Event in Glasgow: Your Agile Is Dead

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Sebastien Lambla will be talking to Scottish Developers on Monday 16th March. Details below.

The Talk

What could possibly go wrong when a Pole and a Frenchman enter an English office? Well, for a start you get servers called Churchill, Wałęsa and de Gaulle. In the presence of such characters it’s no wonder that a revolution was started. The country entered by the noble man was agile (with a capital A) and so were they (but not with the same a).

An autonomous collective of courageous and fearless geeks gathered along in a freshly created duchy of perpetually horded meeting rooms and joined forces into an unstoppable mob of programming.

Their sight: the land of agile orthodoxy. Their weapon: asking why (usually at least five times). Their plan: No Kan-, no -Ban, but a sacred map of all their capabilities and tasks, the Panopticon.

How many pits of success have they already conquered? Will their valiant march to sustainable delivery arrive at the pinnacle of realised business value?

The Speaker

Sebastien Lambla has been involved in software development since receiving his first web browser, back in the days of Netsape Navigator 1.2. After a few years of hacking on javascript, he turned his attention to the .net platform, on which he would spend the next few years building software in many companies. From 2006, Sebastien has been running Caffeine IT, a consultancy helping clients from all over Europe implement first-grade and innovative solutions. Keen Open-Source promoter, Sebastien has created multiple high-profile open-source projects that are in use in many Fortune 500 companies, including OpenRasta, at a time the most popular resource-oriented framework on .net. Long-time advocate of the ReST architectural style and resource-oriented computing, Sebastien has delivered over the years new platforms leveraging the architecture of the web, from small independents to Fortune 500s.

The agenda

18:30 : Doors open

19:00 : Introduction

19:05 : Your Agile is Dead

20:30 : Close

The venue

The talk will take places at Skyscanner’s offices in Glasgow.

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Slides from DunDDD 2014

Here are links to slide decks and other resources that we’ve received from speakers at DunDDD 2014.

  • “Is your mobile app as secure as you think” by Matt Lacey: Slide Deck
  • “Dark Data” by Prof. Mark Whitehorn: Slide Deck
  • “Exploring more Exotic Patterns in Data” by Prof. Mark Whitehorn: Slide Deck
  • “5 steps towards faster web sites and HTML5 games” by Michael Ewins: Slide Deck
  • “NewSQL – Deliverance from BASE and back to SQL and ACID” by Tony Rogerson: Slide Deck
  • “Apache Cassandra for Ops, the Dos and the Don’ts” by Duy Hai Doan: Slide Deck
  • “Mining Massive Datasets” by Aschic Mahtab: Slide Deck
  • “Why you should be using Web Components Now. And How” by Phil Leggetter: Slide Deck, GitHub Source
  • “ASP.NET 5 – The ‘New Kid on the Block'” by Christos Matskas: Slide Deck
  • “Introduction to Node.js – From Hello World to Deploying on Azure” by Colin Mackay: Slide Deck, Source Code, and References

Also Craig Murphy took some photos throughout the day: Flickr Album

DunDDD Agenda

Although we are still waiting to hear back from a few speakers, most have now confirmed that they will be speaking at DunDDD on the 29th November.

As such here is the agenda as it currently stands

Time Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 Room 4
08:30 Doors Open
09:20 Welcome & Housekeeping Welcome & Housekeeping Welcome & Housekeeping Welcome & Housekeeping
09:30 Phil Leggetter – Why you should be using Web Components. And How. Ashic Mahtab – Mining Massive Datasets Matt Lacey – Is your mobile app as secure as you think? James Garner – Nintendo DS Homebrew, 2014 Edition
10:30 Break
10:45 Gary Short – Hadoop Kickstarter for Microsoft Devs Neil Hillen – HTML5 Persistence TBA Colin Angus Mackay – Introduction to node.js
11:45 Break
12:00 DuyHai Doan – Apache Cassandra for Ops, the Dos and the Don’ts TBA James Baster – Turning Open Tech Calendar into an Open Source project TBA
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Jeremy Hanna – Spark on Cassandra Steve Spencer – Migrating Azure Cloud Services to Azure Websites and Webjobs Peter Shaw – Micro Service Architectures (and why Owin & Katana are going to be game changers) John Gallagher – How can we build a better community?
15:00 Break
15:15 Rob Ashton – Lessons learned writing a database in Clojure Tony Rogerson – NewSQL – Deliverance from BASE and back to SQL and ACID Chris Hillman – Making sense of free text Irina Bednova – What happens when you type into a terminal
16:15 Break
16:30 Mark Whitehorn – Exploring More Exotic Patterns in Data Karen Elizabeth Jefferson Petrie – What is Constraint Programming and why should you care? Michael Ewins – 5 steps toward faster web sites and html5 games Andy Cobley – Introduction to Storm
17:30 Close

To register for DunDDD go to http://dun.dddscotland.co.uk/registration

To keep up-to-date on twitter follow @dddscot

Immediate start freelance position: PHP and front-end developer with framework experience

A position has become available for a freelance PHP front-end developer to work on taking an existing project into deployment and go live.

The position will be based in Edinburgh – there will be a requirement to spend time in Edinburgh during the early stages of the project. After go live, there will be an on-going maintenance requirement and the distinct possibility of future work.

The following skills are highly desirable:

  • A background in PHP and MySQL (LAMP stack)
  • Experience with basic management of Unix based servers/operating systems (e.g. setting up cron jobs, shell access etc)
  • Ideally, experience with AngularJS, or if not, then similar front-end Javascript frameworks (e.g. Backbone, Ember)
  • Ideally, experience with Laravel, or if not, then similar modern PHP frameworks (e.g. Symfony2, CodeIgniter)
  • General knowledge of HTML/Javascript
  • Experience with version control systems (specifically Git)
  • Knowledge of CSS framework basics, Sass + Compass

In the first instance please reply to craig@scottishdevelopers.com

Please include links to showcase work, evidence confirming your experience of the skills noted above (e.g. your CV), an indication of your daily rate and confirmation that you are eligible to work in the UK. References may be required.

Slide Deck for So Long and Thanks for All the Tests

Seb Rose has made the slides for last night’s talk available on slide share.

During the talk several books and links were mentioned here they are in order in which they appeared:

Event: So long, and thanks for all the tests (Glasgow)

Register here for Seb Rose’s talk on TDD on the 1st May.

So long, and thanks for the tests


The Talk : So long, and thanks for all the tests.

TDD has long been recommended by agile practitioners, but the community still argues about how to go about it. Inside-out or outside-in? Mockist or classical? Through a component’s public API or for every class? And then there’s Kent Beck’s famous quote: “I get paid for code that works, not for tests, so my philosophy is to test as little as possible to reach a given level of confidence.” This introduces a further level of subjectivity, especially since developers are frequently overconfident.

In this session, Seb will explore the choices that agile teams need to make when considering which development practices to adopt. He’ll look again at some of the arguments for the different approaches and urge teams to practice until you’re happy with the way you code.

The Speaker : Seb Rose

Seb Rose is an independent software developer, trainer and coach based in the UK. He specialises in working with teams adopting and refining their agile practices, with a particular focus on delivering software through the use of examples.

He first worked as a programmer in 1980 writing applications for estate agents and solicitors in compiled BASIC on an Apple II. He has worked with many mainstream technologies since then, for many well-known companies, such as Amazon, IBM, NCR, HBOS, Standard Life and Aegon. He is a regular conference speaker (ACCU, XPDay, Agile North, Developer Day Scotland, Agile on the Beach, Lean Agile Scotland) as well as a contributing author to O’Reilly’s “97 Things Every Programmer Should Know”

The Sponsor : Xedo Software

In addition to hosting the event, Xedo will also kindly be supplying Beer (as well as a selection of non-alcoholic drinks) and Pizza.

You can find Xedo Software on Facebook too.

The Agenda

18:00 : Doors open (light refreshments)

18:30 : Introduction

18:45 : So long, and thanks for all the tests

19:30 : Break (pizza / refreshments)

19:45 : So long, and thanks for all the tests (continued)

20:30 : Close

The Venue

The event will be located at Xedo Software’s new offices on West Nile Street in Glasgow.

Xedo Software, Second Floor, 45 West Nile Street, Glasgow G1 2PT.


You must register to attend. You can register here!

Edinburgh, December 2nd: Telerik Live: HTML5, Mobile & Time Travel

Our friends at Telerik are hosting an event at Microsoft’s Edinburgh office on December 2nd!

This is your chance to meet some of the Telerik team first-hand…it’s also an opportunity to meet @rachelhawley too!

Building HTML5 mobile apps and the future of the web.

HTML5 is officially everywhere. Everywhere the web is at least, and if there is one thing that history has repeated over and over again, it’s that the web always wins.

Join us for a day of mobile development and a peek at the future of the web with Brandon Satrom and Burke Holland. We’ll dive into the HTML5 platform, and then take a look at how native mobile applications (that’s right – we did say native) can be built today using web technologies. We’ll finish it off by taking a quick trip to the future to see how the web platform may be changing, and what that means for developers. This is a small event and perfect for all skill levels. Bring your questions and we’ll pontificate the answers together.

This event is completely free to attend. Space is limited and tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so be sure to secure your space by registering today.

Event Outline
12:45 – 13:00 Welcome and Introduction
13:00 – 14:00 An Introduction to HTML5, Burke H. & Brandon S.
14:00 – 14:15 Break
14:15 – 15:45 Building Mobile Applications With Visual Studio, Burke Holland
15:45 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:00 Polyfilling The Web Platform With Web Components, Brandon Satrom
17:00 – close Social time with Team Telerik

Burke Holland is a web developer living in Nashville, TN. He enjoys working with and meeting developers who are building mobile apps with jQuery / HTML5 and loves to hack on social API’s. Burke works for Telerik as a Developer Advocate focusing on Kendo UI. You can follow Burke on Twitter using his handle @burkeholland.

Brandon Satrom is Product Manager for Kendo UI and is based in Austin, TX. An unabashed lover of the open web, Brandon loves to talk about HTML, JavaScript, CSS, open source and whatever new shiny tool or technology has distracted him from that other thing he was working on. Brandon has spoken at national, international and online events, and he loves hanging out with and learning from passionate designers and developers. He has an inextinguishable love for writing and, in addition to having several articles featured in publications like MSDN, .net Magazine, Web Standards Sherpa and InformIT, he’s currently working on his second book, “Polyfilling the Web Platform,” for O’Reilly.

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