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

NEBytes August 2010–Technical Debt and It’s Over to You!

We held our first ever August event last night and we were more than pleasantly surprised with the numbers despite being well into the holidays!  Thanks to all those who attended and to those who didn’t – well you missed one hell of an event!

We had three presentations from members of the NEBytes community – Peter Bull, Tim Mather and Justin Souter.  Interesting content covering Windows Phone 7, Cloud Computing and Open Source.Net primarily Umbraco.  Well done to the guys for their informative presentations – all in the space of 15 minutes too!  It takes bottle to get up from the chair and get in front of people and deliver so well done!

We were extremely delighted to also welcome Gary Short, to give us a great presentation on Technical Debt – a hugely important topic for all developers and managers alike!  I’d personally been looking forward to seeing this session for quite a while and was not disappointed!  Gary’s a great speaker, very eloquent and has an excellent delivery style, if he’s speaking at a user group or conference near you I very much recommend listening to what he has to say!  His talk went down very well and received great comments on Twitter.

We will post the slides for each of the presentations on this post so feel free to take a look at the content delivered.

August Event: Gary Short and an open mic session

For this month’s event on Wednesday 18th, we’ve got C# MVP Gary Short coming to talk about “technical debt” – the cost of not following good practice in development. I’m not a developer personally, by I’ve still inherited code and had to further develop on stuff that has been basically a mess, and putting it right is certainly costly in terms of time and stress levels! Gary’s presentation will cover how to put a financial cost on this and cover some measures to identify problem areas in a code base.

In the other half of the evening, we’re doing something that we’ve planned since forming NEBytes – opening up the floor to the attendees. This month we’ve got four short talks planned, covering Windows Phone 7, Cloud Computing, Open Source .Net and ASP.Net MVC.

More details are available on the events page, or head straight over to Eventbrite to register.

Register for NEBytes August 2010: The Debt Is Over To You in Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom  on Eventbrite

ByteCast 5: In Free Fall

Well we’re back again and this time all four of us made it into the “studio” to record the latest installment of the NEBytes ByteCast.

The NEBytes ByteCast is now available in iTunes so we have two ways you can subscribe to the ByteCast:

NEBytes ByteCast feed

NEBytes ByteCast feed for iTunes

In this edition we discussed:

Get the file here: ByteCast 5: In Free Fall!

NEBytes August IT Pro event - Help required!

Hello Everyone,

We have been looking at what sessions we could plan in for August for the IT Pro track and couldn’t choose one, so we have decided to do something unusual!

We are proposing opening the floor up to you our members / random people off the street. The idea is that we’ll have several people doing short (15 mins or so) talks on something that they are interested in or have learned about recently.

So Roll-up Roll-up and complete our nomination form to register your interest in speaking! All topics will be considered & please don’t be shy, talking isn’t as intimidating as you might think!

Talk nomination survey here

 

Edit: The event will be on the 18th August so make sure you can make the date if you want to talk.

ByteCast 4: You lot are bound to lap this up!

Hello again folks, I’m pleased to announce the next instalment of NEBytes that was recorded recently.

We’ve tweaked the format slightly to hopefully give things a bit more personality (and less of a news overdose!).

The ByteCast has been submited to iTunes for approval but you can also now subscribe using your other generic RSS based webcasting software using the following link:

NEBytes Bytecast feed

In this edition we discussed:

Get the file here:

ByteCast 4: You lot are bound to lap this up!

50 minutes, 20.8 mb

Bytecast 3: Lots of stuff!

 

Hello all,

Hot from the audio computer foundries I am pleased to present NEBytes Bytecast 03…

This months episode was recorded with Jon, Andy and Ben on Thursday the 24th June. There was lots of topics to get through as you can probably gather from the links below. In future I think we are going to try and keep the number of topics down so that we can get a good discussion going & try to keep it light hearted. I do however strongly recommend you give it a listen, but you know I'm slightly biased!

Anyway, enjoy & please drop us a comment…

ByteCast 3: Lots of stuff

60 minutes, 25.8 mb

Topics & Links:

Stay tuned for a Bytecast RSS link coming soon.

ByteCast 1: Lets start something

So a little while back (towards the end of May) we (Andy, Jon & Ben) recorded about an hours worth of audio on varying topics. Topics covered include:

  • Google I/O conference
  • Dell Streak
  • New Hotmail
  • Office Live preview
  • Silverlight 4 tools
  • J Allard & R Bach moving on from Microsoft
  • new Spotify accounts

Also after last NEBytes event myself (Ben) and Jon went and recorded an “E3 special” that goes through some of the hardware and game announcements from this years E3 gaming conference. This one is only about 30 minutes long!

The idea is to record and release an episode on a fortnightly basis where possible. Currently the format is still not finalised but have a listen & tell us what you do and don’t like so we can make changes! At the moment there isn’t a dedicated RSS feed or iTunes link etc.. but this is something we hope to get out there soon, just let us know you like it first :)

So where can you download these wonderful examples of audio perfection(?) right here(!):

ByteCast 1: Lets start something

53 minutes, 18.9 mb

ByteCast 2: E3 special

31 minutes, 23.7 mb

 

Again, if you've listened then please, please leave us a comment underneath :)