"The Happy Developer" - Is it a Myth?

Scottish Developers
Tue, 1 Nov 2011, 19:00 - 21:00 (Add to calendar) GMT
(Exact location not available) , Glasgow, GB

Scottish Developers are please to present a talk by Andy Gibson.

"The Happy Developer" - Is it a Myth?

It's a great time to be a developer right now don't you think? Even in all of the economic chaos we still have it pretty good so what reason would any of us have to not be happy in our jobs?

The answer, as it turns out, is quite a lot. We have had our rants about poor management choices, the lack of proper code reviews, having to work with outdated/inappropriate technology, processes and methodologies, demands and pressure from those above us and we put up with it because at the end of the day, it pays the bills.

In this session I will explore with you the pitfalls of being a developer in these difficult times and with the help of some case studies and good old-fashioned reasoning, give suggestions on how these frustrations can be addressed. 

If you are stressing out over a problem in your job, bring it with you, this is built entirely on experience from developers who have been there.

Audience participation is encouraged and this session is not technology or platform specific.

Speaker Bio

Andy Gibson is a Web/Support Programmer at Storm ID in Edinburgh with a background in web application development including ASP.NET MVC, Umbraco, PHP and jQuery. He is always on the lookout for new technologies to play with and loves to learn what he can about things especially in the web development arena.

Keen to give back to the community, Andy has spoken at a number of community events including many of the DDD series as well as at local user groups. He is currently the chairman of Scottish Developers, a user group for programmers all across Scotland, for which he organises various talks and events including DDD Scotland and the upcoming DunDDD.

In his spare time (not that he has much), Andy enjoys table-top wargamming, computer games, Formula 1 and writing more code.

Agenda - Tuesday, 1st November, 2011

  • 19:00 - 19:05: Introduction
  • 19:05 - 19:55: "The Happy Developer" -  Is it a Myth?
  • 19:55 - 20:05: Break
  • 20:05 - 21:00: "The Happy Developer" -  Is it a Myth? (Continued)
  • 21:00 onwards: Retire to the bar


The location will be at the Bath Street Pony, 207 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4HZ. We are meeting in the private function suite downstairs, the bar on the ground level serves food and drink if you want to grab a bite to eat before the event. 

There is free on street parking outside the venue from 18:00 onwards.

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