Life at the Academy with Gareth Andrews


Hi, my name is Gareth Andrews and I am currently work for QA Consulting as one of their consultants. Before joining QA Consulting I attended Hull University where I studied Computer Science with Games Development. 

After leaving University I decided to become a trainee Computer Science and ICT teacher, but I decided I wanted to continue using the skills I developed at University, so for me becoming a consultant was a logical conclusion.

In this blog I will be giving you a little insight into my Life at the Academy. From day one my experience was memorable, with both jokes and serious discussions forming the basis for our growth, both as people and professionals.  Treated as if we were in an office, we studied with growling levels of autonomy, eventually becoming independent in our development; from deciding the best way to approach a problem, to managing the teams work and personnel on a daily basis.

While at The Academy we operated as part of a team, working against (and sometimes with) another team, to produce several pieces of software as part of an interconnected project. We were in charge from the get go with initial designs and requirements being decided and found (or missed as it was in some cases), we quickly learnt where we needed to focus and develop.

Every day was different and how we worked changed on a daily basis; sometimes we would work in pairs using pair programming, and other times on our own. Helping us to adapt to the changing requirements and needs that we will face on client site.

During our time we were continually being examined, through a combination of workshops and presentations, all of which helping to prepare us for client site. 

Join me next time to find out about my experience at the QA Consulting Hackathon!.

Open & Proud at WSO2 Con EU


Last week NETbuilder sponsored the European WSO2 Con at the Park Plaza Hotel, London. The three day conference is known for providing great insights into the world of Open Source Technology and the middleware space.

This year’s event was packed with a great line up, industry leaders presenting the keynotes, in depth panel discussions, special tracks for business strategies and partner business and of course plenty of opportunity to network with WSO2 enthusiasts.

Day 1 – Pre-Conference Training

IMG_0916Day 1 started with pre-conference tutorials, including sessions on WSO2 Analytics Platform, Improving developer Productivity in the cloud with the WS02 AppFactory and many more, please use this link below to see the complete list of pre-con tutorials.

NETbuilder attended the WS02 DevOps session where Senaka Fernando, Solution Architect, WSO2 presented how users can deploy, manage, administrate and monitor WSO2 products. Senaka also provided a quick demo on how the WSO2 Business Activity Monitoring Works (BAM) and an insight into the new WSO2 API manager.

The afternoon sessions included an API Management Strategies and Best practices session, where Nuwan Dias, Associate tech lead, WSO2 brilliantly explained the API Management strategies and demonstrated the API Cloud platform where we learned how to create and publish API’s in mere minutes!

The day ended with a networking reception where people had the opportunity to introduce their business to other people and likewise.

Day 2 – Conference Day 1

IMG_0891The first day of the conference opened to a chorus of percussion from Fusion Drumming as WSO2 Con Europe kicked off. Sanjiva Weerawarna, CEO & Co-Founder of WSO2 opened the keynote, highlighting their mission of helping to connect people, apps and devices together across the world, connecting the world is no longer an option it is a necessity. Although WSO2 are relatively new on the scene of middleware Sanjiva announce that WSO2 is here for the long term and that 10 years is just the start of their journey, followed by inviting the audience to Colombo, Sri Lanka for their 10th year anniversary. Sanjiva’s keynote also included launching the new WSO2 API Cloud and the App Manager

Next to present was Simon Phipps, Director, Wipro Technologies. Simon presented about the importance of Open Source and how it has progressed over the past 20 years, reporting that now 78% of business are using open source, with 55% believing that it is more secure than proprietary.

IMG_0903The afternoon sessions focused on multiple areas including API, Integration and Connected Services and their respective specialists spoke at length about how to leverage the most out of these products, highlighting their strategies and best practises with the use of case studies.

Day 2 ended with an after party to remember, where everyone was able to unwind, have a couple of drinks and nibbles and network amongst their peers!

Day 3 – Conference Day 2

IMG_0887Day 3 had some great session on security, demonstrating the capabilities of the WSO2 Identity Server, and also some very useful sessions that focused on the IoT Open Source World and where WSO2 currently stands. Running parallel, were Partner Track sessions where partners were able to get a high level overview on the progress of the partner program, opportunities and new products that will shortly be coming to market.

The afternoon keynote was delivered by Paul Freemantle, Co-founder, WSO2, who delivered an interesting presentation on The Identity of Things and what are the challenges related to security of IoT. The keynote was followed by a panel centred on My IoT: Stories from the trenches, here the audience had the opportunity to get answers to their questions from industry experts,

The conference ended with the closing keynote by Asanka Abeysinghe, VP-Solution Architecture, WSO2 and of course another after party!