Learning Opportunities AT SDD 2016
Written by Sue Gee   
Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Next week developers will gather in the Barbican Centre, London for the annual Software Design & Development Conference. The event features over 100 in-depth sessions on key software development topics. Whether you are a web developer, a .NET developer, or a mobile developer (or perhaps all three), it is a chance to learn from world-class experts.


One of the best reasons to take a time out of your normal schedule and attend the Software Design & Development Conference is to learn about the latest technologies from acknowledged experts in their specialist areas. If you can't spare the whole week you can book for as little as a single workshop.

All SDD's workshops and sessions have Coding Level and Advanced Level ratings on a scale of 1 to 5. Coding Level indicates how much code the session will contain, going from a rating of 1 meaning none, and 5 meaning nothing-but. Advanced Level 1 means introductory, and 5 means black-belt - but in fact almost all the sessions are at levels 2, 3 and 4. Following the links below will take you to details of all of SDD's all- day workshops that take place on the Monday and Friday, i.e. before and after the main conference.

The pre-conference workshops in particular tend to have a lot of code and include hands-on exercises - delegates need their laptops and don't forget your adapter if coming from outside the UK. The most most code laden (Code Level 5) is A day of ASP.NET Core 1.0 from Brock Allen and Dominick Baier. Andy Clymer and Richard Blewett's A day of async programming,  a deep dive into the mechanics of how best to deliver asynchronous functionality into your applications, is almost as code rich at Code Level 4. Also at Code Level 4, and with pair programming exercises there is a workshop from Seb Rose on  Getting better at TDD on. All three of these workshops are at Advanced Level 2 and take place on Monday May 16th. Michael Kennedy's post-conference workshop, Building data-driven web applications in Python, is also Coding Level 4/Advanced Level 2.




You'll find a similar level of code in workshops at Intermediate levels (3) such as Angular 2.0 workshop from Tiberiu Covaci, Setting up a production monitoring and diagnostic environment from Sasha Goldshtein and in two of the post conference workshops - A day of securing ASP.NET Core 1.0 applications and APIs from Brock Allen and Dominick Baier and A polyglot day: learning from language paradigms, which will get you "exploring the varied landscape of language paradigms" with Kathleen Dollard and Benson Joeris.

Building Microservices with Docker, a pre-conference one-day session presented by Sam Newman is rated as Coding Level 3/Advanced Level 2 and its description states: 

This workshop is definitely more about the ‘how’ rather than the ‘why’.

and notes that attendees will participate in interactive exercises. 

Similarly, attendees at the Post-Conference Monitoring .NET performance with ETW from Sasha Goldshtein (Coding Level 3/Advanced Level 3) with use free tools such as the Windows Performance Toolkit and PerfView in labs in which you will practice performance measurement and diagnostic techniques.

Not every topic lends itself to code and many of the architecture-related workshops are at CodingLevel 1. These include both of the pre and post-conference workshops from this year's keynote speaker Neal Ford: Software architecture fundamentals (Advanced Level 4) and Continuous delivery (Advanced Level 3) and Juval Löwy's pre-conference workshop on Software project design (Advanced Level 3).

On May 20th other options at Coding Level 1 are Zen of architecture workshop with Juval Löwy; Designing for volatility from Allen HolubModeling for architects with Nate Schutta; and Applied Agile Workshop from Philip Japikse.

There are still places available for all workshops, for just the main conference and for the entire week - but don't delay if you want to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the topics that interest you most from experts who know the most about them.






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