About Me

My name is Dylan Beattie. I'm a software developer, conference speaker and musician based in London, UK. I work for Skills Matter, and I'm a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies. This blog and all content and opinions are my own.

You can follow me on Twitter, read my code on GitHub, view my profile on StackOverflow, hear my music on YouTube and see my photographs on Flickr. You can even email me at dylan@dylanbeattie.net if you really want to.

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The Really Short Bio

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


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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 writing code he plays guitar and writes songs.


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Dylan wrote his first web page in 1992 and never looked back. He’s been building data-driven web applications since the 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 regularly speaks at conferences and user groups, where he’s spoken about topics from continuous delivery and Conway’s Law to the history of the web and hypermedia APIs.

When he’s not wrangling code, Dylan plays guitar and writes songs. He’s online at dylanbeattie.net and on Twitter as @dylanbeattie.


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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 divides 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, where his first-hand experience of watching an organisation and its 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 served on the programme committee for conferences including NDC London, BuildStuff, FullStack and ProgNET, 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 nine. 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 often found hanging around user groups, pubs and rock bars in London wearing a big black hat.

Photos

Photograph of Dylan Beattie from KCDC 2019
KCDC 2019
Credit: Tiffany Buckley
Photograph of Dylan Beattie from KCDC 2019
KCDC 2019
Credit: Tiffany Buckley
Photograph of Dylan Beattie from Dylan Beattie by @reverentgeek
Dylan Beattie by @reverentgeek
Credit: David Neal (@reverentgeek)
Photograph of Dylan Beattie from Sydney 2016
Sydney 2016
Credit: Dylan Beattie
Photograph of Dylan Beattie from DotNext Moscow 2017
DotNext Moscow 2017
Credit: DotNext / JUG.ru
Photograph of Dylan Beattie from FullStack London 2015
FullStack London 2015
Credit: Ed Telling