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.
 

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.