November Newsletter


With Christmas just around the corner we’re celebrating the year with two geek dinners. The first in Edinburgh on the 4th December and the second in Glasgow on the 12th December. There are only a few places left as most went when we announced them on Twitter.

If you are on twitter you can follow us @scottishdevs.

If you were signed up to our Advanced TDD event which we had to cancel at the last minute then you may be interested to know that it has been rescheduled and will be on 8th December.

We announced our annual conference, Developer Day Scotland (part of the DDD community conferences), this month too. It will be on the 8th May 2010. The call for speakers is now open, so if you have any sessions (60 minutes) that you’d like to give then please register on the site and submit your session. In the new year we’ll be opening the sessions up to voting so you can have your say on what sessions you want to see. For those on twitter you can follow @dddscot to get the latest news about the conference.

If you run a user group, or just know of an event that would be of interest to software developers we’re always keen to hear about it. Let us know by sending an email to [email protected]

Colin Mackay, Chairman, Scottish Developers

Our Upcoming Events

4-December-2009 @ 19:30 in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Geek Dinner - Amber Restaurant
Registration Required

8-December-2009 @ 18:30 in Glasgow
Advanced TDD - An Introduction to Testing Patterns and Behaviour Driven Development
Registration Required - Cost FREE

12-December-2009 @ 21:30 in Glasgow (Meeting in the pub from 19:00, meal at 21:30)
Glasgow Geek Dinner - La Tasca
Registration Required - Cost: Price of meal

Geek Dinners in Edinburgh and Glasgow

As we’ve not had a geek dinner since May we thought it would be time to have not just one, but two.

The first dinner will be in Edinburgh on Friday 4th December at 19:30 in the Amber Restaurant at the top of Castle Hill.

The second dinner will be in Glasgow on Saturday 12th December at 21:30 in La Tasca on Renfield Street. We will be meeting in a pub close by at 19:00 to get the evening going, but if you prefer you can just come for the dinner.

Registration is required as we need to know numbers. More details about each are on the registration page.

[Register for the Edinburgh Geek Dinner] - [Register for the Glasgow Geek Dinner]

Next Scottish Testing Group Event

This just in from the Scottish Testing Group:

The BCS Scottish Testing Group is holding an event from 1:00-5:00 pm on 24th November 2009 in Glasgow. This event is free to attend but you need to book in advance as there are only a limited number of spaces available.

Further details on this event are available at:

An abstract and speaker bios can be downloaded at:

If you interested in attending this event please contact Shaun Gauld - Email: [email protected] or phone 0141 228 5078 or 07917 581 024.

Further information on the BCS Scottish Testing Group is available at:

Developer Day Scotland 2010

Developer Day Scotland 2010 will be on Saturday 8th May 2010 at Glasgow Caledonian University. The call for speakers has now opened, so if you would like to submit a session then please go to the website and submit your proposal. Alternatively, you can see what’s already been proposed, or you may wish to learn about a specific topic, in which case you can request a session.

SQL Server UG meeting in Edinburgh

This just in from the SQL Server User Group:

Hopefully everyone who is coming to SQLBits will have recovered by next Thursday. I’ve decided to run a SQL Nugget competition so you can share any  nuggets you have picked up or know. The best one will get a prize. I’ve also decided to put together some observations gained for the news groups and show they are not just useful for posting when you have a problem.
Here is the full itinerary:

  • SQL Nuggets Competition
  • A look into the Newsgroups – Martin Bell

In this session I’ll look at using the newsgroup as source of information, inspiration and perspiration. How you can learn for the postings in newsgroup and forums, if you want to ask a question, the how, why and what to post and I’ll look at some of the posts and how to set about answering the questions.


18:30 - 19:00 - Introduction, Networking and Food
19:00 - 19:50 – SQL Nuggets competition
19:50 - 20:00 - Break
20:00 - 20:50 – A look into the newsgroup – Martin Bell
20:50 - 21:00 – Close


Microsoft Office at Waverley Gate
Registration will be necessary as I have to submit registrations to Microsoft on Thursday morning.


You can register here:

Glasgow, 3rd December: ASP.NET MVC 2


ASP.NET MVC 1 changed the landscape of developing websites on the .NET platform and ASP.NET MVC 2 is bringing even more to the table. Currently preview 2 features productivity increasing additions like an integrated validation framework, richer model meta data and better object view templating support. In this talk we will look at these and the other additions to ASP.NET MVC 2.

Currently working for Edinburgh based Storm Id, Chris has over 7 years of development experience.  A great believer is continual–improvement, Chris is constantly looking for new technologies, tools and methodologies that will help in creating robust and maintainable software applications and has become an active member of the Scottish Alt.Net Community to share his findings and ideas with like-minded developers.

Ground Floor,
Moda, 144 Elliot Street
Glasgow, G3 8EX