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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 :)

May Event: A Developer’s Guide to Velocity aka AppFabric and Making Powerful Use of PowerShell 2.0

On Wednesday 19th May we have another two great speakers lined up for our May event.  We have Phil Pursglove visiting to give us A Developer’s Guide to Velocity aka AppFabric and we have our very own Jonathan Noble showing us how to make Powerful Use of PowerShell 2.0

For full details check out the Events Page or go straight to Eventbrite and register now!

Register for NEBytes May 2010 - The Need for Speed: A Developer's Guide to Velocity aka AppFabric And Making Powerful Use of PowerShell 2.0 Easily in Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom  on Eventbrite

Three Great Events in The North East in April!!


As part of the Microsoft Tech Days UK 2010, a week of free events for Developers and IT Professionals, there are three great events of note running in the North East.  The Sharepoint User Group are hosting a great night at the Cinema in Stockton, and then NEBytes are pleased to welcome Jesse Liberty for a special evening of Silverlight in addition to the Monthly meeting covering Office 2010 and Preventing SQL Injection Attacks.  Best of all- all three events are FREE!!!!

Monday 13th April 2010 – SUGUK – Sharepoint 2010 and Free Screening of Clash Of the Titans at Stockton-on-Tees Showcase Cinema

sugukMicrosoft and Combined Knowledge have funded a great evening to celebrate the launch of Microsoft Office Sharepoint 2010.  Join the Sharepoint User Group at the Showcase Cinema in Stockton-on-Tees to see a short presentation on the new features in Office and Sharepoint 2010, followed by an Open Mic “Ask the Experts” session on general SharePoint topics such as business adoption, Sharepoint designer, VS 2010 and Office focussed development in general, before settling down with Popcorn to watch a free screening of the new blockbuster – Clash Of The Titans!

For more information and to register -

Friday 16th April 2010 – NEBytes – Jesse Liberty – Silverlight Geek – Newcastle-upon-Tyne

nebytes-logo-final On Friday 16th April 2010, We are pleased to welcome Jesse Liberty, the self styled Silverlight Geek and a Senior Program Manager in the Silverlight Development Team at Microsoft, to Newcastle as he makes his way round the UK as part of his UK Tour .  Jesse will be delivering the following session:

Building A Highly Extensible, Decoupled Silverlight Open Source Application with MEF and RIA Services using Lean, Test Driven Development, An International Team of Volunteer Programmers,  and lots of Advil.

This talk will use the Silverlight HyperVideo Platform open-source project on CodePlex as a case study in building highly extensible Silverlight applications. Among the topics we will focus on are:

  • New features in Silverlight 4 and how they made life easier
  • The Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) added to Silverlight 4
  • WCF RIA Services for connection to a back-end db
  • Handling inter-module communication when the requirements are that modules cannot assume which other modules will be created, there can be no dependencies on order-of creation and unanticipated modules must be able to communicate with existing modules.
  • Using Markers, Injected Markers and polling to trigger events while viewing a video.
  • A Quick introduction to Lean, TDD and Kanban.

NEBytes are also looking at putting on a Geek Dinner afterwards, so if you’d be interested in attending let us know when you register for the NEBytes – Jesse Liberty – Silverlight Geek Event

Wednesday 21st April 2010 – NEBytes -  “Office 2010” and “Preventing SQL Injection Attacks” – Newcastle-upon-Tyne

nebytes-logo-finalOn Wednesday 21st April 2010 NEBytes will be holding their regular monthly event and will be covering the topics of Office 2010 and Preventing SQL Injection Attacks.  We are pleased to welcome Colin Mackay to cover Preventing SQL Injection attacks and we are very pleased to have NEByte’s very own Jonathan Noble and Ben Lee covering Office 2010 at the event:

Office 2010 - Ben Lee and Jonathan Noble

This summer Microsoft will release Office 2010. While this is more of an evolution from Office 2007 rather than the revolutionary jump from Office 2003 into the world of the Ribbon UI, there are still a number of new features in the desktop applications that make this release interesting. In addition, 2010 sees Office head into the cloud with the all-new Office Web Apps. In this session, NEBytes' own Ben Lee (@Bibbleq) and Jonathan Noble (@jonoble) will highlight their favourite new features across the whole suite and also demonstrate how to manage, secure and deploy Office 2010 to the desktop, including delivery using App-V.

SQL Injection Attacks and Tips on How To Prevent Them - Colin Angus Mackay

In light of some recent events, such as the man who was convicted of stealing 130 million credit card details through a SQL Injection attack, it is imperative that developers understand what a SQL Injection Attack is, how they are carried out, and most importantly, how to defend your code against attack.

In this talk Colin Mackay will demonstrate a SQL Injection Attack on an application in a controlled environment*. He’ll show you where the vulnerable code lies and what you can do to harden it.

Although this talk uses C# as the application language and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 as the database engine many of the concepts and prevention mechanisms will apply to any application that accesses a database through SQL.

* Demonstrating an attack on a system without the owner’s consent is a breach of the 1990 Misuse of Computers Act, hence the controlled environment.

Colin Angus Mackay is a Software Developer living in Glasgow. He has been programming since the age of 9 starting with a Sinclair ZX Spectrum. He became a professional software developer in 1994, using a Smalltalk based language called Magik. In 1996 he started using C++ commercially and in 2002 migrated to the emerging language of C#.

Colin has received a number of awards including Code Project MVP (for 5 years) and Microsoft MVP (for 3 years). He is a member of the British Computer Society and a Member of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers. He is currently the chairman of Scottish Developers and has organised the last two Developer Day Scotland conferences (with a third in the works).

You can find out more on his blog at:

Go to the NEBytes April Event Registration Page and sign up now!

Waitlist in place for Launch Event!

We are extremely pleased with the numbers signing up to our Launch Event on Wednesday 20th January.  We have been overwhelmed with the numbers registering.  We have filled the venue – 98 seats! and have had to implement a Waitlist.

If you are interested in attending the session please sign up to the waitlist, we are looking to see if we can fit a few more people into the session. 

If you are registered and have a ticket for the launch event but know you can’t make it, please let us know as soon as possible so we can release your ticket for someone on the waitlist.

We’re really looking forward to the event on Wednesday and look forward to seeing you all there.

Announcing North East Bytes

We are pleased to announce a new User Group in the North East of England, based around Microsoft Technologies, North East Bytes (NEBytes).  We have decided to start this group in order to help Developers and IT Pros in the community with the constant battle to learn, stay current and broaden their knowledge.

We run monthly meetings every third Wednesday of the month (except on the second Wednesday in December – to allow time for Christmas parties and shopping!) at Newcastle University.  Each meeting consists of two one hour presentations (one Developer topic and one IT Pro topic) and we have refreshments, food, giveaways and prizes.

Attendance at our meetings is completely FREE!! The venue is provided kindly by the University, our Speakers kindly provide their time for free, and we as organisers provide our time for free to organise the events.  We will provide refreshments and we also provide hot food, all we ask is if you would like to partake in the the hot food, please make a small donation towards the cost via the open contribution box at each meeting.

Our Launch event is to be on Wednesday 20th January 2010, we are delighted to have Mike Taulty visiting to cover Silverlight and James O’Neill to cover Hyper-V.  We are really looking forward to this great event and hope to see lots there to help us celebrate our launch!

Andrew, Jon, Damien and Ben.

NEBytes & SUGUK North East Launch Event - Silverlight, Hyper-V and Sharepoint 2010!

Join North East Bytes for our Launch Event on 20th January, where we are pleased to announce that we are partnering with SUGUK North East for their first event of the year too!.  This is the first of many great events scheduled for 2010.  We are very pleased to welcome Mike Taulty and James O'Neill from Microsoft UK's Developer and Platform Evangelism Team to cover two great topics to kickstart the year!  We are pleased to also welcome Steve Smith who will be covering the Highlights and Features of Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2010.

SUGUK: Highlights and Features of Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2010 - Steve Smith

Steve will add his own insight to a well balanced presentation on the replacement for the product we have all come to know, specifically highlighting the new metadata management model and the new records management and records routing features of 2010, the Ribbon, Office integration, migration options, architecture and new facets of the product likely to keep you employed well into the next few years. The session will be an open forum to allow participants to ask questions as the session progresses.

Steve Smith

Steve SmithSteve Smith is the Director of Combined Knowledge, a specialist Sharepoint training consultancy.  Steve is a Sharepoint MVP and a prominent and very well known circuit speaker for the Sharepoint User Group in the UK.  He has recently returned from speaking appearance Sweden, and was a speaker at both the Sharepoint 2010 conference in Las Vegas and the European Sharepoint Conference, held in London in April 2009.  He is an authority on Sharepoint 2010 and we are very pleased to have him agree to come along to present on the next iteration of Sharepoint.


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Silverlight - 2 Years, 4 Versions, Where are We? - Mike Taulty

Silverlight LogoSilverlight is Microsoft's UX Technology for rich internet applications and its development is moving at internet-speed with 4 versions coming out in different forms over just 2 years.  In this session, we'll talk about Silverlight from version 1 to version 4 with a focus on the currently released Silverlight 3 and also a look at Silverlight 4 which is in beta.  We'll look at various aspects from the core capabilities of the framework through to where the tooling has got to as it progresses towards Visual Studio 2010.

Mike Taulty

Mike TaultyMike 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.
Mike holds a BSc Hons (1st Class) in Computer Science from the University of Leeds.

Mike's blog - and follow Mike on Twitter -

Hyper-V with James O'Neill

James O'Neill from Microsoft's UK IT Pro Evangelism Team will cover the Hyper-V virtualisation technology, including the improvements in the new version of Hyper-V that launched with Windows Server 2008 R2, and management of your virtual infrastructure with System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Windows PowerShell.

James O'NeillJames O'Neill

It is hard to believe but I used my first Microsoft product in 1979 and then joined Microsoft 21 years later, specialising in messaging technologies. In the 5 years before joining Microsoft, I ran my own consultancy company and in 1993, I became a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) with a focus on messaging and systems management. Prior to joining the Evangelist team, I worked for Microsoft Consulting Services.

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The event will be hosted in Room G11 of the Percy Building at Newcastle University.  For a detailed campus map -


Wednesday 20th January 2010, from 6pm.

Launch Event

This is North East Bytes launch event and as such expect plenty of food, drink, prizes and giveaways.  We look forward to welcoming you all to help ring in the New Year and Era!  Check out our site at; follow us on Twitter - and become a fan on Facebook -