Scottish Developers March Newsletter



Since the last newsletter delegate registration has opened for Developer Day Scotland 2009. After just two weeks we’ve filled about half the capacity of the venue. If you have not registered yet, there is still some time to do so, but it may not be for long. It is an excellent opportunity to find out about many new technologies, refine your understanding of some existing technologies and keep up with best practice. As with last year SQL Bits are sponsoring a track so there is something for SQL Server DBAs and SQL Developers too.

This coming month we have some exciting sessions. This week Michael Briggs will be showing attendees in Dundee the secrets behind good Search Engine Optimisation without incurring the ire of Google. Colin Gemmel will be talking about IOC and testability in Glasgow. The in Edinburgh at the start of April Andy Gibson will be introducing us to jQuery. If you already know a bit of jQuery then Andy is also doing a deep dive at Developer Day Scotland.

Colin Mackay, Chairman, Scottish Developers


18-March-2009 @ 19:00 in Dundee (Scottish Developers)
Insight in to SEO Magic
Registration Optional - 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

15-April-2009 @ 20:00 in Edinburgh (BCS)
A Gentle Introduction to Climate Modelling, Observing and Projections
Registration Required - Cost £4 to £6

29-April-2009 @ 19:00 in Edinburgh (Java UG Scotland)
A Gentle Introduction to Rich Internet Applications with Flex
Registration Unknown - Cost Unknown

Further Afield

  DevWeek 2009 (London)
  SQL Bits IV (Manchester)

  DDD Belfast (Belfast)
  WebDD ’09 (Reading)
  ALT.NET North (Bradford)
  ACCU 2009 Conference (Oxford)
  International Cloud Computing Conference (London)

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

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Developer Day Scotland: Registration Open

We are very pleased to announce that delegate registration is now open for Developer Day Scotland. We also have a Geek Dinner in the evening afterwards if you want to put your name down for that.

During the lunch break we will have some activities that you can participate in. If you have an idea for a Grok Talk or Micro-presentation then we will be looking for folks to participate in that.

We are still in the process of finalising our agenda, but at the moment it looks something like this:

Time Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 Room 4
08:30 Registration
09:20 Welcome & Housekeeping
09:30 jQuery Deep Dive
Andy Gibson
Virtualisation for Developers - What? Why? Where?
Liam Westley
Everything you wanted to know about refactoring but were afraid to ask!
Gary Short
Testing the SQL Database - Best Practice
Satya SK Jayanty
10:30 Break
10:45 TDD? I don’t have time
Craig Nicol
Real-world MVC Architecture
Steven Sanderson
Embracing a new world - dynamic languages and .NET
Ben Hall
77 SQL Server Myths
Simon Sabin
11:45 Break
12:00 What’s new in C# 4.0
Guy Smith-Ferrier
ASP.NET MVC Best Practice
Sebastien Lambla
Make Patterns with Patterns - Introducing the MVVM design pattern for WPF
Ray Booysen
SQL Server Optimisation: Best Practice for Writing Efficient Code and Finding and Fixing Bad SQL to Improve Performance
Iain Kick
13:00 Lunch & Activities
  Grok Talks & Micro-presentations      
  Lunch & Activities
14:30 Stop your website being stung
Barry Dorrans
What is functional programming?
Barry Carr
When Good Architecture Goes Bad
Mark Dalgarno
Who Needs Schema When You Have SQL Data Services?
Eric Nelson
15:30 Break
16:00 ASP.NET 4.0
Mike Ormond
Scrum Pain: Lessons learned swimming against the current
Abid Quereshi
AOP with Castle Winsor and PostSharp
Chris Canal
SQL Server Architecture: The Life of a Query
Christian Bolton
17:00 End of the day