The Personal Blog of Todd Sharp


Here are some of my recent presentations.

Fighting Diabetes with Technology
My 13-year-old daughter was recently diagnosed with diabetes. She is one of 400 million people worldwide who has to live with this disease for the rest of her life—and I am determined to be with her every step of the way. Thanks to technology, I can help her to easily calculate her carbohydrate consumption to help her determine her next insulin dose. This is my attempt as a father and a developer to address a real-world problem with technology, and hopefully inspire others to do the same.
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Oracle Code One September, 2019 Watch Recording
DevNexus February, 2020 None Available
How I Automated My Barn...
A few years ago I created a small system to automate some tasks in our barn where we keep pet potbelly pig and our chickens. Simple things, like scheduling when the lights turn on and off, temperature monitoring and a webcam. It was nice to automate those things, but the best part for me was being able to tinker with the sensors and devices and learn new libraries, frameworks, and languages. I’ve recently re-imagined the system as a way to learn more new technologies. I’ve created a prototype version to demonstrate how I might build it again if I were to start over from scratch and in this session, we’ll look at that model and learn about the hardware and software used in it. At its core, the system uses an Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and various pumps, solenoids, motors, and sensors to simulate the automation of certain tasks like filling a water bowl, opening and closing doors, monitoring environment and turning on and off lights on demand or via a schedule. The hardware runs a client which has been implemented in several languages for demo purposes (currently Node and Groovy). The client interfaces with Kafka via a cloud-based microservice (also implemented in Node and Groovy) for messaging to both store sensor data in an Autonomous Database instance and stream data to the Angular front-end in real time via server sent events. The Raspberry Pi client also receives commands for remotely performing certain tasks on demand. The persisted data is formatted and displayed on a web application running in a Docker container that is deployed to a cloud-based Kubernetes cluster. We’ll look at both the hardware and software that power this system and how I’ve used the project as a playground for learning new technologies, languages, and frameworks.
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Oracle Code One September, 2019 None Available
GR8Conf May, 2019 None Available
Greach March, 2019 Watch Recording
Getting Groovy with Spark Java
Gone are the days of verbose, cumbersome frameworks that get in your way! Spark Java is a micro framework that is easy to learn, simple to use and makes your job as a developer easier. It can be used to create anything from a REST API microservice to a full featured web application. You can write your application or microservice using pure Java, but development gets even easier when you combine it with a the JVM language that you are most comfortable with like Kotlin or Groovy (or others). In this talk we’ll take a look at using Spark Java with Groovy. You’ll learn the basics of Spark Java and get introduced to some ways it can be extended by integrating it with the larger Java ecosystem to do things like persistence with ORM and rendering views with a variety of templating engines available. Spark Java is so lightweight you can even run it on a Raspberry Pi!
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DevNexus Feb, 2018 Watch Recording
ECMA What? Getting Up To Speed With The JavaScript World
You've been a developer for a while. You're familiar with JavaScript and written plenty of apps in your day. But you've been out of the loop for a while. There's been a lot of changes in the JS world and after this talk you'll be up to speed and ready to get started with modern day JS.
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We RISE Tech Conference June, 2018 Watch Recording