Scott Hanselman confirmed!

We are delighted to announce that Scott Hanselman has agreed to speak at our event!

Come see what he has to say on Open Source, .NET Core, Microsoft, AMA and more at CodeClan, 37 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EL at 6pm.

ScotlandIS have brought Scott to Scotland to keynote ScotSoft2017, taking place on 5th October 2017 at the EICC in Edinburgh.

We’re thrilled that they have taken this opportunity to support our community and provide a free, short user group meeting in Edinburgh the evening before. Places will be limited so keep an eye out for further details.

If you’re not lucky enough to secure a space why not book yourself a ticket to ScotSoft? Use the code ScottishDevs to receive a 25% discount on standard rates!

You’ll have the chance to hear from Scott, our very own Christos Matskas, Elton Stoneman of Docker, Mike Ritchie of 13Coders and loads more.  Find the full agenda here or call Karen or Heather on 01506 472200 for more information.

Stay tuned or follow us on Twitter for updates.

We’ll see you in October!

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Scottish Developers – A new team and a new vision

Hello everyone! Christos, Andrew and Jason here. We are very proud to announce that we will be the new team behind the Scottish Developers user group. A group with a long tradition of high quality events, excellent speakers and a vibrant community. Our predecessors (I only know Colin so apologies for all the omitted names) have done an excellent job creating a good community and providing continuity throughout the years.

We have big shoes to fill but we have the desire, drive and enthusiasm necessary to carry the torch and hopefully make our community bigger and better. I met some very prominent community members and inspiration speakers through this group. People such as: Scott Gu, Scott Hansleman, Gill Clereen etc. Too many in fact to name here.

Our vision is to make the group bigger and better. All three of us and hopefully you too, our community, wish for Scottish Developers to become a vibrant and exciting space where all technologies, frameworks and disciplines can be discussed. I know that traditionally Scottish Developers have been .NET heavy but I know that Scotland has a very diverse and vibrant ecosystem outside .NET. I’ve met a large number developers in the Java, Node space and some Erlang and Go. Our goal is that we should become more diverse and ideally language and framework agnostic – a bold statement coming from a Microsoft employee, but it’s a new world.

We have something exciting brewing for our first meeting in early October but we can’t announce anything until all the details are locked down and we have everything sorted. In the meantime, I would like to introduce you to your user group organisers and I would invite everyone to reach out with ideas, suggestions and requests that can help us achieve our goals, together

Christos Matskas

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Christos Matskas is a software developer, blogger, speaker and all around geek. He currently works at Microsoft as an Azure Premier Field Engineer. Before joining Microsoft, he was a successful entrepreneur and has collaborated with companies such as MarkIT, Lockheed Martin and Barclays. He’s been building software for over 12 years and he’s a passionate Open Source advocate. He contributes regularly to numerous OSS projects and works closely with the community to make the software development space bigger and better.

Andrew De Rozario

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Andrew is a freelance software developer who is currently based in central Scotland.  Before devoting himself to the lifelong commitment to learning and change that is software development, Andrew trained as a classical singer even performing the odd tune in venues across Britain and Germany. Educated through the generosity and openness of the development community Andrew has gone on to work across a variety of sectors from enterprise scale projects to fast-paced agency environments working on projects for companies such as Vodafone, SSE, Taylor Wimpey, Deutsche Bank as well as various public sector and Fin-Tech companies.  Andrew is passionate about most topics to do with the software development industry and enjoys talking, writing about technology, with the odd open source contribution thrown in for good measure.

Jason McCann

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A logical thinker with a keen interest in modern technologies. Jason’s progression to software development stems from his passion for video gaming and problem solving. Since graduating from his studies in Video Games Software Development at university, he has worked as a Software Developer for organisations of varying size and has progressed from native Android applications to modern web-app software development. He is inspired by Elon Musk and other forward-thinking entrepreneurs and aspires to create software for the greater good. Presently, Jason works full-time within a large-scale facilities management organisation where he plays a pivotal role in the development of their flagship product.

An exciting new start

Thanks to Colin for trusting me with this role and thanks to Jason and Andrew to work with me on this project. We hope that you’ll give them a warm welcome and we look forward to working with all of you. Watch this space for announcements and upcoming events.

CodeCraftConf 2017 is back!

Scottish Developers are actively trying to track and publish interesting developer events around Scotland. I’m continually surprised to see how active our developer community is here, in the “true” North, so hopefully we’ll be publishing a lot more events as we are informed about them. We wish to work with you, our community, to publish and promote interesting events that you may wish to participate as a speaker, organiser, volunteer and attendee.

One of the most interesting events/conferences to take place in Glasgow is CodeCraftConf which is back for another year. I say interesting because unlike “traditional” conferences where you have speakers and tracks and attendees mostly attend talks and listen to others do all the talking, this conference encourages everyone to participate through the “guided conversations” format. It’s a highly engaging event where you get to share your experience and knowledge to the benefit of everyone attending a particular track/conversation.

I would highly recommend this to everyone who’s available on the 15th of Sept 2017. You can find all the details about the venue, times and speakers on the official site and I hope that you’ll take the opportunity to attend and maybe even guide one of the tracks next year.

Here’s to another great conference in Scotland and hopefully one of many more to follow…

.Net Core 2.0 is officially here!

Following hot on the heels of our article the other day about .Net Conf 2017, Microsoft have just made the official announcement of the release of both .Net Core 2.0 here and .Net Standard 2.0 here.

This is potentially a watershed moment in the evolution of .Net Core as the high performance, cross-platform  .Net runtime for web, windows desktop, console, holo-lens and IoT.

The new APIs should embolden and empower teams looking to start or continue developing applications using the .Net Core runtime.

For more information on why this is so significant, you can check out our previous post here.

One not to miss – .Net Conf Sept 19 – 21, 2017

Coming at one of the most significant periods in the evolution of the .Net Framework, .Net Conf is a free 3-day event with a series of presentations meant to inspire developers for their next project.

The sessions are live so attendees have the opportunity to ask questions live.

The event offers presentations on .NET Core and ASP.NET Core, C#, F#, Roslyn, Visual Studio, Xamarin, and much more.

It has some really big names such as

  • Scott Hanselman
  • Scott Hunter
  • Jon Skeet

And many others from every major platform and aspect of .Net development.

 

So what’s the big deal?

Quarter 3 (which this event effectively rounds off) will see the launch of .Net Core 2 and .Net Standard 2.  Both are effectively game changers that should see a massive increase of both interest and adoption of the newer .Net platforms i.e. Net Core and Xamarin.  So there has never been a better time to take a look at the latest developments on your particular areas of interest.

.Net Core 2 – bringing back some old friends

With .Net Core being an effective rewrite of the framework it is no surprise that the first version had the foundational features included, but was missing many APIs that older applications relied on.  .Net Core 2 brings around 10000 APIs back into the mix which should increase the ease with which teams can start moving to using newer versions of the framework.

.Net Standard 2 – including the masses

.Net Standard has been a much better way of handling cross-platform compatibility for libraries than the old portable class library solution.  One limitation with v1 was that a library targeting .Net Standard would only be able to reference other .Net Standard libraries or portable class library thus omitting the vast majority of Nuget Packages.  V2 allows this via a compatibility shim and should allow around 70% of currently published Nuget packages to work with packages targeting .Net Standard.

You can read all about .Net Standard here

You can read more on the why .Net Standard 2.0 is so significant to .Net Core here.

Microsoft on a UK tour – All about Azure

It’s exciting to see that Microsoft is on the road again, this time around many UK cities to talk about Microsoft Azure. They will be visiting Edinburgh on August 30th and there’s a registration form that you need to use to secure a place.

You can find all about it at this blog post.

We hope that you will take advantage of this excellent and free event and maybe see some of you there.

CodeCraftConf 2016 – Attendees and Guides wanted

We’ve been asked to pass on a message from the organisers of CodeCraftConf

CodeCraftConf logoHello Scottish Developers,
Following on from last year, we are running CodeCraftConf in Glasgow on Friday 16th September at Citizen M.

CodeCraftConf is a conference geared towards developers with the goal of exchanging ideas between attendees. To facilitate this the majority of the sessions will be GuidedConversations:

A GuidedConversation is a meeting where a facilitator comes up with a starting set of questions around a single topic. The group then discuss those questions with 8 minutes given for each question. This worked well last year, so this year we are having three guided conversation tracks and one workshop track.

Topics will include: Tech Leadership, Simplicity, Legacy Code, Modern QA and Cloud amongst others. Our Call for Guides is open if you fancy running a session.

All developers are welcome, we are deliberately not concentrating on Ruby internals or the latest C# features. Instead we will be asking questions that are relevant to all developers regardless of their current chosen language.

Thanks,
Joe.

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