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)


Software Freedom Day – Dundee

The third Saturday in September (the 17th) is Software Freedom Day and the University of Abertay, Dundee will be hosting an entire day of talks and demos all arranged by The Open Society and the Tayside Linux User Group.

Who Are We

“The Open Society” and the “Tayside Linux User Group” have long been establishing their names within the local Free and Open Source Community, as centres of support and advocacy for people from all walks of life. This September we will be showcasing some of the best that our local community has to offer.

What is Software Freedom Day

Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Our goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about of the benefits of using high quality software in education, in government, at home and in business – in short, everywhere! The non-profit company Software Freedom International coordinates SFD at a global level, providing support, give-aways and a point of collaboration, but volunteer teams around the world organize the local SFD events to impact their own communities.
visit softwarefreedomday.org »

Who Should Attend

This is a real opportunity for people in Dundee and surrounding areas wishing to find out more about FOSS, its culture, its ethics and more importantly how to get started with it. Talks and Practical demonstrations throughout the day , for the novice computer user to the technical evangelist – you are sure to find something to interest you.

The event is completely free and open to everyone;

  • We have 13 talks on 2 tracks
  • Lots of Demo Software and Machines
  • Plenty of great enthusiastic people

You can find more information at http://sfd.the-os.org.uk/

Event: A guide to installing Google Analytics

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Scottish Developers would like to welcome a new speaker to the floor, Jarrod McGuire who has very kindly agreed to talk on installing Google Analytics. The talk will take place on Thursday 17th February 2011 at Glasgow Caledonian University.

The Talk

Google AnalyticsThis session will focus on sharing the experiences had while installing Google Analytics in various configurations, and some of the pitfalls, tips and tricks involved. We will cover basic installs leading up to more advanced topics such as cross-domain tracking – all using the new GA syntax. We won’t be focusing on the reporting side of things, although we may look at this if there is time. Some of the topics we will cover are:

  • What is GA doing behind the scenes?
  • A basic GA install and code explanation
  • Ins and outs of the _trackPageview method
  • Problems in a template driven environment with a focus on ASP.NET WebForms
  • Where to put the code in the page
  • Domain tracking
  • E-Commerce tracking
  • Event tracking

The Venue

We are meeting in Room M402 on the 4th floor of the George Moore Building at Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA.

After the meeting we normally retire to the back bar at Waxy O’Connor’s

The Speaker

Jarrod McGuire

Jarrod heads up the interface development team at Equator Ltd. He specialises in html and client-side scripting with a focus on user experience; gradual engagement, intuitive interactions and progressive enhancement. Due to his experience with javascript he has also been conned into doing advanced setups and deployments of Google Analytics and Google Web Optimizer.

The Agenda

18:00 Doors Open
19:00 Welcome
19:10 The Talk
20:20 Feedback & Prizes
20:30 Retire to the Pub

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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

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

Andy Gibson, Chairman, Scottish Developers


Call for speakers

We are preparing to start up our regular events once more after a hiatus over the summer and we thought it would be a good time to put out an open invitation to speakers (both new and experienced). We are looking for talks which are ideally 60 – 90 minutes long and we are open to topics as long as they are development focused and are not marketing a product.

We are also keen to hear from people wishing to do grok talks so if you have any you would be happy to do for us or if you think you could put one together we would like to hear from you.

If you are interested please send an email including your name, geographical location and information about the talk(s) you would be willing to do for us to support [at] scottishdevelopers.com.

We look forward to hearing from you


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