For those of you who didn’t come into the old bar last night (or were only there briefly and didn’t come talk to us) we had quite an entertaining evening :)

The ales were not at all bad and really rather drinkable, as was the cider - although some of it was interesting colours…

We were there from about 8 til closing, and it was an eventful evening…

(edited by B) : nothing happened.

(re-edited by Chris) : So what happened to your head then?.

B: “Nothing Happened, I didn’t try and dive into my house really”

Given that I’m most likely going to be working with C#, .NET and 3-Tier architectures this summer I listened with interest to our SE24 guest lecture today and tried to rationalise how it fits in with a lot of what I have done already.

Firstly I want to give huge credit to the guest speaker, Anthony Mason, software developer. He had specially written code using test driven development to show us agile methods being used in modern .NET development and I was impressed. Its not often you get a guest speaker who tailors their presentation and talk so closely to their audience and interacts with them in such a positive way.

A number of interesting points were raised in the questions after the talk such as how applicable test driven development is to small scale projects and on a similar vein if a a 3-tier architecture is necessary for small projects given the significant increase in the size of the code base. The response was of course scalability and I’m starting to appreciate that where my past experiences with Microsoft software, development and solutions pointed to seriously problematic applications with respect to scalability (MS Access being a primary example) that this is now in fact changing.

Linux fans need not fear - I’m not about to become an MS convert - but I’m going to give it a fair hearing as a developer because if it has something to offer, I want to see if its worth its salt and if I can learn anything from it that I can apply in my non-MS development work.

I would be very interested to hear from anyone who has worked extensively with .NET and C# in particular as while the syntax is like Java I have a lot to learn and if I am to appreciate the functionality of .NET I can’t be blinded by my inability to work with it as a developer.

This is a quick heads up for all users of news in the School of Computing as well as those who like to have their questions answered and answer other peoples. There is now a brand new resource to help you do just that - the school of computing wiki! This idea for this resource was borne out of discussions with students and staff on the best way to keep people informed and provide archived answers to hundreds of good questions. Don’t waste this opportunity to contribute and be a part of a great information community. Use it or lose it!

It would appear there has been a serious outage of systems in the SoC. I have contacted support to inform them of the issues however as the e-mail system is included in the outage it seems unlikely they will get the message. So far the affected systems seem to be mail, news, www, cslin-gps, csms8, csms10. Lets just hope that the long Easter weekend break doesn’t mean the systems will be down until Tuesday. Updates will be posted here when I get them

After 3 months or so of downtime, the site is back up. It was decided to introduce a set of policies for use of SoC Gossip that should resolve any potential difficulties, the clarification of which caused the site to be closed last time.

Please return to posting your articles and comments, there is so much to say after the break! Apologies for the downtime and I hope this site will now have normal service for the foreseeable future :)