Sunday, 22 February 2015

Join us this Thursday for the NorDevCon 2015 pre-conference dinner at All Bar One

What: NorDevCon 2015 Pre-conference Dinner at All Bar One

When: Thursday, February 26th @ 7:30pm

Where: All bar One, 29, Tombland / 1 Upper King St, NR3 1RE

Price: £11.00

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Norfolk-Developers-NorDev/events/217755712/

This year the pre-conference dinner will be at All Bar One (a short walk from the Kings Centre) at 7.30pm. All are welcome and the fixed price menu is here:

View the menu.

When you RSVP you'll need to pay £11 for the meal and then for your drinks on the night. Please specify a starter, main meal and desert when you RSVP.

Please attend the pre-conference special with Allan Kelly and Kevlin Henney and then come along for dinner.

Join us this Thursday for the pre-conference special with Kevlin Henney and Allan Kelly

What: Pre-conference Special with Kevlin Henney and Allan Kelly.

When: Thursday, February 26th @ 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Where: The King's Centre, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Norfolk-Developers-NorDev/events/217753712/

FREE BEER!

5.00pm - Free beer

5.30pm - Introduction, Paul Grenyer

5.40pm - Every business is a software business, Allan Kelly

6.10pm - More free beer

6.25pm - The Rule of Three, Kevlin Henney

7.00pm - Finish

To kick off this years NorDevCon we will be having a pre-conference special hosted at the wonderful Kings Centre in Norwich with Allan Kelly and Kevlin Henney followed by the pre-conference dinner. Please RSVP for the dinner separately.

There will also be free beer, cidre, wine and soft drinks.

The Rule of Three 
Kevlin Henney (@KevlinHenney)

The three-act play, the given–when–then BDD triptych, the three steps of the Feynman problem solving algorithm... a surprising number of things appear to come in threes. This talk walks through — and has some fun with — a number of triples that affect and are found in software development.

Every business is a software business
Allan Kelly (@allankellynet)

Listen to me talking to Future Radio about NorDevCon.

On Thursday 29th January I was invited onto Norwich Today on Future Radio to talk about NorDevCon and tech generally in Norwich. They were kind enough to make it into podcast and you can listen to it below.



[NorDevCon] Changes to our Business Track


Nor(DEV):con is now less than three weeks away and with over 240 delegates its going to be bigger than ever before! Early bird tickets are on sale until 6pm on Friday!

We have a couple of last minute announcements to make. Rodric Yates of IBM will be taking our last speaker slot. Unfortunately Stephen Flowers isn't able to join us this year but we have Ben Nuttall from the Raspberry Pi foundation taking his slot.

The Mind Shift to Enterprise Mobile


Rodric Yates

Driving a business by putting mobile at the centre of your strategy, focussing on design, realising repeatable and rapid time to value whilst maintaining secure and robust access to back end transactional systems. Working with the wider ecosystem of citizens, consumers, design agencies, vendors, VC and academia to delight and surprise.

About Rodric:
Professor Rodric Yates is Mobility Business Development Leader at IBM United Kingdom and Ireland, leading a team of subject matter experts across Software and Services, transforming the Digital Office to help clients adopt innovative mobile solutions to help drive their business objectives. Prior to this he led the CTO organisation at IBM as Program Director, responsible for driving first of a kind and incubation projects on IBM and open source technologies across local and central Public Sector organisations in Europe.


How Raspberry Pi (an educational charity) funds itself without rattling a tin

Ben Nuttall

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK charity based in Cambridge. Named for its product, the Raspberry Pi – a single board computer you can use as a desktop replacement or as the brain of your next hardware project, developed primarily for the education of children – available to all for just £25. Like many charities, it has a side which brings money in, and a side which spends money (on its charitable goals) – in this case the Foundation earns money in the form of a royalty from the sale of all Raspberry Pi computers, the hardware and software of which is designed and maintained by its own engineering team and manufactured by Sony in the UK. The Foundation uses this regular income to fund its charitable goals in education – producing free learning materials, providing free training for teachers, funding external education projects and open source software – as well as further developing its hardware and software stack.

About Ben:
Ben’s been doing development and outreach with the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s education team since late 2013. Previously Ben ran a Raspberry Jam, helped with CoderDojo and was involved within various local STEM network activities while working as a developer in Manchester. Now based in Cambridge he develops free educational resources and trains teachers in delivering the new computing curriculum, he travels the world engaging with people in the Raspberry Pi and open source communities and he advocates and contributes to free and open source software.


Pre-conference special & dinner

You can now RSVP for the pre-conference special and dinner on the evening of Thursday 26th of February(the evening before the conference). If you're able to make it, please do come along to both. The details are below.

Everyone is welcome at both events and you don't need to attend the conference to attend the pre-conference events.

Pre-conference Special with Allan Kelly and Kevlin Henney

Thursday, 26th February 2015 @ 5pm
The Kings Centre, Norwich

The Rule of Three - Kevin Henney

The three-act play, the given–when–then BDD triptych, the three steps of the Feynman problem solving algorithm... a surprising number of things appear to come in threes. This talk walks through — and has some fun with — a number of triples that affect and are found in software development.

Every business is a software business - Allan Kelly


Pre-conference Dinner at All Bar One

Thursday, 26th February 2015 @ 7.30pm
All Bar One, Norwich

This year the pre-conference dinner will be at All Bar One (a short walk from the Kings Centre) at 7.30pm. All are welcome and the fixed price menu is here:

View the menu.

When you RSVP you'll need to pay £11 for the meal and then for your drinks on the night. Please specify a starter, main meal and dessert when you RSVP.


Student & Unemployed Discounts

If you’re a student or are unemployed you can attend NorDevCon for just £25 + fees. If you purchase a discounted ticket you will be required to prove your status when you register on the morning of the conference.

Click here for student tickets and here for unemployed tickets.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

NorDevCon 2015: The Hands-on Workshops‏


As well as Valentine’s Day, February hosts Groundhog Day, Thank a MailMan Day, Friday the 13th and most exciting of all - this year’s NorDevCon

Conference hosts, Naked Element are please to bring you a series of hands-on workshops to make sure you gain as much as possible from the conference and go away confident that you’re able to implement all the techie tips and techniques you’ll learn throughout the day.


Continuous Inspection
Jason Gorman

Jason Gorman, chair for the Software Craftsmanship conference in the UK as well as a seasoned conference contributor, has worked for some of the biggest names around. In this session Jason looks at continuously delivery and maintains that it’s not sustainable without Clean Code.

Jason discusses how continuous Inspection is the missing discipline in Continuous Delivery and participants will learn how to implement Continuous Inspection using readily available off-the-shelf tools like Checkstyle, Simian, Emma, Java/NDepend and Sonar, as well as rigging up our own bespoke code quality tests using more advanced techniques with reflection and parser generators like ANTLR.

Delegates will also learn about key Continuous Inspection practices that can be used to more effectively manage the process and deliver more valuable results, like Non-functional Stories, Clean Code Check-ins, Build Inspections and Rising Tides (a practice that can be applied to incrementally improving the maintainability of legacy code).

Build Smarter Systems with Rainbird

Dom Davis

Rainbird’s Dom Davis leads this hands on workshop where you’ll get to grips with the basics of Rainbird and building a knowledge map. No technical expertise beyond basic computer literacy is required for this workshop as it will focus mainly around Rainbird graphical editor and publishing to a website/wordpress. For users wanted to move onto more advanced subjects an understanding of XML would be useful.



Continuous Integration and Deployment with AWS

Ian Massingham

Join this hands on session with Amazon Web Services and learn why the AWS cloud is a good place to continuously integrate and deploy applications developed in a wide variety of programming languages and frameworks. Ian Massingham, a Technical Evangelist at AWS will open the session with a discussion of existing AWS customers that are using the AWS cloud for CI/CD and move to to a hands on demo where AWS will guide you through deploying a CI/CD tool and using this with AWS deployment services to implement CD for a sample application.

You will need:

  • A pre-existing AWS account. If you do not have one, please sign up before this session.

AWS will provide:

  • AWS credits to enable you to work through building your CI/CD environment at no cost to you.

Pre-conference special & dinner

You can now RSVP for the pre-conference special and dinner on the evening of Thursday 26th of February(the evening before the conference). If you're able to make it, please do come along to both. The details are below.

Everyone is welcome at both events and you don't need to attend the conference to attend the pre-conference events.

Pre-conference Special with Allan Kelly and Kevlin Henney

Thursday, 26th February 2015 @ 5pm
The Kings Centre, Norwich

The Rule of Three - Kevin Henney

The three-act play, the given–when–then BDD triptych, the three steps of the Feynman problem solving algorithm... a surprising number of things appear to come in threes. This talk walks through — and has some fun with — a number of triples that affect and are found in software development.

Every business is a software business - Allan Kelly


Pre-conference Dinner at All Bar One

Thursday, 26th February 2015 @ 7.30pm
All Bar One, Norwich

This year the pre-conference dinner will be at All Bar One (a short walk from the Kings Centre) at 7.30pm. All are welcome and the fixed price menu is here:

View the menu.

When you RSVP you'll need to pay £11 for the meal and then for your drinks on the night. Please specify a starter, main meal and dessert when you RSVP.


Student & Unemployed Discounts

If you’re a student or are unemployed you can attend NorDevCon for just £25 + fees. If you purchase a discounted ticket you will be required to prove your status when you register on the morning of the conference.

Click here for student tickets and here for unemployed tickets.

NorDevCon 2015: The Business Sessions‏


NorDevCon 2015 means business. Literally! This year we’ve added some business sessions to the conference to make sure that there really is something for everyone. Whether you’re an agile addict, a .Net aficionado or a techno-phobe, this year’s conference will benefit anyone that works in a business that uses technology, which let’s face it, these days is nearly every business operating today.

Mobile Commerce: Past, Present, THE Future

Neil Garner

Mobile Commerce has come a long way from basic automated voice and text messaging services in the late 90s, through basic WAP services on feature phones in late 00s through sophisticated shopping apps of today.

Mobile Commerce is still at early stages of evolution in western economies like the UK despite many emerging countries like Kenya using services like m-Pesa instead of cash. What will the future bring? Growth of Proximity Commerce linking digital with physical wallets… wearables… Biometrics and authentication… death of Apps… however the future pans out the mobile will be at the heart of commerce in 2020. Neil has been working in the m-commerce sector for almost 20 years and is CEO of Proxama, the Norwich HQ-ed AIM listed mobile technology business.

How to get the best from developers when you haven't got a clue

Ali Clabburn

Ali has spent the last 16 years dedicated to helping communities to travel more sustainably. In 1998 whilst in his final year at University, 2 weeks before Google was born, he set up liftshare.com – a clever website which helps people find others travelling the same way as them so they can share their journey.

In this session Ali explains how, if we make better use of what we have by sharing then we can make huge reductions in the resources we need. Ali and his team have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation through Technology as well as a whole host of other prestigious awards.

Selling a promise

Burkhard Kloss

Burkhard goes on an exploration of how investment banks are structured and actually work, and how that impacts how financial software is built in practice.

Since coming to the UK 24 years ago, Burkhard has been primarily writing software and leading teams in the front office of financial services institutions, working closely with traders and quantitative analysts in C++, Python and a variety of other languages.


How Not to Run a Youth Club

Steven Flower

Steven works somewhere between the business of government, technology and education.  A typical week could involve modelling open data with a local authority, filing bugs for international development teams visualising overseas aid, and running a youth club for kids who code.  Sometimes, projects combine at the intersection of this Venn diagram. Quite often, they don’t.

One weekend a month, 150 developers gather in a Manchester warehouse between the hours of 11 and 3. There’s music, young people, soft drinks and light effects, plus a wait list and security.  Sound familiar?

Join this session to learn how supporting opportunities for youngsters to code is something that can benefit us all.   And be quite enjoyable.

Elite Sponsor: Embracing Technology for Competitive Advantage 
Will Farnell

Farnell Clarke is a firm of chartered accountants and business advisors that delivers its difference through the use of technology.

In this  Elite sponsors presentation Will Farnell, the founder and Managing Director of Farnell Clarke, will discuss the evolution of technology in the accountancy profession and explore how technology providers are the single most important element of change in this, and almost every other, marketplace.

In 2009, before most of the large accounting software providers had even launched a cloud-based solution, Farnell Clarke was one of the first accountancy practices in the UK to fully adopt the cloud. 75% of Farnell Clarke clients now use the cloud and this approach has seen Farnell Clarke deliver an average 38% year on year growth.  Will regularly presents to industry peers to encourage and drive a technological change in what is seen as a very stagnant and reactive industry.


Pre-conference special & dinner

You can now RSVP for the pre-conference special and dinner on the evening of Thursday 26th of February(the evening before the conference). If you're able to make it, please do come along to both. The details are below.

Everyone is welcome at both events and you don't need to attend the conference to attend the pre-conference events.

Pre-conference Special with Allan Kelly and Kevlin Henney

Thursday, 26th February 2015 @ 5pm
The Kings Centre, Norwich

The Rule of Three - Kevin Henney

The three-act play, the given–when–then BDD triptych, the three steps of the Feynman problem solving algorithm... a surprising number of things appear to come in threes. This talk walks through — and has some fun with — a number of triples that affect and are found in software development.

Every business is a software business - Allan Kelly


Pre-conference Dinner at All Bar One

Thursday, 26th February 2015 @ 7.30pm
All Bar One, Norwich

This year the pre-conference dinner will be at All Bar One (a short walk from the Kings Centre) at 7.30pm. All are welcome and the fixed price menu is here:

View the menu.

When you RSVP you'll need to pay £11 for the meal and then for your drinks on the night. Please specify a starter, main meal and dessert when you RSVP.


Student& Unemployed Discounts

If you’re a student or are unemployed you can attend NorDevCon for just £25 + fees. If you purchase a discounted ticket you will be required to prove your status when you register on the morning of the conference.

Click here for student tickets and here for unemployed tickets.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

NorDevCon 2015: It's Design Time‏



Fingers, toes, legs on a daddy long legs, syllabi to a haiku and the Jackson’s - lots of important things comes in 5’s and that’s exactly how many weeks left until this year’s NorDevCon. This week we’ve taken a closer look at the conference sessions dedicated to design - it’s Design Time.

Chucking it Over the Fence
Creative/designer/developer relationships in a device agnostic landscape

John Skinner

It often used to be the case that a creative would mock-up every page for a website in Photoshop/Fireworks, working closely with the client to ensure that every word was spelt correctly, all images selected and every eventuality seemingly mapped out. All too often a bloated zip file of psds/pngs would be ‘chucked over the fence’ to a dev team to turn these into a functioning site. If they were lucky, there might be some hand-over notes!

More often than not, this ‘process’ would lead to problems but today’s device-agnostic web landscape has rendered such a relationship all the more inadequate in meeting the needs of our clients and their users/customers.

John Skinner, a designer who leads projects in both the digital and traditional print worlds for organisations of all sizes in both the UK, Europe and Asia, explains how as web technology becomes increasingly agile, how are the traditional roles within web design affected? Who are the ‘designers’ who are the ‘developers’ and what are their new roles?

Design: A Tricky Business

Hannah Tometzki

Being a designer can mean many things, so it rarely just involves the act of designing. Whether you are a freelancer, work for an agency or run your own agency there will always be unavoidable tasks that take you away from the core of your job description, as well as issues that seem to actively hinder you.

Hannah will talk about taking a job from start to finish and dealing with the many hurdles along the way, such as clients dragging their heels, rekindling your waning enthusiasm, and handling distractions.

Hannah wear’s many hats, officially, she is the Creative Director and Co-Founder of Tipsy & Tumbler but on any given day she can be found designing a responsive website or a cross-platform app, writing extensive documentation, meeting with clients and solving a myriad of problems.

Rapid Product Design in the Wild

Michele Ide-Smith

Michele poses the fundamental question - How do you know you’re developing the right product? In this in-depth case study Michele will share how she used Lean UX methods -such as rapid prototyping – to inform product design in the wild, at a trade show.

In August 2012 the Red Gate Oracle team attended Kscope, a conference for Oracle developers. They turned their trade show stand into a live lab and took Agile development processes out of the office and in front of customers. Over 3 days they conducted 25 customer interviews, using a paper prototype to get feedback on designs. By the end of the conference they had developed an interactive HTML/CSS prototype, which potential customers could evaluate. The team went through several rapid learning cycles to discover which customer problems to solve, how to solve them and to validate the market need for the product.

Michele will cover the benefits and pitfalls of doing live design and development in front of potential customers and competitors. Currently working at the University of Cambridge, Michele will also provide insights into the challenges she now faces using Lean UX techniques within a centuries-old institution.

An absolute must for anyone directly involved in product design, development and marketing.

Conference Dinner and Kurasie Wine Reception

Make the most of your time at NorDevCon and join us for a wine reception (free), also at The King’s Centre, generously sponsored by Kurasie. Discuss what you’ve learnt, raise any questions or introduce yourself to other delegates and share insights.

If you’re unable to attend the conference then you’re still very welcome to attend the drinks reception and mingle with conference delegates, speakers, organisers, Norfolk’s tech community and beyond.

The drinks reception will be followed by the conference dinner (£35 + fees for 3 courses and 2 glasses of wine) where you’ll have the chance to sit down and dine with all your favourite speakers in turn and pick the minds of those that are most relevant to you and your business. Places must be booked in advance and, like the drinks reception, invitations extend to those unable to attend the full conference as they also provide invaluable stand-alone networking opportunities.

View the menu here.

Pre-conference special & dinner

You can now RSVP for the pre-conference special and dinner on the evening of Thursday 26th of February(the evening before the conference). If you're able to make it, please do come along to both. The details are below.

Everyone is welcome at both events and you don't need to attend the conference to attend the pre-conference events.

Pre-conference Special with Allan Kelly and Kevlin Henney

Thursday, 26th February 2015 @ 5pm
The Kings Centre, Norwich

The Rule of Three - Kevin Henney

The three-act play, the given–when–then BDD triptych, the three steps of the Feynman problem solving algorithm... a surprising number of things appear to come in threes. This talk walks through — and has some fun with — a number of triples that affect and are found in software development.

Every business is a software business - Allan Kelly


Pre-conference Dinner at All Bar One

Thursday, 26th February 2015 @ 7.30pm
All Bar One, Norwich

This year the pre-conference dinner will be at All Bar One (a short walk from the Kings Centre) at 7.30pm. All are welcome and the fixed price menu is here:

View the menu.

When you RSVP you'll need to pay £11 for the meal and then for your drinks on the night. Please specify a starter, main meal and dessert when you RSVP.


Student & Unemployed Discounts

If you’re a student or are unemployed you can attend NorDevCon for just £25 + fees. If you purchase a discounted ticket you will be required to prove your status when you register on the morning of the conference.

Click here for student tickets and here for unemployed tickets.

Monday, 19 January 2015

NorDevCon 2015: .Net Heaven at NorDevCon


Take your mind off Dry January and the gym and check out our next instalment of NorDevCon 2015's sensational sessions. From C# to the cloud and Docker to data and even dinner - NorDevCon has got it covered.

C# 6 – the future is (nearly) here!

Jon Skeet

Jon Skeet, Java developer for Google in London, is self-confessed C# obsessed. Outside of his day job Jon loves writing and talking about C#, and the third edition of ‘C# in Depth’ was published in September 2013. Writing less formally, Jon spends a lot of time on Stack Overflow… where ‘a lot’ is an understatement. Give him a puzzle about how C# behaves which gets him reaching for the language specification, and Jon is a happy bunny.

C# 6 is nearly upon us, and after doing the feature hokey-cokey for a little while, it’s all looking pretty stable. It’s a pretty special release, as along with the language changes themselves, there’s a whole new compiler to use – and poke at. The Roslyn compiler allows ordinary (at least, enthusiastic and persistent) developers to build their own warnings and refactorings, amongst other things.

In this talk, Jon will demonstrate all the new features, show how they’ve already made the Noda Time code base cleaner, and then take a look at how I’ve been using Roslyn to check my code more thoroughly… maybe it’ll give you some ideas about concepts you want to be able to express and check within your code, too.

Fun and games with Docker and Build Smarter Systems with Rainbird 

Dom Davis

Docker has been a hot topic in recent months but what exactly is Docker and why do we need Linux Containers (LXC)? After all, we’ve already got virtualisation and can spin up an AWS instance in seconds for mere pence.Dom Davis, a veteran of The City and a casualty of The Financial Crisis, is now a technology evangelist for a small startup. Dom is an enthusiastic and impassioned speaker who uses a blend of irreverent sarcasm and flippant humour to bring complex technical subjects to a broad audience.


In this talk Dom looks at using Docker to provide homogeneous, vendor agnostic environments, environments on demand – including local development environments, and investigates some deployment tactics that can be used with containers. All of this will be done from within Docker instances configured and spun up on a laptop during the talk. What could possibly go wrong?

Build Smarter Systems with Rainbird: A hands on workshop where you’ll get to grips with the basics of Rainbird and building a knowledge map. No technical expertise beyond basic computer literacy is required for this workshop as it will focus mainly around Rainbird graphical editor and publishing to a website/wordpress. For users wanted to move onto more advanced subjects an understanding of XML would be useful.

Understanding Cloud, Big Data, Mobile and Security – do they play nicely together?

Colin Mower

The IT industry is undergoing the biggest change since commodity distributed computing almost killed the centralised model of large systems. Definitions and labels describing this future state of computing change almost monthly, but the IT industry is largely in agreement that Cloud, Big Data/Analytics, Mobile and Security are the key themes that are driving this change.

In this session, software architect at IBM, Colin Mower talks about the challenges companies large and small are facing with this paradigm shift, how they can take their business forward with the off-premises model, and how all four themes can work together to achieve business value.

Colin specialises in Enterprise systems, with many of his 17 years in IT working with or on IBM Mainframes. He has also spent many years designing and architecting solutions across Windows, Unix and AS/400s. He is a chartered member of the BCS, and has had speaking roles in Large System working group conferences, Universities and at Norfolk Developers.


Conference Dinner and Kurasie Wine Reception

Make the most of your time at NorDevCon and join us for a wine reception (free), also at The King’s Centre, generously sponsored by Kurasie. Discuss what you’ve learnt, raise any questions or introduce yourself to other delegates and share insights.

If you’re unable to attend the conference then you’re still very welcome to attend the drinks reception and mingle with conference delegates, speakers, organisers, Norfolk’s tech community and beyond.

The drinks reception will be followed by the conference dinner (£35 + fees for 3 courses and 2 glasses of wine) where you’ll have the chance to sit down and dine with all your favourite speakers in turn and pick the minds of those that are most relevant to you and your business. Places must be booked in advance and, like the drinks reception, invitations extend to those unable to attend the full conference as they also provide invaluable stand-alone networking opportunities.

View the menu here.

Pre-conference special & dinner

You can now RSVP for the pre-conference special and dinner on the evening of Thursday 26th of February(the evening before the conference). If you're able to make it, please do come along to both. The details are below.

Everyone is welcome at both events and you don't need to attend the conference to attend the pre-conference events.

Pre-conference Special with Allan Kelly and Kevlin Henney

Thursday, 26th February 2015 @ 5pm
The Kings Centre, Norwich

The Rule of Three - Kevin Henney

The three-act play, the given–when–then BDD triptych, the three steps of the Feynman problem solving algorithm... a surprising number of things appear to come in threes. This talk walks through — and has some fun with — a number of triples that affect and are found in software development.

Every business is a software business - Allan Kelly


Pre-conference Dinner at All Bar One

Thursday, 26th February 2015 @ 7.30pm
All Bar One, Norwich

This year the pre-conference dinner will be at All Bar One (a short walk from the Kings Centre) at 7.30pm. All are welcome and the fixed price menu is here:

View the menu.

When you RSVP you'll need to pay £11 for the meal and then for your drinks on the night. Please specify a starter, main meal and dessert when you RSVP.


Student & Unemployed Discounts

If you’re a student or are unemployed you can attend NorDevCon for just £25 + fees. If you purchase a discounted ticket you will be required to prove your status when you register on the morning of the conference.

Click here for student tickets and here for unemployed tickets.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

NorDevCon 2015: Agile Sessions Part 2‏


The decs' are down and the diets have started. But it's not all doom and gloom - there's plenty to look forward to in 2015. For starters we're just 7 weeks away from NorDevCon 2015 and here's a few more sessions to sink you teeth into.

So long, and thanks for all the tests

Seb Rose

Consultant, coach, designer, analyst and developer, Seb Rose has been involved in the full development lifecycle, from Architecture to Support and BASIC to Ruby. Most recently he's been helping teams adopt and refine their agile practices, with a particular focus on automated testing.

He answers the questions we've all been asking ourselves - Do unit tests make life better? Should we develop using test driven development (TDD)? What exactly are our customers paying for?

Software development is hard. Unit testing and Test Driven Development (TDD) can make it easier, but only if done well – and that takes time. Seb explains how these practices can help your project, what you can do to get better at them, and why your boss should care about them.

You’ll learn about project risk and how developer testing can improve the chances of a successful delivery and see how developer tests don’t just protect against regression, but also act as a primary source of documentation. And we’ll take a few hints from the ancient Egyptians!

A note about the title: In Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy the dolphins leave planet earth before it gets destroyed, with their last enigmatic message “So long, and thanks for all the fish” being misinterpreted. Is our software giving us the same message? After all, the software would still perform the same function without the tests, wouldn’t it?



The ups and downs of agile as a small agency

Lily Dart

Head of Service Design for dxw, an agency specialising in public sector digital, Lily walks us through her agencies experience as a small agile shop working for the public sector, sharing best practice advice and good examples of agile in practice.

When you’re actually working on the front lines with a client who has the drive to do things right, but is still limited by their timescale and budget, how can you make agile work? Lily reveals the answers leaning on experience in front end development and user experience design. Lilly loves using her technical knowledge and design expertise to solve problems.


Lies, damn lies and estimates 

Seb Rose

Seb steps up once again, this time posing the important question 'Are estimates an essential part of project planning and delivery or a waste of everybody’s time?

Seb explains how, as is so often the case, the answer is neither and both. In this session we discover that there is more than one kind of estimate and examine how they are typically used in an agile context.

He looks at what some of the great minds have said on the subject, from Steve McConnell to Demarco and Lister. He’ll also consider the need for estimates from the viewpoint of the business people who have to decide whether a project proposal should receive budget. Picking up the ‘No Estimates’ discussion from Twitter, Seb looks at whether there’s a case to be made for always refusing to provide estimates or whether there are times that some sorts of estimation is valuable. Seb closes by considering what Disraeli might have said on the subject
 
As a regular speaker at conferences and occasional contributor to software journals, Seb is also a contributing author to “97 Things Every Programmer Should Know” (O’Reilly) and is currently writing The Cucumber-JVM Book for Pragmatic Programmers. 

Conference Dinner and Kurasie Wine Reception

Make the most of your time at NorDevCon and join us for a wine reception (free), also at The King’s Centre, generously sponsored by Kurasie. Discuss what you’ve learnt, raise any questions or introduce yourself to other delegates and share insights.

If you’re unable to attend the conference then you’re still very welcome to attend the drinks reception and mingle with conference delegates, speakers, organisers, Norfolk’s tech community and beyond.

The drinks reception will be followed by the conference dinner (£35 + fees for 3 courses and 2 glasses of wine) where you’ll have the chance to sit down and dine with all your favourite speakers in turn and pick the minds of those that are most relevant to you and your business. Places must be booked in advance and, like the drinks reception, invitations extend to those unable to attend the full conference as they also provide invaluable stand-alone networking opportunities.

View the menu here.

Pre-conference special & dinner

You can now RSVP for the pre-conference special and dinner on the evening of Thursday 26th of February(the evening before the conference). If you're able to make it, please do come along to both. The details are below.

Everyone is welcome at both events and you don't need to attend the conference to attend the pre-conference events.

Pre-conference Special with Allan Kelly and Kevlin Henney

Thursday, 26th February 2015 @ 5pm
The Kings Centre, Norwich

The Rule of Three - Kevin Henney

The three-act play, the given–when–then BDD triptych, the three steps of the Feynman problem solving algorithm... a surprising number of things appear to come in threes. This talk walks through — and has some fun with — a number of triples that affect and are found in software development.

Every business is a software business - Allan Kelly


Pre-conference Dinner at All Bar One

Thursday, 26th February 2015 @ 7.30pm
All Bar One, Norwich

This year the pre-conference dinner will be at All Bar One (a short walk from the Kings Centre) at 7.30pm. All are welcome and the fixed price menu is here:

View the menu.

When you RSVP you'll need to pay £11 for the meal and then for your drinks on the night. Please specify a starter, main meal and dessert when you RSVP.


Student & Unemployed Discounts

If you’re a student or are unemployed you can attend NorDevCon for just £25 + fees. If you purchase a discounted ticket you will be required to prove your status when you register on the morning of the conference.

Click here for student tickets and here for unemployed tickets.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

NorDevCon: Meet the 2015 Sponsors‏


Every year NorDevCon provides businesses around the county with the chance to show clients and customers, both existing and potential, that they've got their finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest and greatest in business technology.

This year, Norwich-based accountants and business advisors, Farnell Clarke are the Elite event sponsors.

Will Farnell, Managing Director describes how his business is hand in hand with technology, “Farnell Clarke has been leading the way in cloud-based accounting for the past three years, working with more than 500 clients across the East of England and beyond. Technology is now absolutely fundamental to the way we run our business and help our clients to run theirs.  We rely completely on the talented people in the background who create the code that brings software such as KashFlow and ReceiptBank to life."

Will adds “Ambitious businesses such as ours cannot hope to thrive and grow if we don’t embrace everything that technology has to offer.  To do that the wider business community needs to forge closer links with the specialist tech sector.  That’s why we’re involved with nor(Dev):con: it’s a fantastic opportunity for the business and tech worlds to get together, learn from each other and, hopefully, develop partnerships which will help to cement Norfolk’s position as a truly innovative and ground-breaking business and tech community.”

Elite sponsor, Farnell Clarke are in good company too, with some of the counties brightest business stars generously sponsoring NorDevCon 2015.

This year's Partner Sponsors are: 

Kurasie - Helps you to get noticed in a noisy online world. Where the current trend is to "create" more content, you can serve your audience better by "curating" content.

MigSolv - Committed to providing secure, efficient, scalable and cost effective data centre solution including colocation solutions and the ideal place to house mission critical equipment.

Plain Speaking - Straight talking, results focused PR and communications agency based in Norwich specialising in devising and implement strategies that encompass marketing communications in its widest sense.

Redgate - Provide a safe, efficient process to ship regular database changes with tooling that brings the benefits of source control, continuous integration, and continuous delivery to your SQL Server databases.

Plus, check out our A-Z of Associate NorDevCon 2015 sponsors:  

Allies Postcoder - deliver address lookup for 240+ countries, Geocoding, IP address to location and email validation - part of Allies, a leading UK supplier of address data quality solutions.

Anglia IT Recruitment - A multiple award-winning company placing IT professionals in a range of roles within small independent software houses to international giants the East of England.

Bristow Holland - Offer specialist IT recruitment, sourcing and attraction services across the East of England with long and trusting relationships with many of the most prestigious employers in the region.

The Forum -  Offers a unique and inspiring location for exhibitions, performances, conferences. Home to The Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library awarded the title 'most popular public library in the UK' for seven consecutive years.

InfoQ - Providing an online community with unbiased, practitioner-driven conferences, content, and an online community created 'For the Community and By The Community'.

James Neale Photography  - Award-winning commercial photographer based in Norfolk, covering the whole of the UK.

LY Copywriting - Provides copywriting services, from website copy to email marketing, and social media management to businesses in and around East Anglia.

Methods & Tools - A free software development magazine exploring everything from project management and software testing to Agile and programming.

The MS Society - The UK’s leading MS charity who, since 1953, have been providing information and support, funding research and fighting for change. With over 38,000 members and 9000 volunteers.

Norfolk Network - About discovering, championing and connecting ambitious, creative and talented business people , who are using technology, science and engineering to develop innovative products and services.

Onebyte - Provide the Managed IT Services, the IT Support and the technically minded people you need to create and maintain the IT structure your business requires to succeed.

Proxama - A global platform provider of proximity marketing, loyalty and contactless payment solutions on mobile to financial institutions, media owners, retailers and brands.

Rainbird - An  impressive AI platform for visually structuring knowledge and turning it into smart consultative tools that anyone can use 24 /7.

Smellyrabbit - Specialise in digital solutions from bespoke websites and apps to back office solutions and custom content management systems.

Conference Dinner and Kurasie Wine Reception

Make the most of your time at NorDevCon and join us for a wine reception (free), also at The King’s Centre, generously sponsored by Kurasie. Discuss what you’ve learnt, raise any questions or introduce yourself to other delegates and share insights.

If you’re unable to attend the conference then you’re still very welcome to attend the drinks reception and mingle with conference delegates, speakers, organisers, Norfolk’s tech community and beyond.

The drinks reception will be followed by the conference dinner (£35 + fees for 3 courses and 2 glasses of wine) where you’ll have the chance to sit down and dine with all your favourite speakers in turn and pick the minds of those that are most relevant to you and your business. Places must be booked in advance and, like the drinks reception, invitations extend to those unable to attend the full conference as they also provide invaluable stand-alone networking opportunities.

View the menu here.

Pre-conference special & dinner

You can now RSVP for the pre-conference special and dinner on the evening of Thursday 26th of February(the evening before the conference). If you're able to make it, please do come along to both. The details are below.

Everyone is welcome at both events and you don't need to attend the conference to attend the pre-conference events.

Pre-conference Special with Allan Kelly and Kevlin Henney

Thursday, 26th February 2015 @ 5pm
The Kings Centre, Norwich

The Rule of Three - Kevin Henney

The three-act play, the given–when–then BDD triptych, the three steps of the Feynman problem solving algorithm... a surprising number of things appear to come in threes. This talk walks through — and has some fun with — a number of triples that affect and are found in software development.

Every business is a software business - Allan Kelly

RSVP here.

Pre-conference Dinner at All Bar One

Thursday, 26th February 2015 @ 7.30pm
All Bar One, Norwich

This year the pre-conference dinner will be at All Bar One (a short walk from the Kings Centre) at 7.30pm. All are welcome and the fixed price menu is here:

View the menu.

When you RSVP you'll need to pay £11 for the meal and then for your drinks on the night. Please specify a starter, main meal and dessert when you RSVP.

RSVP here.

Student & Unemployed Discounts

If you’re a student or are unemployed you can attend NorDevCon for just £25 + fees. If you purchase a discounted ticket you will be required to prove your status when you register on the morning of the conference.

Click here for student tickets and here for unemployed tickets.