Design Patterns & Development Do's and Don'ts

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Staffs Web Meetup
Staffs Web Meetup
Public group

Entrust, Room G05

The Riverway Centre Riverway · Stafford

How to find us

Head through the main entrance. Look out for the pink flag at the bottom of the corridor.

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Join us for the last meetup of 2019. We have two talks lined up. Dan with his Design Patterns talk and Jon with his Development Do's and Don'ts talk.

All our events are free to attend, with food and drink provided. We welcome both newcomers and existing members. Come along and join us!


6:00pm - 7:00pm
People arrive. Food, drink and chat.

7:00pm - 7:30pm
The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Design Patterns
Dan Parkin (

There comes a time on our journey as developers where we first encounter design patterns, and this naturally comes along with many questions.
In this talk, we'll look at the who, what, when, where and why of design patterns; Who made them? What are they? When should you use them? Where did they come from? Why should you learn them?

Along the way, we'll look at some of the principles that underpin them, the pros and cons of patterns and the danger of being "pattern happy".

7:30pm - 8:00pm
Do’s and Don’ts of Long-term Development Projects
Jon Baldie (

The web development industry is moving faster than ever, but more developers are finding that an old truth still applies: The biggest difficulties we face in the workplace aren’t necessarily due to the work itself, but from our interactions with other people. Jonathan will use a classic case study from the tech industry to show how social intelligence can make our working lives both less stressful and more rewarding, especially in long-term development projects.

8:00pm - 8:15pm
Break, chat & drink!

8:15pm - 9:00pm
Open Discussion
Hosted by George Wilde & Natasha Wylie

Our interpretation of Lean Coffee (, a fast-paced open discussion. Using sticky notes, people post questions or topics. People vote and then we discuss them, most popular first.

9:00pm - 9:15pm


Thanks to our sponsors:

My Clever Group (
Dataflexnet (
Codeweavers (
VesselsValue (
Kanuka Digital (


Each meetup has a buffet, including vegetarian and vegan options. If you have specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance.


There's lots of free parking on the Entrust site. We're a short walk from the town centre and train station.

Entrust is accessible by wheelchair.

Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available.

Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.