Newsletter – September 2011


Summer may be drawing to a close and autumn switfly approaching but at Scottish Developers we have been busy putting together a really impressive calendar of events for the next few months as well as setting the ball rolling on not one but two DDD events in Scotland.

Here are some of the highlights.

A Developer’s Morning With Microsoft

Friday, 9th September 10am – 1pm @ Microsoft Edinburgh

Microsoft’s Edinburgh office at Waverly Gate are opening their doors to the development community this week and have lined up some top-notch sessions for us.

The morning will be kicking off with a keynote from Microsoft’s UK Managing Director Gordon Frazer and will be followed bySteve Plank speaking on getting to grips with Windows Azure. The morning will conclude with  Steven Clarke giving a sneak peak at the next version of Visual Studio and the user experience improvements Microsoft have been developing for the platform.

This is a great opportunity for developers to touch base with the folks at Microsoft.

More information and registration

Mark Rendle Tour

Long time community speaker and software architect Mark Rendle is coming to Scotland for a tour of our nation and will be speaking in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen while he is north of the border.

In Glasgow Mark will be speaking on “Zen and the Art of Software” and “How to Manage Your Manager” (which we highly recommend). The Edinburgh leg of the tour will see “Functional Alchmey” and “CoffeeScript 101”. We are still firming up plans for Dundee but expect details of these locations to be published this week.

Our friends up in Aberdeen, The Aberdeen Developers .Net User Group, are hosting Mark’s session in the North East and you can find more details on their website.

Keep an eye on the Scottish Developers website for updates on Dundee.

“The Happy Developer” – Is It A Myth

Tuesday, 1st November, Glasgow

Ever ask yourself “Am I happy as a software developer?”, what’s the answer? This is exactly the question Andy Gibson will be asking during his talk in November. Andy is trying to build a picture of what makes a “happy” developer, a productive developer and a loyal developer. He will be doing this through case studies, experience and a lot of audience participation.

Got some workplace horror stories? Advice? Questions? Come along and join in.

More information and registration

Saturday, 19th November, Dundee

Scottish Developers are proud to announce the next in the Scottish “Developer! Developer! Developer!” series, DunDDD which as the name suggests, will be help in Dundee on Saturday 19th November.

Building on the success of DDD NoSQL last year, Scottish Developers have teamed up with Tony Rogerson, Andy Cobley and the School of Applied Computing at Dundee University to bring you an even bigger event this year.

We are still working out the details at the moment but there will be an announcement later this week with full details of how to get involved as well as that moderately important component, a website.

Check our blog or twitter feed for updates

Until next time…

We have more events in the pipeline so keep an eye on our blog at

You can also follow us on Twitter – @scottishdevs

Thanks for reading.

Andy Gibson
Chairman, Scottish Developers


Newsletter – March 2011


Apologies for not sending out a newsletter in February but we are making up for it this month!

If you have looked at our events calendar recently you will have seen a lot of activity. Tomorrow we have Microsoft’s Glenn Block coming to Edinburgh to talk about his work on MEF, WCF, REST and more followed by a more social conversation with him over dinner. In a couple of weeks Colin Gemmel will be speaking to us in Glasgow on Being Dynamic With Ruby and of course we have our Book Club events in both Edinburgh and Glasgow too. If you are interested in concurrecny in .NET then you might want to check out Colin Mackay’s talk in April on “doing stuff at the same time in .NET 4.0“.

All events (with the exception of the Glenn Blook evening dinner) are free.

On the DDD Scotland front, today is the last day of voting so if you haven’t already done so, remember to vote for the sessions you want to see on the day! Registration will open at 12.30pm on Monday (14th March).

A Day With Glenn Block

On Saturday 12th March Microsoft’s Glenn Block will be at Storm ID‘s offices in Edinburgh talking to us about his work and also taking part in a chalk and talk session where you, the audience, can ask him questions.

Glenn is a PM on the WCF team working on Microsoft’s future HTTP and REST stack. Prior to WCF he was a PM on the new Managed Extensibility Framework in .NET 4.0. He has experience both inside and outside Microsoft developing software solutions for ISVs and the enterprise. He has also been active in involving folks from the community in the development of software at Microsoft. This has included shipping products under open source licenses, as well as assisting other teams looking to do so.

This is a fantastic opportunity to speak to the man that brought us MEF and a host of other things who also gives back to the community. After his session Scottish Develoeprs will be taking him out for a meal and you are invited to join us.

The afternoon event is free however if you wish to attend the dinner you will need to pay for your own meal.

For more information see:

DDD Scotland 2011

As mentioned before, voting for the big day closes today at 11.59pm so remember to get your votes in before then. We will be finalising the agenda this weekend and speakers will be notified before registration opens at 12.30pm on Monday.

Hotel for DDD Scotland

If you are from out-of-town and are looking for a hotel to stay in for DDD Scotland we’ve got a deal with Ramada Jarvis again this year for a 2 night stay at £67 per night B&B from Friday 6th May 2011 to Sunday 8th May 2011.

Here is the link:

The Sponsors

It is not possible to put on an event like DDD Scotland at no cost to the delegates without the support of our sponsors. The following companies have stepped up to the mark and are supporting the community by sponsoring the event.

Glasgow Caledonian University
School of Engineering and Computing
Microsoft JetBrains
Ramada Jarvis Gibraltar ScotlandIS
Storm ID

If you would like to sponsor DDD Scotland and get your brand out to over 200 industry professionals and students get in touch! Drop us a line at

Until next time…

We have more events in the pipeline so keep an eye on our blog at

You can also follow us on Twitter – @scottishdevs

Thanks for reading.

Andy Gibson
Chairman, Scottish Developers

Newsletter – January 2011

It’s good to be back!

It’s hard to believe that the first month of 2011 is almost through, it has definitely been a busy few weeks. We held our first event of 2011 last week with my talk on What’s New inASP.NET MVC 2.0 & 3.0 and I must say not only was it great to be speaking again, but it was even better to see such a good turn out.

We have been working hard to start fleshing out our events calendar for the coming months and there is some great stuff to look forward to in February. Colin Mackay will be hosting the inaugural meeting of the Scottish Developers Book Club while Jarrod McGuire will be speaking to us about installing Google Analytics and we have teamed up with Scot Alt.Net to put on a “beers” event in Edinburgh.

In this month’s newsletter we are announcing the launch of our Book Club, we’ll be talking a little more about DDD Scotland 2011 and we have some new regarding Scot Alt.Net and Scottish Developers.  As a side note, the Scottish Developers committee will be present at DDD 9 this coming Saturday so if you are making the trip we look forward to seeing you. It is always great to catch up with fellow developers from north of the border who are attending this highly successful event.

Scottish Developers Book Club

The IT and software development industries move quickly. Mobile computing, HTML 5, REST, Agile, operating systems, concurrency, Lean, progressive enhancement, user experience; are all buzzwords that fly both thick and fast in any tech related conversation. We hear them on an almost daily basis and they are just a select few of the thousands technical terms which keep us busy. How does the modern developer keep up with everything?

One of the ways many of us keep our skills current is by reading and we feel some of the best knowledge and wisdom in software development comes from books. To this end, Colin Mackay has taken on the creation of a book club for Scottish Developers.

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

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 (focusing 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

DDD Scotland 2011

We are currently looking for speakers for this year’s conference which will be held at Glasgow Caledonian University on Saturday 7th May 2011.

Session submission will be open until 11.59pm on Sunday 6th February and can be found at

We are looking for 1 hour long sessions and they can be on anything you wish, as long as they are focused on software development. We will accept sessions for any platform, technology or subject (within sensible reason) and you can submit more than one.

Once session submission has closed we open the floor once more to you, the community to vote on the sessions you want to see on the day. Voting will open Monday 7th February and at the end of it we will publish the agenda and open the doors for delegate registration.

An event like DDD Scotland is a prime opportunity to promote a brand or company and as such we are offering sponsorship packages to companies that are interested in getting their name out in front of an active and enthusiastic development community. For more information concerning sponsorship please contact us –

Scot Alt.Net and Scottish Developers

We are pleased to announce that Scottish Developers has partnered with Scot Alt.Net to bring you social events such as the Edinburgh Beers in February and also dinners which some of you will have no doubt attended in the past.

In addition, we will be cross-promoting events in the hope we can strengthen both groups and appeal to a wider audience.

We are also keen to work with other user groups across Scotland so if you are a community leader (for any software/IT related user group) and are interested in working with us, we want to hear from you! Drop us a line –

Until next time…

So, lots of things on the horizon and we look forward to seeing you at some of our upcoming events. If you can’t make it to DDD 9 this weekend check out our blog next week as we will be bringing you some of the highlights. You can also follow the antics through Twitter by following the #ddd9 hashtag and@developerday.

You can also follow us on Twitter – @scottishdevs

Thanks for reading.

Andy Gibson
Chairman, Scottish Developers

Newsletter – December 2010

Season’s Greetings

With Christmas nearly upon us and the New Year right behind it I felt this would be a good time to bring some news from Scottish Developers to your inbox. It has been a while since our last newsletter and indeed our last event but wheels have been turning and gears have been grinding behind the scenes.

Colin Mackay has stepped down as Chairman of Scottish Developers and is now functioning as our Treasurer and Sponsorship Coordinator and I (Andy Gibson) have stepped up to take on his previous role. Colin and I will be looking after things in the west of Scotland while Barry Carr and Craig Murphy continue to look after our events in the east.

In this newsletter we have some exciting news about the popular, very successful DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper! events and a call for you, the community, to help us shape the user group in 2011.


DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper (DDD) first started in May 2005. As you might imagine, it’s a developer-oriented event. Its key drivers are: it’s free, it’s held on a Saturday, you get a free lunch, you get to choose from over 20 sessions delivered by your peers and you get to mingle with like-minded community and industry individuals!

The DDD magic also stems from the fact it is you, the community, that makes the event what it is: the organisers do not choose which sessions make it on to the agenda, you do! There is a democratic voting process that allows you to choose your favourites from the submitted sessions.

Right now, voting is open on sessions for DDD 9 with the event being held on January 29th 2011 in Reading. You can help choose which sessions make it onto the agenda by casting your votes on the DDD 9 website but you better hurry, voting ends at midnight on 24th December (Friday)!

DDD Scotland 2011

Further afield on the events calendar is our very own DDD event, DDD Scotland which is now in its 4th year and will take place at Glasgow Caledonian University on Saturday 7th May 2011.

We follow the same process as the main DDD event and will be opening the call for speakers any day now so if you have a session you want to put forward, keep an eye on

An event like DDD Scotland is a prime opportunity to promote a brand or company and as such we are offering sponsorship packages to companies that are interested in getting their name out in front of an active and enthusiastic development community. For more information concerning sponsorship please contact us – support [at] scottishdevelopers [dot] com

More details on DDD Scotland 2011 will be available soon so watch this space!

Community Focus

Our goal as a user group is to provide support to developers across Scotland regardless of technology, platform or experience level. To this end we have been looking into how we can better serve the community.

In order to better understand our members and what you want to get out of engaging with Scottish Developers, we have prepared a survey. We would be very grateful if you could spare 10 minutes of your time to complete it. The answers you provide will allow us to improve as a user group and will enable us to better support the growing software development community in Scotland.

You can find the survey at

In addition to the survey we are also looking for speakers who would be willing to run talk sessions for Scottish Developers in the New Year. You don’t have to be a pro on the speaking circuit or a regular speaker at events and conventions. All we ask is that you have a session relevant to software development and that you are passionate about the subject.

If you are interested in performing a talk session please send some information about yourself, where-about in Scotland you are located and the abstract for your talk to support [at] scottishdevelopers [dot] com.

Well, that’s it for this month’s newsletter and also this year but check our website at to be kept up to date with the latest events, job postings and news.

You can also follow us on Twitter – @scottishdevs

Enjoy the festive season and we hope to see you in January.

Andy Gibson
Chairman, Scottish Developers

March Newsletter


Welcome to a somewhat delayed February newsletter. In fact it is so delayed I’m just going to call it the March newsletter.

So, what’s been going on to make this as late as it is? Well, we’ve been pretty busy organising DDD Scotland 2010 (AKA Developer Day Scotland) which will be on the 8th May in Glasgow. We’ve also got Jesse Liberty coming across from the US in April, we’ll be announcing more details of that once we finalise the arrangements. We’ve also got some events in Edinburgh and Tayside.

The biggest piece of late-breaking news is that Scott Guthrie is making a visit to Glasgow. He’ll be talking about a number of new things, so new we don’t even know what they are yet. They are set to be announced at MIX in Las Vegas later this month, then the following week he’ll be in the UK. It will be an all day marathon, nay, Guathon!

As always, you can follow us on twitter @scottishdevs or if you want conference specific tweets follow @dddscot.

Colin Mackay, Chairman.

Upcoming Events

2010 New Year Newsletter


Happy New Year – I hope 2010 brings you all you could wish for.

As it is the new year, lots of people will be looking for new beginnings, something new and exciting to do and there are some jobs going that may be of interest. In Edinburgh there is a Senior Web Developer and a Java/C# developer. In Glasgow there is a VP Engineering, two C#/ASP.NET developer positions, and a developer role with JPMorgan.

This year we are pleased to be hosting our third annual conference. As usual it will be in May at Glasgow Caledonian University. Currently the call for speakers is open (and will be until the 15th January) at which point you will then get to vote on the sessions that you want to see from those submitted. The conference has its own twitter account if you want to follow it for up-to-date information: @dddscot.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the conference then please get in touch at

After the success of the Geek Dinners in December we are aiming to hold them more frequently. The next one will be in Glasgow in February. We are organising another in Edinburgh for March which we’ll announce shortly.

If you are on twitter you can follow us @scottishdevs.

If you run a user group, or just know of an event that would be of interest to software developers we’re always keen to hear about it. Let us know by sending an email to

Colin Mackay, Chairman, Scottish Developers

Upcoming Events

7-January-2010 @ 19:30 in Edinburgh
Testing with PEX and QuickCheck
Registration Required

4-February-2010 @ 19:00 in Glasgow
What ASP.NET (MVC) developers can learn from Rails
Registration Required – Cost FREE

5-February-2010 @ 19:00 in Glasgow
Glasgow Geek Dinner
Registration Required – Cost: Price of meal

November Newsletter


With Christmas just around the corner we’re celebrating the year with two geek dinners. The first in Edinburgh on the 4th December and the second in Glasgow on the 12th December. There are only a few places left as most went when we announced them on Twitter.

If you are on twitter you can follow us @scottishdevs.

If you were signed up to our Advanced TDD event which we had to cancel at the last minute then you may be interested to know that it has been rescheduled and will be on 8th December.

We announced our annual conference, Developer Day Scotland (part of the DDD community conferences), this month too. It will be on the 8th May 2010. The call for speakers is now open, so if you have any sessions (60 minutes) that you’d like to give then please register on the site and submit your session. In the new year we’ll be opening the sessions up to voting so you can have your say on what sessions you want to see. For those on twitter you can follow @dddscot to get the latest news about the conference.

If you run a user group, or just know of an event that would be of interest to software developers we’re always keen to hear about it. Let us know by sending an email to

Colin Mackay, Chairman, Scottish Developers

Our Upcoming Events

4-December-2009 @ 19:30 in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Geek Dinner – Amber Restaurant
Registration Required

8-December-2009 @ 18:30 in Glasgow
Advanced TDD – An Introduction to Testing Patterns and Behaviour Driven Development
Registration Required – Cost FREE

12-December-2009 @ 21:30 in Glasgow (Meeting in the pub from 19:00, meal at 21:30)
Glasgow Geek Dinner – La Tasca
Registration Required – Cost: Price of meal