Newsletter - March 2011


Apologies for not sending out a newsletter in February but we are making up for it this month!

If you have looked at our events calendar recently you will have seen a lot of activity. Tomorrow we have Microsoft’s Glenn Block coming to Edinburgh to talk about his work on MEF, WCF, REST and more followed by a more social conversation with him over dinner. In a couple of weeks Colin Gemmel will be speaking to us in Glasgow on Being Dynamic With Ruby and of course we have our Book Club events in both Edinburgh and Glasgow too. If you are interested in concurrecny in .NET then you might want to check out Colin Mackay’s talk in April on “doing stuff at the same time in .NET 4.0“.

All events (with the exception of the Glenn Blook evening dinner) are free.

On the DDD Scotland front, today is the last day of voting so if you haven’t already done so, remember to vote for the sessions you want to see on the day! Registration will open at 12.30pm on Monday (14th March).

A Day With Glenn Block

On Saturday 12th March Microsoft’s Glenn Block will be at Storm ID‘s offices in Edinburgh talking to us about his work and also taking part in a chalk and talk session where you, the audience, can ask him questions.

Glenn is a PM on the WCF team working on Microsoft’s future HTTP and REST stack. Prior to WCF he was a PM on the new Managed Extensibility Framework in .NET 4.0. He has experience both inside and outside Microsoft developing software solutions for ISVs and the enterprise. He has also been active in involving folks from the community in the development of software at Microsoft. This has included shipping products under open source licenses, as well as assisting other teams looking to do so.

This is a fantastic opportunity to speak to the man that brought us MEF and a host of other things who also gives back to the community. After his session Scottish Develoeprs will be taking him out for a meal and you are invited to join us.

The afternoon event is free however if you wish to attend the dinner you will need to pay for your own meal.

For more information see:

DDD Scotland 2011

As mentioned before, voting for the big day closes today at 11.59pm so remember to get your votes in before then. We will be finalising the agenda this weekend and speakers will be notified before registration opens at 12.30pm on Monday.

Hotel for DDD Scotland

If you are from out-of-town and are looking for a hotel to stay in for DDD Scotland we’ve got a deal with Ramada Jarvis again this year for a 2 night stay at £67 per night B&B from Friday 6th May 2011 to Sunday 8th May 2011.

Here is the link:

The Sponsors

It is not possible to put on an event like DDD Scotland at no cost to the delegates without the support of our sponsors. The following companies have stepped up to the mark and are supporting the community by sponsoring the event.

Glasgow Caledonian University
School of Engineering and Computing
Microsoft JetBrains
Ramada Jarvis Gibraltar ScotlandIS
Storm ID

If you would like to sponsor DDD Scotland and get your brand out to over 200 industry professionals and students get in touch! Drop us a line at [email protected]

Until next time…

We have more events in the pipeline so keep an eye on our blog at

You can also follow us on Twitter - @scottishdevs

Thanks for reading.

Andy Gibson
Chairman, Scottish Developers

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