Jez Higgins

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03 July 2020Talk: Journey Into Space

How I read an article by one of the original signatories of the manifesto for agile software development, and accidentally ended up writing a version of Asteroids for my phone.

10 April 2019Talk: Snakes Into Snake Oil - What Blockchains Are And Why They’re Terrible

An introduction to how blockchains work, followed by a tour through all the applications they're absolutely dreadful for. Described by one redditor as "talk about 'blockchain' by a total moron".

09 November 2018Talk: The Very Slow Time Machine

Abstract and slides of a talk about the ARCHANGEL project, featuring a primer on archival practice, a bluffer's guide to blockchains, and a brief introduction to machine learning

29 April 2017Talk: A Browse Through ES6

A look at significant new features added to JavaScript, the impact they have on the way we write code, how we can start using them today and why we should, followed a look forward to Javascript’s future evolution.

29 April 2014Talk: How I Got Excited About Java. Again.

Short overview of new features in Java 8, with a particular look at Streams.

26 April 2012Talk: Making Jenkins Better

The Jenkins Continuous Integration server and why 400 plugins are not enough.

14 April 2010Talk: Wrestling With Giants

Case study on working with and around a large 3rd party application.

05 December 2007Talk: Iteration - It's just one damn thing after another

What is iteration? Is rolling round in a loop from one end of a list to the other the most an iterator can hope for in its brief life? Given modern inventions like foreach, do iterators even have a place in modern programming?

11 April 2007Talk: Find the Utility in a Java Iterator

Longer version of the above talk, with a slightly greater focus on Java.

19 April 2006Talk: XPath2, XSLT2, and XQuery

You can search an XML document with XSLT2 and you can style an XML document with XQuery. No wait ... no, that's right. And the other way round too. In that case, do we need both? Can we bin one of them? Is it just an accident of corporate politicing that they both exist?

22 April 2005Talk: Paul and Jez's Stream-a-poloza

A fun filled journey into the C++ Standard Library's dark continent, illuminating the mysteries of IOStreams and revealing the streambufs beneath.

21 April 2005Talk: Unit Testing XSLT Stylesheets

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Jez Higgins

Freelance software grandad
software created
extended or repaired

Follow me on Twitter
Applications, Libraries, Code
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