North West Ruby User Group

The Effects of Gravity on Software

Tuesday 20th November 6:30pm at Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA)

This month we are lucky enough to have Kevin Rutherford speaking on “The Effects of Gravity on Software”, very much a discussion based session taking a fresh look at ways to design software that might not be that traditional fully tiered model that we are all so used to. We also have Dave Verwer giving us a very brief look at IronRuby and the new Microsoft MVC framework.

The Effects of Gravity on Software – Kevin Rutherford

Do prices really rise? Is it really possible to bring a meeting forward? Can an argument hold water? What lurks around the corner? Well, here are my two cents worth: Metaphor shapes not only our language, but our thoughts too. So much so, that some of the common, deeply-ingrained metaphors of software development can actually prevent us from achieving good design. In this session we’ll lift the lid on the fascinating world of metaphors, and along the way we’ll discover a six-sided shape that has the answer to our prayers.

Kevin Rutherford has over twenty-five years’ experience in software development and has spent the last ten years as an agile coach. During the same period he has been a leading speaker on the agile conference circuit, including XP2000, SPA2006, AgileNorth 2005 and various XPdays around Europe. Kevin founded AgileNorth, Manchester’s agile software development interest group. Kevin is a Certified ScrumMaster, a CEng and a CITP, and is currently looking to turn away from coaching and return to development, which is a proper job.

IronRuby and the ASP.NET MVC Framework – Dave Verwer

This will be a lightning quick 15 minute overview of IronRuby and the new MVC framework from Microsoft which, together should be a fairly familiar sight to anyone who has used Ruby on Rails.

The schedule

  • 6:30pm :: Welcome & Registration
  • 7:00pm :: The Effects of Gravity on Software, Kevin Rutherford
  • 8:00pm :: Break
  • 8:15pm :: IronRuby and the Microsoft MVC Framework, Dave Verwer
  • 8:30pm :: Drinks at the The Paramount

The location

Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA) 117-119 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 6PR.

About NWRUG events

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