Event in Glasgow: Your Agile Is Dead

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Sebastien Lambla will be talking to Scottish Developers on Monday 16th March. Details below.

The Talk

What could possibly go wrong when a Pole and a Frenchman enter an English office? Well, for a start you get servers called Churchill, Wałęsa and de Gaulle. In the presence of such characters it’s no wonder that a revolution was started. The country entered by the noble man was agile (with a capital A) and so were they (but not with the same a).

An autonomous collective of courageous and fearless geeks gathered along in a freshly created duchy of perpetually horded meeting rooms and joined forces into an unstoppable mob of programming.

Their sight: the land of agile orthodoxy. Their weapon: asking why (usually at least five times). Their plan: No Kan-, no -Ban, but a sacred map of all their capabilities and tasks, the Panopticon.

How many pits of success have they already conquered? Will their valiant march to sustainable delivery arrive at the pinnacle of realised business value?

The Speaker

Sebastien Lambla has been involved in software development since receiving his first web browser, back in the days of Netsape Navigator 1.2. After a few years of hacking on javascript, he turned his attention to the .net platform, on which he would spend the next few years building software in many companies. From 2006, Sebastien has been running Caffeine IT, a consultancy helping clients from all over Europe implement first-grade and innovative solutions. Keen Open-Source promoter, Sebastien has created multiple high-profile open-source projects that are in use in many Fortune 500 companies, including OpenRasta, at a time the most popular resource-oriented framework on .net. Long-time advocate of the ReST architectural style and resource-oriented computing, Sebastien has delivered over the years new platforms leveraging the architecture of the web, from small independents to Fortune 500s.

The agenda

18:30 : Doors open

19:00 : Introduction

19:05 : Your Agile is Dead

20:30 : Close

The venue

The talk will take places at Skyscanner’s offices in Glasgow.

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Slide Deck for So Long and Thanks for All the Tests

Seb Rose has made the slides for last night’s talk available on slide share.

During the talk several books and links were mentioned here they are in order in which they appeared:

Event in Glasgow: Bill Wagner on Async/Await in C# 5

We’ve got another event announcement to make for a talk we’re presenting this summer. In July Bill Wagner will be talking to us on Async/Await in C# 5.

Learn current recommendations for asynchronous idioms. I’ll cover strategies for handling event handlers and void methods, async over sync methods, sync over async methods, exception strategies, API design, unit testing strategies, and programming with Task and related classes.  You’ll learn a variety of techniques that make async programming feel more familiar and easier to adopt. You’ll learn to love Task and Task<T>.

For more information and to register go here: http://billwagner-glasgow.eventbrite.com/

Sponsored by Pluralsight – Hardcore Developer Training

Pluralsight - Hardcore Developer Training

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

Pluralsight - Hardcore Developer Training

Event: Visual Studio 2012 & .NET 4.5

Event Details

Scottish Developers are pleased to announce that Gill Cleeren will be talking in Glasgow on Wednesday 24th April.

Gill Cleeren is Microsoft Regional Director, MVP ASP.NET, INETA speaker bureau member and Silverlight Insider. He lives in Belgium where he works as .NET architect at Ordina. Passionate about .NET, he’s always playing with the newest bits. In his role as Regional Director, Gill has given many sessions, webcasts and trainings on new as well as existing technologies, such as Silverlight, ASP.NET and WPF. He also leads VISUG (www.visug.be), the largest .NET user group in Belgium. He’s the author of Silverlight Data and Services Cookbook. You can find his blog at www.snowball.be

About the session:

Microsoft recently introduced developers to a new version of Visual Studio, and .NET. This session will guide you to what’s new in both the new development environment as well as the new version of the core .NET framework. After seeing this session, you’ll be sure to know how your productivity with the new set of tools and frameworks will surely be improved!


Glasgow Business Hub at Baltic Chambers
50 Wellington Street,
G2 6HJ


18.30 – Doors open
18.45 – Welcome
18.50 – Visual Studio 2012
20.15 – Close


Tea, Coffee and Biscuits are also provided.

To register for this event, click here: http://sd-gla-0413.eventbrite.com

Job: Front-end & Back-end Web Developers (PHP/MySQL) in Glasgow

STV are looking for a talented PHP developer to join their team in Glasgow. Closing date for applications is Friday 10th August

We have spent the last three years developing ground-breaking services and platforms to create and share new kinds of digital content to anyone, at any time. With a growing reputation for punching above our weight, we are successfully competing with world-class services and creating buzz as we smash through ambitious goals.

We like to stay ahead of the game and put rapid innovation at the heart of new product development. We deliver products like STV Player, now the UK’s best commercial TV catch-up service, the stv.tv sites that deliver the best Scottish content to mass audiences and STV Local, our acclaimed hyperlocal initiative and the most exciting new project in Scottish journalism for decades. As part of our STV Anywhere initiative, we have also delivered mass audiences to iPhone, YouTube and PS3, and we’re now at the heart of the much-heralded YouView project.

With some very ambitious plans to build on our existing successes and connect with audiences wherever they find us, we are now looking for world-class talent to help deliver commercially and critically successful products to ever-larger and more engaged audiences.

To succeed in our world, you will be an internet obsessive with a keen eye on current and future trends; you’ll have the technical or product development skills to enhance and build on excellent products; and you’ll have a can-do attitude, striving to constantly refine and enhance our products.  And you’ll never be scared to share an opinion or idea.

Front-end Web Developer

The successful candidate will possess a sound knowledge of modern front-end web development techniques, including expert knowledge of essential web development skills – HTML in various standards up to HTML5; CSS and JavaScript.

You’ll also be up to speed on platforms and methodologies including jQuery, MVC frameworks, source control and deployment techniques, client-side optimisation, caching and particularly how to apply these modern standards to a wide array of platforms and devices – mobile, TV, tablets and emerging technologies.

You’ll also have a firm grasp of accessibility and web standards, best practices in usability and user experience, with a careful eye for wireframing and information architecture – working in partnership with design and back-end development staff to create the rich engaging products which will greatly extend our digital reach.

You are passionate about user-focused, standards-based world-class development.  You keep yourself abreast of the market, challenge the leading thinkers in the industry, and want to be at the heart of a nimble team, quickly turning ideas and emerging technologies into respected products.

For more information and to apply: http://jobs.stv.tv/job/275392/front-end-web-developer/

Back-end Web Developer

The successful candidate will ideally possess a degree in Computer Science or equivalent, and with a proven track record of building compelling and robust applications in the web or mobile environment, you’ll work with industry-standard software and tools to create the applications which will greatly extend our digital reach.

Possessing expert PHP and MySQL skills, you will also have a grasp of emerging NoSQL and document-oriented database systems. In addition you will have experience of MVC frameworks such as CodeIgniter, or Zend, and object-oriented design principles. A knowledge of the LAMP stack, hosting and system maintenance is a plus, as well as experience of delivering very high-traffic, high-volume pages with a close eye on performance optimisation and uptime.

You will also have experience of search functionality (such as Sphinx, Elastic Search), API and Web Services. You are passionate about user-focused, standards-based world-class development.  You keep yourself abreast of the market, challenge the leading thinkers in the industry, and want to be at the heart of a nimble team, quickly turning ideas and emerging technologies into respected products.

For more information and to apply: http://jobs.stv.tv/job/275387/back-end-web-developer-php-mysql-/


Job: .NET C# Web Developer in Glasgow

The Zen Agency in Glasgow have sent us the following job posting:

We are looking for a .Net C# developer who as at least one to two years’ experience working on web projects and with exposure to the Umbraco CMS system. Someone who is keen, enthusiastic and with a willingness to work on their own or in a small team. This is an excellent opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading brands in an expanding team.

Essential Skills:

  • 1-2 years C# Development in ASP.Net Webforms.
  • SQL Server database development (2008), T-SQL, database design and development, stored procedures, functions, views
  • HTML and CSS skills.
  • Visual Studio 2010.
  • .Net 4.0 exposure.
  • JavaScript (including JQuery).
  • Good written and oral language skills.
  • The ability to work in a small team as well as the confidence to be able to tackle complex projects with little or no assistance.
  • The ability to jump quickly from one project to another when the workload dictates.
  • Working with C#


  • Experience in Umbraco CMS Development (up to version 4.7).
  • Experience in MVC.
  • Understanding of LINQ
  • VB.Net development .

Send your CV to  greatnewpeople@thezenagency.com