Manchester – City of Technology gets United response from SoCS Students

A party of students travelled to the new BBC Media City in Salford last week to discover latest trends in software development at the BBC. The students were the quickest to respond to an offer of free tickets that the BBC made available to the School of Computer Science.

Final year student Jake Brown said “The speakers were all very talented at giving a lecture and there was a good variation between the topics. The experience of getting to look around MediaCity was definitely worth it alone, working in a place like that looks fantastic.”

MComp student Mike Knights reported back “The BBC staff took excellent care of us and the talks were very interesting. They were many about database systems and a lot of the concepts such as Hash tables and Graphs tied in nicely with the third year software engineering module that university teaches. It was nice to see how these data types are used in the real world.”

SoCS students quiz experts at the BBC

SoCS students enjoyed a productive and informative day at BBC Media City in Salford last week. The theme of the event was latest trends in software development at the BBC. 

Second year Web Technology student Owen Pierce said of the day “The event’s most interesting parts for me was the noSQL talk (“Not Only SQL”) and speaking to professionals in the industry. The speakers were all knowledgeable in their fields and if there is another event like this I would definitely be up for attending.

Sam Hill, a final year Computer Science student said “It was a fantastic day and I felt the talks were enjoyable, the speakers enthusiastic and the setting welcoming. I saw that the talks were aimed more towards software engineering professionals, and that level of knowledge showed. What I didn’t know about, I made sure I went home and read up on. All in all, it was an excellent day I can walk away from knowing full-well I learnt an awful lot about the upcoming trends in database development.”

United in praise of Manchester visit

 

SoCS students enjoyed a productive and informative day at BBC Media City in Salford last week. The theme of the event was latest trends in software development at the BBC. 

Spokesperson Sam Newman outlined one of their key issues: “We have lots of information available about our systems. CPU, disk IO, orders placed, error rates, users logged in. But typically all these pieces of information are collected, aggregated and stored in very different ways making correlation difficult. What if we could treat all of this information as events? Then we could aggregate, store, and report on all of this information and make real use of the information using nothing more complex than some free, off the shelf Open Source software”

Talking about the event, final year Computer Science student Matthew Bright said “The Develop: North conference was a very interesting and enjoyable day overall. Media city is a brilliant location for this sort of thing, everything you could ask for was on site (you could even see Old Trafford).  The speakers gave a really clear insight towards the industry that we as students are trying to work our way into. Having never really given a thought to how large organisations store and use the data they acquire, each talk described not only how the databases they use worked but why they used NoSQL in particular to manage huge amounts of data. ”

Final year Computer Information Systems student Robin Oliver said of the talks “it was very interesting to hear how these professionals at the top of their fields use these systems in the modern workplace. I understand everyone who attended, enjoyed the whole experience. ”

 

 

Visit to BBC enjoyed by all

A party of students travelled to the new BBC Media City in Salford last week to discover latest trends in software development at the BBC. Topics included NOSQL (“Not only SQL”) databases and HTTPShark (real-time management and analysis of website traffic).

Second Year Web Tech student Josh Leafe said “the visit to Media City UK was a real eye-opener to some of the vast opportunities available out there. The BBC Developers Conference itself was really inspirational and I would love the opportunity to be able to attend such events in the future.”

Final year Computer  Scientist Cameron Mackenzie said “In my opinion, I believed the BBC trip to be extremely successful in sharing expert knowledge about particular computing subjects from databases to software used for reviewing and analysing network traffic, as well as going to even show their proven business processes and what has made them successful such as the presentation from Adrian Cockcroft (Netflix). I would believe this and others like these outings to be beneficial for those involved in any facet of the computing industry.”

The students were the first to respond to an offer of a number of free tickets that the BBC made available to the School of Computer Science.

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