DDD Scotland 4

The dust is settling on yet another success in the DDD juggernaut of free one day conferences. This one was Scotland's fourth started by Colin Mackay and run on the day by Andy Gibson who was a speaker at DDD Scotland 2, a co-organiser at DDD Scotland 3 and the main man at DDD Scotland 4 (I wonder what Andy will be doing come DDD Scotland 5 ?).

It was great. It was great on many levels. Personally it was great because I wasn't organising anything so I could sit back and watch and enjoy. From the outside it looks like everything just works (I know just how much work is involved in making it look like there's not much work involved). The dinner the night before went well (always good to catch up with everyone in the community), the day went very well (good presentations full of content) and the geek dinner was one of the best I have been to (an excellent All You Can Eat Chinese buffet which was cheap and very tasty).

I was very pleased to be drafted in as a replacement speaker on Friday morning (to replace David Muir who will now be presenting his Windows Workflow Foundation presentation in Glasgow and Edinburgh soon). I did my Touch Me, Stretch Me, Squeeze Me: The Windows 7 WPF Multi-Touch Story presentation (slides, source code) and was pleased that it went well. Thanks to everyone who attended especially as it was such short notice.

As for the stats, this was the biggest DDD Scotland ever: 88 submissions for presentations, 6 tracks (including a certain Alternative Track imported from DDD South West), 345 registrations (although Andy Gibson said it was 301 so I'm not sure which is right) and 225 attendees on the day.

Well done Andy Gibson, Colin Mackay, Craig Murphy, Barry Carr and the Scottish developer community. See you next year.

And if you had fun at DDD Scotland and you don't want the party to end come down to DDD South West 3 in Bristol on Saturday 11th June 2011 and we can do it all over again.

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DDD South West 3: The "Getting Started In .NET" Track

Following on from the success of last year's Getting Started In .NET Track we will be doing the whole track all over again at DDD South West 3 on Saturday 11th June 2011. The Getting Started In .NET track is aimed at developers who are new to .NET and for whom many sessions at conferences like DDD South West are too far down the learning curve for them to be immediately useful. It is aimed at existing staff or students that want to cross train from one development environment (e.g. Java, Delphi, VB6) to .NET. The subjects covered are:-

  • Getting Started With C# (Rick Spence, WebTech)
  • Getting Started With The .NET Framework (Richard Parker)
  • Getting Started With Visual Studio (Steve Hallam, WebTech)
  • Getting Started With ASP.NET MVC (TBC)
  • Getting Started With WPF (David Ringsell, PC-Talk)

The presentations are mostly delivered by trainers and come from existing training courses. This represents another benefit of this track: the opportunity to try out training companies and evaluate their training style for free, a kind of a "try before you buy" approach to selecting a training company.

DDD South West 3 is almost completely full now and by the time you read this a wait list may be in operation but don't let this discourage you - experience shows us that the top part of the wait list is very likely to get in when people who can no longer make it start giving up their places.

So, want to receive a whole day of free training in Getting Started In .NET ? Register for DDD South West 3 now.

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DDD 9 and StyleCop

Saturday (29th January 2011) saw the ninth (official) incarnation of the Developer Developer Developer .NET community phenomenon started by Old Father Murphy way back in 2005 (when Liam Westley really did have hair). This one had 280 registrations within 6 minutes of registration opening and was sold out (360 registrations) in a total of 12 minutes (the waitlist had hundreds of people on it). A new record for the conference that continues to break its own records with each new event.

The day itself was excellent as always (there is no such thing as a bad DDD). The highlight of the day for me was John Price's excellent "Computer, earl grey tea, hot" session on home automation. I think presenters are always giving their best presentations when they are talking about something they are passionate about. Boy, was this ever true for John's presentation. John really knows his subject and packed it full of loads of information. If you get a chance to see this one I really recommend it.

My own presentation was on "Enforcing Code 'Beauty' Using StyleCop" (you can download the slides here). I was really pleased with this one - I delivered the content I wanted to and I had a great time with the audience. A real pleasure for me. One point worth making to anyone who attended who is getting started in giving presentations: did you notice how full the room was ? Did you also notice how both myself and the audience were having a great time ? This is an example of the dynamics of using humour - it is much easier to make a full room laugh than a partially full room. Put the same people with the same presenter and the same presentation in a bigger room and it wouldn't have been so much fun.

The other big player in DDD 9 was Twitter. As some of you know I don't have any particular opinions on Twitter (video: here, full slides and audio: here) but it played its part during the advertising, registration, build up, during the event and post event and it played its part admirably. It also played its part during the pre- and post- conference meals. The lowlight for me was sitting at a table with 10 people where only 3 of us didn't have our phones out tweeting away. The saddest part of it was that some of the 7 people on our table were tweeting to other people on our table. Guys! Just open your mouths and speak! If you don't start using them they're going to heal up.

But the takeaway thought is that it was yet another major success and huge congratulations go to Craig Murphy, Phil Winstanley, Dave Sussman and Zi Makki (Ian Cooper is taking a DDD break for a bit). If you enjoyed DDD 9 and want some more, or you missed out and need some DDD love or you want to know why this is such a major event try out DDD Scotland in Glasgow on 7th May 2011, DDD South West in Bristol on 11th June 2011 or DDD North East in September/October 2011.

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Video: Twitter MicroPresentation

On Saturday at Modern .NET I gave my second micro-presentation. This time it was on Twitter. Micro-presentations are also called Pecha Kucha (Japanese for "chit-chat") and 20/20 so called because these presentations are always 20 slides where each slide is 20 seconds (because PowerPoint is set to auto-advance after 20 seconds). I recorded a sound track for the micro-presentation and recorded the slides and have put together a video (6 minutes 52 seconds) that you can download here. Phil Winstanley has a real video filmed on a camcorder that you can watch here (the first 10 seconds or so are missing but there's a better atmosphere).

Thanks to everyone who attended and endured my particular stance on this. Also thanks to @Plip for being such a good sport. And thanks to Phil Winstanley, Dave Sussman and all of the speakers for a great day.

One final thought to leave you with: DDD 9 is on Saturday 29th January 2011. They will probably be looking for micro-presentations there as well. Give it a go - it's loads of pain and stress fun.

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DDD Dublin Call For Speakers

DDD Dublin (the free community driven, one day conference) will be held on Saturday 9th October 2010. The Call For Speakers is now open and closes on 13th September 2010 followed by session voting and then the agenda being announced on Tuesday 21st September 2010. 'Reasonable' T&E for speakers are being covered. If you are part of the UK community and are keen to start speaking at bigger events this is a great opportunity.

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DDD South West 2 Dates Announced

Following on the success of DDD South West 1 last year we can announce that the imaginatively titled DDD South West 2 (Twitter tag #dddsw) will be held on Saturday 5th June 2010 at UWE in Bristol. The format will be similar to last year except that this time the Call For Speakers is open to everyone - not just new speakers. Here's the full list of dates:-

  • Call For Speakers opens: Tuesday 2nd March 2010
  • Call For Speakers closes: Monday 22nd March 2010
  • Voting Opens: Monday 29th March 2010
  • Voting Closes: Friday 9th April 2010
  • Registration Opens: Tuesday 20th April 2010
  • DDD South West 2: Saturday 5th June 2010
Remember, it's Saturday 5th June 2010 so put it in your diary now and we hope to see you there. And if you're new to DDD South West and want to know what all the fuss is about watch this video (4 minutes 25 seconds) of DDD South West 1 courtesy of Chris King.

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DDD 8

Another DDD and another major success. Saturday saw the eighth in the ever popular DDD event at TVP in Reading. This one broke new records that must be getting increasingly difficult to break. DDD 7 in November 2009 'sold' out in 4 hours. DDD 8 'sold' out in 12 minutes and 47 seconds (that's 320 places). The wait list of 200 filled up later that day. It is difficult to tell whether this actually means an increased demand (although I suspect it does) because for DDD 7 the organisers upheld the tradition of not telling anyone what day and what time registration would open but for DDD 8 the date and time was well known in advance. The Twitter tag #ddd8 was also the third most used tag on Twitter on Saturday 30th January 2010. And even better we got to say goodbye to Barry Dorrans (off to Redmond to work on WPL etc.).

I played my small part with another showing of "Automating Testing Using Windows Virtual PC" (slides, source code) which I thoroughly enjoyed as usual and went well despite Windows Updates.

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DDD 8 Dates Announced

DDD 8 has been announced and will be held on Saturday 30th January 2010 at Microsoft UK in TVP, Reading. The Call For Speakers is now open so get submitting your sessions now. In addition the complete set of dates is available including the all-important registration date of Friday 15th January 2010 (although no time is given other than midnight and this may or may not be the actual time).

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DDD Scotland Call For Speakers

The Call For Speakers for DDD Scotland on Saturday 8th May 2010 is now open. DDD Scotland is an excellent, well run event and I would recommend applying for this one.

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DDD South West Video

We've all been waiting with great anticipation for the release of the video of DDD South West and at last it is here. Chris King laboured night and day on this creation and I am delighted that it captures the feel of the event and the nature of all DDD events. Thanks, Chris, a fantastic result.

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