After a brief hiatus we're back in February. And we're also back at Campus North. We've got two talks for you this month.
Building your own Private Cloud on a Shoe String
"During this talk I will offer an alternative to AWS and
Azure, a little known provider that also happens to have the third most hosting
servers in the world (According to Netcraft 2015).
What if I also said this company was also was often much
cheaper than Azure or AWS while offering similar SLA’s? What about an easy to use REST API that
covers pretty much everything they do?
Interested yet? I was. The
company is called OVH.
I will discuss the benefits and limitations of using OVH to
build a cloud infrastructure.
Discussions and Demonstrations will include:
Virtual Instances on the OVH Public Cloud
Setting up Microsoft Hyper-V Core on Dedicated
Microsoft System Centre Virtual Machine Manager
Firewalls and Load Balancers
Private Networking and World Wide Data Centres
Using Object Storage with Open Stack and C#The costs - How to get it for £30 a month (Or free)
Mark Thompson is the Head of Product Development at Global
Mark’s software development experience includes everything
from Military Communications to Factory Automation to Accountancy products all using
predominantly C / C++ / C#.
Global Data Sentinel provides secure data solutions including
strong encryption and biometrics in both on premise and cloud hosted scenarios.
The Global Data Sentinel Research and Development Team are
based just North of Newcastle in Gosforth.
Their products are used world wide by organisations of every size.
Git, Gulp, Grunt, Node and Code: Making Sense of the Modern Development Toolchain
Our second talk is from Dr Bill Ayers...
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Heading into the summer, hot on the heals of June's DevOps fest we're mixing it up a bit with one MS talk and one Google talk...
Considering Compliance in Office 365 - John Timney
session provides a top down view of the Office 365 Compliance Center,
delivered by veteran Office Server and Services MVP John Timney. A
business and operations focused session describing why we need to
understand the key aspects of this service around archiving and
retention, e-discovery, advanced e-discovery and audit. The session
considers not only the features in Office 365, but the issue of
legality, EU Compliance and the EU-US Privacy Shield, data sovereignty
and the possible impact of Brexit on service owners. If you work in a
regulated industry and are considering or have already adopted Office
365 and Azure then this is a must see session to ready you for a
Introdution to Go - Jon Bulmer
Go programming language was invented by Alan A A Donovan and Brian W
Kernighan in 2007. It is Google's project, intended to offer speed and
dynamic development. Now at version 1.6 it is a fairly new language and
this can show at times. It works best in web service and network
I will start with a look at the tutorials on the
golang site. https://tour.golang.org/welcome . This is an amazing site
that gets you up to speed with the language, writing your code directly
into the web browser with syntax and compiler help. As you work through
the tutorials and do the exercises, you gain confidence. I will finish
this section of the talk by completing the Fibonacci closure exercise.
I will move onto the Latte Panda. This is a fully functional 2G/32GB
Windows 10 PC, built on a card with USB, HTMI and Ethernet connection.
It also includes a wifi card. All this for $109 my unit is in a cool
bamboo case. I have installed the Go compiler on it and will demonstrate
a web service running on it written with Go.
We'll be in Campus North, most likely the classroom but the final venue is still to be confirmed.
See folks soon!
This event is kindly sponsored by Scott Logic:
Feeling like we're nearly into summer yet?! Come along to this months
NEBytes for some cool beer, a good talk and some tech chat...
Demistifying Rx - Sam Hogarth
Reactive Extensions (Rx) began as a Microsoft project and has grown
into an open-source, multi-language set of libraries. Using Rx you can
easily compose asynchronous, event-driven programs by building
Observable streams and performing operations on those streams. If you're
familiar with LINQ you're pretty much there. In this talk we'll take an
introductory look into how Rx works, how you can build applications
using Rx (including testing!) and take an in-depth look into how some of
the key operations work using marble diagrams.
Sam Hogarth is a Senior Developer at Scott Logic, where he spends his
time building web-based trading platforms using React. He has five years
experience working across the investment banking and applied science
sectors, developing for the web, desktop and mobile.
don't have a fixed session for the second slot this month but will
instead continue with Jon's Magical technology rating game that seemed
to go down quite well a couple of months back.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
This month we happen to line up the day before the Microsoft Web Platform roadshow hits town (more info here - mswebday.net). As such we have our own webby topic ready for you and are delighted to have John Staveley coming up from Leeds who will be taking over both sessions with his master class on:
.NET MVC Website Security - John Staveley
number and frequency of attacks on websites in the news is increasing
steadily and effects can be devastating. However for each company that
you hear about there are many more who cover up or are unaware of
breaches on their sites. Thus what you hear about in the news represents
just the tip of the iceburg. This primer session on security focusses
on the major risks and the practical steps you can take now in your
software development to protect an ASP.Net Mvc website from the major
threats in the web today and will include code you can take away and
implement in your own sites. Each type of attack will be introduced in a
technology agnostic way, then highlighted with some case studies using
major breaches as examples, then finally countermeasures which you can
use will be proposed for each risk. The attacks I will be looking at
- SQL Injection
- Session hijacking
- Password hacking
- Weak account management
- Insecure direct object references
- Sensitive data exposure
- Missing Function Level Access Control
- Unvalidated redirects and forwards
- Form overposting
- Social Engineering
A sample code project is included as part of the talk which helps mitigate against all of these threats and more.