Announcing DunDDD 2013

DDD ScotlandScottish Developers are pleased to announce that DunDDD 2013 will take place on Saturday 23rd November in the Queen Mother Building of the University of Dundee.

http://dun.dddscotland.com

This will be the 3rd DunDDD built on the popular foundation of the Developer! Developer! Developer! conference series which has spread to all corners of the UK and the international arena.  DDD conferences are community-run days where passionate and enthusiastic people come together to learn, share ideas, and to network within the many hubs of the development community. Best of all DDD events are free to everyone.

This year DunDDD will be featuring an entire track dedicated to Data Science.

Call for speakers

We are looking for sessions relating to all aspects of development from the code and technology level through to methodology and theory. DDD conferences are about sharing experience regardless of skill level so even if you have never spoken publicly before, are still studying at college or university and if you feel you have something to say, we would love to hear from you.

Sessions should be no more than an hour in length. Although we do recommend that you plan for at least 10 minutes of questions or discussion.

You can submit your sessions through our website at http://dun.dddscotland.com. Please feel free to submit more than one as we would love to see a wide variety of topics.

For more information as well as further updates, keep an eye on our blog or follow us on twitter – https://twitter.com/scottishdevs


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DunDDD – Bringing a DDD Conference to Dundee!

DDD ScotlandThe Developer! Developer! Developer! series of conferences has gone from strength to strength. This year saw DDD North added to the lineup to join Belfast, South West and of course Scotland as regional events taking place through out the year after DDD 9 in January.

Scottish Developers have teamed up with the people who brought you the NoSQL Autumn Conference last year and are proud to be bringing another DDD north of the border, to Dundee!

DunDDD is a 3-track, 15-session FREE conference that will take place on Saturday 19th November 2011 at the Queen Mother Building in the University of Dundee. There is an entire track dedicated to NoSQL and Big Data, a track deddicated to The Web and Web Technologies and a general track that isn’t based (too heavily) on any single platform, language or framework.

This is a fantastic opportunity to network with local developers from all across Scotland, learn some new tricks or even revisit some old ones. Spaces are limited so get registered before you miss out!

http://dundee.dddscotland.co.uk

SSL/TLS – Just when you thought it was safe to return – Wednesday 28th April 2010 in Dundee

The Talk

2009 was a serious year in breaking secure protocols.  SSL/TLS was no different.  Hacking SSL/TLS has a big return as a blackhat hacker, once you penetrate a corporate network, stealing login details and passwords are just the beginning.  SSL VPN’s can also be vulnerable to a number of attacks.  There are a number of tools and techniques that are readily available that can make defeating SSL/TLS both simple and well with in the reach of the unauthorized attackers.

The talk focus on the research and tools of Moxie Marlinspike, who has gained an excellent reputation as an independent security research.

With some interesting attack vectors, you’ll be surprised at the results one can achieve

Its no longer a case of user awareness

The Speaker

Arron Finnon is an independent security researcher, ethical hacking consultant, and security podcaster. Arron was on the first ethical hacking degree course in the United Kingdom, where he began giving regular security information shows and talks.  During Arron’s time he has managed to cover a wide array of security topics.

Arron also started The University of Aberaty Dundee Linux Society, where he was president for 3 years. The Linux Society promotes free and open source software, concepts, and ideals.  Arron recently won the SICSA Student Open Source Award 2009 for Open Source advocacy whilst he was at university (Arron’s personal blog post about the award can be found http://www.finux.co.uk/blog/?p=55)

The Venue

We are meeting in the Queen Mother Building at Dundee University. After the meeting we normally retire to the the bar at Laing’s

The Agenda

18:45 Doors Open
19:00 Welcome
19:10 The Talk (Part 1)
19:55 Break
20:05 The Talk (Part 2)
20:45 Feedback & Prizes
21:00 Retire to the Pub

Web Application Testing With Selenium – Wednesday 17th March 2010 in Dundee

Testing is a fundamental part of the development process regardless of how you approach it however GUI’s have always been trickier to test and web based UI’s are some of the hardest. JavaScript, AJAX and browser compatibility are all things that make web UI functionality quite difficult and time consuming to test properly.

Enter Selenium, a web application testing framework which makes the creation and automation of complex web user interface tests a joy. Selenium is comprised of 4 components, Selneium Core, Selenium IDE, Selenium RC and Selenium Grid.

  • Selenium Core is the heart of the framework
  • Selenium IDE provides an easy to use interface for creating and running tests from within Mozilla Firefox
  • Selenium RC allows integration of Selenium into a variety of popular langauges such as .NET, Java and Ruby

This session will introduce you to Selenium and explain the core features of the framework before showing you, through live ASP.NET demonstrations, how it can be harnessed in your own web development.

The Speaker

Andy Gibson is an Information Systems Developer for an international computer games studio with a background in web application development including ASP.NET MVC, PHP and jQuery. He is always on the lookout for new technologies to playwith and loves to learn what he can about things especially in the webdevelopment arena.

Keen to give back to the community, Andy has spoken at a number ofcommunity events including DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper! Scotland and is currently an active committee member for Scottish Developers.

The Venue

We are meeting in the Queen Mother Building at Dundee University. After the meeting we normally retire to the the bar at Laing’s

The Agenda

18:45 Doors Open
19:00 Welcome
19:10 The Talk (Part 1)
19:55 Break
20:05 The Talk (Part 2)
20:45 Feedback & Prizes
21:00 Retire to the Pub

Contractual Obligations: Getting up and running with Code Contracts – Wednesday 17th 2010 February in Dundee

Code Contracts is Microsoft’s implementatoin of Programming by Contract for .NET (also known as Contract Programming, or Contract-First development).  Code Contracts are a way of adding executable specification documentation to your code; they can also work hand-in-hand with your unit tests.  All-in-all, the aim of Code Contracts is to improve the quality and reliability of your software.

With Code Contracts you can: specify a method’s pre-requisites (pre-conditions) and what it guarantees to do for it’s caller (post-conditions); you can also specify what conditions must always be in-place throughout the the lifetime of an object (object-invariants).  Code Contract conditions can be tested at runtime and, if you’re using Team System, they can also be analysed and tested statically after your application has compiled. Using the features of code contracts in conjunction with your unit tests can help you find potential problems in your code sooner.

Code Contracts will be part of .NET 4.0 and are also available for .NET 3.5; they’re language agnostic and integrate into Visual Studio (08 & 10).

The aim of this session is to show you how to write code contracts: method pre and post condtions along with object-invariants and we’ll look at how Code Contracts work.  In addition, we’ll also be looking at using Code Contracts with TDD and how to use Contracts with Interfaces.

The Speaker

Barry Carr has been developing software since 1987.  Barry has written software for many business sectors, including: Chemical; Pharmaceutical; Oil and Gas; Banking; Accounting; Legal Accounting; Public Sector and now Mining and Geology. Barry has also developed and sold his own software components to other developers. Always keen to keep his skills current, Barry devotes a lot of his personal time to technical development as well as keeping abreast of the current trends in the world of software development. Barry is also active in the software development community running the Dundee branch of Scottish Developers.

When he isn’t coding, Barry likes to spend his time with photography, reading and unashamedly listening to progressive rock (especially while coding).

The Venue

We are meeting in the Queen Mother Building at Dundee University. After the meeting we normally retire to the the bar at Laing’s

The Agenda

18:45 Doors Open
19:00 Welcome
19:10 The Talk (Part 1)
19:55 Break
20:05 The Talk (Part 2)
20:45 Feedback & Prizes
21:00 Retire to the Pub

Busy week ahead

It is a busy week ahead for developer events. We have 3 excellent events coming up which are sure to interest many people. Added to that there are events by other organisations too.

On Monday evening the Glasgow ALT.NET user group are holding a get together in Waxy O’Connor’s (West George Street, Glasgow)

On Tuesday evening, Scottish Developers have a SQL Server Double bill in the George Moore Building at Glasgow Caledonian University (Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow)

On Wednesday evening, Scottish Developers have a talk on Erlang in the Queen Mother Building at Dundee University (Nethergate, Dundee)

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On Thursday afternoon, Microsoft will be telling you all about What’s New in Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 at their new offices at Waverley Gate (Waterloo Place, Edinburgh)

On Thursday evening, Scottish Developers present An Introduction to ASP.NET MVC at Microsoft’s offices at Waverley Gate (Waterloo Place, Edinburgh)