September Newsletter


We’ve been busy lining up some great talks between now and the end of the year. It is a great opportunity to learn new techniques and new technologies and keep yourself ahead of the game.

We are continuing to trial a new events systems, so we’d be keen to hear what you think of it. The events pages will now be on Event Brite. You will be able to see all the details about an event there and register for it. There is also an RSS feed of all Scottish Developer’s upcoming events too.

After the talk earlier this month by Paul Cowan on ALT.NET he managed to get a lot of people interested in ASP.NET MVC. There was a real buzz about it after the event as it really grabbed people’s attention. I’ve managed to arrange for Mike Ormond from Microsoft to come up to Scotland and give a talk on the subject. An Introduction to ASP.NET MVC is on 16th October in Edinburgh.

As always, we are on the look out for new speakers. If you would like the opportunity to do a presentation on a software development topic from 10 minutes to 90 minutes then get in touch with me at [email protected].

Colin Mackay, Chairman, Scottish Developers


Goodbye Mocks, Farewell Stubs: Roy Osherove discusses why terminology could be an obstacle to people taking up TDD practices.

Foundations of Programming: Karl Seguin’s primer on all things that make us better developers.


1-October-2008 @ 19:00 in Dundee (Scottish Developers)
Using Git in a Team
FREE - Registration Optional

This talk will introduce you to Git and show you what you need to do to enable Git to work over the wire and how your team can synchronise their repositories with each other.

8-October-2008 @ 19:00 in Edinburgh (BCS)
The Three Ghosts of Microsoft Security
FREE - Registration Required

In this talk Stephen Lamb will take us through the history of Microsoft security, bringing us up to date on where Microsoft is at today and point out the direction of security improvements coming down the pipeline. He will also discuss how Microsoft responds to security incidents and explain the process to release updates and patches to fix vulnerabilities. Come along to hear why Microsoft software is now some of the most secure on the planet.

14-October-2008 @ 18:30 in Glasgow (Scottish Developers)
SQL Server Double Bill
FREE - Registration Optional

Two talks on SQL Server. One by Frank Kerrigan entitled “Practical Integration Services for SQL Server 2005/8” and the other by Martin Bell called “How do you do Hierarchies?”

15-October-2008 @ 19:00 in Dundee (Scottish Developers)
FREE - Registration Optional

In this talk you’ll learn how Erlang discards traditional imperative assumptions, such as mutable data, liberating you to write programs that can scale to efficiently use thousands of cores concurrently!

16-October-2008 @ 19:00 in Edinburgh (Scottish Developers)
ASP.NET MVC Framework
FREE - Registration Required

In this session we’ll take a look at the drivers behind MVC, the architecture of a typical ASP.NET MVC application, new features in ASP.NET that make it possible and we’ll build a simple ASP.NET MVC application to explore the key concepts.

29-October-2008 @ 19:00 in Dundee (Scottish Developers)
Look! There’s my data! Virtual Earth san Javascript
FREE - Registration Optional

The Windows Live team have recently made available ASP.NET Server side controls for Microsoft Virtual Earth. In this talk Colin Angus Mackay will show you how to use this control to visualise your data, from sticking some simple pins down for store locations, to drawing thematic maps. All this without writing javascript.

Further Afield

VBUG Conference (Reading)
TechEd Developers (Barcelona)
Dynamic Language Runtime (Dundee)
Red! Green! Then What? (Glasgow)
Developer! Developer! Developer! (Reading)
Functional Programming in C#3.0 (Dundee)

Andrew Westgarth on ASP.NET development on IIS7 (Glasgow)

Current Jobs

Equator: Senior Developer, C# 2.0/3.0, .NET 2.0-3.5, ASP.NET, XML, SQL Server 2000/2005. More Info…

Sponsor’s message

SQL Know How are offering top quality SQL Server training courses at excellent value. Not only is the price great, but by entering the site from the links in this newsletter or on the Scottish Developer’s website you’ll get an additional 5% off the price. Their upcoming courses include the following

Smart Database Design
Paul Nielsen 29th - 30th September 2008 Edinburgh

SQL Server Data Storage Formats: Internals, Performance and Best Practices
Kalen Delaney 3rd November 2008 Harpenden, Hertfordshire

SQL Server Concurrency Control: Locking, Blocking and Row Versioning
Kalen Delaney 4th November 2008 Harpenden, Hertfordshire

SQL Server Data Internals and Tuning
Kalen Delaney 5th - 7th November 2008 Harpenden, Hertfordshire

About Colin Angus Mackay
I blog at I help run Scottish Developers which is a user group for software developers in Scotland.

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