at Utrecht University, adjunct professor at the Oregon Graduate Institute, part-time professor of Cloud Programming within the Software Engineering Research Group at Delft University of Technology, and Honorary Professor of Programming Language Design at the School of Computer Science of the University of Nottingham, associated with the Functional Programming Laboratory.

From 2000 to early 2013 Erik was a software architect for Microsoft where he headed the Cloud Programmability Team. His work at Microsoft included C#, Visual Basic, LINQ, Volta, and the reactive programming framework (Reactive Extensions) for .NET. He founded Applied Duality Inc. in 2013 and since 2015 has been a Director of Engineering at Facebook.

Mads Torgersen

Mads Torgersen is the language PM for C# at Microsoft, where he runs the C# language design process and maintains the language specification. He is also on the design team for TypeScript and Visual Basic, and he contributes to the Roslyn project, which has reinvented the C# and VB compilers and taken them open source.

Many years ago Mads was a professor, and also contributed to a language starting with J.

Improving Programming Skills Through Practice and Mentorship

Aino Vonge Corry sat down for a chat with Jeremy Walker, co-founder of Exercism, an education platform where you can improve your programming skills through practice and mentorship.

Watch this interview to find out more about V3 of Exercism (which will be available in April), mentoring, automated feedback via abstract syntax trees, patterns, gamification and the importance of learning as self-directed enjoyment!

Jeremy Walker

Jeremy is the co-founder of Exercism (an education platform where you can improve your programming skills through practice and mentorship), Kaido (a leading employee motivation + wellbeing product), the founder and CEO of Thalamus (solving meaningful, real-world problems with artificial intelligence) and a non-executive director at Beatfreeks (start up social enterprise engaging young people through arts activities, skills training and leadership opportunities).

Jeremy's love of computing started age 8 when he received a computer for his birthday and started programming. By 14 he was programming in multiple languages and building professional websites for customers. Jeremy formalised his training with a degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Birmingham and he has spent the last decade creating high-quality software for customers from startups to FTSE50s. He has specialised in web-based applications specifically using the Ruby language and is well respected in the Ruby community. He also has deep interest in artificial intelligence and in working with complex data.

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