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Rachel Bobbins

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Fancy Animations for Expandable UITableViewCells

Recently, my iOS project was tasked with building a view that included a list of expandable/collapsible elements. Doing this with autolayout and the built-in UITableView animations was straightforward. Later, we were asked to swap out the default animation for a fancy animation that made parts of the cell look like they were folding/unfolding.

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Data Science and the Internet of Things

As the Internet of Things (IoT) expands, tremendous amounts of data are being generated by real world devices. Data science and machine learning techniques are extremely useful for people wishing to make sense of this data. In this video, Nitin Borwankar talks about LearnDataScience, a series of IPython Notebooks designed to teach data science to developers.

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Building Clouds

There is much about the Pivotal Process that is strikingly different from how most software is written.  This talk – originally a recruiting talk given at UCB – first describes the Cloud Foundry project and then dives into the Pivotal Process: the whats and the whys behind Pair Programming, Test-Driven Development, and Agile Product Management.

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Diversity

Lack of diversity isn’t just a social problem, it’s also a business problem. In this video, Kane Baccigalupi talks about different types of diversity, why companies should care about it, and what companies can do to improve themselves.

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Introducing Spring Boot with Doge

In this talk Phillip Webb provides a whistle-stop introduction to Spring Boot by showing how the “Spring Doge” demo application was built. He’ll show how you can combine AngularJS, Mongo DB and WebSocket technologies using Spring as the glue to hold it all together.

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Poornima Vijayashanker: How to Transform Your Ideas into Software Products

In this talk, Poornima Vijayashanker, founder of Femgineer, previously founding engineer of Mint.com, shares how she went from building software products and companies to teaching hundreds of people around the world to do the same. She covers challenges that tech entrepreneurs face when validating ideas, building products, and her strategies for helping them overcome those.

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Crunch Time, Creativity, and the Pivotal Process

Crunch time.  It’s that high-pressure period before a big deadline.  But does it work?  Should it be part of your Agile process?  In this presentation, software engineer and Agile practitioner Ryan Tang makes the case that it shouldn’t.  Extrinsic motivators like crunch time worked 100 years ago in the era of low-tech factories. 

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Tessel and the Internet of Things

Beyond the web and mobile, software has a long journey ahead of it. Embedded, smart devices are popping up everywhere, but the skills you know today are all you’ll need to get involved. Tim Ryan is a firmware developer and co-founder of Tessel, a microcontroller you can program in JavaScript and from the command line.

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Sharethrough iOS SDK

Sharethrough makes it easy to embed ads in a native iOS app, by using their iOS SDK. This SDK enables developers to make money off their app by incorporating ads that have the same look and feel as the rest of the app.

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Better Together

Ambiguity is something that all projects have to deal with, particularly on the product and design side. By participating early in the design process, engineers can both understand and help to mitigate this ambiguity. In this talk, Rachel Kroft talks about how engineers can participate in various parts of the process, including user interviews, design reviews, and prototyping.

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