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DDD Sydney 2018 – Super sold-out Saturday!

Microsoft has always been a company by, of, and for developers, and the renewed Microsoft commitment to meet the Australian developer community wherever they are continued this past weekend when we were at DDD Sydney.

DDD Sydney, like Perth before it, didn’t disappoint in its slick organisation and community-selected content. The unique spice to the Sydney event though was the dedicated junior developer track – a concept to be loudly applauded and, I hope, replicated elsewhere over time.

DDD Sydney Badge

As this was my home city event I asked my oldest son if he’d like to be a paid attendee for the day – something he quickly said ‘yes’ to. As he’s only just started high school I didn’t expect him to understand all the content, but I thought it would be a good experience for him and hopefully he’d pick on some tips along the way. Well… I think he did pretty well out of the day based on the below Twitter post…

… and now I’ve had to install Python on his computer and order a Raspberry Pi for him! (A big thanks to Damian Brady from the Microsoft CDA team for spending the time with my son!)

Carrying on though…

At the Microsoft stand we had a great time discussing the Azure platform with developers and getting to understand how we can help them do more with it. Some of the discussions I had covered:

– What’s the difference between an Azure Tenant, Subscription and Region. This is a good question, and I’ll post a follow-up blog post to cover this as understanding these three items are fundamental to working with Azure, particularly if you are working with many customers who each own a Subscription.

– How about extending Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to do Domain Drive Design (DDD)? Good idea! VSTS has an extensibility model you can tap into if you want to add to the platform’s capabilities or customise it to suit your requirements.

– We had a bunch of people sign-up and play our Azure Cognitive Services-based game “Where’s Bit?”. We’ll eventually open this up for everyone to have access to how we built the game, but for now keep an eye out for it at the upcoming events we’ll be at.

Two lucky winners of “Where’s Bit?” will receive invites to an upcoming Xbox triple A title launch event in Sydney in September (I can’t tell you what it is.. but it’s pretty damn cool.. wish I was going!)

Overall I was really happy with how the day went, and really pleased that we were able to support the organisers in their first sell-out year! Sydney developers care deeply about their personal development and being engaged with others in their community and the buzz on the day was hard to come down from once the day was over!

I’m always happy to take feedback or questions around Azure for developers – feel free to leave a comment below or to hit me up on Twitter if you have any.

We’ll be back in Sydney for NDC in September and YOW! in November – hope to see you there then!

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Keynote with Damian Brady on AI and ML.

Keynote

Closing session – excess food was donated to OzHarvest.

Closing panorama

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DDD Perth 2018 – the value of a strong developer community

This past weekend I was in Perth to attend DDD Perth as part of Microsoft’s sponsorship and thought I’d write up my experience.

For those of you unfamiliar with DDD (Developer! Developer! Developer!), it is a community-organised event that started in the United Kingdom in 2005 and has run in various cities in Australia over the last few years.

If you take a look through the published agenda for Perth for 2018 you will see a fantastic variety of content and speakers – ranging from deep tech through to personal well being – all voted for by the community. This is a clear guide that developers are looking far beyond what could be considered traditional interest areas and making the most of personal growth opportunities available at events like DDD.

I didn’t get a chance to take any photographs, but I’m sure the DDD Perth blog will post a bunch when the committee has recovered from running the event for 400+ people! What I can talk a bit about here though is the types of discussions I had at the Microsoft booth.

  • Does Azure have a free tier? Yes. You can easily get started at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/.
     
  • How can I learn more about Azure? There are a bunch of different ways, but a good general platform overview is delivered at Azure Discovery Days. You can find the list of upcoming Australian events at https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/azurelearningpathways/upcoming-event.
     
  • Are Azure Functions production-ready? Yes, they are. The confusion here stemmed from the ‘v1’ (production-ready) and the ‘v2’ (in-preview) versions of the runtime. This is a reminder to me that people not close to a platform often don’t get the subtleties and simply hear “not production ready” as the message.
     
  • How do I migrate between Azure Regions? Well… I could write an entire (never ending) series on the number of ways to achieve this! I will leave it at “it depends”….
     
  • What do I need to do to get a t-shirt, book or sticker? (Hint: play one of our games, give us feedback, join our OSS4Good project)

There were a lot of other discussions on the day with the team on the booth and we had our two games up and running (I’ll keep those under wraps for now as a surprise for others) as well as launching our Open Source for Good project which you can head over to Github to learn more about (if you’d like to get involved feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll invite you).

I tweeted how amazing this day was, and the organisers need to be proud to have built such an amazing and accessible event! If you didn’t get a ticket for this year, then I’d certainly keep an eye out for next year’s event.

If you live in the following cities then you’re in luck because your 2018 DDD is yet to happen. Sydney is up next on 18 August, so make sure to get your tickets soon!

I’ll be at these events so please drop by and say hello!

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