ProjectsI've built various software applications, mainly research prototypes or small apps that I needed for my own use.
- Confocal - a tiny web app I built for getting audience feedback after user group talks • source on GitHub
- Callisto - a web app for creating Spotify playlists, using OAuth2 and the Spotify client API.
- Restival - an ongoing project to implement the same HTTP API using four different .NET API frameworks.
- ElmahASP - a library for capturing classic ASP script errors and passing them to ELMAH
CommunityI’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.
Greatest Hits (aka “Look! I Went Viral!”)Most of my posts and Tweets have a fairly modest following, but a handful of the things I've written or posted have been ended up generating a lot of interest (and traffic), which is always nice,
- "We're Gonna Build a Framework" - a parody of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" about software development frameworks. Over 100 of them, in fact.
- This poster graphic I made about the EU referendum, which had literally tens of thousands of shares on social media and people are still asking about. I voted remain, by the way.
My StackOverflow answer on passing by reference vs passing by value
- The Story of the Lazy-Loading Lunchbox - a fun little piece about object-relational mappers and Thundercats lunchboxes
- "The 11 in C++11 refers to the number of legs that have now been nailed onto the dog whilst attempting to build a better octopus" - @dylanbeattie on Twitter
- My Facebook joke post about astronaut Tim Peake, which ended up on The Independent.
The Really Short One
Dylan 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.
The Medium-Sized One
Dylan wrote his first web page in 1992 and never looked back. He's the systems architect at Spotlight, the UK's leading casting service for professional actors. Dylan works on distributed systems, ReST APIs and microservices, and the challenges involved in introducing scalable architecture in a company where legacy systems generate most of the revenue.
Dylan a frequent speaker at conferences and user groups, where he's spoken about topics including continuous delivery, Conway's Law, front-end development, OAuth2, federated authentication and ReST. Dylan lives and works in London, and when he's not wrangling software he's into guitars, skiing, diving, beer, Lego, Africa, cats and hats.
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 involved in running the FullStack and Progressive.NET conferences, and is one of the organisers of the the London .NET User Group. Over the last year he’s spoken at Progressive.NET in London, at NDC in Oslo and in London, and at BuildStuff in Lithuania and Ukraine.
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, and went on to study Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He’s a guitar player, musician and aspiring songwriter; his other interests include 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.