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at GOTO Copenhagen 2019

Quantum Computing for Everyone

50 years ago, quantum computing was just a theory. Today, quantum programming is getting close to becoming the new reality for software developers.

Quantum computers have the potential for disrupting how we fundamentally store, process and utilize data and could provide significant breakthroughs in the optimization of complex systems, artificial intelligence and many other areas. It has actually been around for quite some years and companies like Google, D-Wave, IBM, Microsoft and Rigetti Computing are researching heavily to make it available for everyone.

So, how we can we, as developers, get started with quantum programming? And what kinds of problems will quantum computers actually solve?


Security and Ethics

On average, it takes a company 8 months to figure out it has been hacked. In a world where innovation and deployment is expected at an ever-increasing pace, security is often neglected. Security requires time, and this time is often not prioritized imposing a challenge when new vulnerabilities are discovered and exposed every day.

As developers we are responsible for implementing state-of-the-art security in our systems, making it a first class citizen in all system architecture, but how do we build inherently secure and maintainable code and infrastructure to protect our data and identities? How do we equip ourselves with tools to withstand intrusive and adversarial attacks and prepare for unforeseen security risks?


Developer Productivity

In the rapidly changing and evolving tech ecosystem, it is vital that you can add value, increase your development speed, and cut out as many of the cumbersome, boring and repetitive tasks as possible. Between tailoring your own strict schedule, eliminating distractions and preserving your mental health, what other habits, methods and methodologies will help developer productivity? Agile/Kanban, Git, command line magic, cloud tools, debugging mechanisms, etc.? Is there a be all end all method to upping developer productivity? Fact is, we must continuously adapt to constant changes.


AI Now and Beyond

In recent years, we have seen a huge increase in AI innovations prompted by vast amounts of data, the cloud, innovations in algorithms and more. There is still a stark contrast between the number of Data Scientist and the need for AI professionals. Therefor developers will have to implement AI technology in their professional and personal projects as it continues to permeate just about every industry. So how can developers begin to design AI applications that engage customers, optimize operations and transform products?

Where should you start? Get to know the different AI frameworks and APIs which will enable you to learn new skills and stay relevant in the work space.


Teams & DevOps

You’re using containers and CI/CD pipelines so you’re doing right? Wrong! We are in the ages of DevOps 2.0 and Chaos Engineering.

DevOps promises to deliver better software quicker with shorter development cycles, increased deployment frequency, and more dependable releases. The Three Ways of DevOps - systems thinking, amplifying feedback loops and creating a culture of continual experimentation and learning. Please note the word culture. DevOps is much more than just tools and techniques. You can’t simply buy it or adopt it and without significant culture shift, you can’t just hire it.


APIs

It would be almost impossible to build a modern application without APIs. With the rise of Mobile and IoT, more and more companies are offering public APIs to developers to to create an integrated and seamless experience for their users. All microservices architecture rely on APIs. For modern enterprise systems, which are often distributed, good APIs are the glue holding it all together - making sure the right services have the right information at the right time.

The talks in this topic are filled with practical lessons to help you build, use and maintain APIs while enhancing application security.


Programming

Choosing a programming language is one of the most crucial decision when developing software - the choice can influence the way you and your team think about your problem domain and how you model it.

It can also be overwhelming, daunting or even impossible to understand all of the new programming languages coming up. Is this new language just hype, or will it actually help our team to be more productive?

As developers, we need to be aware of the languages topping the hype curve and focus on the production-ready ones that provide real functionality. We also need to understand the exciting updates to older languages like Java and how ones like C++ are still incredibly important in a newer era.


Agile

We know that agility means working together, with customer-focus and short feedback loops. We also know the methodologies to choose between and that there are cultural and personal issues related to making this work. But often, when a company introduces agility, they forget to support the developers in their day-to-day job. How do they actually implement CD, pair programming, testing and architecture in agile development?

The next generation of Agile may not be called Agile at all - it will just be implicit that agility is part of software development. So, what do we need to get there? What can we do now to move beyond the existing methods and give our agility a boost?


Cloud Native

Cloud Native means building apps designed specifically to leverage cloud computing, often defined as container-packaged, dynamically managed and microservices-oriented. This architectural pattern allows systems to be self-healing, auto-scaling and highly available.

Organizations can radically reduce costs leveraging the efficiency of cloud computing when using Cloud Native technologies. But which problems will adopting Cloud Native solutions actually solve? Where do we start and how can we best strategize for a successful Cloud Native journey?


Microservices

Microservices promise faster development, deployments, scaling and all the goodies you always wanted but never had. It’s all about outcomes and the way your organisation is structured has a tremendous impact on those outcomes. It’s easy to say “Conway’s Law” and then move swiftly on but that’s not enough. Yes, a core characteristic of organizations successfully running microservices is that teams are organized around business capabilities but there is so much more to discuss: How do we define a microservice? What does a microservices architecture require? How do we withhold or even increase you current level of security when moving to a fine-grained distributed architecture?

But microservices themselves are the easy part. The really difficult choices revolve around everything that surrounds the microservices systems as they are designed, built, run, managed, evolved, stressed and even retired in production. We must consider how to manage and optimize the processes, practices, people and technologies when migrating from a monolithic system to a Microservice Architecture.



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