Developer Day 3 (DDD3) - Another great community event

This was the third time this event has been held at Microsoft's Reading HQ in the UK and yet again it was a top event allowing developers to get together, scoff some free food and get excited (hopefully) about presentations from their fellow developers.


A big thank you to the DDD organising committee (you know who you are), Melita Watson and all the guys from Microsoft who ensured that the day ran smoothly.  There was a great response from the attendees who gave up a gloriously sunny Saturday to get technical.  If only we could have an outside festival-like stage with a massive screen … maybe not … let’s be honest .NET is not the new rock’n’roll.


I hope that some of the guys who attended my presentation, ‘How to start your own Software Development company for £5000’, remain undaunted by the boring business issues and were inspired to get out there and start their own company creating great software.  A special thanks to the audience member who added a ‘multi function scanner/fax device’ to the list of start up requirements.  Without him we would never have broken the £5000 barrier (in my defence, only by £34).  This ensured that everyone got to see a ‘LIAM LIED !!!!  -  IT'S OVER £5000’ message appear in big red letters on the Excel spreadsheet.


For those eager to get the £5000 spreadsheet, complete with URLs, I’ll be tidying it up tonight (Monday 5th) ready for posting on and the DDD web site  Feedback is always appreciated so if I’ve missed something out that was in the presentation, do let me know.  It’s the first time I’ve given a presentation without a PowerPoint slide deck so it is taking me a while longer to tidy up the notes into a coherent whole.


Final thanks go to Ian Cooper and Benjamin Mitchell (both DDD committee members).  Ian runs the London .NET users group ( and provided a funky t-shirt for me to wear.  He was also the person who encouraged me to get into speaking at DDD in the first place.  Secondly, Benjamin inspired me to give a presentation solely from a single Excel workbook and no PowerPoint slides.  Benjamin was the first person I’ve seen give an hour long chalk and talk completely from Notepad and get away with it (on Team System at last years’ VS2005 launch road show).


See you all at DDD4.

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