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.

Event, May 29, Glasgow: Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012

We are pleased to promote this free Microsoft event covering ALM and VS2012.

What
Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012

Where
Thistle Hotel Glasgow
Cambridge Street
Glasgow G2 3HN
United Kingdom
Register by Phone: 0870 166 6670

Products
Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server

Audience(s)
Architect, Developer Generalist, IT Implem_Desktop/EndUser Spec, Non-Tech Influencing BDM, Pro Dev/Programmer, Tech Influencing BDM and Tester.

Hearing directly from our experts is the best way to get a really good understanding of Visual Studio 2012. In this session we will look at the Application Lifecycle Management capabilities of Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012 and how that supports the entire software development lifecycle.

Agenda
09:30 Registration
10:00 Start
· Overview of the Microsoft development tools
· Requirements capture and Agile planning
· Development including version control, code quality and automated builds
· Test case and defect management including exploratory testing
· Automated and performance testing
· Working with the extended team, including using the feedback client, reporting, IntelliTrace and System Center integration
13:00 Lunch & Q&A
14:00 Close

*Timing: Please arrive at 09:30 for registration. There is a prompt 10:00 start, so please arrive in time. Refreshments will be provided during the break and lunch will be served at 13:00.

Registration
Via: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032552537&culture=en-gb

By Phone: 0870 166 6670

A full day with Gojko Adzic – Winning big with Specification by Example: How Successful teams deliver the right software

Winning big with Specification by Example: How Successful teams deliver the right software

A BCS Professional Awareness Course

Wednesday 7th December 2011, 13:00 to 17:00.

Presenter: Gojko Adzic

Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus, 10 Colinton Road, EH10 5DT.

Cost: £120 for BCS members, £144 for others (both including VAT).

The course is one of a series of Professional Current Awareness Courses aimed at providing greater access to developing subjects for IT professionals.

Registration via the BCS on-line booking system – see “Booking” at the bottom of this page.

Course Overview

Learn how successful teams all over the world collaborate on specifications and tests in agile/lean environments to produce software genuinely fit for purpose and be inspired to improve your software development processes. This half-day seminar is for team leaders, managers and senior technical people. It presents the collective knowledge of about fifty projects, ranging from high-traffic web sites to internal back-office systems, implemented by teams as diverse as small startups to groups spread across different continents, working in a range of processes including Extreme Programming, Scrum, Kanban and similar processes often bundled together under the names Agile and Lean.

In this seminar, Gojko Adzic presents the results of the research conducted for his new book, Specification by Example. Specification by Example is a set of emerging practices in software deåvelopment that affects how teams approach specifications, development and testing. It is the corner-stone of agile testing and delivering high quality software with short iterations or in flow based systems.

You will learn:

  • key benefits that the teams from the research are getting from agile acceptance testing, specification by example and behaviour driven development;
  • key principles underlying successful process implementations: deriving scope from goals, specifying collaboratively, illustrating using examples, refining specifications, automating validation without changing specifications, validating frequently and evolving a living documentation system;
  • key practices to support the principles, and how teams from the research use them in different contexts, from investment banking to web development, from small collocated teams to distributed groups of teams;
  • how specification by example fits into kanban/scrum;
  • getting started – key steps to take and key things to watch out for.

About the presenter

Gojko Adzic is a strategic software delivery consultant who works with ambitious teams to improve the quality of their software products and processes. He specialises in agile and lean quality improvement, in particular agile testing, specification by example and behaviour driven development. To get in touch, write togojko@neuri.co.uk or visit http://gojko.net.

Booking

Booking is via the BCS on-line reservation system.

Cost is £120 for BCS members, £144 for others; both including VAT at 20%.

Closing date for bookings is midnight on Sunday 4th December 2011. No more bookings will be taken after this date.

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.

MSc Cloud Systems Development

Glasgow Caledonian University, one of the sponsors of DDD Scotland for 4 years running, are developing a new course, MSc Cloud Systems Development. They currently have a questionnaire open to interested parties in order to help shape this development.

If you are interested in the course then your assistance would be much appreciated. The questionnaire can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GCU_CloudSystemsDev_CourseDev_Nov_2010

 

Third party event: Technical Briefing on Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework

Just got this in from Microsoft. Folks who are interested should contact Saqib Ahmed for more details and to register.

Technical Briefing on Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework

WHEN: Tuesday 11th of May

WHERE: Microsoft Ltd (Scotland), Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

http://www.microsoft.com/uk/about/map-edinburgh.mspx for a map.

ABSTRACT:

This briefing is delivered by various members of our Application Development Consulting (ADC) team with the purpose of getting customers up to speed with the upcoming Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 releases, and what it means for their organisations.

0915-0930 : Registration

0930-0945 : Introductions + .NET 4 Overview

0945-1015 : Visual Studio 2010 IDE enhancements

1015-1035 : Improvements to the .NET 4 CLR

1035-1100 : C# 4 Language Improvements

1100-1115 : Break and Q+A

1115-1200 : ASP.NET 4

1200-1245 : Windows Workflow (WF) 4 Overview

1245-1330 : Lunch and Q+A

1330-1400 : Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) 4 Overview

1400-1430 : Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) 4 Overview

1430-1445 : Break and Q+A

1445-1600 : Windows Azure

1600-1645 : What’s new in Entity Framework

Please contact me as soon as possible to confirm your attendance at this event. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

We look forward to seeing you.

Best Regards,

Saqib Ahmed

i-saahme@microsoft.com

Technical Account Manager
Microsoft Ltd (Scotland)

North East Bytes

If you live in the south east of Scotland and don’t mind crossing the border occasionally there is a new User Groups starting in Newcastle. Here’s the information from Andrew Westgarth (he’s spoken at Scottish Developers in the past):

I’m pleased to announce a new User Group in the North East of England, based around Microsoft Technologies, North East Bytes (NEBytes) – http://www.nebytes.net .  We have decided to start this group in order to help Developers and IT Pros in the community with the constant battle to learn, stay current and broaden their knowledge.

We run monthly meetings every third Wednesday of the month (except on the second Wednesday in December – to allow time for Christmas parties and shopping!) at Newcastle University.  Each meeting consists of two one hour presentations (one Developer topic and one IT Pro topic) and we have refreshments, food, giveaways and prizes.

Attendance at our meetings is completely FREE!! The venue is provided kindly by the University, our Speakers kindly provide their time for free, and we as organisers provide our time for free to organise the events.  We will provide refreshments and we also provide hot food, all we ask is if you would like to partake in the the hot food, please make a small donation towards the cost via the open contribution box at each meeting.

Our Launch event is to be on Wednesday 20th January 2010, we are delighted to have Mike Taulty visiting to cover Silverlight and James O’Neill to cover Hyper-V.  We are really pleased to announce that we are also partnering with SUGUK North East for their first event of 2010 and will be welcoming Steve Smith to cover the Highlights and Features of Sharepoint 2010.  So  we have an action packed evening lineed up, Silverlight, Hyper-V AND Sharepoint 2010!!!! We are really looking forward to this great event and hope to see lots there to help us celebrate our launch!

For more information and full event details see – http://www.nebytes.net
I’m really excited about this new direction and would like to welcome anyone who would like to speak at the usergroup.

Vital Ruby and Vital Rails

We’ve just had an email from the folks at the Ruby User Group about an upcoming course. If you are interested there is a 25% discount for Scottish Developers. Just enter the code SCOTTISHDEVELOPERS to get your discount when applying for the course.

These courses are designed to provide the students with the essentials to becoming productive in Ruby and Ruby on Rails. Whether you are system administrator looking to learn a new tool, a web developer wanting to know what this platform is all about, or you are a tester looking to learn about the tools you keep hearing about, these courses have something for you.

Vital Ruby – 2 Days

Vital Ruby is a two day course that will bring you up to speed on the language, the environment and the tools that surround the Ruby language. This course also provides a glimpse into the culture and community that is such an important ingredient to success. Test-driven development is a natural part of what we do and will be reflected in this two day course.

Vital Rails – 3 Days

Vital Rails is a three day course that will leave you production-ready for building web applications. We drive through the major components of Rails, while building an actual application that you will be able to take home and guide you as you develop the next killer app. Learn how to build, test and deploy a web application and all the pieces that go along with it. Learn how to use plugins, how to use ActiveRecord as a stand alone ORM and see how to test your application in units or as a whole.

The course will run from Monday, 9th November, 2009 at 9:00 to Friday, 13th November, 2009 at 17:00 at the Edinburgh Training Centre, 16 St. Mary’s Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SU. You can register here.