Windows 10 and the Universal Windows App Platform with Mike Taulty (Microsoft)

by groupadmin3. August 2015 11:57

The Talk

Windows 10 is a big release for Microsoft. Commodious. Huge. Massive. Colossal. Humongous. ;-)

It’s the end of a journey to unify Windows. It’s the beginning of a journey for developers who want to take advantage of a universal app platform available across all Windows devices.

In this session, we’ll dig into what’s changed in Windows 10 for the Windows app developer. We’ll talk about the Universal App Platform that makes it possible to build code that runs on all Windows devices and about the Extension platforms for code that targets specific device families.

We’ll stay in Visual Studio as much as is possible and we’ll lean towards C# and XAML.

The Speaker

Mike Taulty works in the Developer and Platform Group at Microsoft in the UK where he has spent the past few years helping developers understand and get the best from the Microsoft platform. Prior to this, Mike spent 3 years with Microsoft Consulting Services as a consultant on developer technologies.

Before joining Microsoft, Mike spent the previous 9 years working as a software developer for a number of enterprises, consultancies and software vendors working with a variety of operating system, client, communication and server technologies. You can find more of a complete career history over on LinkedIn.

Mike holds a BSc Hons (1st Class) in Computer Science from the University of Leeds.

The Meeting

The meeting will open at 6:00 p.m on Tuesday, the 22nd September 2015 at the Lecture Theatre, EDF Energy Conference Centre, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3RS. You can arrive from Barnett Way and park at the EDF Energy car park. Conference building is located directly on the left from main reception and it's pass protected. You'll need to sign in for the fire registry.Welcome Start at 6pm and the as usual event at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be a half-time break with pizza and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive on time.

An Introduction to Sketchnoting and Visual Thinking with Jo Hopkins & Fred Pensom

by groupadmin24. June 2015 14:37

The Talk

We'll be introducing you to visual dictionaries, note-taking techniques , and some suggestions on application to everyday project work.

"Sketchbooks are not about being a good artist, they're about being a good thinker" - Jason Santa Maria

 This is not a session about drawing. It’s about listening. No artistic skills are required.

All we ask is that attendees put aside any preconceptions, are willing to participate, open to sharing what they produce and happy to listen to some Serbian dance music.

It will (probably) be fun.

The Speaker

Jo Hopkins & Fred Pensom work at the IRESS UX Team and can be contacted on twitter @iress_ux

The Meeting

The meeting will open at 6:00 p.m on Tuesday, the 28th July 2015 at the Lecture Theatre, EDF Energy Conference Centre, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3RS. You can arrive from Barnett Way and park at the EDF Energy car park. Conference building is located directly on the left from main reception and it's pass protected. You'll need to sign in for the fire registry.

Welcome Start at 6pm and the as usual event at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be a half-time break with pizza and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive on time.

 

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WebUI Testing With Richard Wilde

by groupadmin8. June 2015 10:11

The Talk

Unit testing helps us when writing any sort of application, however we often we end up writing unit tests for small pieces of logic that don't really matter and sometimes miss out on the bigger picture. We tend to shy away from Web UI testing as the feedback loop is just too slow. In this presentation we will look at a toolset that gives us both end-to-end testing that aims to give us far faster feedback. Welcome to the CasperJS a navigation and testing utility written in JavaScript, which plays nicely alongside PhantomJs, a headless WebKit browser.

The Speaker

Richard started programming during the home computing era with a ZX81. He has been running his own software company called wildesoft.net since 2004 and has a lot of experience delivering Microsoft solutions for all aspects of businesses. He is also the co-founder of Smart Devs a user group based in Hereford.

The Meeting

The meeting will open at 6:00 p.m on Tuesday, the 16th June 2015 at the Lecture Theatre, EDF Energy Conference Centre, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3RS. You can arrive from Barnett Way and park at the EDF Energy car park. Conference building is located directly on the left from main reception and it's pass protected. You'll need to sign in for the fire registry.

Welcome Start at 6pm and the as usual event at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be a half-time break with pizza and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive on time.

 

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Introduction to CQRS and Event Sourcing With Ian Russell

by groupadmin7. April 2015 16:57

The Talk

Command Query Responsibility Segregation (CQRS) and Event Sourcing (ES) have been hot topics in the .Net community since Greg Young's first blog posts and conference talks about them in 2009.  In this session, you will learn about the concepts and principles that underpin CQRS and ES and gain an appreciation of when, where and how they could be used.

This is not a .Net-specific talk and no prior knowledge of CQRS, ES or Domain Driven Design is required.

The Speaker

Ian has over 20 years experience designing, architecting and writing software for startups through to Enterprises.  Co-founder of CraftyCoders, a principles-focussed user group for the West Midlands .Net community.  Active member of the C#, F# and Software Craftsmanship communities in the UK.

The Meeting

The meeting will open at 6:00 p.m on Tuesday, the 19th May 2015 at the Lecture Theatre, EDF Energy Conference Centre, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3RS. You can arrive from Barnett Way and park at the EDF Energy car park. Conference building is located directly on the left from main reception and it's pass protected. You'll need to sign in for the fire registry.

Welcome Start at 6.00pm and the as usual event at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be a half-time break with pizza and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive on time.

 

Post Event Resources

slides github.com/ijrussell/CQRS-GLNET

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There and back again, a Microservices tale with Ian Cooper

by groupadmin24. February 2015 19:15

The Talk

Microservices are the new hotness, but many people are unclear on what is a microservice and what is not. Is it consultancy and book-deal hype? Is it just another term to be co-opted and abused by vendors? Is it just re-branding SOA for hipsters. In this talk, Ian Cooper takes us on a journey through the techniques we can use to manage complexity in software showing the evolution from OO to Components to SOA and finally to Microservices.

Having put this new meme in context, Ian will explain the characteristics of a Microservices architectural style, how they relate to and are different from what has come before, and the pitfalls to watch for. He will explain why management, monitoring, deployment and devops culture are just as important when thinking about Microservices as the collection of re-badged and re-branded 4 tenets and DDD advice. By the end of this talk you should be able to understand the Microservices trend and whether or not it is useful for your development.

The Speaker

Ian Cooper has over 20 years of experience delivering Microsoft platform solutions in government, healthcare, and finance. When he is not writing C# code he is also the and founder of the London .NET user group

The Meeting

The meeting will open at 6:00 p.m on Tuesday, the 21st April 2015 at the Lecture Theatre, EDF Energy Conference Centre, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3RS. You can arrive from Barnett Way and park at the EDF Energy car park. Conference building is located directly on the left from main reception and it's pass protected. You'll need to sign in for the fire registry.

Welcome Start at 6.15pm and the as usual event at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be a half-time break with pizza and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive on time.

 

Post Event Resources

https://skillsmatter.com/skillscasts/6254-there-and-back-again-a-microservices-tale

 

ASP.NET vNext with Mark Rendle

by groupadmin16. February 2015 13:18

The Talk

At TechEd last year, various Scotts and a David announced ASP.NET vNext, the biggest thing to happen to the Microsoft web developers story since ASP.NET 1.0.

It's a moving target as it's still in development but I can guarantee it will cover:

  • The Core CLR, the K Runtime, and the project.json file
  • How Roslyn fits into the story
  • The merging of MVC and Web API into a single, streamlined, uber-framework
  • The new features in MVC 6
  • An update on Simple.Data 2.0

 

Look, it's all awesome. Just come and see.

 

The Speaker

Mark Rendle has been making software professionally for over 25 years, and still enjoys it. He consults on cloud computing and application development, and is the founder of Zudio, a browser-based application for managing data in Microsoft Azure. He is currently working on Simple.Data 2.0, and playing with ASP.NET 5 and .NET Core, Aurelia and EcmaScript 6, as well as Docker and other Linux-y things. He would very much like it if somebody sent him a HoloLens.

 

The Meeting

The meeting will open at 6:00 p.m on Tuesday, the 17th March 2015 at the Lecture Theatre, EDF Energy Conference Centre, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3RS. You can arrive from Barnett Way and park at the EDF Energy car park. Conference building is located directly on the left from main reception and it's pass protected. You'll need to sign in for the fire registry.

Welcome Start at 6.15pm and the as usual event at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be a half-time break with pizza and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive on time.

 

Machine Learning from Disaster - Hands On With Phillip Trelford

by groupadmin4. February 2015 20:50

The Talk

All levels of experience welcome, from beginner to expert.
The goal is to use F# and sample data from Kaggle to predict who lives and who dies on the Titanic!

To get the most from the session please try and bring a laptop along with F# installed.

Install F# on Windows

Install F# on OSX 

Install F# on Linux

The Speaker

Phil is an active member of the software development community, regularly attending and speaking at user groups and conferences, blogging and contributing to open source projects. He is a co-organizer of the London F# User Group, founding member of the F# Foundation and Microsoft MVP.

The Meeting

The meeting will open at 6:00 p.m on Tuesday, the 17th February 2015 at the Lecture Theatre, EDF Energy Conference Centre, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3RS. You can arrive from Barnett Way and park at the EDF Energy car park. Conference building is located directly on the left from main reception and it's pass protected. You'll need to sign in for the fire registry.

Welcome Start at 6.15pm and the as usual event at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be a half-time break with pizza and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive on time.

 

TFS 2013, VS Online & Agile Practices With Matteo Emili

by groupadmin15. December 2014 08:21

The Talk

Part 1 - Current state of Team Foundation Server 2013 and Visual Studio Online

The Microsoft's Developer Division embraced DevOps and Continuous Delivery - the results are in front of us. Visual Studio Online in particular is an always-improving system, and Team Foundation Server gets more and more features with every update. You can compare it with the 2012 release and you are going to see how much changed just from one release to another, without mentioning the older ones. Where are they now? Where is the platform heading? Let's have a look!

Part 2- Leveraging Agile to reach upper levels

Agile practices are stronger and stronger, and they are extremely helpful raising the overall quality of our industry. Wouldn't it be amazing to involve other levels apart from the single Team, expanding them into the Product and Portfolio level? Team Foundation Server provides an incredible amount of features for it, why don't we see them in action?

The Speaker

Matteo Emili (@MattVSTS) is a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio ALM since 2010 and a Professional Scrum Master.
Former Microsoft Student Partner (youngest ever in Italy and the first ever in being both MSP and MVP, in 2010 at the age of 19), he has a passion for Agile Methodologies, Processes and all the techie stuff around the code, which leads him to always searching for something new to share with the worldwide community around the Application Lifecycle Management field.
He currently works for Dell Software UK as an Application Lifecycle Management

The Meeting

The meeting will open at 6:00 p.m on Tuesday, the 27th January 2015 at the Lecture Theatre, EDF Energy Conference Centre, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3RS. You can arrive from Barnett Way and park at the EDF Energy car park. Conference building is located directly on the left from main reception and it's pass protected. You'll need to sign in for the fire registry.

Welcome Start at 6.15pm and the as usual event at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be a half-time break with pizza and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive on time.

Post Meeting resources

- Current state of TFS slides

- APPM slides

 

What could you do with 10 years of continuous improvement? with Tom Howlett

by groupadmin17. November 2014 13:10

The Talk

I'll tell the story of what can happen when you grow with a team for more than 10 years. How we went from frustration and stagnation caused by command and control to a to a collaborative, self organising team using kanban to search for the next improvement. I'll discuss why we made the choice to work remotely and how well that can work.
I'll talk about the negative sides of sticking together so long (more than half the team hasn't changed in 10 years) and the limits of what a team can do alone.
The talk discusses some of the big decisions we took over the years and some of the behaviours that emerged naturally. I'll discuss my thoughts on how to build teams that stay together and refuse to stand still.

In the second part we'll have a discussion on Continuous Improvement: why it's important, what stands in it's way and how we can overcome those blocks.

The Speaker

Tom's been building and working with .NET teams that focus on continuous improvement for 12 years. In that time he's written about the difficulties he faced and how he overcame them in over 100 blog posts on "Diary of a Scrummaster", and a book called "A Programmer's Guide To People". He has a strong focus on breaking down the barriers that restrict collaboration (whether remote or co-located) and ensuring the people who do the work can effectively decide how it's done. He's becoming well known in the Agile community through his speaking and running his local group the "Cheltenham Geeks'. His company LeanTomato provides help forming new teams and helping existing ones meet peoples needs more effectively.

Twitter: @diaryofscrum, Website: http://www.leantomato.com

The Meeting

The meeting will open at 6:00 p.m on Tuesday, the 16th December 2014 at the Lecture Theatre, EDF Energy Conference Centre, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3RS. You can arrive from Barnett Way and park at the EDF Energy car park. Conference building is located directly on the left from main reception and it's pass protected. You'll need to sign in for the fire registry.

Welcome Start at 6.15pm and the as usual event at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be a half-time break with pizza and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive on time.

 

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Big Data with Gary Short

by groupadmin21. October 2014 22:47

The Talk

"How to Save The World Without Wearing Your Underpants on The Outside"

In May 2014, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs met in Washington, D.C. and predicted a perfect storm. On the one hand there is a demand for food from an ever growing population, whilst on the other, changes to the climate system are bringing storms, floods and heat waves which are diminishing crop yields. In this session we'll take a code heavy (C#) look at what data science can do to help maximise crop yields, at every level, from sowing to harvest; including the interesting question of, "can we monitor crop health from space?" (hint: yes we can and it's very cool). So come along to this session and find out how data scientists are helping to save the world from the comfort of their offices.

"Best Practices in Heterogeneous Big Data Stores"

In this session, Gary will cover best practice architectures for heterogeneous Big Data stores, covering SQL, NoSQL and distributed systems, and how best to make them interoperable.

The Speaker

Gary Short is a freelance data science practitioner and trainer, based in Dundee, UK. He has a deep understanding of the full Hadoop and HDInsight environment, as well as an interest in Social Network Analysis, (UCINet and Pajek) and computational linguistics (NLTK). Gary can be found on Twitter (@garyshort) and Facebook (TheOtherGaryShort).

The Meeting

The meeting will open at 6:00 p.m on Tuesday, the 18th November 2014 at the Lecture Theatre, EDF Energy Conference Centre, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3RS. You can arrive from Barnett Way and park at the EDF Energy car park. Conference building is located directly on the left from main reception and it's pass protected. You'll need to sign in for the fire registry.

Welcome Start at 6.15pm and the as usual event at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be a half-time break with pizza and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive on time.