Upcoming Events

Developer to Manager: A Panel Discussion

At some point in your career you might transition from being on a team to managing a team. This can seem like a daunting shift. Come have a discussion with a panel of folks who are at various points along this change, and hear their thoughts, perspectives, and advice.

Moderated by Joe Pietruch
Panel guests (3-4 experts, TBA)

If you're interested in being on the panel, reach out to Joe on the RocDev Slack. Get an invite to our Slack workspace on https://rocdev.org.

6:30-7:00 - mingle with pizza
7:00-8:30 - Panel, Q&A

RocDev Spotlights Skillsoft

Did you know that Skillsoft has an office here in Rochester where developers build and enhance a world-class eLearning platform called Percipio?

Using technologies such as Node.js, React, and Java, Skillsoft’s engineers build complex software to both create eLearning content and deliver that content to individual learners.

Join us on November 21st for FREE food and drink at Trio Restaurant, 3423 Winton Pl, Rochester, on Thursday November 21st from 6 pm – 8 pm to learn more and talk with some of Skillsoft’s engineers about some of the interesting projects they work on.

Skillsoft is the global leader in eLearning. We help businesses solve their biggest challenge – attracting, motivating and retaining world class talent. Our team is recognized for cutting edge digital learning and human capital management solutions. Trusted by the world's leading organizations, including 65% of the Fortune500, we train more professionals than any other company in the world. Our 100,000+ courses, videos and books are accessed over 130 million times every month, in 160 countries and 29 languages. At Skillsoft, we believe that knowledge is the fuel for innovation and innovation is the fuel for business growth.

Let Your Feature Flag Fly (Make Up)

Is "deployment" synonymous with "release to all users" in your project? Sometimes that's fine, but sometimes having a bit more control is better. This talk will introduce the concept of feature flags to those who may not be familiar with them, explain how they can be used to separate the concerns of deployment and releasing, demonstrate an example implementation using a Django project, and discuss some best practices for feature flag life cycle management.

Our speaker, Scott Cranfill is officially a front-end web developer at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but lately he finds himself liking Python more than JavaScript, so he's moving into more of a full-stack role. Outside of his day job, he has been contributing to the Wagtail CMS project for a little over a year through code and community support.

Past Events


This is Coderetreat's 10th anniversary! What's a Coderetreat? It's a day-long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design, away from the pressures of 'getting things done'. It's a great way to practice working in pairs, writing unit tests, and building skills useful in your day to day work. We'll have two moderators who've done a few of these in the past to guide us along.

This is an all day event so there will be light breakfast and lunch provided. Because of that, we ask that you RSVP early and let us know immediately if you can't make it. If you have any questions, comment below or join our Slack.

RocDev Spotlight: VisualDx

The RocDev Spotlight series aims to show our members what is being built in the area by whom and how.

In this installment, we go to VisualDx who builds clinical decision support systems. For their bread and butter, they use machine learning and an army of medical librarians to build applications to help doctors figure out what's wrong and devise a treatment plan.

They've taken this tool for doctors and built a tool targeted to regular people. It's called Aysa, and you can download it on the App Store and Play Store now. If you've been wondering what that thing is on your arm and how Aysa figures it out, join us on East Avenue October 29th and find out. Food and drink will be provided.

Interlock's Anniversary

Interlock has been a great friend to RocDev. When we were kicked out of our old space, they opened their doors. This month is its 10th anniversary and they'd like to celebrate. But they might be kicked out of their own space soon so on 10/25, they'll be hosting a fundraiser and membership drive.

If you can make it, we'd love to see you there to celebrate 10 years of Rochester's first hackerspace. Signing up here is fine, but Interlock's page is preferred: https://www.meetup.com/Interlock-Rochester-Hackerspace/events/265346439/.