Based on recent feedback I'm happy to announce our next event and topic "Software Craftsmanship" with Microsoft MVP Donald Belcham. You might also know him by his blog - http://www.igloocoder.com.
Don't miss this one. The doors open at 6 pm and the the presentation starts at 6:30 pm.
Developers are in a special place. We're not a formally recognized profession like lawyers, opticians, dentists or your proctologist. We do, however, have an enormous amount of business trust placed in us by our employers. Business regularly asks us to build critical applications which, when they fail, can have enormous financial impact. With that amount of trust being placed in us why are we commonly seen as a bunch of dark room residing, un-kempt, anti-social freaks? Is it justified? Should it be this way? The development community has for far too long, taken this image and their subsequent failures and worn them with a badge of pride. It is time for this to change, and change starts with you. How you approach yourself, your daily tasks, your peers, your employers and your career reflect on the overall state of the IT (and software development specifically) industry. How are you going to change from being a burger flipper with a computer and desk to being a highly touted craftsman with finely honed tools and earned respect in your repertoire?
Donald Belcham is a senior software developer, independent contractor, and agile development expert who is a strong supporter of fundamental OO patterns and practices. He is co-author of the book, “Brownfield Application Development in .NET” (Manning Press, 2008), and actively shares his expertise with other technical professionals at user groups, code camps and conferences held throughout the world. Past lectures have covered topics that encompass development practices, quality team leadership, and the intricacies of new and emerging technologies.