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

NE Bytes - 19th September 2018 - Late Summer Lightnin'

Late Summer Lightnin'

We said we'd re-run a night of lightning talks like we did back in early 2017 so this month's meeting is it. It's lightning talk time!

We're looking for short, 5-15 minute talks on a technology-related topic. Slides or demo or live coding? A pet project you've been tinkering with, a new programming language, platform or framework? 

Email or tweet us @NEBytes with your ideas.

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An Evening Of Tech Talks at Scott Logic

The talks will cover Technical Architecture, UX Design, and Web Development.

Doors will be open at 6pm with a chance to grab a drink and some pizza before the talks begin at 6.30pm. Before and after the talks there will be an opportunity to network, meet some of the Scott Logic team and discuss all things tech.

What You Ask and What You Want: Journeying Architecture Through Requirements

Gordon Govan

Gordon will talk about a prototype project for an energy company looking to integrate with the central communications platform of the next generation of smart meters. We will look at the proposed architecture, implemented architecture, and the journey between the two, responding to the client’s needs and capabilities.

Gordon is a Senior Developer at Scott Logic, helping clients achieve their tech dreams across the full stack. He enjoys squeezing the best possible performance out of web-apps and throwing data around through reactive systems.

Designing for Complex Applications

Courtney Yule

Courtney will talk us through a project which focused on allowing users to easily and efficiently place FX transactions, send payments and deal in long and short-term investments. She will briefly describe the various stages of the project from a User Experience perspective, including requirements elicitation and user research, ideation and final solutions. She will also discuss how the business and user needs were balanced, along with highlighting any challenges faced during the project.

Courtney is a User Experience Designer at Scott Logic. She has worked on a variety of projects ranging from FX Trading Applications, IOT solutions, Conversational Commerce and consumer banking applications

From the Bottom of the Mariana Trench to the Top of Everest in JavaScript

Chris Price

WebAssembly is the lowest-level primitive ever to come to JavaScript. It can now be found in every major browser and is expected to unlock the performance required for the next generation of web experiences.

Async Iteration is the culmination of two of the highest-level primitives ever added to JavaScript. As it is rolled out across the browsers, it is expected to do for streams, what Promises did for callbacks.

A recent client project involved developing an API for streaming huge-volumes of low-latency market data directly into the browser without compromising on its ergonomics. In this talk, we'll discuss both of these extremes in the context of that project and where we think these technologies will lead us.

Chris is a Technical Architect at Scott Logic. He spends his days developing desktop/tablet/mobile web apps for financial services companies. Unfortunately most of those are hidden behind paywalls but he does like to blog about it when he can.

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NE Bytes - January 2018: It's Our Birthday

It's our 8th Birthday this month and in celebration we've lined up a double session with one of our original co-founders Andrew Westgarth! Looking forward to seeing you on the 17th!

Andrew Westgarth

Andrew Westgarth is a Senior Program Manager on Microsoft Azure App Service dealing with public cloud offering, Azure App Service and Azure Functions on Azure Stack, Microsoft Azure Functions Runtime preview, and the on-premises Microsoft Windows Azure Pack Websites product. Andrew is a familiar face to UK Community events as the founder of the DDD North events, Co-Founder of NEBytes, former VBUG Chairman, and a former Microsoft Most Valuable Professional.

Session 1 - Deploy and Run Container Based Applications at Scale with App Service on Linux

Hosting more than 1 million cloud applications, Azure App Service helps developers quickly build, deploy and scale applications without having to maintain the underlying web servers or operating systems. Now we are excited to bring these proven capabilities to Linux developers lowering the barriers to entry for building container based web applications. Come to learn how to use App Service on Linux to deploy your container-based web applications to the cloud in seconds. We will also share how you can use the open source tools that you are already familiar with while leveraging the built-in CI/CD, auto scaling and Web SSH features from App Service on Linux. Bring your code or bring your container, we have a solution for you to increase your productivity and run your applications at scale easily.

Session 2 - Azure Stack and Azure App Service, an overview for IT Professionals and Developers

What is Azure Stack? How does it offer customers and organizations a true Hybrid cloud? Add in Azure services such as Azure App Service and Azure Functions and using consistent tools and processes across public and hybrid cloud and developers suddenly have a highly productive platform on which to deliver applications and experiences. In this session I'll give an introduction and overview of Azure Stack and dive into how Azure App Service provides a consistent experience for developers wishing to deploy to the hybrid cloud, and I'll also show how an Azure Stack Cloud Admin can manage their Azure App Service Resource Provider deployment.

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NE Bytes - 6th December 2017: Building and Deploying Azure Serverless Functions

We're back for a Christmas special with Christos Matskas from Microsoft.  

Note the date as it's not on our usual monthly schedule - but it is at the same venue!

Building and Deploying Azure Serverless Functions 

Join Christos to learn what Azure Functions are and how to write them and deploy them using the Portal, CLI tools, VS Code, Github and VSTS for proper CI/CD.

Azure Functions are the young and cool cousin to our battle tested and much loved WebJobs. 

Azure Functions introduces an event driven, compute-on-demand experience that provides a radical new approach on how you set up and run tasks. Where they truly shine is in the great interoperability they provide with various services on and off the cloud, such as SaaS products and on-premises systems.

About Christos

Christos Matskas is a software developer, blogger, speaker and all around geek. He currently works at Microsoft as an Azure Engineer (PFE) helping developers and teams leverage the power of the cloud. Before joining Microsoft, he was a successful entrepreneur and has successfully collaborated with companies such as MarkIT, Lockheed Martin and Barclays. He's been building software for over 13 years and he's a passionate Open Source advocate. He contributes regularly to numerous OSS projects and works closely with the community to make the software development space bigger and better.

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An Evening Of Tech Talks at Scott Logic

On Wednesday the 29th of November Scott Logic invites you to join us for an evening of tech talks at our Newcastle HQ. Three of our technical speakers will share their thoughts on current technology trends, ranging from data engineering to web technology. It’ll also provide a good chance to meet some of our team over refreshments.

Talk 1: Small Data™

Big Data has been selling consulting gigs, conferences and books for years now. You don’t even know you have a Big Data problem, but let the consultants in, and they will lift the floorboards of your organisation, and will surely uncover rising damp from where your data lake is, ought to be or where the firehose ought to terminate. 

In this talk we will examine the perils of Big Data, provide some alternative approaches and show how to embark on the journey towards sensible Big Data solutions.

Daniel Drozdzewski: 

Daniel started his passion for computation in the early 90’s with the purchase of Commodore 64. Technology took him on a journey with a stop over at Newcastle University finishing a great IT degree. Over a decade of career since has seen Daniel move through startups and big enterprises into diverse areas like rules engine and automated specs driven IT systems, mobile chat platform, online gaming and Big Data. Now happily consulting as a lead developer at Scott Logic.

Talk 2: WebAssembly and the future of JavaScript

For more than 20 years JavaScript has been the only 'native' language of the web. However, earlier this year that all changed with the release of the WebAssembly MVP. This talk gives a practical introduction to WebAssembly and asks what impact it will have on web development in the future.

Colin Eberhardt: 

Colin is Technology Director at Scott Logic and is a prolific technical author, blogger and speaker on a range of technologies. His blog includes posts on a wide range of topics, including HTML5 / JavaScript and data visualisation with D3 and d3fc. You'll also find a whole host of posts about previous technology interests including iOS, Swift, WPF and Silverlight. He's a member of Symphony Foundation, which is encouraging open source collaboration in the financial sector. Colin is also very active on GitHub, contributing to a number of different projects.

Talk 3: An Introduction to GraphQL

GraphQL provides a different approach to REST-based APIs, making your data queryable, explorable and interactive. We’ll take a beginner-friendly dive into the technology. Why was it built? How does it work? How can I start using it? And what are the challenges I’ll encounter along the way?

Sam Hogarth: 
Sam is a senior developer at Scott Logic, where he leads a team building an FX application for small businesses, with JavaScript and Java. He’s interested in new technologies, improving developer productivity and communicating new ideas to the developer community.

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NE Bytes - October 2017

Unfortunately, there will be no meeting in October. Work pressure and conflicting schedules have meant that we are unable to secure a speaker for the event. Watch this space for an announcement of the next event.

NEBytes - 20th September 2017 - Adventures with Typescript and Alexa

After a longer than anticipated break over the summer we're back with two talks in September.

TypeScript for the C# Developer

We're welcoming Peter Shaw for our first talk. Peter is a freelancer with his own consultancy in the North East of England, a Published Technical Author for Pluralsight and Syncfusion, and one of the driving forces behind LiDNUG, one of the most active .NET related virtual user groups on the LinkedIn platform.

There's little doubt that JavaScript is eating the world these days, everywhere you look it's JavaScript, from the server through to the browser.

The problem is, JavaScript is a nasty, horrible unforgiving language, not at all like our nice strongly typed safe languages, such as C# and others we use in the back-end and on the server.

Because of JavaScripts popularity, many of us that have spent most of our Careers in the world of C#, are finding that to stay current we have to make the move to front-end and the world of JavaScript.

Enter TypeScript. Typescript allows you to quickly get to grips with the world of JavaScript, while still retaining your knowledge, skills and most importantly Strongly Typed way of doing things, in this session I'll show you why as a C# developer you need to seriously consider using TypeScript, and what the language has to Offer over Regular JavaScript. Oh and I might even throw in a little bit of Aurelia along the way ;-)

Adventures with Alexa

Our second talk this month comes from Peter Davies. In his session Peter will cover session will cover how he built a home-brew Alexa device with a Raspberry Pi and 2 BBC MicroBits with his kids, and what their future plans are for it. He'll also delve into writing custom skills for Alexa.

Peter is Technical Director at Zerolight - heading up the development of their online media creation service. Zerolight provides digital, online and VR experiential retail solutions to the automotive industry. Peter also runs an independent and not-for-profit coding dojo in Hexham. Previously Peter owned a web-development and programming services company, has operated as a freelancer, and began his career in the console computer games industry.

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NE Bytes - July 2017

Unfortunately, there will be no meeting in July. The recent hot weather has meant we have had a hard time persuading speakers to put down the ice cream, come indoors out of the sun and talk to us. We hope to be back in August with our regular schedule.

NEBytes - 21st June 2017 - AI Evolution and Groups vs Teams

AI Evolution and Groups vs Teams

After the Lightning Talks in May we're back with two full sessions in July.  We're looking forward to seeing you all there.

The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence

We're welcoming Gaving Payne for out first talk.  Gavin is the head of digital transformation for Coeo, an analytics and data platform consultancy, where he focusses on innovation and providing thought leadership.

These days, artificial intelligence is always in the news and on technology roadmaps, yet the idea of it is older than modern computing. So why the increased interest in it? Why has it suddenly become the next big thing and how should we expect it to make decision making easier?

This session:

  • starts by looking at the history of modern AI, back to when Alan Turing first dreamed of machines
  • considers why new data storage and processor hardware technologies are letting it take off
  • suggests how it might shape the future of business analytics and the world we live in


Group vs Teams

Our second talk this month comes from Alan Eardley.  Alan is a solution architect at CPS (Corporate Project Solutions) with over 20 years' experience with Microsoft products and the design and implementation of web-based solutions.  Alan has a broad range of experience of collaboration, project management, development and data and reporting working with commercial and public sector clients to apply Office 365 and Azure technology to business challenges with a focus on the adoption of the solution. Alan's passion is trying to stay on top of the continuous stream of new and improved tools and technologies that are coming from Office 365 and Azure.

Microsoft have provided some great tools to enable us to collaborate in Office 365. We can use calendars, files, distribution lists, Skype, files … the list keeps growing.

With the release of Teams, we have a new way to work with these different tools.

In this presentation I will compare and contrast the capabilities of Office 365 Groups and Teams, and even some of the capabilities found in more traditional SharePoint team sites.

You will learn what the differences are, what the benefits are and even what some of the teething pains are, and be enabled to choose the most appropriate tool for your teams to use.

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NEBytes - 17th May 2017 - Early Summer Lightnin'

Early Summer Lightnin'

We're trying something a little different this month and we want you to be part of the event! It's lightning talk time!

We've already got a few talks lined up but we'd like to see more. After all the last thing you want is for Damien, Derek and John to waffle for two hours!

Do you have a topic close to your heart? A pet project, discovered a new technology or language, have a pearl of wisdom you'd like to share? If so come along and talk.

If you want to talk for 5 minutes then do so. 10? That's good as well. We'll have to draw the line somewhere but it's negotiable.

We have four prizes to give away for the best talks:

2 1-year individual subscription to a JetBrains Toolbox product of their choice, thanks to sponsorship by the fine folk at JetBrains.
2 £25 Amazon gift vouchers, thanks to sponsorship by Ronald James Recruitment

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