Software Design & Development Conference
Written by Sue Gee   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014

An event that brings together over twenty of the world's foremost experts on software design and development takes place in London next month. Save up to £100 by booking your place this week.

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Things move very quickly in the software development world, and if you don’t stay up to speed with the latest technologies, you quickly get left behind. SDD 2014 is an ideal opportunity to get informed about topics that are relevant to you by speakers and trainers who are at the cutting edge.




The conference is being held from May 19 - 23 at the Barbican Centre, London, a familiar venue for its organizer Nick Payne who has run several highly successful developer events there.

Nick's philosophy for a good event includes plenty of opportunity to network - over coffee, lunch and tea breaks and also with a drinks reception at the end of the first day of the conference when you can chat to the speakers and sponsors as well as to other attendees. Above all, however, Nick focuses on the speakers: 

I’ve been organizing events for software developers for the last seventeen years, and during that time I’ve learned that one thing stands out above all other factors in determining whether a conference is successful – the quality of the speakers.

Names and faces that will be familiar to attendees of Nick's previous DevWeek and Software Architect conferences include Jeff Prosise, Mike Taulty, Dave Wheeler, Dino Esposito, Kevin Jones, Christian Weyer and Neal Ford who will be sharing their expertise on topics including, but not limited to, HTML5, Windows and Windows Phone apps, Win RT, UI/UX, ASP.NET, Unit testing, AngularJS, Emergent Design, Functional thinking and Domain Specific languages.

The schedule for SDD 2014 includes two types of session: all-day workshops held on the Monday and Friday; and 90-minute conference breakout sessions running on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The intensive workshops provide a deep dive into a specific topic such as JavaScript, .NET Architecture, Asynchronous Programming, AngularJS, Design Patterns, Node.js, UX Design, and more.

The breakout sessions give you a chance to sample a wider range of topics and increase the breadth and scope of your skillset. With eight concurrent talks to choose from you may find deciding which to attend a tough call - but slides from all the sessions will be available to you on a pre-loaded memory stick so you can make an informed choice. Most sessions will include in-depth code demos adding practical relevance to theoretical overview.

The main conference opens on Tuesday with a keynote session Software Architecture vs. code from Simon Brown author of the e-book Software Architecture for Developers.

Simon will also be giving a pre-conference workshop will the title Agile Software Architecture Sketches and NoUML, and if Agile is something that interests you you can hear Kevlin Henney on The Meaning of Agile, and Nathaniel T. Schutta  on Agile in the large.

Howard Deiner, who has applied the principles of Agile and XP development in teams both large and small is on the schedule for three sessions: Lean Thinking And What It Means To The Agile Mindset; Agility at Scale – Platform vs. Product Concerns; and Keep Agile Development From Becoming Fragile Development.  Allan Holub has two sessions on Agile architecture and a post-conference workshop Agile/OO-Design From Start to Finish. As author of Holub on Patterns, Allen is also slated for two breakout sessions on design patterns plus a pre-conference workshop Design Patterns In Pepth.

Other up-to-the-minute topics are covered in the schedule. You'll find a post-conference workshop from Michael Kennedy with the title  From Zero to App with NoSQL, MongoDB and .NET, plus breakout sessions from him on Applied NoSQL in .NET and High Performance NoSQL techniques. He also has two sessions on ASP.NET MVC and also provides An Introduction to Python for the C# Developer. You'll find coverage JavaScript and several of its libraries from various speakers, among them Scott Allen, Robert Boedigheimer, Hadi Hariri, Kevin Jones and Oliver Sturm.

There's plenty for the mobile developer and lots of HTML5 including its lesser known features from Brock Allen who together with Dominick Baier also introduces OWIN and Katana: the New HTTP Host for .NET Web Applications. Tobias Komischke looks at Smart UX Design for Smartphones and Jesus Rodriguez takes a deep dive into Building Enterprise-Ready Mobile Apps in the Real World.

There's plenty of software architecture including a pre-conference clinc on the topic from Juval Lowy and, if you are looking to understand C# better, you can start with Richard Blewett's Day of Writing Asynchronous Code With C#5 and then find breakout sessions on it throughout the conference – though do be aware some workshop speakers will be covering the same material in breakout sessions.

Throughout the week you'll find plenty of code, from Kevlin Hennney's pre-conference workshop on regaining control of you code to Andy Clymer and Richard Blewett's Day of Design Patterns or a Master Class in Building Data-Driven Applications from Dave Wheeler.

Save up to £100 by making your booking by Friday, May 2nd.

More Information

SDD 2014

SDD 2014 Speakers

SDD 2014 Schedule (pdf)

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