Education sector developers get together to swap ideas

Netskills Computing Officer Anthony Gladdish took part in the major event of the year for developers in the UK education sector in February.

Funded by JISC, the dev8D event gives the stage to developers to share experiences and learn from one another, ultimately aiming to create a better, smarter technology for learning and research.

According to Anthony, the conference lived up to its promise of open innovation and sharing ideas.

The atmosphere was really friendly and encouraging and the programme was structured well, he said.

The first half of each day was about core skills - learning about emergent technologies - whereas the second half was dedicated to open sessions giving the developers a chance to share their own project work and get help and ideas from others.

It was a nice balance of learning new skills as well as hearing what colleagues in other institutions are doing.

I'm looking forward to applying the new skills I've learnt in HTML5, JavaScript, jQuery, OAuth and some GIS querying standards into practice in the web projects I'm working on at Netskills.

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