Developers’ Communities in Singapore
March 9, 2009 by Bernard Leong
For those who are involved with IT entrepreneurship in Singapore, depending on what platform you are working on, you might want to check out the different communities of developers in Singapore. From iPhone development to PHP User Group, these communities have organized their own activities every month to attract and gather enthusiasts in Singapore to communicate with each other. We have also included the champions who are involved with these developer groups in this article. If you are keen to develop yourself further in the development platform you are working on, perhaps, these groups might be of help to you.
CocoaHeads: CocoaHeads is a group devoted to discussion of Apple Computer’s Cocoa Framework for programming on MacOS X as well as the iPhone/iPod Touch. During monthly meetings, members present on their projects and offer tutorials on various programming topics. The community has met up for the first time recently in iShop, Cineleisure. For those who want to get involved with iPhone apps development, the champion for CocoaHeads (Singapore Chapter), Eric Dunivant has started a new site, CoreiPhone, which contains resources to help those who want to get their apps developed, known and heard.
Singapore PHP User Group: The group (Facebook) was established in 2006 by Michael Cheng (who is also the champion for PHP User Group). PHP (recursive acronym for “PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor”) is a widely-used Open Source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML. Currently, they are the most active developers’ group and have organized monthly meetings in Microsoft, Oracle and SMU. Recently, they have evolved into a society and now they offered paid courses to allow PHP developers to obtain certification. They have also been involved in organizing events such as Facebook Developers Garage II and Barcamp Singapore II: Maps and Mobile last year with E27. In their main site, you can find videos of the seminars given by PHP developers in different areas from developing wordpress plugins to Microsoft Silverlight.
Python User Group: This Group is created with the objective of promoting the use of Python programming language in Singapore and beyond. They have held their 2nd meeting recently in SMU and is relatively a newcomer to the developer user groups. Known Python user include Michael Lim (Comiqs).
Singapore Flex Group: The Singapore Flex Usergroup aims to bridge its members with both local and international Flex gurus. They have organized monthly meetings for those who are interested in flash development and also they have done the recent RIAction event in Microsoft. Their current champion is Shunjie (Seesmic).
Singapore Ruby Brigade: This is a group for Ruby/ Rails enthusiasts in the tropical isle. Currently, their monthly gatherings are held in Yahoo!. They have been around for a while with prominent developers such as Harryanto (Bookjetty) and Choon Keat (SharedCopy). Their current champion is Jason Ong.
Creative Crew Singapore: Creative Crew is the official Adobe User Group for Photoshop and After Effects. Based in Singapore, Creative Crew (FB Group) has the aim to share and spread techniques and tutorials for both Print and Video. The User Group meets every second Tuesday of the month in a Live Meeting. The champions of the group include Stefano Virgilli (Ultimate Video Fx Pte Ltd) and Carlsson Chee (Rephlexion Designs.).
Code Android Singapore: CodeAndroid.org, is part of the Android Developer and User Group created to help Android users as well as developers from Singapore, Malaysia and our APAC countries to learn about the platform (API), latest news, reviews about development in Android. The champion for this user group is Zi Yong.
SGDotNet: The defacto Singapore .NET Developer Group. They are a Singapore based user group formed to discuss about IT related topics, focusing mainly on .NET platform. The group is made up of IT Professionals from all walks of life and from all corners of the world. Most of our members are based in Singapore, but we have valuable members from other countries and their mission is to help motivated developers discover the best ways to use .NET Technology. Their gatherings are typically held in Microsoft Singapore Pte Ltd @One Marina Boulevard.
If there are other groups out there who would like to be featured, do send us an email here in SGE. SGE has also helped to publicize free events organized by these IT developer groups as well, and will help those who need to get the message out.
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About The Author
Bernard Leong - Co-Founder
Dr Bernard Leong is currently in Vistaprint as a technology manager, where he manages an engineering team and builds new products for emerging markets. His former entrepreneurial stints include CTO and co-founder of Chalkboard where he has architected the platform for location based advertising across web and mobile, and also an early stage investor in Thymos Capital with Lunch Actually, Padlet and iHipo. His accolades include the Young Professional of the Year Award for the Singapore Computer Society 2010 and Outstanding Young Alumni for National University of Singapore 2007. His expertise includes technology and social media. Currently, Bernard also serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with INSEAD Business School and taught courses in entrepreneurship in NTU.Read other posts by Bernard Leong