Hull Digital Developer Group

For a while now Hull Digital have been talking about the idea of getting together developers in this area to discuss the varying aspects of development.

For a while now Hull Digital have been talking about the idea of getting together developers in this area to discuss the varying aspects of development.

Why do we need such a group?

The speed at which our industry moves is incredible and as developers it is almost impossible for us to keep on top of all aspects of our industry, we can only begin to keep up by working together. Sure we can read books, blog posts and watch screencasts, but there are only 24 hours in a day and we all have lives outside of work as well.

A group would be the perfect place for developers to get together and discuss all things development.  Whether this is Web, Desktop or Mobile based development we’ve got lots we can discuss with each other.

Who is the group for?

The group will be open to anyone wanting to learn and discuss development technologies and techniques. Whether you are a back-end or front-end developer, run a development shop, are a student, or simply a development enthusiast, this group will be for you.

Developers involved in the group should be open minded and not be closed to non-mainstream ideas. The group will not be dedicated to one language, but open to all, as every language can learn ideas and principles from others.

Possible Format of Development Group

Initial ideas have been for the group to meet every couple of months.  Clearly this can change dependent on demand.

We are currently thinking that the meetup should be kept in a similar format to the current Hull Digital Meetup, with a couple of speakers and then time to socialise and discuss the evenings talks.


Clearly the world of development is very wide ranging and as such it is hoped the range of topics will be quite large.

Some suggested early topics have been:

  • Test Driven Development
  • Object-relational Mapping
  • Principles of SOLID
  • MVC Frameworks
  • JavaScript Frameworks
  • Advanced CSS
  • Windows Presentation Foundation
  • Mobile Apps
  • Cloud Computing
  • Accessible AJAX (Hijax)
  • Domain Driven Design

Your thoughts?

So we can get this group right for you, please let us know what you would like from such a group. Does the proposed format work for you? What kind of topics do you think should be covered?  Would you be prepared to do a talk?

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10 Responses to “Hull Digital Developer Group”

  1. Andrew Chalkley
    August 26, 2009 at 8:53 am #

    I’ve been thinking of setting up a Ruby Group or something along those lines.

    I am the RIA & Web Community leader for Skills Matter and RIA Lead at Cake Solutions.

    I’d be happy to talk on Ruby on Rails, jQuery or HTML5 or support in some way.

  2. Chris Ramsay
    August 26, 2009 at 8:56 am #

    This looks like an interesting proposition…

    I like the idea that the group could be language agnostic – it therefore would be a splendid opportunity to ‘see how other developers live’ as it were!

    A few other topics I thought could be of use:

    – Practices of Continuous Integration
    – Moving Beyond Relational Databases
    – Exploring the Agile Manifesto
    – Development in Distributed Environments
    – Information Architecture

  3. Martin Hodgson
    August 26, 2009 at 9:16 am #

    This sounds a great idea.

    Topics such as the following would certainly interest me 🙂

    – Advanced CSS & CSS3
    – HTML5
    – Design
    – @font-face font embedding

  4. John Polling
    August 26, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    Thanks for the positive feedback so far. I think all the suggested topics would be ideal for the group.

    Clearly you guys agree that Hull has a need for such a group, so we’ll start to move this forwards.

    If you have any more thoughts in the meantime, please keep adding to this post.

  5. David Carr
    August 27, 2009 at 11:11 am #

    This is a great idea I would defiantly be interested in this, I’d be particularly interested in MVC Frameworks and such topics.

  6. Adam
    September 3, 2009 at 9:24 am #

    This sounds perfect for my needs, count me in..

  7. Rob Miles
    September 3, 2009 at 3:05 pm #

    This is a great development for Hull. Count me in. And if you need any help from the University of Hull, give me a yell and I’ll see what I can do.

  8. Sandhya Pisharody
    September 14, 2009 at 9:55 am #

    This sounds great. I’d like to join in.

  9. Peter Jagger
    November 24, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    sounds just about right for my requirement to process my photographs and show them on the net. People ask to buy them and some actually do. Does anyone want to contact me and advise?


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