About Me

My name is Dylan Beattie. I'm a software developer, conference speaker and musician, and a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies. I work for Spotlight, but this blog and all content and opinions are my own. You can follow me on Twitter, find me on Facebook, read my code on GitHub, view my profile on StackOverflow, see my photographs on Flickr and hear my music on SoundCloud. You can even email me at [email protected] if you really want to.


I’ve been involved with the developer community in London since the first Alt.NET UK Conference in early 2008.  I’ve participated in user groups and community events including BarCamp, Ignite London, GiveCamp, Snowcode and the occasional hack day.
I’m currently one of the organisers of the London .NET User Group, alongside Ian Cooper, Liam Westley and Toby Henderson, and I’m on the selection panel for the Progressive.NET Tutorials and FullStack conferences.

Speaker Bios and Photographs

In case you need one for your meetup or conference programme:

The Really Short One

Dylan Beattie designs software, builds websites and makes music. He lives in London.

The Fairly Short One

Dylan Beattie is a systems architect and software developer. He's been building interactive web applications on the Microsoft stack since the days of Windows NT 4. Today his main interests are HTTP APIs, user experience design, and distributed systems. Dylan lives and works in London and when he's not writing code he plays guitar and writes songs about code. 

The Medium-Sized One

Dylan wrote his first web page in 1992 and never looked back. He's been building data-driven web applications since the late 1990s, and has worked on everything from tiny standalone websites to complex distributed systems. Dylan is a Microsoft MVP and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups, where he's spoken about topics including continuous delivery, Conway's Law, the history of the web, federated authentication and hypermedia APIs. When he's not wrangling code, he plays guitar and writes songs about code.

The Really Detailed One

Dylan Beattie is a systems architect and software developer,  who has built everything from tiny standalone websites to large-scale distributed systems. By day, he’s the systems architect at Spotlight (www.spotlight.com), where he works on HTTP APIs, distributed systems, and the architectural challenges of delivering cutting-edge online services in a company with nearly ninety years of legacy. He’s been working with Spotlight since 2000, and his first-hand experience of watching an organisation - and their code - evolving over more than a decade has given him a unique insight into how API design, distributed systems, Conway's Law, working with legacy systems, and recruitment can all influence a company’s products and culture.

Alongside his work at Spotlight, Dylan is actively involved in the software development community. He's one of the organisers of the London .NET User Group, works with SkillsMatter on organising the FullStack and Progressive.NET Tutorials,  and frequently speaks at conferences in the UK and around Europe about software architecture and development culture.

Dylan grew up in southern Africa, moving to the UK with his family when he was ten. He wrote his first web page in 1992. He's a Microsoft MVP and holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Southampton. He’s a guitar player and songwriter, noted for creating parody songs about software development. He's into skiing, scuba diving, Lego, cats, travel and photography, and he's normally found hanging around user groups, pubs and rock bars in London wearing a big black hat.



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