Thursday, 21 November 2013

Winter Is Coming - Part 5

In this, the fith part of Winter Is Coming we take a look at three more sessions from next year’s NorDevCon. Tickets for NorDevCon on Friday the 28th of February 2014 are on sale now! You can buy your ticket by following the link below:  

DD The Other SDLC

PDD, or Panic Driven Development, isn't what you'd consider to be a mainstream Software Development Lifecycle, but it's out there, and it's adoption is surprisingly high. Scarily, most teams don't even know they're using it. It doesn't matter if you're Waterfall or Iterative, RAD or RUP, Agile or Lean, you almost certainly use some elements of PDD. In moderation this can be A Good Thing™ but too much PDD can kill a project, and left unchecked it can kill a company. To make things worse, many people think they're implementing Agile techniques when all they're doing is embracing PDD and all that's wrong with it. This session aims to highlight the characteristic elements of PDD, allowing teams to spot where they've drifted away from Agile, and helping them avoid the pitfalls of PDD in the future.

Dom Davis 

Dom Davis heads up IT at Virgin Wines and has been an avid Agile practitioner for well over a decade. A veteran of PDD teams he's now helped pull two companies out of the PDD trap and put them on their way to being productive members of the Agile community.  

LevelDB + Node.js

When LevelDB met Node.js it sparked a new way of thinking about databases. Rather than the traditional approach of selecting a complete database system, with Level you plug together the modules you want, to create the database you need. You make your own choices around replication, consistency and functionality. This talk will include an overview and some practical demonstrations with live-coding databases.


Known for underpinning the Halo 4 server-side components, Orleans offers an actor based approach to programming for the cloud. This simplifies the programming model by removing shared state and thread safety concerns, and unlocks the potential for huge horizontal scale out. Orleans is a great fit for online computer games, but is also applicable in other areas, from business applications to the Internet of Things. The talk will be an overview of the architecture, and a live coding demonstration. Richard has had early access to the technology, which is not currently publicly available.

Richard Astbury 

Richard helps software businesses around Europe migrate their applications to the cloud. He works with a wide variety of companies, ranging from the smallest startups to the largest software businesses in the world, and specializes in moving applications that were never designed to run in the cloud, utilise the Windows Azure platform. Richard is a Microsoft MVP for Windows Azure, and Senior Consultant at Two10degrees. He is often found developing open source software in C# and Node.js, and lives in Suffolk with his wife and two children.   

Product Prototyping with Heroku - The Validated Ship!

Pete has spent the last 7 years working for web agencies and has come to the conclusion that one of the cheapest, most productive ways to develop a new project is through prototyping. Prototyping provides quick validation of our assumptions (we’ve all made them) and aids the creation of meaningful products that your customers actually want! We’re blessed as developers; there are more tools to help us prototype than we can shake a mucky stick at: backend frameworks, frontend frameworks and new plugins blogged about everyday. However, there is one tool Pete won’t deploy without: Heroku - a cloud based hosting platform. Heroku allows Pete and the Beta Hive team to turn local hacks into live, functioning products with little or no effort. This talk will document the Beta Hive prototyping process, how they validate their assumptions and most importantly how they deploy their products.

Pete Roome
Pete is a Developer at Beta Hive ( a Product Development agency based in London. He is currently working on Pingle - a mobile app for meeting people and making new friends. Pete previously worked for a startup in Paris before co-founding PANDR Web Design & Development in Norwich. Pete is also a Developer at The 405, a leading online Music & Culture Magazine.  


There are 50 Super Early Bird tickets at £50 + fees and 450 Early Bird tickets at £75 + fees. We are offering significant discounts for students and the unemployed. Please email for details. There are 80 places for the conference dinner (3 courses, 2 glasses of wine and speakers!) and tickets are £35 + fees. The Virgin Wines reception is free to attend for conference attendees and there are 80 places. Tickets are on sale now:  

Originally published here.

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