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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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…

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.

Event: Edinburgh, 1 May – Windows 8 for Application Developers

Calling all Scottish Developers!
Microsoft will be bringing Windows 8 to Edinburgh on May 1st – join the UK team for a day of developer-level, demo-driven sessions and see first-hand the opportunities for designing, developing and selling apps world-wide via the Windows Store.

Windows 8 offers unparalleled new opportunities for application developers to build and sell apps world-wide via the Windows Store. In this event, we’ll deliver developer-level, demo-driven sessions that give you an accelerated entry into what it means to design, develop and publish exciting, modern, polished, world-ready applications for next-generation devices running Windows 8.

Level of knowledge required:

1. A familiarity with .NET development and Visual Studio would be advantageous but not required.
2. We will talk about building Windows 8 applications with JavaScript and with .NET with an emphasis on the .NET technologies.

Agenda (subject to change):

0900 – 0930 Registration Opens
0930 – 1030 Windows 8 for Modern App Development
1030 – 1045 Break
1045 – 1130 Metro Design Language
1130 – 1145 Break
1145 – 1245 “Metro Style” Apps – The Power of the Device Part 1
1245 – 1330 Lunch
1330 – 1430 “Metro Style” Apps – The Power of the Device Part 2
1430 – 1445 Break
1445 – 1545 “Metro Style” Apps – The Power of the Cloud Part 1
1545 – 1600 Break
1600 – 1700 “Metro Style” Apps – The Power of the Cloud Part 2
1700 – 1730 Wrap Up and Close

Click here to register now.

Book Club – February 2011 – The Pragmatic Programmer

In February Scottish Developers starts its book club. It will alternate between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The first book on the agenda is The Pragmatic Programmer, from Journeyman to Master.

You can now get more details and sign up for The Pragmatic Programmer in Glasgow. In March the book will be RESTful Web Services in Edinburgh – Further details to follow.

We are aiming to keep the books fairly technology independent (focussing on higher level processes and practices) in order to appeal to a wider audience. If you have any suggestions for books you’d like to see in the future then please contact us at support@scottishdevelopers.com

Developer Day Scotland 2011 – Call For Speakers Open

DDD Scotland LogoHot on the heels of the record-breaking sell-out of DDD 9 in 12 minutes yesterday (congratulations to the DDD 9 team!), we are pleased to announce that session submission for DDD Scotland 2011 is now officially open! You have until the 6th of February to submit as many sessions as you wish however they MUST be within the scope of Software Development.

You can submit sessions via the DDD website at
http://www.developerdeveloperdeveloper.com/scotland2011/Default.aspx

For those of you unfamiliar with DDD events, check out our earlier post.

 

Developer Day Scotland 2011 – Date Announced

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Building on the success of Developer Developer Developer Day 2010, we are currently in the process of organising next year’s event and are pleased to announce that DDD Scotland 2011 will be held on Saturday 7th May 2011 at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Developer Developer Developer events are founded on a number of principles which we think makes it unique and well worth a single day of your time once a year.

DDD events are free. It doesn’t cost you anything to attend. Think of any large conference that you might like to go along to. They costs hundreds of pounds, if not more. Sure, we might not have all the bells and whistles of a big fancy conference, but at the end of the day what do you want out of an event like that? Do you want the glitz and schmaltz or do you want to learn something new?

Speakers from the community. We invite people that have something to say, a story to tell, or an experience to learn from. This year we had 65 session submissions from all sorts of folks and on all sorts of subjects. The majority of these people are real day-to-day software developers or DBAs that actually work for a living.

DDD events are democratic. All the sessions are voted in by the community, so we only put on what people have asked to see. This year the 65 sessions were whittled down to 20. We had sessions ranging from ASP.NET MVC to MonoTouch, from Defensive Programming to HTML5 and from concurrency to behaviour driven development delivered by both community new comers and veterans alike.

No Marketing BS. The core philosophy for the sessions are that they contain useful information. Stuff that you can either take back and start using the next day or (if not yet available) to start planning how to move to that technology.

To paraphrase the Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, Developer Day Scotland is of the developer community, by the developer community and for the developer community.

(Ok, so many of those words were written by my predecessor, Colin Mackay, but they are still true)

Call for Speakers

We will be opening the call for speakers shortly

Call for Sponsors

We wont lie, running a free community event like DDD Scotland isn’t a cheap thing to do and it is only through the support of our sponsors that we can make it happen. Last year one of our sponsors, Storm ID, produced the speaker t-shirts that are worn on the day and they included the Storm ID logo, those t-shirts have now been seen as far afield as Perth, Australia. If you are interested in sponsoring DDD Scotland 2011 and would like more information, please contact us: support [at] scottishdevelopers dot com.

You can get updates on Twitter by following @scottishdevs and @dddscot

The official DDD Scotland website will be live shortly and will be available from http://developerdeveloperdeveloper.com

Regards,
Andy Gibson, Chairman, Scottish Developers