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North East Bytes - Microsoft Technology Usergroup in the North East of England

NEBytes May 2013–Cloudy SignalR with Lab Management

Join North East Bytes for our sixth event of 2013.  Following on from the great events that we've had over the last two years, we've lined up another great event for your benefit.  We are really pleased to welcome Friends of NEBytes, Steve Spencer and Rik Hepworth from Black Marble.

Date: Wednesday 15th May 2013

Time: 18:30-21:00

Web API, SignalR, Windows Azure and Gadgeteer - Challenges of the .Net Micro-Framework

This session introduces Gadgeteer and the .Net Micro-Framework and moves into a practical implementation that uses web api, signal R and Windows Azure.

Steve is the Development Director of the Black Marble Ltd a Microsoft Gold Partner based in the North of England. Black Marble is a highly skilled software development and IT consultancy house that thrives on solving difficult problems, ensuring our customers benefit from the innovative solutions we deliver.

As Development Director Steve is responsible for all software development and consultancy at Black Marble.

Steve is a regular presenter at events in the UK and Ireland where my common subjects are Windows Azure and ALM.

Give It a Kick: Lessons Learned from TFS 2012 Lab and SCVMM 2012

Black Marble recently migrated their TFS2010 Lab to TFS 2012 and thought it would be a good idea to move to a single SCVMM 2012 instance to manage both lab and production Hyper-V whilst also moving to SQL 2012 Always On and Server 2012 across the board. Find out just how much fun that was as Rik discusses the process.  
Rik is the IT Director of Black Marble, a Microsoft Gold Partner based in the North of England. Black Marble specialises in Biztalk and SharePoint-based business automation. In addition to making sure Black Marble's own systems deliver, Rik leads the IT side of Black Marble's SharePoint practice. Rik has been delivering SharePoint solutions since Black Marble’s involvement in the beta of SharePoint 2007 and presents regularly for Black Marble and their partners on this and other topics.

Location

The event will be hosted in Room 1.02 of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Eventbrite - NEBytes May 2013 - Cloudy SignalR with Lab Management

Sponsor – Access / VBA / SQL mini-project

The following post is by NEBytes sponsor -

Souter Trading International is an international trading business, who has successfully run their business on a line-of-business (LOB) application written in Access with VBA add-ons - for more than a decade.

The management of this business has worked with a database developer to create a system which captures all the business processes and logic, and which effectively tracks all transactions and creates an audit trail which is certified to ISO9001.

With the original database developer retiring, there is a requirement for an individual or business to pick up and understand this LOB application, with the work staged according to business priorities.

Phase 1 will be to fix several pressing issues with the current system.

Phase 2 will then be to hold discussions with the client about what their new requirements are and then advise on what the best course of action is, e.g. improve the Access solution; move to something based on SQL; or take it into the cloud via Azure or similar.

Then provide a spec and price for phase 2 & allow for on-going support - 1 day a month anticipated.

Phase 3 could be the exploration and commercialisation of the system for its resale to third parties using a SaaS model.

If you would like more information, or know someone who might be interested please contact Justin.

NEBytes April 2013 Special - Adv MVVM in Windows 8 Apps with Gill Cleeren

Join North East Bytes for our fifth event of 2013.  Following on from the special events that we've had over the last two years, we've lined up another great event for your benefit.  We are really excited to welcome back Gill Cleeren, Microsoft Regional Director and Silverlight MVP as he visits on his tour!!.

Date: Thursday 25th April 2013

Time: 18:30-21:00

Applied MVVM in Windows 8 Apps: Not Your Typical MVVM Session!

For some time now, the community has been touting the MVVM pattern as being the best way to build XAML-based applications. By now, you should be convinced that MVVM is really the way to go. But then, you start building a real-world Windows 8 application and you encounter all kinds of challenges you hadn’t thought about before. How do I properly structure an application? How do I implement navigation? How do I manage tiles or contracts from MVVM? How do I use Dependency injection correctly? And how do the new data controls in Windows 8 work in combination with MVVM?

A whole list of questions that this session will aim at answering!

Gill Cleeren

Gill Cleeren is Microsoft Regional Director (www.theregion.com), MVP ASP.NET, INETA speaker bureau member and Silverlight Insider. He lives in Belgium where he works as .NET architect at Ordina. Passionate about .NET, he’s always playing with the newest bits. In his role as Regional Director, Gill has given many sessions, webcasts and trainings on new as well as existing technologies, such as Silverlight, ASP.NET and WPF. He also leads VISUG (www.visug.be), the largest .NET user group in Belgium. He’s the author of the upcoming book called Silverlight Data Access Cookbook. You can find his blog at www.snowball.be.

Location

The event will be hosted in Room 1.02 of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Eventbrite - NEBytes April 2013 Special Adv MVVM in Windows 8 Apps with Gill Cleeren

NEBytes April 2013 Science Behind The Newly Spotted Lync

Join North East Bytes for our fourth event of 2013.  Following on from the great events that we've had over the last two years, we've lined up another great event for your benefit.  We are really pleased to welcome Friend of NEBytes, Gary Short from Gibraltar Software and our very own Ben Lee.

Date: Wednesday 17th April 2013

Time: 18:30-21:00

Everything You Need To Know To Be a Data Scientist

Well maybe not everything, but everything that we can fit into an hour. But first, why should you be interested? Simple, it’s the next big thing. In 2011 the number of people working in the field doubled, and that’s during a global recession!

Data Science lives at the intersection of data analysis, programming and visualization and in this hour long presentation we’ll take a look at some of the tools used by practitioners to take raw data and turn it into a story that everyone can understand. Well cover such topics as statistics, computational linguistics, text mining and network analysis as well as the web scale technologies such as Hadoop and Pig. By the end of this session you will have a firm understanding of what it takes to be a data scientist.

Gary Short [MVP C#]  - http://twitter.com/garyshort - joined the army upon leaving school and was put on stores duty, where he was responsible for handing out the camouflage paint for trucks and tanks. As the distinctive patterned paint only came it two sizes, small for trucks and large for tanks, he soon grew tired of this work and became a hit man for Chipperfield's Circus. His mission was to track down competing circuses around the world and to kill them. This was very dangerous work as it is hard to kill a Circus, the best way being to always go for the juggler. Seeing there was no future in this Gary then drifted into programming where he pretends to know a lot about Patterns & Practices and he intends to stay in this profession until found out.

Lync 2013 with Ben Lee

Microsoft has been pushing hard into the telephony space with its Unified Communications platform Lync. At the end of last year the next generation of Microsoft server products was released with its 2013 launch wave. Lync was one of the products updated along with SharePoint, Exchange and Office.

In this session Ben will provide an overview and update on Lync 2013 covering some of the significant changes that have been made since 2010.

Location

The event will be hosted in Room 1.02 of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Eventbrite - NEBytes April 2013 - Identify the Newly Spotted Lync

NEBytes March 2013 - Power The World With Imagination

Join North East Bytes for our third event of 2013.  Following on from the great events that we've had over the last two years, we've lined up another great event for your benefit.  We are really excited to welcome the local teams entering this year's Imagine Cup event and we'll also be taking a look at managing VMware with PowerShell.

Imagine Cup North East teams

We are pleased to welcome the teams from Imagine Cup North East who have entered the Imagine Cup competition this year.  Each team will be pitching their projects and their entries.  Come along to support our local entrants and give them some real world feedback on their projects and solutions which they can then use to strengthen their entry into this year's competition with the eventual aim of winning the UK final and competing with the rest of the world at the world final in St. Petersburg, Russia!

This is a great opportunity for our community to support the students and future of our community!

PowerCLI 101 – Jonathan Medd

IT Pros are starting to come to grips with the idea of managing Microsoft products with PowerShell, but it's not just Microsoft who are making use of the powerful automation capabilities on offer. VMware have been developing their own PowerShell-based management shell for some time - PowerCLI. In this session, Jonathan Medd, a Microsoft MVP for Windows PowerShell and VMware vEXPERT, will introduce PowerCLI and show you how to really take control of your virtual infrastructure.

Jonathan Medd is a Freelance Virtualisation and Automation Consultant based in the UK. He has been working with Windows Infrastructure products since 1997, particularly around Active Directory and Exchange, and most recently virtualisation with VMware products. He has held the MCSE certification since 1998 and VMware VCP certification since 2008. In 2007 he discovered Windows PowerShell and he spends a lot of time encouraging IT pros he meets to use PowerShell by talking with them, giving presentations to User Groups or via posts on his blog http://jonathanmedd.net. He also co-hosts a regular PowerShell podcast which contains info on how to learn PowerShell and what’s going on in the PowerShell world – you can find this at http://get-scripting.blogspot.com. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jonathanmedd

Location

The event will be hosted in Room 1.02 of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Eventbrite - NEBytes March 2013 - Power The World With Imagination

NEBytes Feb 2013 - Jon Skeet Is In Town

Join North East Bytes for our second event of 2013 and one which has been in planning for at least twelve months! Following on from the great events that we've had over the last three years, we've lined up another great event for your benefit.  We are very pleased to welcome Jon Skeet to Newcastle-upon-Tyne.    Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity or the cake!

I've Started So I'll Finish

C# 5 has one big feature... asynchronous functions, aka "async/await". It's ever so exciting, whether you're writing client code which needs to have a responsive UI without turning your code into spaghetti, or server code where you really don't want to start 100,000 threads just because you've got a high traffic web server which needs to perform long-running tasks. In this talk I'll demonstrate what async functions look like, then dive into how they work under the hood. Be warned: once you've used C# 5, all other asynchronous code will look atrocious.

Mwahahahahahaha!

We've all seen bad code. Code worthy of the Daily WTF. Code which makes us wonder how products ever ship, let alone work. Bad code is boring. Evil code is entirely different. It's bending a language in ways that would make the designers weep. It's code which you stare at and swear that it can't possibly work... until you see how it does.

I've got some evil code. I'll show it to you. You'll wish I hadn't.

Jon SkeetJon Skeet is a software engineer at Google London by day, and a C# "enthusiast" (to put it mildly) in his spare time. He is passionate about the intricacies of C# as a language, and keen to share his experiences whether through his blog or on Stack Overflow. Jon's book on C#, "C# in Depth" is published by Manning and now in its second edition. A third edition is on its way. (Although Jon works for Google, he does not speak on behalf of Google.)

Location

The event will be hosted in Room 1.2 of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Eventbrite - NEBytes Feb 2013 - Jon Skeet Is In Town

NEBytes Jan 2013 - Three Years On

Join North East Bytes for our first event of 2013 which also marks our Third Birthday!!!! Thank you for your continued support over the last two years! Following on from the great events that we've had over the last three years, we've lined up another great event for your benefit.  We are pairing up once again with the great folks at the SharePoint User Group (Newcastle).  We are pleased to welcome Microsoft Certified Master and veteran international circuit speaker, Dr. Bill Ayers, who is visiting to talk to us about Agile Lean Development. For our second session of the evening we are also hoping to secure a speaker on Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service.   Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity or the cake!

Lean-Agile SharePoint Development

Agile development practices are sweeping through the software industry – everyone is talking about SCRUM, TDD and CI. But SharePoint is different, right? We'll run through the definitions of SCRUM, Kanban, XP, TDD and the rest. Then we’ll look at how you can build SharePoint solutions using Lean-Agile techniques and get all the benefits – faster development, predictable deliveries, better quality, less stress and happy stakeholders. We’ll look at unit tests, integration tests, UI tests, continuous integration and, of course, test-driven development (TDD) using practical examples. We’ll look at the different techniques and new tooling options as well as the many issues around dealing with subsequent iterations of a project that is already deployed with live content.

Session 2 (to be confirmed) is looking like a session on Azure Infrastructure as a Service. A hugely interesting space. Location

The event will be hosted in Room 1.2 of Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

Sponsor – Waterstons Experienced Recruitment Open Evening

The following post is by NEBytes sponsor Waterstons Ltd:

Waterstons

Waterstons is looking to build on its recent growth with turnover on course to rise to £6m this year from £3.7m in 2010. We’re constantly on the lookout for talented individuals who can make a difference to our business and take us to the next level and currently have openings in a variety of departments in our Durham office.

We are a business and technology consultancy working with a range of clients and industries across the UK providing creative solutions through technology to improve business performance and deliver competitive advantage.  Our services include IT strategy and business consulting, disaster recovery and business continuity, the delivery of secure and resilient infrastructure, bespoke software development, project management, system analysis, business intelligence and unified communications.

A key element in our success is our people strategy and emphasis on trust, empowerment and encouraging continuous personal growth and lifelong learning. We recruit only the best candidates and reward our people based on their creativity, customer service performance and overall contribution to the business.

Career progression within Waterstons is only limited by your own ability and drive. No two career paths are the same. The direction you choose to go in is fully supported by the whole organisation and is determined by personal strengths and aspirations. The speed which you choose to progress is down to individual motivation and ability and is not constrained by the organisation or team structure.

Come along to our Open Evening on Tuesday 4th December from 6pm until 8pm where you’ll have an opportunity to:

  • Discover who we’re looking for and what key skills we value
  • Hear about the exciting and varied range of projects we work on
  • Meet people in similar roles and find out why working at Waterstons is so different from anywhere else
  • Provide your CV directly to us

For more information email our careers team at careers@waterstons.com

NEBytes November 2012: How Do You Like Your Pi?

Join North East Bytes for our 11th event of the year where we welcome Gary Short back to NEBytes to give us a rundown on all things Pi!!

Date: Wednesday 21st November 2012

Time: 18:30-21:00

Programming the Raspberry Pi is as Easy as… Pie!
The Raspberry Pi maybe a computer on a board, no bigger than a credit card, and running that weird Linux OS, but your programming skills are directly transferable. In this session I’ll introduce you to the Raspberry Pi, show you how to connect it directly to your laptop, then we’ll build a simple application using Mono C# and VistaBD, demonstrating that your programming skills are transferable via Mono C# and your SQL Server skills are transferable through VistaDB’s almost 100% MSSQL compatibility. So come along and let me show you what this “computer for £25” can do.

Gary Short [MVP C#]  - http://twitter.com/garyshort - joined the army upon leaving school and was put on stores duty, where he was responsible for handing out the camouflage paint for trucks and tanks. As the distinctive patterned paint only came it two sizes, small for trucks and large for tanks, he soon grew tired of this work and became a hit man for Chipperfield's Circus. His mission was to track down competing circuses around the world and to kill them. This was very dangerous work as it is hard to kill a Circus, the best way being to always go for the juggler. Seeing there was no future in this Gary then drifted into programming where he pretends to know a lot about Patterns & Practices and he intends to stay in this profession until found out.

Location

The event will be hosted in Room 1.2 of the Claremont Building at Newcastle University.  For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf (Identified by number 32 on the maps).

Eventbrite - NEBytes November 2012 - How Do You Like Your Pi?