Last month I was extremely surprised and honoured to receive an invite to a UK Technology Reception with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace on Monday 9th June 2014. The reception was hosted by The Duke of York and I was among 350 guests from all over the UK Technology industry invited to this fantastic occasion. I received my invite for the work I’ve done in the community with user groups such as NEBytes and events such as DDD North and Imagine Cup North East, which is very humbling as I love the work I do … Continue reading An Invite to the Palace!
This morning I am delighted to announce that DDD North 2014 will be held at the University of Leeds on Saturday 18th October 2014. DDD North is a free one day technical event for developers. This is the fourth Developer! Developer! Developer! Community Event ever ran in the North of England and we are delighted to be hosted at the University of Leeds following on from our three previous events with registrations rising over 425 last year! DDD North is a day of learning, discussion, contribution and involvement in the community in the North East, North West, Midlands and Scotland. … Continue reading DDD North 2014 Announced
Last night I had the pleasure of presenting at Dot Net Notts (@dotnetnotts), a relatively new User Group in Nottingham. Having been born in Nottingham, it was a really nice experience to go back visit some family and then present at this vibrant and welcoming new user group. Last night I was talking about Telemetry and Logging experiences on a Cloud Platform (namely Microsoft Azure) and was trying to impart the benefit of some experiences running a large multi product platform. Hopefully the talk was well received and everyone enjoyed it. The talk was a different type to the majority … Continue reading Telemetry on Cloud Platforms–Resources
This is a cross post from my blog on STEMNet. – http://networking.stemnet.org.uk/blog/bringing-code-club-9-11-year-olds For a while now I’ve been a STEMNet Ambassador working with local schools on Technology related activities and have been working on getting involved in Code Clubs for quite some time. This week I started my first Code Club with a local school. I am a strong believer in giving children the opportunity to discover the fun in Computer Science and Computer Programming. I believe the current National Curriculum can be boring, mundane and uninspiring so much so that we are losing many, many potentially great programmers, developers … Continue reading Bringing A Code Club to 9-11 Year Olds
On Saturday I attended the inaugural DDD East Anglia and took the ideal opportunity to announce the details for this year’s DDD North! The event has been in the planning stages for a while and work continues apace. I’m delighted to announce that we will be returning to the University of Sunderland on Saturday 12th October 2013 for DDD North. The University of Sunderland’s Sir Tom Cowie’s Campus at St.Peters’ is a fantastic venue and was a fantastic place to study when I was studying for my degree many years ago. We are working hard with the University of Sunderland, … Continue reading DDD North 2013 Announced and Session Submission Open
Thanks to all the attendees who came to my talk on IIS8 last week at NxtGenUG Manchester Daresbury. Apologies for the delay in posting the slides, you can now get them on my Slides & Resources page and the direct link for the IIS 8 Presentation slides is – http://www.andrewwestgarth.co.uk/Presentations/IIS%208%20–%20Platform%20for%20the%20Future.pdf
With the recent release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and the Windows Server 8 Beta I’ve been looking at the new features in IIS8 such as: Web Socket Support Application Initialization Configuration Optimization SNI Support and many more… If you would like to know more and are in the Manchester area why not come along to NxtGenUG Manchester on Wednesday 18th April 2012 where I’ll be giving my first in a number of sessions on IIS8. For more information or to signup please visit the NxtGenUG Website
Are you a student in the North East and interested in technology or do you know of any North East based students who are interested in technology? Would you like the opportunity to change the world and potentially win a free trip to Sydney, Australia? If you’ve read this far then you must be interested, so what is this all about? The Microsoft Imagine Cup, that’s what! The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s top student technology competition. Ever year Microsoft gives students a fantastic opportunity to envisage, create and deliver a technology solution that addresses the Imagine Cup slogan … Continue reading You Can Change the World Through Technology
We as professionals in the Computer Science industry have a responsibility to aid and assist our individual education systems in educating and encourage the next generations of Computing Professionals, be they Developers, IT Professionals, Testers etc. Change is Coming! Michael Gove announced recently that the current Information and Communications Technology (ICT) curriculum in England is to be replaced in September 2012. This was all announced at the BETT show and the current curriculum was described as demotivating and dull. I have long been concerned about the quality and delivery of the ICT curriculum in schools with the curriculum being insipid … Continue reading Computer Science Curriculum is Changing and You Can Help!
After enjoying a great day at what we hope will be a fantastic first ever DDD North, please join us to enjoy a fantastic Geek Dinner at the Sunderland Stadium of Light. Thanks to the fantastic folks at Devexpress we are able host a free Geek Dinner for 150 people!! We hope this will be a fantastic opportunity for speakers and attendees to chat and relax after a fun filled day of great technical content at DDD North Please join us at the Sunderland Stadium of Light after Developer! Developer! Developer! North for drinks in the Sports Bar and then … Continue reading FREE DDD North Geek Dinner Sponsored by Devexpress