LIDNUG & Stephanie Locke Thur 10th March

OH yea, Lidnug has a new free online webinar coming up… will you be there?

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I would like to let you all know that we have an up-coming event on LIDNUG Thur 10th March with Stephanie Locke titled…

Implementing Analytics in your Applications

This is a free event held on-line through Live Meeting available to anyone who wishes to attend.

You can register for the event via Eventbrite here:


And now; a few words about Steph…

Steph Locke wants to live in a world where everyone she encounters enjoys their jobs and is awesome. Since she’s gifted with the inability to be daunted by a task, she’s using her unbounded perkiness to bring awesomeness to the people. Steph is a fiend for learning, an MVP and a highly popular presence at many community events in the UK; and that’s before we even start talking about the events Steph organises herself.

Steph can be found on twitter : @SteffLocke
and you can find her blog here : 

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Syncfusion E-Book Number 7

Can you believe it’s 3 years since I wrote my first eBook for the Syncfusion Succinctly series, back in January 2013 Syncfusion released “GIS Succinctly”, I never really though it would go much further than that because I really didn’t believe I had that much to offer as a technical writer.

Here I am, 3 years later, and my 7th book has just been released, this time on the “NancyFX micro web framework”, a .NET framework that I’m extremely passionate about using, and I wholly believe that once you try it, you’ll never want to go back.

One of the great things about Nancy however, is that it runs just as well under Mono on a NON WINDOWS platform, just as well as it runs on windows. This in my mind opens up a whole world of new possibilities. For example, I have micro services, written for and running quite happily under Rasbian on my RaspberryPI, where I’ve attached a GPS unit to it, and set up my own Atomic Clock/Time server for my network.

Nancy is an amazing little framework that just keeps getting better, if you want to download the latest book for free you can grab a copy at

There’s also a sample application to play with available on my GitHub account at

You can find a full list of all my books to date under the “My Writings” menu entry at the top of this page.

Happy new year….


Lidnug & Scott Guthrie – 4th August 2015

The GU is coming back to LIDNUG!!!

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It is with great pleasure that I add this to my blog.

On the 4th of August, Scott Guthrie (Microsoft Corporate VP) himself will be kindly holding is 18th live Q&A session with Lidnug. This is a free event hosted online via Live Meeting and all are welcome to come along.

The time of this event is Tuesday, August 4th 2015, from 10:00AM to 11:30 AM (PDT)

You can register your interest on Eventbrite here…


Do note you can add this even to your calendar via Eventbrite and please double check time conversions to your local time when doing so.

Once the event is close to starting, the links required to join the session will be posted/sent out. Also; we strongly advise that if you’re going to do this session, to use a windows machine and install the Windows LM Client.

Look forward to see you there and if you have any…

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User Experience Design Goes Deeper Than Tools or Strategies

An excellent post by my good friend and fellow Lidnug manager, Gavin Lanata.

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As many have said, it is fair to say that if you are designing a User Experience for software you are probably doing one or more of the following – Visual Design, Interaction Design, and User Research.

This is in no way a complete list.

These disciplines are the tools or patterns which are used to implement a great user experience. Great, so according to what we’ve just talked about, if we use these tools and mix in many of the well talked about strategies dotted around we should end up with a great user experience.

Well, maybe; depending on the context of the design you are chasing after.

A good friend of mine recently told me about a conversation he’d had with a company offering their services as software developers. Only they weren’t offering their services as software developers, instead they were offering experiences. In their words—’people don’t want…

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My 6th Syncfusion E-Book has been released

So here it is at last, my Syncfusion Succinctly E-Book on CSS3

100 Pages of info all about the latest CSS specification for those wanting to learn it, as pleased as I am with it however, there was a huge amount I had to leave out of it.

covering everything about CSS3 presents an absolute monster amount of information to get through, so I’ve tried to pick a balance of topics and include a lot of usefull information that you can use every day, alongside some of the “WOW Factor” stuff you can use to impress your bosses and clients.

I could actually have gotten at least another two full books just on things like animation and UI construction (Maybe I will in the future), but for now I hope what you find in here helps you achieve the designs and web applications you hope to.

If you’d like to down load a copy FREE just click on the thumbnail below:

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If your interested in any of the other books I’ve written, you can find a full list of them here along with links to download them too

If you’d like me to do some writing for you, please contact me, you can email me at shawty.d.ds at , or you can ping me using twitter as @shawty_ds

Book number 7 for the Syncfusion range is currently in production, but I’m not revealing what it is just yet….

Hope you enjoy this one…. and don’t forget to follow and retweet @syncfusion to say thank you for making these books available to busy developers everywhere.


Postgres never ceases to amaze me

I’ve been using Postgresql for years now, those who know me, know fine well that it’s my absolute favorite database in the whole wide world. Those who know me may also recall I do a lot of GIS and mapping work using Spatial SQL among other things.

For a recent project I was working on, I was required to model a 3D landscape/terrain of a given location.

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