DDD Scotland: Thank You!

We would just like another opportunity to thank everyone who made DDD Scotland a success: speakers, volunteers, sponsors and of course all of you who attended. We had > 250 attendees on the day, which considering the very rainy Scottish weather we had, is impressive!

We have had some lovely feedback and some things to work on for next year to make it even better. You can still give feedback on the event here and on specific talks here.

In the meantime, let’s remind ourselves of the day with these blogs from the community (if you have blogged but we haven’t included it, let us know and we will add it to the list!):







Some of our speakers have shared their slides online so we thought we would gather them all on one place for you (again, if we have missed any, let us know!):

PWAs- @jmaciver22



Accessibility in Modern Web Apps- @stuartashworth9



Leveling up to become a tech lead


Teaching an old dog new tricks- @ismailmayat


Adding a layer of chocolate(y) – @gep13


Writing Simpler ASP .Net Core – @jchannon


ReactJS and Friends- @paulaik


APIs on the scale of decades- @garyfleming


Interactive C# Development- @filip_woj


Thanks again to everyone for contributing on the day, looking forward to seeing you all at our upcoming Scottish Developers events, and of course DDD Scotland next year!

Carole, Andrew and Christos.

(The Scottish Developers Team)


DDD Scotland: Useful Information

It’s nearly time for DDD Scotland and we are really looking forward to seeing this event come to life!We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors and supporters, without all the funding and spreading the word of this event this wouldn’t be happening.


Here is the plan for the day, let us know if you have any questions.  Just get in touch via scottishdevs@gmail.com

Getting there

Our hosts at UWS have this useful guide on finding the campus:


If travelling from Glasgow there are trains often from Glasgow Central to Paisley Gilmour Street. Looks like there are these timings on Saturday morning: 8am, 8.05am, 8.25am, taking about 1-15 minutes… you may even bump in to some developer friends on the way to DDD!

There is limited parking space availability at the university and it’s first come first served.

On arrival

When you arrive, please make your way to the registration table and let us know you are here. There will be tea, coffee and breakfast snacks (thanks to Streamba) to help us wake up and get ready for a day of learning.

Throughout the day

We will be kicking off at 9.15am with introductions and announcements so please try to be on time to get all the news.

We have talks and panels scheduled all day with enough time between to get a drink, have a quick break and make your way to next talk. Check out the schedule here.

If you don’t fancy any of the scheduled talks for a given time slot, head over to our community room and check out what’s happening.

We will have room monitors and volunteers available throughout the day, let us know if we can help at all. Or even just say hello, we are really looking forward to meeting you all!

12:30 to 13: 30

We have been able to supply lunch and afternoon coffee thanks to our platinum partners Arnold Clark and Screenmedia. If you would like to head out to the local area, that’s fine too. Please try to be back for 13:30 so we can get started again for the afternoon sessions.

15:15 to 15:30

Time for a quick coffee break between sessions thanks to Endjin!


Join us for thank yous, prizes and goodbyes!


We have been gifted some awesome prizes from generous companies: books, licences, tickets and devices! We will distribute some of these throughout the day but make sure you stay til the end of the day for the prize giving!

Spread the word

Remember to tweet, Instagram, Facebook, blog about us, it will let us get the word out and make the event even better in years to come. Use #dddScotland and tag us.



Facebook: Scottish Developers

LinkedIn: Scottish Developers



Carole, Andrew and Christos

(The Scottish Developers Team)



Announcing the DDD Scotland Community Room

Not long to wait until DDD Scotland and we wanted to introduce you to our latest exciting addition, our DDD Scotland community room! This year we wanted to make DDD even more community focused and thought how better to do that than get people talking and giving new speakers the chance to get experience.

The other rooms will be fully booked with back to back talks, the community room will have a mix of sessions and also some unscheduled slots to allow collaboration.

This room will feature:

*Lightning talks are 15 minutes sessions for new speakers or new material from experienced speakers. A great way to test the waters with a friendly crowd!


We have 2 panels of experts to discuss their experiences and take questions. These are “My journey as a software developer” and “What makes a graduate software developer employable”. We will keep the panellists secret for now but we think we have a great group that should make for interesting conversations.

Have a question for the “My journey as a software developer” panel? Leave them here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8V26GKF

*Lean Coffee is an unplanned conversation where the participants suggest and vote for the topics. A great way to learn how others work in their organisation and get to know other developers.

*Mob Programming Taster

Joe will be giving us an introduction to Mob Programming, here is a description for his session:

“All the brilliant people working on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and on the same computer” –Woody Zuill

Everyone working together on one machine, at the same time? That can’t possibly work. Or can it?

Come along to this session, and we’ll spend 45 minutes mobbing. You might find you like it.

*Unscheduled time– we are leaving some sessions unbooked in this room to allow for community conversations and collaboration. You never know, your next job, project or friendship might be made at DDD Scotland!

One of the main aims from Scottish Developers team is to grow our community of developers in Scotland and beyond so this is really exciting for us! We can’t wait til see you all there on the day.

Carole, Andrew and Christos

The Scottish Developers Team

Visual Studio 2012 user experience study

Have you been using Visual Studio 2012 over the past few months?

If you have, Microsoft’s Steven Clarke is looking for your feedback!

Steven works out of Microsoft’s Edinburgh office and has played a big part getting Visual Studio 2012 to where it is.

This is your chance to provide feedback that could make it into the next update! Release cycles are now more frequent, you could see your feedback in place via regular updates rather than a major service pack!

Steven’s happy to chat over the phone, or if you’d prefer to do coffee in Edinburgh, Steven’s open to a meet up in Microsoft’s Edinburgh office too.

Ping Steven on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/StevenClarke12

Or drop Steven an e-mail, his alias is StevenVS2012Clarke@microsoftAZUREcom
(replace the product names with .)

Scottish Developers Survey

In order to learn more about what our members would like to see from Scottish Developers and to help us make changes to the user group we are asking for a few minutes of your time to fill out a survey for us. We want to ensure that as we move forward we continue to organise useful events and support the Scottish development community but we need your help.

The survey takes 5 – 10 minutes to complete. You can find it at


Congratulations Bob Jarvis

Scottish Developers would like to congratulation Bob Jarvis, an Edinburgh based enterprise architect, on being awarded an MVP by Microsoft in the are of Solution Architecture.

Bob has operated for many years on the business/technical architectural intersection and besides working closely with Microsoft for over a decade, is fairly well known in international Enterprise and Service Oriented Architecture circles. He also works closely with the National Computing Centre in the  EA and SOA training and IS/IT best practice guidance areas.

clip_image001Robert (Bob) Jarvis has been recognised for his continued contribution to the architect community by the award of Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in the Solution Architecture category.  MVPs are exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who are awarded for sharing their high quality, real world expertise in technical communities. Microsoft MVPs are a highly select group of experts that represents the technical community’s best and brightest, and they share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.  For more information on the MVP program, see http://www.microsoft.com/mvp .

An accomplished architect with over 40 years of experience spanning many industries, Bob Jarvis has authored several books on Enterprise Architecture and articles in the Microsoft Architecture Journal, presents at industry events, conducts training workshops and consulting engagements.  In recent years, Bob was actively involved in numerous Microsoft eHealth consulting engagements in England, Scotland, Central and Eastern Europe – working with our [often scarce] local architects.  His most notable contribution is as a leading author of the Microsoft Connected Framework – Architecture and Design Blueprint, its second edition released earlier this year and available from http://www.microsoft.com/industry/healthcare/technology/Healthframework.mspx .

More information about Bob Jarvis, his accomplishments and activities is available on his company site http://www.systems-advisers.com/

Prize Draw Winners

As last Monday’s meeting ran a little late we didn’t have time to do our normal prize draw at the end of the evening.

We’d therefore like to congratulate Erika Birse and Chris Woolderink who both won a copy of TechSmith’s Camtasia Studio.