Groovy and Dynamic Developer Productivity

This just in from the Java User Group Scotland (JUGS):

Our next talk will be presented by Niels Nielsen in the kindly provided CIVIC office space. As usual space and refreshments are restricted, so please register by adding your name to the MeetingSignup page. Here is the abstract:

In most software projects, its common for the developer to focus on the application and not necessarily the surrounding environment, hence the level of project automation is mostly related to 3rd party tools, such as Ant, Maven, CruiseControl etc. 
However, there are often many specialized tasks, who has no immediate tool, nor is it possible to easily tweak existing tools into place. These tasks are often poorly addressed.

Enter the Agile Language - Agile Languages are dynamic languages, who facilitate a faster and leaner approach to software development. One of these languages, Groovy, is a JVM language, providing optional typing and improved dynamics, has a low learning curve and less verbosity.

This presentation will adress the need for an Agile Language in a traditional project, before introducing the Groovy language, before finally presenting real-world examples of the applicability of Groovy.

So if you want to know how to use a GString…….

The speaker, Niels Bech Nielsen, has been working as a software contractor for more than 16 years with at least 12 of these related to java development. 
He has worked in induestries such as finance, media, telecom and airports. 
He works currently for J.P. Morgan delivering trading applications for the investment bank.

The presetation assumes you have done java development at some point in your life, in order to understand it. 
The target audience will take an interest in their work, seeking ways to improve their current development skills. 
Humour may be required..

It is on Wednesday 26th November at 7pm in the CIVIC office (12 South Charlotte Street Edinburgh EH2 4AX).

Announcing Scotland’s ALT.NET community

Scotland's ALT.NET Community

If you are interested in finding out about what ALT.NET means and what it can do for you a group of enthusiasts and practitioners has set up the Scot ALT.NET community that aims to promote the principles of ALT.NET.

To find out more see their website at or join their Google group at

If you want to meet them their next meeting is at the Rutland in Edinburgh on the 3rd of November.

DDD7 Registration Open

UPDATE 15:35 22/Oct/2008: The event is full with a waitlist in operation. The registration process was only open for 5 hours.


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An event put together by the community for the community, in other words you. With Microsoft UK very kindly providing the venue, logistic support and a free lunch.


DDD is all about developers learning, sharing and interacting with each other in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.There will be NO Microsoft speakers presenting, just speakers from the UK .NET developer community; although we will have some of the

Microsoft UK Developer Team on hand to help out and chat to attendees.

Microsoft UK Developer Team on hand to help out and chat to attendees.


If you want to find out a bit more about the latest in .NET development, or if you just want to come along and find out what’s going on i your local community, make sure you check out DDD7

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Internet Information Services 7.0 for ASP.NET Developers

We’ve just confirmed that our Glasgow event for the 9th December will be Andrew Westgarth on IIS7 for ASP.NET Developers.

Talk Description

One of the biggest and best new features of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista is Internet Information Server 7.0.  IIS 7.0 is the latest and most significant release of Microsoft’s Web Server. With this release comes a new extensibility model which gives developers more options than ever before, more diagnostic tools with which developers can debug and locate issues. During the session Andrew will investigate the new architecture, look at extending, configuring and developing for IIS7, take a look at its management user interface, and introduce the debugging and diagnostic facilities within IIS7.

Speaker Bio

Andrew Westgarth is an MVP (Internet Information Services) and the Chairman and Regional Coordinator for VBUG in the North East of England.  He is a Web Developer for Canford Group PLC and is responsible for their B2B websites.  Andrew is very active in the UK Developer Community, attending and speaking at multiple events, supporting users and other User Groups.  In the past he has spoken at VBUG’s National Two Day Conference; Developer Developer Developer Day 5 and local User Group meetings.   Andrew has experience in VB6/.NET; C#; ASP.NET; MCMS 2002 and Internet Information Services.  Andrew’s current technical interests include IIS 7.0; ASP.NET AJAX Extensions, Windows Server 2008 and Virtual Earth.


This event will be held in room M126 of the George Moore Building at Glasgow Caledonian University. Doors open at 18:30 for a 19:00 start.

Edinburgh ALT.NET Beers Night

The Edinburgh ALT.NET Beers Night will take place at 7:30 on the 3rd of November.

The location will be the Rutland, which is roughly half way between Haymarket and Waverley stations, so it should be easy for anyone travelling to Edinburgh to get to. You can find more information about getting to the Rutland here:

As with the Glasgow nights, this is an open discussion and is open to everyone and anyone to come along and participate. So clear your diary and drag along the developer next to you.

11th Annual VBUG Conference

There is a need to “Sharpen Your Axe” so to speak, every now and again. What do we mean by that? In the pioneering days of the West, it was no good for a lumberjack to just keep chopping at trees day in day out with the same old axe. Every now and then he had to sit down, relax, take time to sharpen his axe, and to smell the roses. That way he got a lot more done.

It’s the same with Software Development . In the daily need to meet deadlines and milestones often we neglect the things that brought us into the industry in the first place. The desire to experiment and to learn ‘new stuff’! Half the problem of course is that there is more than enough ‘new stuff’ out there or so it seems, and it is a bit of a head scratcher, trying to decide which way to go first off.

Join VBUG and a host of stars for the 11th annual Developer Conference, held at the Microsoft Campus in Reading.

Keep your schedule clear for the 4th and 5th November and join us in Reading

Speakers confirmed so far, include :-

Ken Getz, Roy Osherove, Jeffrey McManus, Oliver Sturm and Tony Whitter.

Visit the Event Booking Page to secure your place for this excellent opportunity to sharpen your axe.

Location: Microsoft Reading, Microsoft Campus - Building 3, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG, GB

[11th Annual VBUG Conference]

Free SQL Server 2008 training

Do you want some free SQL Server 2008 training?

If you work for a company that has some SQL Server professionals or you know of some that work nearby then we want you to be part of the SQL Server 2008 community launch program.

We want you to hold one or two meetings on SQL Server 2008. To prepare for this you will get free training on whatever aspect of SQL 2008 you are interested in.

The meetings have to be open to other people from outside your company and you must hold at least 1 meeting before the end of the year.

Places are limited so get in quick.

If you are interested then contact Simon Sabin via his contact page He needs your name, company, location where you would hold the meetings and number of SQL Server people in your company.

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)

ALT.NET Meetup on Monday

The Glasgow ALT.NET User Group are meeting for drinks on monday night at 19.00 in Waxy O’Connor’s for a talk on all things ALT.NET or even all things .NET. There will be a sign adorned with the letters ALT.NET to let you know who we are.

First timers are very, very welcome and if you are interested in some of the concepts or technology then your attendance would be gratefully received.

Below is a link for Waxy’s:’connors+Glasgow&ie=UTF8&ll=55.86185,-4.25025&spn=0.016256,0.038452&z=15&iwloc=A 

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