Delving Into Data At SDD 2014
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Monday, 12 May 2014

If you’re developing database or cloud apps, there are some interesting sessions on offer at the inaugural SDD Conference from May 19-23 in the Barbican Centre, London.


Given the popularity of NoSQL, it’s unsurprising that there are sessions devoted to it at SDD. In Applied NoSQL in .NET, Michael Kennedy looks at how to use MongoDB to build .NET applications using LINQ as the data access language. He will then build out a .NET application using LINQ and MongoDB in a series of interactive demos using Visual Studio 2012 and C#. If you want to cover this in depth you can still book a place on his post-conference workshop From zero to app with NoSQL, MongoDB and .NET.

Michael is also giving a session on High performance NoSQL techniques, exploring some of the issues, techniques, and best practices for being successful with NoSQL in general (and MongoDB in particular). Key elements covered include exploring correct document/entity design, indexes, and deployment.

If you’re working with web data in JavaScript, then JQuery may well be the environment you choose. Robert Boedigheimer is giving a session on jQuery fundamentals that will look at how to use the library features while avoiding browser inconsistencies, and making AJAX calls to the server. JQuery is very extensible, and there are a large number of plugin extensions to simplify web development. Several of the most useful extensions will be demonstrated which Robert says provide stunning client experiences with as little as one line of code.

K Scott Allen also has a JQuery session, Working with jQuery Mobile, in which he’ll look at using jQuery Mobile for building touch-optimised sites targeting smartphones. He’ll show how to take an existing ASP.NET MVC application and improve the mobile experience using jQuery Mobile, illustrating the widgets, events, API, and navigation features of jQuery Mobile.

Managing client side data storage is the topic of Jeff Prosise’s HTML5 storage: web storage and Indexed DB. This session looks at the Web storage API for unstructured data, and Indexed DB for structured data, and how to use them for Web apps.

In User-centered data visualization, Tobias Komischke shows ways you can answer the plea to “Get rid of the numbers and get me some graphics!” The session has many examples of how graphs can be used to display data, showing you what to look for when designing data visualizations, and how standard software ergonomic rules like color treatments and label orientation can significantly boost the effectiveness of a visualization.

Dave Wheeler is looking at data-driven apps from both a developer’s and a designer’s perspective in his post-conference workshop, Building data-driven applications: a master class. He’ll show how you can bridge the C#/XAML divide with effective use of converters, attachable properties, commands and behaviors, and offers a hefty dose of Visual State Manager and DataTemplates to match.

Another interesting session is Windows Azure in the real world: from idea to production in a few months, from Jesus Rodriguez. The session will explore the best practices, patterns and techniques that he’s learned when building large scale, multi-data-center Windows Azure applications in the real world, with coverage of topics such as data storage, messaging, caching, security and monitoring. The session will also cover some of the best practices and tools that you can use to streamline your Windows Azure application development.

With over a hundred sessions on offer at SDD 2014 this selection is just a small sample, as were the talks singled out in SDD 2014 Keeps Devs Up To Date and Software Design & Development Conference.

For an overview of the entire event, which offers nine full day workshops of each of Monday May 19th and Friday May 23rd and 88 90-minute breakout sessions during the main conference, see the online schedule or, for details of all the sessions download the SDD 2014 Timetable.

This is great way to spend next week if you are a developer - or a great way to deploy your team if you are an employer. And if you can't spare the whole week you can book for as little as a single workshop.

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