This free event brings you the best of Microsoft’s premier web & devices conference (MIX) at no cost to you. All you need to do is register and get yourself down to the RDS in Ballsbridge on June 9th!
Join the conversation at reMIX Dublin – see the latest tools and technologies and draw inspiration from a professional community of your peers and experts.
The morning session from 9am to 1pm focuses on tools and technologies for developers: developing for Windows 7, the Cloud, what’s coming up with Windows 7.5 and Kinect Hackables.
The afternoon will be focusing on UX (User eXperience) especially multitouch and Miscrosoft’s Surface device including a look at the future of user interaction and designing infographics for Web Applications with Des Traynor from Contrast.
The final session of the day is a set of lightning talks by some well known designers and developers from Microsoft and beyond covering topics such as storytelling for user experience and the lost art of simplicity.
Now I really wish I was a UX designer or developer…
European public bodies produce thousands upon thousands of datasets every year – about everything from how our tax money is spent to the quality of the air we breathe.
OpenDataChallenge.org is challenging designers, developers, journalists, researchers and others to come up with something useful, valuable or interesting for European citizens, built using open data.
There are four main strands to the competition:
- Ideas – Anyone can suggest an idea for projects which reuse public information to do something interesting or useful.
- Apps – Teams of developers can submit working applications which reuse public information.
- Visualisations – Designers, artists and others can submit interesting or insightful visual representations of public information.
- Datasets – Public bodies can submit newly opened up datasets, or developers can submit derived datasets which they’ve cleaned up, or linked together
The competition is open for 60 days – from 5th April until 5th June midnight. The winners will be selected by an all star cast of open data gurus – and announced in mid June at the European Digital Assembly in Brussels.
For more information and to enter online please visit OpenDataChallenge.org
OWASP (The Open Web Application Security Project) will be hosting the 2011 Application Security European Conference (http://www.appseceu.org), the premiere web application security conference on the beautiful city of Dublin, at Trinity College Dublin on June 6th-10th, 2011.
AppSec EU 2011 will provide a venue for hundreds of IT professionals interested in securing web technologies to learn, interact, network, and attend presentations and training given by some of the world’s top practitioners of web application security, suitable for everyone from federal decision makers and management to application security engineers and developers.
Executives from Fortune 500 firms along with technical thought leaders such as security architects and lead developers will be traveling to hear the cutting-edge ideas presented by Information Security’s top talent.
OWASP events attract a worldwide audience interested in "what’s next". The conference is expected to draw 300-400 technologists from Government, Financial Services, Media, Pharmaceuticals, Health care, Technology, and many other verticals.
AppSec EU 2011 is currently soliciting presentations & training proposals from researchers, academia and industry on the following topics:
– OWASP Tools and Projects
– Cloud Application Security
– Government Approaches to Application Security
– Application Security Case Studies
– Application Security and Business Risks
– Metrics for Application Security
– Web Services Security
– Source Code Review
– Web Application Security Testing
– Secure Coding Practices
– Privacy Concerns
– Vulnerabilities/Exploits in the Web App World
– Defense & Countermeasures in the Web App World
Papers may be submitted to to https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=appseceu2011 and must be received by Sunday 3rd April 2011. Inquires should be directed to Ireland@owasp.org.
Contact us today or visit http://www.appseceu.org for more information.
In the last year, over 300 companies in Ireland and Northern Ireland have benefited from business and development support from the Microsoft BizSpark program.
WebsiteSpark is Microsoft’s new program to help small web design and development shops by providing them with three things essential to their success at no upfront cost:
- Visibility through a marketplace and well as connections through marketing and business networking programs
- Support of all kinds, from tech support and training to a network of other development shops, hosting partners, developers and designers, and
- Tools to build products for your customers: Windows Server and IIS, SQL Server, Visual Studio, Expression and more.
If your company’s primary business is providing web development and design services and it has 10 or fewer people including owners and employees, it’s eligible for WebsiteSpark ! You’ll save money on tools and technology, benefit from support and training and gain an advantage through opportunities to meet new customers and technology partners. It’s visibility, support and tools — what a small web shop needs — all in a nice little package.
The IIA is a Network Partner on WebSiteSpark so please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
This initiative was launched at the last TechLudd Social Networking event where Microsoft celebrated the success and growth of the organizations involved in Bizspark and the plans for WebSiteSpark.
When? October 20th, 7pm.
Where? The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin 8
On behalf of our members and all the right thinking people of the world if you are going to surf the web try to do it in the newest browser possible. This means, at time of writing, depending on your own tastes and the type of operating system (OS) you are running you should be using Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3, Opera 9.64, Safari 4 or Google Chrome. Clicking on any of those links will bring you to the latest version. There are also other browser types available but these are the most commonly used. Click here to find out more about Browser statistics.
Now, of course, I am aware that in some larger organisations the end user doesn’t control the software that is installed on their machine. However if your job involves you using a browser you should encourage the powers that be to let you do your job to the best of your ability by installing the latest technology.
Why do we give a hoot what browser version you are using? Here’s why:
- Developers and designers have their hearts broken trying to create brilliant websites that cover multiple browser types. They will generally be realistic and develop/design for the latest version minus one so if you’re using IE6 you’re currently a heartbreaker.
- IE6 in particular is considered a low point in browser history. Don’t just take my word for it. Read this, this, and this for starters.
- This leads to item no 3. Money saving: The Bring down IE6 campaign suggests that the 20% of web users using IE6 are “business users” “who “pressure designers to ’force’ sites to work in IE6, and designers, not wanting to lose business, comply, using hacks and workarounds. This wastes time and money.” That time and money (your time and money!) could be spent more cost-effectively surely?
- Security: the latest browser versions will generally protect you against the latest web-borne security threats. Generally. I’m not getting into a discussion about bugs in browsers and hacks but I’ll moderate one if you wish to leave a comment on this issue. I’m not a security expert but I’m hoping some of our readers might be able to expand on this in the comments below.
- Because browsers are free. It’s nice to get free stuff isn’t it?
- Just to be cool, like. One of the most fun events I attended last year was the Firefox 3 launch party 🙂
The IIA welcome Pixel Design to its membership. Pixel Design is a graphic design and web design service, based in Dublin Ireland offering a complete range of design services to business start-ups and SMEs. A nice fit for the current IIA membership then!
Based on their online portfolio Pixel Design seem to have a varied client base including many well known arts organisations. I wonder do they get tickets to all those fancy openings and launches?
Straker Software which was set up in 1999 specialises in helping companies build multilingual websites. They are a truly international company with four bases in three continents. I also see from their blog and recent news that they certainly get about having been in as varied places as Atlanta, Berlin, Sydney and California in the last couple of months. They have also recently appointed a business development manager for the Asia Pacific region and have opened an office in San Francisco. Straker Software developed Zoomflex which is a hosted application that simplifies building Adobe Flex applications, significantly reducing development time as well as providing best practice architecture, leaving you free to concentrate on building great Flex rich internet experiences. Straker also have a base in the Kerry Technology Park.
A big welcome to IEGDesign.com who just joined the IIA this morning. Some of you based in Limerick probably know IEG well: they designed and developed the Limerick County Enterprise Board site. They also write a regular column for Business Limerick and this month’s is a commentary on the use of video online.
IEGDesign.com describe themselves as “Web Design, Marketing & Software reseller” and it is clear from their portfolio that they have dealt with some complex customer needs. I’m only sorry I didn’t see their Irish Hurleys site before we bought ár bpéire camán at the weekend!