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NEBytes November 2011 Special - Gill Cleeren on WinRT and Switching on the Cloud for Silverlight

Join North East Bytes for the second event in an action packed month of November!!!

We are pleased to welcome Gill Cleeren, Microsoft Regional Director and Silverlight MVP as he visits on his tour!!

Date: Tuesday 22nd November 2011

Time: 18:30-21:00

WinRT and Metro Applications

At BUILD 2011, Microsoft announced Windows 8. This upcoming version of Windows is probably the biggest change the OS ever went through. Windows 8 focuses on web, apps, touch and the tablet form factor. For developers, things will change as well. They need to be ready to build applications, called Metro applications, tailored for Windows 8 or adapt their existing applications for the new OS. Together with Windows 8, Microsoft announced Windows Runtime (WinRT), a new way of working with Windows.

As you can see, that's a lot of new stuff to get your head around! To help you, Gill Cleeren, Microsoft Regional Director and Silverlight MVP will explain you the new strategy that Microsoft is taking. In this talk, we'll see what WinRT really is, how we can use it to build Metro applications with and how we can leverage C# and Silverlight knowledge to build Metro applications. We'll take a look at a fully working application as well to give you a clear picture of all the knowledge you'll gather during this hour.

By joining this session, the developer story for Windows 8 will have less secrets for you!

Switching on the Cloud for Silverlight

What happens if you combine 2 of the hottest technologies for your applications? Find out in this very session! If we combine the capabilities of Windows Azure with the rich UX of Silverlight, we are capable of building great... what am I saying: exceptional web applications. We'll look at building an app in Silverlight running from Azure and we'll look at the topics of interest that you'll encounter when hosting services in the cloud to be consumed from Silverlight, considerations for Windows Azure Storage if used from Silverlight etc.

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 120 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).

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NEBytes November 2011 - Virtualising SharePoint and Mobile BI

Join North East Bytes for the first event in an action packed month of November!!!

We are pleased to welcome newly-awarded SQL Server MVP, Jen Stirrup and veteran SharePoint MVP, John Timney.

Date: Wednesday 16th November 2011

Time: 18:30-21:00

Mobile Business Intelligence Using Microsoft and Tableau

Mobile Business Intelligence allows end users to access data to support their decisions, irrespective of time and place. The Apple iPad is the definitive tablet of the decade, and is game-changer as a credible business tool. PowerPivot is a game-changer because it places data, and data structures, back in the hands of business users. Apple’s cutting edge usability, along with PowerPivot’s accessibility, can be combined to enhance productivity for mobile business users. Together, these technologies can support Mobile Business Intelligence as an essential tool for end users who need data 'on the go'.

What you will learn from this session:

  • Capabilities of Microsoft PowerPivot in terms of scalability and empowering access to data
  • Using PowerPivot as source for data, viewing the visualisation via an Apple iPad
  • Specific considerations for visualising data to serve Mobile Business Intelligence, supported by Tableau

Come and see Mobile Business Intelligence in action using the Apple iPad, with Microsoft PowerPivot as a data source.

Jen Stirrup

Jen Stirrup is a newly-awarded SQL Server Most Valuable Professional (MVP). She is the joint owner of Copper Blue Consulting Ltd, and specialises in Business Intelligence with a focus on Data Visualisation. Jen has conducted projects in the UK and mainland Europe. Jen has previously spoken at SQLBits, SQLPASS Northern Europe, the UK, mainland Europe and the United States as well as other Tableau community events on the topic of Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation. She blogs regularly on these topics at www.jenstirrup.com and can be found tweeting at twitter.com/jenstirrup

SharePoint Virtualisation (Level 100) IT Pro or Technical Beginner

Sharepoint 2010 Virtualisation remains a hot topic and for many firms it is still as yet unexplored territory and the concepts surrounding virtualisation are pushing the knowledge boundaries for Sharepoint Infrastructure Architects, Administrators and Solution Architects into areas they thought they wouldn’t need to understand, away from the physical and into the conceptual. This presentation offers an introductory view of some of the important aspects to consider when thinking about utilizing virtualization in the Sharepoint 2010 world and considers reasons for virtualizing Sharepoint 2010, supported physical and virtual platform architectures, guidelines for choosing which aspects of farm to virtualize, support and the issues it brings, considers layered designs as an easy means of visualising virtual architecture and introduces conceptual Geo-DR.

John Timney

He currently sits within the Senior Leadership Team as Enterprise Assurance and Strategy Lead Architect at the UK Department of Education’s flagship Government Information Workplace programme, specialising in Delivery Assurance and Strategy around Sharepoint (2007 & 2010 (TAP member)).
He is now involved in G-CLOUD, an IL3 compliant private cloud delivering Sharepoint 2010. The role involves advising Project Directors and Managers, Client Directors and Technology Leaders, End Users, Technical Architects, Developers and Designers to set a roadmap for technology evolution and transformation. John has experience of a diverse technology stack with excellent consulting experience around complimentary products like Meridio, Livelink and Documentum gained with substantial pre-sales ITT & PQQ response experience for major public sector clients.

Location

The event will be hosted in Room 120 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).

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NEBytes October 2011–Denali What Can I Tell You?

Join North East Bytes for the first event in what is the outstanding month of October!

We are pleased to welcome Andrew Fryer from Microsoft UK's Developer and Platform Group to give us the low down on SQL Server Denali

Date: Thursday 6th October 2011

Time: 18:30-21:00

Denali - What Can I Tell You?

Denali is the next release of SQL Server. It builds on the three themes of the previous version:

  • Scalability and Availability
  • Unstructured Data
  • Business Intelligence

So I am going to dive into each of these as far as I can at the moment and give you and idea of what's coming up in the public beta

Andrew Fryer

I'm a technical evangelist at Microsoft UK. What this means is that I spend my time explaining the future to IT Professionals who do data management and data centre administration. There are just under a million IT Professionals in the UK, and to reach all of these I spend a lot of time online: On my blog, doing webcasts and the usual social media channels (Twitter, Facebook). However I love going to community events to swap stories and to try and help get the most out of Microsoft technologies.

Location

The event will be hosted in Room 120 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).

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NEBytes September 2011: BUILD like a brick…

In a slight departure from our normal event format (and time slot! THIS EVENT IS ON TUESDAY THE 13th!!!) we are pleased to offer a chance to watch the Microsoft BUILD conference keynote (almost) live! The idea is to display the BUILD keynote stream on the big screen with the opportunity to pause & discuss key points as they are revealed.

What is this BUILD malarkey you may well ask? Well it’s a one off event that Microsoft have cooked up to cover what’s new and coming in Windows 8 and by all accounts they are promising some pretty big things …

In 1995, Windows changed the PC. BUILD will show you that Windows 8 changes everything.

If you are a contemporary developer, a geek who thrives on the newest and coolest, who loves the freedom of the web and the power of all devices from mobile to desktop, you need to join us to help BUILD the future.

Our approach means no compromises—you get to use whatever kind of device you prefer to run the apps you love. This is sure to inspire a new generation of modern hardware and software development, improving the experience for PC users around the world. - www.buildwindows.com

So come along and join us on Tuesday for the live stream & remember try not to watch it in advance it’ll spoil the mood ;)

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NEBytes August 2011: Cross Device XAML and Office 365

Join North East Bytes for our ninth event of the year. Following on from the great events that we've had so far we've lined up another great event for your benefit. Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity!

Date: Wednesday 17th August 2011

Time: 18:30-21:00

Event Sponsored by Scott Logic

scottlogic

Who we are

Scott Logic is a financial software consultancy based in the United Kingdom and operating in the UK, USA and continental Europe.

We provide independent strategy advice and develop world-class bespoke software solutions for the financial services sector.

What we do

Scott Logic provides the very best in bespoke financial software and consultancy for the investment banking, stockbroking, asset management and hedge fund communities.

Scott Logic aims to be the very best in providing technology strategy and architecture advice. We also offer leading edge software development capabilities that deliver exceptional value to our clients.

Career Opportunities

Scott Logic offers a rare opportunity to work at the cutting edge of financial technology in roles seldom found outside the City of London.

Due to continuous growth Scott Logic is always looking to recruit talented Consultants and Developers.

Who are we looking for?

We have three positions available:

  • Senior and Lead Financial Programmers
  • Financial Programmers
  • Mobile Programmers

You must have a relevant degree from a reputable university and substantial commercial experience in an OO environment (Java EE or Microsoft .NET). We’re particularly interested in the following skill-sets:

  • C#.NET, ASP.NET
  • Java EE, JavaScript and AJAX

For more information check out http://www.scottlogic.co.uk/careers/.

WPF and Silverlight: Unifying the Development Platform for Desktop, Web and Mobile with Colin Eberhardt

The recent boom in mobile and tablet devices and the ubiquity of the web mean that we, as software developers, have found ourselves developing for a wide range of devices. All-to-often applications destined for the web, desktop and mobile are developed separately at great cost. This talk will look at how the XAML based technologies of WPF and Silverlight allow you to use your skills to build application for a wide range of platforms. Furthermore, with the use of simple design patterns, it is possible to share a common code-base for all three. In this talk I will cover the differences and similarities of WPF, Silverlight and Windows Phone 7, with a practical demonstration of cross-platform application development.

Colin Eberhardt - PhD BSc, Technical Architect, Scott Logic Ltd – is a prolific technical author who writes on Microsoft .NET and Silverlight related topics. Colin also provides technical direction for many of Scott Logic’s financial clients covering many technologies.

Office 365 with Jonathan Noble and Andrew Westgarth

Office 365 is Microsoft's major refresh of the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).  This new fantastic update provides an easy and affordable way for companies to remove the overheads of maintaining there own Exchange and SharePoint installations whilst guaranteeing maximum uptime.  The service also provides an excellent story for remote workers and has plans to cater for all sizes of organisations from the individual to the large corporation.  In this session Jonathan and Andrew (a paid user of Office 365) will guide you through the options and highlight the benefits and give a frank opinion on the feature set against costs.

Jonathan Noble started his career in IT early, being kept out of primary school assemblies in order to show teachers how to use BBC Model Bs. After watching Top Gun too many times, and a less than fun part-time job in PC World, he nearly gave up computing and became a fighter pilot, but was somehow drawn back to the keyboard and has spent the last decade managing Windows systems at Newcastle University. He's dragging himself away from Medal of Honor and NBA 2K11 on the Xbox to deliver this session. Jonathan blogs at http://jonoble.com and tweets at http://twitter.com/jonoble.

Andrew Westgarth is an MVP (Internet Information Services) and Co-founder of North East Bytes, a free User Group covering the North East and Cumbrian regions of the United Kingdom having technical meetings covering Development and IT Pro topics every month.  He is a Senior Consultant for Waterstons Ltd, a consultancy based in Durham. Andrew is very active in the UK Developer Community, attending and speaking at multiple events, supporting users and other User Groups. In the past he has spoken at the Irish Microsoft Technology Conference, VBUG's National Two Day Conference; Developer Developer Developer Day 5 and local User Group meetings. Andrew has experience in VB6/.NET; C#; ASP.NET; MCMS 2002 and Internet Information Services. Andrew's current technical interests include IIS 7.0/7.5 and IIS Extensions; Personal Performance Improvement and Best Practices.

Location

The event will be hosted in Room 120 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).

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Developer Opportunities with Scott Logic

We are very pleased to announce that our August event's pizza will be sponsored by Scott Logic. Scott Logic are currently recruiting so read on to find out about them and what they are looking for…

scottlogic_logo

Who we are

Scott Logic is a financial software consultancy based in the United Kingdom and operating in the UK, USA and continental Europe.

We provide independent strategy advice and develop world-class bespoke software solutions for the financial services sector.

What we do

Scott Logic provides the very best in bespoke financial software and consultancy for the investment banking, stockbroking, asset management and hedge fund communities.

Scott Logic aims to be the very best in providing technology strategy and architecture advice. We also offer leading edge software development capabilities that deliver exceptional value to our clients.

Career Opportunities

Scott Logic offers a rare opportunity to work at the cutting edge of financial technology in roles seldom found outside the City of London.

Due to continuous growth Scott Logic is always looking to recruit talented Consultants and Developers.

Who are we looking for?

We have three positions available:

  • Senior and Lead Financial Programmers
  • Financial Programmers
  • Mobile Programmers

You must have a relevant degree from a reputable university and substantial commercial experience in an OO environment (Java EE or Microsoft .NET). We’re particularly interested in the following skill-sets:

  • C#.NET, ASP.NET
  • Java EE, JavaScript and AJAX

For more information check out http://www.scottlogic.co.uk/careers/.

DDD North–Saturday 8th October 2011–Session Submission Open!

We are very pleased to announce that Session Submission has opened for DDD North, the first Developer! Developer! Developer! event to be held in the North East!

DDD North will be held at the University of Sunderland on Saturday 8th October 2011 – http://www.developerdeveloperdeveloper.com/north.  We are looking forward to hosting a fantastic free community led event where you the community define the agenda.  So what are you waiting for, get your session submissions in now!!

Stay up to date with DDD North through the twitter account – http://twitter.com/dddnorth and with the hashtag #DDDNorth.

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NEBytes and SUGUK July 2011: SharePoint Performance on Broadway

Join North East Bytes as we partner with the SharePoint User Group for our eigth event of the year. Following on from the great events that we've had so far we've lined up another great event for your benefit. Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity!

Date: Wednesday 20th July 2011

Time: 18:30-21:00

Event Sponsored by ffA

ffA Logo

ffA creates astounding 3D images of the earth's subsurface from seismic data, our software gives geo-scientists and engineers the ability to see geological formations kilometres below the surface in incredible detail. We are looking for programmers who enjoy working in a team and have an ability to learn and adopt new technologies and techniques. Our codebase is a mix of (mostly) C++, Ruby and C# for Windows and Linux, and our development process is based on Scrum & TDD.

Our current work involves:

  • Gui design and development
  • 3D Visualisation, OpenGL
  • GPGPU (CUDA) and multi-threading
  • Signal & image processing
  • Making scientific software interactive and easy to use
  • Refactoring & working with legacy code

For more information check out http://www.ffa-geosciences.com/

SharePoint Best Practices with Simon Tyler

The session covers Infrastructure best practices for SharePoint deployments, revealing field learned best practices and planning for topics such as SQL Server, Networking, Virtualisation, Identity & Authentication hard won from “award winning” UK Government projects such as the “Information Workplace Programme” and it’s follow on project “G-CLOUD”, a 100,000 + seat, fully virtualised multi-farm MOSS 2007 platform evolving into a fully virtualised Multi-Tenant SharePoint 2010 platform scaled to 500,000 users. It is an enlightening view as to what you must consider if deploying virtualised Sharepoint 2010 and SQL Server instances at scale, with lessons that apply equally to smaller projects and programmes.

Simon is an Infrastructure Architect with 13 + years in the IT industry. He currently plies his trade for Capgemini UK within their Microsoft practice focusing on collaboration platforms & integration. His current technology areas of focus are SharePoint, Virtualisation, Unified Communications (Lync Server 2010, Exchange Server). He is an industry specialist is build, deployment management and platform governance.

Delivering High Quality Live and On-Demand Video to Multiple Devices with Andrew Westgarth

IIS Media Services 4 provides a platform on which to build applications to deliver high quality live or on-demand video content to viewers regardless of the quality of their device and network connection.
In this session we'll look at the problems which streaming media faces and we'll look at how we can make use of IIS Adaptive and Smooth Streaming to provide a great streaming experience to your consumers, be it through a web based Silverlight Player, Windows Phone 7 application and even an iPhone.

Andrew Westgarth is an MVP (Internet Information Services) and Co-founder of North East Bytes, a free User Group covering the North East and Cumbrian regions of the United Kingdom having technical meetings covering Development and IT Pro topics every month.
He is a Senior Consultant for Waterstons Ltd, a consultancy based in Durham. Andrew is very active in the UK Developer Community, attending and speaking at multiple events, supporting users and other User Groups. In the past he has spoken at the Irish Microsoft Technology Conference, VBUG's National Two Day Conference; Developer Developer Developer Day 5 and local User Group meetings. Andrew has experience in VB6/.NET; C#; ASP.NET; MCMS 2002 and Internet Information Services. Andrew's current technical interests include IIS 7.0/7.5 and IIS Extensions; Personal Performance Imrovement and Best Practices.

mvp[1] Blog: http://www.andrewwestgarth.co.uk/blog
Twitter: http://twitter.com/apwestgarth

 

Location

The event will be hosted in Room 120 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).

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Developer opportunities with ffA - July pizza sponsorship

We are very pleased to announce that our July event's pizza will be sponsored by ffA. ffA are currently recruiting so read on to find out about them and what they are looking for…

 

ffa_logo

ffA creates astounding 3D images of the earth's subsurface from seismic data, our software gives geo-scientists and engineers the ability to see geological formations kilometres below the surface in incredible detail. We are looking for programmers who enjoy working in a team and have an ability to learn and adopt new technologies and techniques. Our codebase is a mix of (mostly) C++, Ruby and C# for Windows and Linux, and our development process is based on Scrum & TDD.

Our current work involves:

  • Gui design and development
  • 3D Visualisation, OpenGL
  • GPGPU (CUDA) and multi-threading
  • Signal & image processing
  • Making scientific software interactive and easy to use
  • Refactoring & working with legacy code

If you have interest or experience in some or all of the above, get in touch with steve at ffa-geosciences dot com

http://www.ffa-geosciences.com

ByteCast 12: <Insert Title Here>

(yes that actually is its title, not a mistake I’ve made!)

Lots of conferences & product/service announcements since last month. Andy and Ben give you a run through of some of the main highlights & interesting points

 

Get the file here: ByteCast 12: <Insert Title Here>

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