February Newsletter

February 23, 2009 at 8:18 am | In Newsletter |


Last week in the pub after an event I was asked why there wasn’t much non-Microsoft stuff at Scottish Developers. Fair question. We are after-all supposed to be here to cater for the entire developer community, not just one section of it. The reality is that the current committee mostly use Microsoft tools and the areas in which we happen to operate on a daily basis are within that sphere of influence. It therefore becomes easy for us just to invite speakers that we already know. Not a very good reason, and really rather a poor excuse too. But, I want to change that.

I would like to invite anyone who knows of an event that would be of interest to folks involved with non-Microsoft developer technologies to let me know and I’ll add it to the events page and announce it on the website. If you want to get more involved, such as being able to speak at an event, then we would be very interested in that too. Finally, we always welcome feedback, so if you have any other ideas then let me know. We already do joint events from time-to-time with the SQL Server User Group, so why not joint events with other organisations. All feedback, comments, suggestions, etc. can be sent to [email protected]

Things are now moving forward quite well with Developer Day Scotland 2009. The session voting is currently open, but hurry, it closes at the end of the month. I hope you will take the opportunity to vote for the sessions that you want. It is a tough choice as we have so many excellent sessions. The delegate registration will open early during the first week of March, so keep an eye on the website for details.

As I mentioned above, we are always keen to find out what you want, so if you have any suggestions then please let us know. You can email event suggestions to [email protected]

Did you know we have a twitter feed? You can follow us @scottishdevs.

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


24-February-2009 @ 18:30 in Edinburgh (Scottish Developers)
An Introduction to the Live Framework
Registration Required - Cost FREE

26-February-2009 @ 19:00 in Dundee (Linux Society)
Registration Unknown - Cost FREE

12-March-2009 @ 19:00 in Dundee (Linux Society)
OpenLDAP Replication Strategies
Registration Unknown - Cost FREE

19-March-2009 @ 18:30 in Glasgow (Scottish Developers)
Inversion of Control and Testability
Registration Optional - Cost FREE

26-March-2009 @ 19:00 in Dundee (Linux Society)
Web Penetration, Privilege Escalation and Maintenance
Registration Unknown - Cost FREE

8-April-2009 @ 19:00 in Edinburgh (Scottish Developers)
jQuery - An introduction
Registration Required - Cost FREE

14-April-2009 @ 18:30 in Glasgow (Scottish Developers & SQL Server UG)
Two DBAs walk into a room full of developers…
Registration Required - Cost FREE

Further Afield

  DevWeek 2009 (London)
  SQL Bits IV (Manchester)

  DDD Belfast (Belfast)
  WebDD ‘09 (Reading)
  ALT.NET North (Bradford)
  ACCU 2009 Conference (Oxford)

  Developer Day Scotland 2 (Glasgow)
  DDD South West (Taunton)

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