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Spark Academy workshops for RoR devs- first edition

In October 2018 we launched the first edition of Spark Academy – a learning and skill sharing program for Ruby on Rails developers. Each workshop consisted of a theoretical introduction to the topic followed by a live coding session. Most of the times participants also got an optional home assignment to be submitted for review and feedback. All meetings were free of change and open not only to the employees of Spark Solutions but also any other devs willing to take part. The only thing they had to do was complete a short evaluation task to make sure that they possessed the minimum level of knowledge essential to understand and fully benefit from the class.

The workshops began on 25th October 2018 and followed through 7th February 2019.

 

Spark Academy’s first edition in numbers:

  • 7 workshops
  • 7 mentors
  • 30+ participants
  • countless beers & pizzas 😀

 

“Mentors shared their expertise with passion. Every workshop taught skills which can be used to solve real-world problems. Newest Rails features, payment provider integration, and serverless solutions are trending topic these days. Students armed with this knowledge are ready to face new challenges.” – Piotr Leniec, Senior Fullstack Developer, Spark Solutions

 

Topics:

The workshops were designed primarily for Junior and Mid RoR developers. However, some Senior devs, PMs and QA also attended and found the subjects interesting and useful for their work.

25th October 2018: PORO objects & their usage

8th November 2018 AWS/Heroku/DevOps

22nd November 2018 Railway Oriented Programming

6th December 2018 Newest Rails Features: Action Cable (+ a special Santa’s coming to town surprise)

10th January 2019 Rails Performance Optimization

24th January /2019 Payment Provider Integration

7th February /2019 Microservices in Ruby and Amazon Lambda

 

Mentors:

Experienced Fullstack and RoR developers form Spark Solutions volunteered to run the workshops and share their knowledge with colleagues. This proved to be beneficial for both parties, as mentors had an opportunity to polish their public speaking and presentation skills. Participants, on the other hand, could live code together with their peers and ask as many questions as they wanted.

Piotr Leniec – Senior Fullstack Dev at Spark Solutions

Yuriy Kushnir – Senior RoR Dev at Spark Solutions

Bogusław Tolarz – Senior RoR Dev at Spark Solutions

Nathaniel Nande – Senior RoR Dev at Spark Solutions

Alexey Suslyakov – Senior RoR Dev at Spark Solutions

Przemysław Kosakowski – Ruby on Rails Developer at Spark Solutions

Sergey Vygovsky – Ruby on Rails Developer at Spark Solutions

 

Networking (beers & pizza time)

Apart from insightful and packed with knowledge Ruby classes, the opportunity to meet and socialize with other devs was also of great value. Spark Solutions provided the space + beers & snacks. Participants and mentors could talk in more private attire and have some fun on a Thursday night.

 

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Spark Academy workshop PORO Objects and Their Usage
Spark Academy workshop PORO Objects and Their Usage
Spark Academy workshop PORO Objects and Their Usage
Spark Academy workshop PORO Objects and Their Usage
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy workshop AWS/Heroku/DevOps
Spark Academy workshop AWS/Heroku/DevOps
Spark Academy workshop Railway Oriented Programming
Spark Academy workshop Railway Oriented Programming
Spark Academy workshop Railway Oriented Programming
Spark Academy workshop Newest Rails Features
Spark Academy workshop Newest Rails Features
Spark Academy workshop Newest Rails Features
Spark Academy workshop Newest Rails Features
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops
Spark Academy workshop
Spark Academy Ruby on Rails workshops

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eCommerce trends: The future of grocery industry

In 2016 nearly 25% of Americans ordered groceries online at least once. Over the next 2 years, that number has doubled and the total value of online sales of food and beverages is expected to exceed $25 billion for the first time. This is just a small fraction of the $1 trillion market and the growth potential for online groceries in the next years is enormous. Below we discuss top trends in this industry.

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Prepare your Ecommerce for Q4: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas

According to Adobe’s 2017 online shopping data, last year Cyber Monday hit a new record as the largest online sales day in U.S. history with $6.59 billion. In comparison, Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day brought in $5.03 billion and $2.87 billion in revenue respectively.

Over the five-day period from Nov. 23, 2017 (Thanksgiving) through Nov. 27 (Cyber Monday), American consumers spent $19.62 billion online. This was $2.6 billion and 15% more than they spent during the same timeframe the year before.

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Keepabl – building a GDPR compliance SaaS startup in under 3 months

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was set to come into force in May 2018.  For months beforehand, organisations were very worried about how to comply with a complex and, in places, ambiguous law.

From his 13+ years as General Counsel of growth companies, Robert Baugh knew first-hand that people didn’t enjoy being given compliance responsibility, particularly if they weren’t in the Legal or Compliance team.

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Apple Pay on the Web as of 2018

Ok, so you want to implement Apple Pay on your website? This article will uncover some pitfalls, tech-details, and gotchas of the implementation. There’s no end-to-end guide on how to implement it as there’s no such thing as a single right way to do this. The article may also help you to make a proper estimation and to communicate with your boss or client why you do need such an amount of time forjust one button.

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DevHeroes Meetup #1: heroes are not born, they are self-made

DevHeroes meetup, a place to meet your fellow Developer, QA professional / Tester, Scrum Master, Product Owner, Project Manager, was hosted by Spark Solutions on September 19th, 2017, at Nowy Świat Muzyki in the heart of Warsaw. It was a time away from the keyboard, time for inspirational talks, chatting and networking with like-minded IT professionals.

The mission of Dev Heroes meetups is to get people who are doers together, share their true stories of amazing accomplishments, recharge batteries and get inspired to face greater challenges than ever before.

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Spark Project Handbook, seriously!

This is work in progress. By no means over. First iteration. Enjoy! If you can…

1. Our goal is to deliver WORKING software in STAGES or iterations for which we have an agreed scope, timeline and budget (Project Management Triple Constraint). It’s an iterative process of improvement, constant work in progress – Rome was not built in one day.

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Open Commerce Conf 2016 & multiple Spree success stories

The first Spree dedicated event since Spree Conf 2014 took place on June 28-29th in New York. Organized by Spark Solutions team, it was a 2 day event that connected developers and business people interested in eCommerce open source solutions. It was packed with real life know-how, discussion and Spree Commerce success stories. Followed by a lot of networking during the after party on one of the Big Apple’s famous roof tops. Look for all the Spree success stories at opencommerceconf.org.

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Join us in New York City on June 28-29th for OpenCommerce Conf 2016

Join us in New York City on June 28-29th for OpenCommerce Conf 2016: http://opencommerceconf.org/

It’s a 2 day event on E-Commerce with great speakers, Spree success stories, discussion panels for both developers and business people and of course drinks in the afternoon.

There are thousands of Spree store owners and developers all over the world invested in Spree over the years. Thousands of stores and developers rely on a lean, flexible, extendible Spree open-source software being developed. That is a large community and a foundation of all our open-source efforts.

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