DunDDD 2013 – Registration is OPEN

DDD ScotlandWe are pleased to announce that registration for this year’s DunDDD event on the 23rd of November at the University of Dundee is now open. You can register for your FREE place at http://dun.dddscotland.com/registration

Session submission will close at 23:59 on Sunday 13th October so get your last minute submissions in!

All selected speakers will be contacted on Monday with confirmation and details.


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.


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

Event in Glasgow: Jon Skeet on why “Semantics Matter”

Scottish Developers are pleased to present Jon Skeet talking about why “Semantics Matter” on Wednesday 7th August.

Jon Skeet

Jon Skeet is a Java developer for Google in London, but he plays with C# (somewhat obsessively) in his free time.

He loves writing and talking about C#, and the third edition of “C# in Depth” was published earlier this year. Writing less formally, Jon spends a lot of time on Stack Overflow… where “a lot” is an understatement. Give him a puzzle about how C# behaves which gets him reaching for the language specification, and Jon is a happy bunny.

Jon lives in Reading with his wife and three children.

Semantics matter

I’ve always been pedantic around things like terminology, but in the last few years I’ve become almost obsessed with the meaning of data – partly because I’ve seen how much trouble we get ourselves into when we use it inappropriately.

In this session I’ll explore some examples (mostly from Stack Overflow) of where a failure to consider the meaning of data carefully enough has caused problems, see what a rich type system can do for you, and imagine what might happen if we actually went overboard on the idea. What’s the sweet spot, and how can it be applied right now?

To register and more information: http://jonskeet-glasgow.eventbrite.com

Sponsored by Pluralsight – Hardcore Developer Training

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Event: Bad Test, Good Test

Scottish Developers are pleased to present a talk by Seb Rose on Tuesday 12th March 2013 at the Microsoft Offices in Edinburgh.

For those of you further north, Aberdeen Developers will also be hosting this talk on Thursday 28th February at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. You can find more details of this on their blog – http://www.aberdeendevelopers.co.uk/post/2013/02/12/ADNUGUK-February-2013-Meeting.aspx

Participation Request: Seb is looking for those planning on attending to submit what you feel are examples of good or bad tests. You can submit them to badtestgoodtest@claysnow.co.uk and they may be critiqued during the talk.

Eventbrite - Bad Test, Good Test

Event Details

Foundational unit testing techniques are often taken for granted, but are an essential underpinning for delivering maintainable software. The tests need to assist software development not hinder it, and to that end need to be flexible, robust, comprehensible and performant. If you find yourself fighting your test suite, then something is wrong.

In this session, we re-examine the basics of a unit test. We will work through a number of examples with continuous input from attendees. Each example will start with a test of questionable quality, and we will work through the issues till we’re happy that it’s as good as we can get it.

Although this session is not specifically about the testability of software, this will necessarily be touched upon as we consider some test cases. Examples will be written in several common languages, but knowledge of all (or any) of them is not a pre-requisite.

About the Speaker

Seb Rose is an independent software developer, trainer and coach based in the UK. He specialises in working with teams adopting and refining their agile practices, with a particular focus on delivering software through the use of examples.

He first worked as a programmer in 1980 writing applications for estate agents and solicitors in compiled BASIC on an Apple II. He has worked with many mainstream technologies since then, for many well-known companies, such as Amazon, IBM, NCR, HBOS, Standard Life and Aegon. He is a regular conference speaker (ACCU, XPDay, Agile North, Developer Day Scotland, Agile on the Beach, Lean Agile Scotland) as well as a contributing author to O’Reilly’s “97 Things Every Programmer Should Know”

Event: Lean Agile Scotland Conference

The guys organising the Lean Agile Scotland Conference have been in touch and they would like to share details of the event which will be held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh on 21-22 September.

On the 21st & 22nd September in Edinburgh at Dynamic Earth we are hosting a Lean & Agile conference, imaginatively titled, Lean Agile  Scotland.

We are delighted to have number of great speakers already confirmed. Along with keynotes David Anderson, creator of the Kanban method, and Liz Keogh, Gordon Pask award winner and leader in the BDD community, we are excited to have Mike Burrows, Matt Wynne and Clarke Ching on our speakers list so far.

If you would like to speak, our CFP is open and will run until the 30th of June. Sign up at http://www.leanagilescotland.com/call_for_proposals to post your submissions.

Early bird tickets went on sale on the 31st of May and were sold out within a week! For announcements on the next release of ticket sales sign up at http://www.leanagilescotland.com/sign_up

Before the conference, on the 19th & 20th of September, Mike Burrows will be giving a two day Lean-Kanban University (LKU) Accredited Kanban Training course, ‘Successful Evolutionary Change with Kanban’. When you purchase a conference ticket you will receive a discount code which will entitle you to £100 off of the price of a training ticket.

For more information:

Hope you can join us.

Scott Hansleman – Scotland Tour

Scottish Developers in partnership with Aberdeen .NET Developers User Group are proud to announce that Microsoft’s very own Scott Hanselman, a Principal Program Manager and highly-active community developer, will be speaking at 4 events across Scotland in July. Scott will be speaking in Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Glasgow between the 9th and 13th of July.

All of the talks are free however we do request that you register if you wish to attend so we can ensure we avoid any issues with capacity at the venues.

Monday 9th July, Edinburgh

Mobile Web

Mobile traffic on the web is exploding. Are you ready? ASP.NET MVC 4 includes new mobile-friendly templates, a focus on responsive design as well as dedicated mobile templates that leverage jQuery and jQuery mobile.

Scott Hanselman will show you what you can do today and tomorrow to make your site friendly on a mobile device. When should your mobile site become a mobile application? Should you use CSS3 media queries, or go “all in” and use jQuery mobile or another mobile framework?

Tuesday 10th July, Dundee


As developers, we are asked to absorb even more information than ever before. More APIs, more documentation, more patterns, more layers of abstraction. Now Twitter and Facebook compete with Email and Texts for our attention, keeping us up-to-date on our friends dietary details and movie attendance second-by-second.

Does all this information take a toll on your psyche or sharpen the saw? Is it a matter of finding the right tools and filters to capture what you need, or do you just need to unplug. Is ZEB (zero email bounce) a myth or are there substantive techniques for prioritizing your live as a developer?

Join Scott Hanselman as we explore this topic…perhaps we’ll crowd-source the answers!

Thursday 12th July, Aberdeen AND Friday 13th July, Glasgow

One ASP.NET (super everything talk)

It’s an exciting time for ASP.NET and Open Source.

What does the next version of Visual Studio and ASP.NET bring to the world of web development? How will you use HTML5, CSS3 and new advances in JavaScript with ASP.NET? There’s new advances in ASP.NET with the addition of realtime (Signalr), new features in WebForms as well as support for mobile. How will it all snap together in a way that makes sense?

Join Scott Hanselman as he shares some internal documents and exciting surprises about the future of ASP.NET. What about Azure? We’ll talk about the world’s most misunderstood cloud and what it means for developers of all flavors and persuasions.

Scottish Developers would like to thank Gary Park of Aberdeen .NET Developers User Group for working with Scott to make these events possible.


This event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors, Microsoft and Enigma People Solutions.


Enigma People Solutions

SQL Relay 2012 – Edinburgh

SQL Relay 2012

The guys over at the UK SQL Server User Group have asked us to post details about SQL Relay 2012 which will be kicking off in Edinburgh on the 21st of May before heading south throughout the week and ending in London.

SQL Relay is a full day of SQL Server 2012 content delivered to you in Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and finally London from 21st May to 30th May.

Content will include something for everyone, the morning session will be an overview, the afternoon and evening are deep dive sessions given by Microsoft consultants and MVPs. Attend in the AM, PM, Evening or any combination of the three!

The morning session taken by Morris Novello, SQL Server Product Manager and Andrew Fryer, Technical Evangelist, Development and Platform Group; the session commences with Morris discussing technical challenges facing IT and dev organisations and also provide an overview on SQL Server 2012, Andrew will then dip into the new features within SQL Server 2012. We also have Intel joining us in London giving hints and tips for scaling SQL Server.

The afternoon sessions are led by SQL Server MVP’s, Jamie Thompson, on SSIS, Tony Rogerson on Always On High Availability and Chris Testa O’Neill on High Availability BI solutions.

The evening will be User Group Style Meeting will Satya Shyam K Jayanty on SQL Server 2012 backward compatibility and a presentation by Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Rob Carrol.

Come and join us, even if you aren’t looking at SQL Server 2012 it’s a great opportunity to network with other SQL Server professionals and keep abreast at where the product is heading.