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 Skills Matter, 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 YouTube. You can even email me at [email protected] if you really want to.

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The Really Short One

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

50 Word Bio (290 characters)

Dylan Beattie is a software developer and technical speaker. He's been building web applications since the days of Windows NT 4; today he works on HTTP APIs, UX design, and distributed systems. Dylan lives and works in London and when he's not hacking code he plays guitar and writes songs.

100 Word Bio (637 characters)

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. He's the CTO at Skills Matter in London, he's a Microsoft MVP, and he's a regular speaker at conferences and user groups, where he's spoken about topics from continuous delivery and Conway's Law to the history of the web, federated authentication and hypermedia APIs. When he's not wrangling code, Dylan plays guitar and writes songs about code. He's online at www.dylanbeattie.net and on Twitter as @dylanbeattie.

250 Word Bio (1544 characters)

Dylan Beattie is a systems architect and software developer,  who has built everything from tiny standalone websites to large-scale distributed systems. He's currently the CTO at Skills Matter in London, where he juggles his time between working on their software platform, supporting their conference and community teams, and speaking at various conferences and events they organise in London. From 2003 to 2018, he worked as webmaster, then IT Manager, and then systems architect at Spotlight (www.spotlight.com), where his first-hand experience of watching an organisation and their codebase evolve over more than a decade provided him with a unique insight into how everything from web standards and API design to Conway's Law and recruitment ends up influencing a company’s code and culture.

Dylan is actively involved in the international software development community. As well as his work with Skills Matter, he runs the London .NET User Group, he's on the programme committee for NDC Conferences, and he's a frequent speaker at conferences and technical events around the world.

Dylan grew up in southern Africa, moving to the UK with his family when he was ten. He's a Microsoft MVP and holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Southampton. He’s a guitar player and songwriter, known for creating musical parodies 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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