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If you are a Web Developer and/or Security Professional, this may be of interest. One of this Month’s OWASP Webinar series; RailsGoat Project Webinar, is a live discussion, specific to the Ruby on Rails framework. It kicks off at 2pm Wednesday September 11th (live) and there will be a replay at 1am on the Thursday.

Register here; or .


The standards of software and web development are improving at an impressive rate. That said, developers are still building insecure software.

I am a member of OWASP, and have been reading up on one of their projects; the OWASP Periodic Table of Vulnerabilities. Now, there are some respected anthologies of weaknesses or vulnerabilities (OWASP Top 10, CWE-25, TCV2) but there hasn’t been a successful attempt at classifying issues based on how best they should be solved. Introducing the Periodic Table. This attempts to classify issues based on the most scalable solution. That may be in frameworks, perimeter tech, custom code, or attempting to fix the browsers and standards.

Click here to view the table

PS, if you have an interest in Cyber Security, this upcoming event may be worth attending. I’m not sure if the date is a coincidence, but it will be held on 11th of September. See below and here for details.

Can Ireland be Hacked?


The Irish Software Association has published a new report titled; Digital Technology Index or “DTI”.
It’s main aims, are to estimate the strength of the indigenous digital technology sector, gauge sentiment and to identify barriers to growth.
Generally, the findings are positive. See some interesting Summary points below (derived from research including responses from the Indigenous digital and software technology community, predominantly from CEO’s and founders of such companies).
  • Ireland’s indigenous software and digital IT sector is growing with almost 730 Irish owned digital technology companies, employing over 10,000 people and contributing €1.8 billion to the economy
  • 72% expect revenues from international sales to increase over the coming year
  • 85% of Irish digital & software technology companies see overall revenues increasing as a result of increased international business
  • Eight out of 10 digital & software technology companies plan to recruit over next three months
  • Survey finds that 51% say sourcing talent is a challenge
  • Access to finance remains a problem for over one-third of Irish software and digital companies
It was also found that levels of confidence are on the up. 63% of DTI respondents where more confident about their businesses than they where three months ago.
See the report here.


Lately, I have been studying up on Ethical Hacking. What had prompted me to research this area was the fact that I am hiring for Ethical Hackers, for one of my clients. I typed up a blog and put it on the Morgan McKinley website, discussing what exactly an Ethical Hacker is; see here.

Ethical Hacker Blog


Morgan McKinley also got behind an event on the topic.

PCI for Developers



Subsequently, I happened across this YouTube video. Its an interesting watch, an Ethical Hacker discussing what it is he does, and what makes his job so cool.

If you are a Node.js buff who likes an adventure, then you will love this… 


Have you heard of NodeConf ( ??? Well it’s coming to Ireland. Where abouts in Ireland? Well, that’s a mystery… Nodeland will welcome Javascript gurus upon its shores (onto a private island) from September 8th – 11th. 


The clever cats at NodeConf have arranged collection points in Dublin, where busses will pick up and bring you to the Nodeland, location undisclosed. 


It sounds like a lot of fun, it’s a 3 day event, including accommodation, banquet style dinners, oh and I forgot to mention, its Viking themed.


Check it out here

Following last Tuesday’s “Mobile Monday” event held in the Guinness Storehouse, RTE Digital caught up with some of the event’s speakers.

See below for some post event interviews .

RTE Digital’s MD Muirne Lafan, talks about Mobile Monday and what mobile means to RTE.

RTE’s Conor Mullen and Comscore’s Donal Howarth talk about Monetisation.

Haoilo’s Tim Arnold and Feedhenry’s Joe Drumgoole, talk about their challenges and success brought about by mobile, for their respective businesses. “We are 5 years into a ten year revolution” J.Drumgoole

StudioPowwow’s Richard Glynn, Marino Software’s Keith Davy, Coder Dojo’s James Whelton and AppTheorem’s Chloe Burke talk; Apps for kids and Apps by kids

Check this out!

Four Irish students have put together this video which documents the wonderful establishment which is; Coderdojo.

For those of you who don’t know, Coderdojo is an Irish venture, which was founded by James Whelton and Bill Liao. It is a global operation, helping children learn how to code, across the world.

Coderdojo is fun for kids, rewarding for the mentors, and I believe, will have a massively positive effect on our future. By engaging children at an early age, it could well support the future of our IT Industry. Right now, there is a shortage of developers. The fact is, we will need more people to work in this area, especially if Ireland really is going to continue as a Digital Hub of Europe.

This video, allows us to meet some inspiring individuals involved with Coderdojo, and take a look at where it is heading.

If you are inspired, and what to get involved, whether as a student, a mentor, by championing a new local dojo, or by supporting/donating, you should visit;

See: for locate a dojo near you.

Momo (Mobile Monday) Dublin had their latest event last Tuesday. Why on a Tuesday? Well, because “we are 6 days ahead of ourselves” quipped the event’s host; Ben Hurley (COO of NDRC)


The event kicked off with an excellent introduction by Mr. Hurley.

Soon after, Donald Hawrath of comScore took the stage and gave a well informed picture of mobile trends. His slides from the day can be accessed here;

This led into the first panel discussion, titled; “Making Mobile Platforms Work.” Making up the panel where; Keith Davey of Marino Software, Aisling McCabe from RTE Digital, Gary Leyden of NDRC and Mr Hawrath.

Donald Hawarth fromcomScore, Aisling McCabe from RTÉ Digital, Keith Davey from Marino Software and Gary Leyden from the NDRC.

Donald Hawarth fromcomScore, Aisling McCabe from RTÉ Digital, Keith Davey from Marino Software and Gary Leyden from the NDRC.



This gave us the app developer’s insight. It reminded us that users control how they consume content, across multiple platforms. Each of the panel members gave evidence of how vital the user experience is, regardless of the platform. They also reminded us that, the ecosystem is moving so quickly, and that the Industry has to adapt.

RTE Digital attributed its success to 3 points; 1.) Good quality content, 2.) Knowing the audience, 3.) accessibility via multiple devices.

The next panel discussed the mobile app environment, both from a B2B and a B2C perspective.

Brendan Bourke from Radical, Brendan Conway from iMob Media, Elaine Robison from Meteor, Conor Mullen from RTÉ Digital, and Bruce Bale from Facebook

Brendan Bourke from Radical, Brendan Conway from iMob Media, Elaine Robison from Meteor, Conor Mullen from RTÉ Digital, and Bruce Bale from Facebook


I found it interesting when Conor Mullen of RTE stated that the majority (63%) of online users of rte are mobile.  (Mobile and tablet)

 Interesting as well, was where Brendan Conway discussed location based and proximity marketing – “we now have the delivery mechanism in our back pocket”. This is a topic I blogged about previously, see

It was however, the next panel discussion which I found the most interesting.

Rob Cumiskey and Tim Arnold of Hailo, James Whelton from Coder Dojo and Joe Drumgoole of Feed Henry.

Rob Cumiskey and Tim Arnold of Hailo, James Whelton from Coder Dojo and Joe Drumgoole of Feed Henry.


Joe Drumgoole of Feedhenry discussed how Enterprise clients are demanding the same quality as what they have seen in consumer markets.

He also chimed in on the BYOD debate. He said, people can debate it all they want, the fact remains that employees will continue to bring their own devices to work. He stated that, whether he is an advocate of BYOD or not, it doesn’t matter, what matters is that it is happening anyway. He went on to say that it’s expensive to buy devices for employees, so why not embrace it by mobilizing them for their own devices. He made an interesting prediction by saying that soon, large enterprises will have App stores on their corporate intranets, for employees to download what they need, to their own devices.

James Whelton of coder dojo discussed how kids are becoming more interested in web and mobile, a really positive message which was well received by the attendees.

The gents from Hailo brought the discussion back to the need for great design, and how this is key to delivering successful apps, whether native or hybrid.

It’s an ongoing challenge. The most frequently asked questions which Hailo’s customer support teams receive are actually enquiries about functionality which IS in the app. Mobile UX is crucial. The rhetorical question rang out across the room; “how do we use the real estate on the screen, it’s a small screen”.

It was interesting as well because following the Coderdojo talk, the panel where discussing digital natives. Hailo reminds us however, that its not all about digital natives. In fact, they told us the average age of taxi drivers here is 57. Many of their users had never used apps, many didn’t even have email accounts. Their app, has to be intuitive.

The final round of talks invited some promising app makers to the stage, to introduce themselves.

Treemetrics,  Studio PowWow and Transact Carbon, Chloe Burke

Treemetrics, Studio PowWow and Transact Carbon, Chloe Burke


Of those, I found 2 particularly noteworthy.

One was Studio Pow Wow’s Richard Glynn.

It was interesting because they are different, their “World of ShipAntics” project is a little out there, and that to me, is cool. It gave a good insight as well, to monetizing apps which are designed for young people.

There is a lot of regulation around this (see Kopa). It is also challenging because, although designed for the end user ( children), the customer is actually the patent.

The real star of the show though, was Chloe Burke, the 14 year old app developer. She told us how she revolutionised the theorem market, by making maths theorems mobile.

She is a product of Coderdojo Dcu. After hearing about it on Bobby Kerr’s radio programme, she decided to check it out, and hasn’t looked back since. And why should she. She should only be looking forward, I think the future is bright for young Chloe.

She touched on Mobile UX , where she discussed how she wanted to make it engaging for kids. She said that maths has never really been seen as cool, and that it probably won’t be, but her app does make it more engaging and fun. She selected the colours carefully and inserted cool diagrams and clickable buttons.

She touched as well, on one barrier to entry to this market. Her app is on android (320 downloads) yet she was conscious that not everyone her age had a smart phone, so it is also online. You won’t find it on iOS though. Why? Because Chloe and her brother pooled their pocket money together yet still can’t cover Apples demands.

The event was a success. It was well organised, with excellent speakers. It succeeded in bringing us on a journey through the mobile landscape as it stands and gave us a good insight into where it is going.

It did so, by offering different perspectives, whether that be from an App Developer, Marketer, Investor, or from Industry Giants like Facebook.

It was a nice atmosphere too, and the networking potential (and free coffee and cakes) was great.

Daniel Dunne of Morgan McKinley

Daniel Dunne of Morgan McKinley

One of the speakers had highlighted that we run the risk of damaging the market, by overcome locating it, like other areas of IT, the Industry has mystified it by constantly bringing out new acronym ons, new buzz words etc.

Momo Dublin however, highlighted the extent to which the ecosystem is changing, but really succeeded in making simplicity out of a complex area.



I look forward to the next Mobile Monday.

The UX Community is a tightly knot one. For a UX Professional, it can help your career greatly to network with your peers.

Have you seen the UXPA’s User Experience Magazine? –

Its great, although I would like to see more content there. One article; discusses how networking, whether it be via online or face to face, can help your career. It explores how widening your own network can bring more job opportunities, and offer you additional support from Industry peers.

Why not attend UXPA’s latest event, entitled; “My Favourite UX Tool” which will be held in Engine Yard’s offices on Barrow street.

See or for details. You will have to move quickly though, its close to being sold out…

If you are interested in networking with fellow developers, in your particular field, is a good start.

Some Web Events or “meetups” around Dublin this month include:


Monthly DublinJS meetup

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

MMUG – Dublin

Introduction to Kinetic.js – a HTML5 Canvas Framework

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

From 7:30 PM

Python Ireland

Building web applications with Flask

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

6:15 PM to 8:00 PM

Dublin Groovy User Group

Grails Study Group

Thursday, May 9, 2013

From 7:00 PM

Scratch Day Ireland

Aimed at kids, but all welcome. Helping Kids to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations

(CoderDojo members will be interested in this one)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

From 11:00 am

Ruby Ireland

Drive a common sign-up flow across native web, iOS and Android clients

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

From 6:30 PM

Drupal Camp

Learn about Drupal, and how to use it from a mix of people from Ireland’s top Drupal experts

Friday, May 24th – 25th, 2013

Node.js Dublin

This month’s Node.js meetup, speakers including; Dominykas Blyžė, Daniel McKay and Isaac Schlueter

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

From 6:30 PM

Meetup in particular is a great site. Why not join some groups and get involved?