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.

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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 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.

CodeCraftConf

Glasgow Event: Microsoft .NET Core Deep Dive

[Register Here]

Talk Description

.NET Core, the new, open source, light weight framework, has been written from the ground up to be the best  development platform for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can now use your favorite editor to create faster, leaner and more memory efficient NET applications that run everywhere. In this 2-part session, you’ll get an introduction to the major advancements and an overview of what’s changed in the new, brave world of .NET Core. You’ll also get the chance to see how you can create ASP.NET  Core apps that leverage all the new front-end tooling like npm, Bower, Grunt and Gulp to make development easier. Join us on the 7th for an evening full of demos and information that promises to rock your world!

Speaker

Christos Matskas is a software devoloper, dad, blogger, husband, speaker and all around geek. He currently works for Microsoft as a Sr Azure Dev Premier Field Engineer (mouthfull) helping developers and teams leverage the power of the cloud. Before joining Microsoft, he was a successfull entrepreuner collaborating 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 contibutes regularly to numerous OSS projects and works closely with the developer community to make the space bigger and better.

Agenda – Thursday, 7 July 2016 from 18:30 to 20:30

18:00 – 18:30: Doors open

18:30 – 19.15: Intro to .NET Core

19:15 – 19:45: Break (refreshments and networking)

19:45 – 20:30: Deep dive to .NET Core

20:30: Closing

The Venue

We are meeting at Rookie Oven. Thre is free on-street parking outside the office, the nearest subway station is Govan which is about a 10 minute walk.

[Register Here]

DDD Scotland Agenda

ddds-unicorn-side-284-086We’ve finalised our agenda and already people have said they’re finding it difficult to decide which sessions to see and which they’ll have to miss out on.

For full information visit ddd.scot. Tickets are available here.

Napier / Doyle Lauder / Heriot Clark Greyfriar
08:30 Registration
09:20 Welcome and housekeeping
09:30 Paul Gillespie
Architecture at Web scale: the good, the bad and the ugly
Keith Kirkhope
A Squad Lead’s tale: the Skyscanner Squads model
Christos Matskas
ASP.NET Core (formerly 5) deep dive
Matt Lacey
Six dimensional mobile user experiences
10:30 Break
10:50 Craig Nicol
Developers are users too : why the user experience of your API sucks
Clarke Ching
Lesstimating: how to fix estimating by doing less of it, not none of it.
Naeem Sarfraz
Windows brings Docker Goodness – What does it mean for .NET developers?
Chris Canal
React for the .Net Developer
11:50 Break
12:10 Raymond Davies
Breaking the monolith
Nathan Gloyn
You keep using the word agile, I do not think it means what you think it means
Gary Ewan Park
Having your Cake, and eating to too!
Don Wibier
Responsive Web Design for Developers
13:10 Lunch
14:25 Sebastien Lambla
Versions are evil – How to do without in your APIs
Chris McDermott
“Ladies and gentlemen, the plane is no longer the problem”
Toby Henderson
Brighter to the Core, moving an OSS project to .Net Core 1.0
Gary Short
Would You Have Survived The Titanic?
15:25 Break
15:45 Max Vasilyev
CQRS and how it can make your architecture better
Richard Dalton & Ashic Mahtab
“Advanced” Functional Programming For The Absolute Beginner
Mike Ritchie
The Code Craftsmanship Thing for the Internet Of Things Thing
Kendall Miller
To The Cloud! How Azure helped us improve the scalability of our SaaS
16:45 Prize draw
17:15 Close

[tickets]

Lean Agile Scotland – Tickets now on sale

lean-agile-scotlandThe organisers of Lean Agile Scotland are happy to announce that they have dates, a venue, keynote speakers and their tickets are now on sale!

This year the conference will take place on the 5th, 6th & 7th of October and they are back at the John McIntyre conference centre n Edinburgh.

They’ve put together another awesome group of keynote speakers, they are Dave Snowden, Melissa Perri, Sal Freudenberg, Simon Wardley, Carina C. Zona and Jez Humble.

Tickets are on sale and if you are fast you can pick up one one of the Super Early Birds. There are also single day tickets available if you can’t make it along for the full conference.

 

DDD Scotland returns

DDD ScotlandDDD Scotland, the free community conference, is returning on 14th May 2016 in Edinburgh.

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

DDD events are free. It doesn’t cost you anything to attend.

It’s on a Saturday. That means for the majority of software developers there is no need to get time off work. For contracters/freelancers it is unlikely to impact billable hours.

Speakers from the community. We invite people that have something to say, a story to tell, or an experience to learn from. The majority of these people are real day-to-day software developers, DBAs, and so on that actually work and face the reality of their craft each day.

DDD events are democratic. All the sessions are voted in by the community, so we only put on what people have asked to see.

No Marketing. 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, DDD Scotland is OF the developer community, BY the developer community and FOR the developer community.

Call for speakers now open!

If you are interested in speaking at DDD Scotland, then head on over to the site, sign in and create a speaker profile and submit the talk(s) you’re interested in presenting. The call for speakers remains open until the end of February. After that the submitted talks go to the vote and the community decides what it wants to see.