North East Bytes

5 January, 2010 at 13:29 | In Third Party Announcement, Third party event | Leave a Comment
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If you live in the south east of Scotland and don’t mind crossing the border occasionally there is a new User Groups starting in Newcastle. Here’s the information from Andrew Westgarth (he’s spoken at Scottish Developers in the past):

I’m pleased to announce a new User Group in the North East of England, based around Microsoft Technologies, North East Bytes (NEBytes) - .  We have decided to start this group in order to help Developers and IT Pros in the community with the constant battle to learn, stay current and broaden their knowledge.

We run monthly meetings every third Wednesday of the month (except on the second Wednesday in December - to allow time for Christmas parties and shopping!) at Newcastle University.  Each meeting consists of two one hour presentations (one Developer topic and one IT Pro topic) and we have refreshments, food, giveaways and prizes.

Attendance at our meetings is completely FREE!! The venue is provided kindly by the University, our Speakers kindly provide their time for free, and we as organisers provide our time for free to organise the events.  We will provide refreshments and we also provide hot food, all we ask is if you would like to partake in the the hot food, please make a small donation towards the cost via the open contribution box at each meeting.

Our Launch event is to be on Wednesday 20th January 2010, we are delighted to have Mike Taulty visiting to cover Silverlight and James O’Neill to cover Hyper-V.  We are really pleased to announce that we are also partnering with SUGUK North East for their first event of 2010 and will be welcoming Steve Smith to cover the Highlights and Features of Sharepoint 2010.  So  we have an action packed evening lineed up, Silverlight, Hyper-V AND Sharepoint 2010!!!! We are really looking forward to this great event and hope to see lots there to help us celebrate our launch!

For more information and full event details see -
I’m really excited about this new direction and would like to welcome anyone who would like to speak at the usergroup.

e-Commerce Implementation

5 January, 2010 at 10:37 | In Third party event, Training Course | Leave a Comment
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This just in from the BCS:

A BCS Professional Awareness Course in collaboration with Scotland IS.

Four consecutive Tuesday evenings starting 12th January 2010, 6.30 - 8.30 pm.

Cost: £100 for BCS members and Scotland IS Members, £126 for others (both excluding VAT).

Course Overview

Do you want to know how to set up e-Commerce sites?

E-business varies enormously, but it is possible to learn quite quickly how to set up a website that sells physical or digital products. This course, over four evenings, is aimed at computing professionals with some knowledge of HTML, and leads to you being able to:

  • Identify the key elements of an e-commerce project, some typical business models to support,
  • Identify four technical options for building e-commerce solutions
  • Capture essential information needed for an e-commerce project
  • Implement an e-commerce prototype and estimate timescales and costs to implement a full solution
  • Evaluate e-commerce prototypes
  • Recognise typical pitfalls and trade offs in e-commerce development

Presenter David Oxley leads you through technical challenges such as setting up online shopping carts, secure hosting of digital content, digital rights management (DRM), credit-card transactions etc, as well as covering the broader business and customer issues that must be addressed in successful e-commerce.

The BCS Edinburgh Branch has been running Professional Awareness Courses over the years to give local professionals an introduction to new subjects. The course is open to members and non-members. BCS and Members receive a discount on the fees, as do members of ScotlandIS.

For more details and on-line booking go to:

The course is one of a series of Professional Current Awareness Courses aimed at providing greater access to developing subjects for IT professionals.

2010 New Year Newsletter

5 January, 2010 at 08:12 | In Newsletter | Leave a Comment
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Happy New Year - I hope 2010 brings you all you could wish for.

As it is the new year, lots of people will be looking for new beginnings, something new and exciting to do and there are some jobs going that may be of interest. In Edinburgh there is a Senior Web Developer and a Java/C# developer. In Glasgow there is a VP Engineering, two C#/ASP.NET developer positions, and a developer role with JPMorgan.

This year we are pleased to be hosting our third annual conference. As usual it will be in May at Glasgow Caledonian University. Currently the call for speakers is open (and will be until the 15th January) at which point you will then get to vote on the sessions that you want to see from those submitted. The conference has its own twitter account if you want to follow it for up-to-date information: @dddscot.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the conference then please get in touch at [email protected]

After the success of the Geek Dinners in December we are aiming to hold them more frequently. The next one will be in Glasgow in February. We are organising another in Edinburgh for March which we’ll announce shortly.

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

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

Upcoming Events

7-January-2010 @ 19:30 in Edinburgh
Testing with PEX and QuickCheck
Registration Required

4-February-2010 @ 19:00 in Glasgow
What ASP.NET (MVC) developers can learn from Rails
Registration Required - Cost FREE

5-February-2010 @ 19:00 in Glasgow
Glasgow Geek Dinner
Registration Required - Cost: Price of meal

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