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

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

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?

NEBytes October 2012 Event 2 - It's BUILD 2 !! Cancelled

 

Sorry for the short notice on this folks, but due to low interest in this event and only one of the NEBytes team being available tomorrow, we've taken the decision to cancel this event. It's not something that we want to make a habit of, but when it's just going to be half a dozen people in a big room watching a video stream, that doesn't sound like a whole load of fun.

 

We've got some great speakers lined up for future events, so please keep an eye on NEBytes.net and @NEBytes for details.

 

Join North East Bytes for a slight twist this October...

In a slight departure from our normal event format (and time slot!) 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 this is the follow up event to last year's first BUILD event where Microsoft unveiled Windows 8...

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 ;)

Date and time: Tuesday 30th October 2012 - 18:30-21:00

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).

NEBytes October 2012–Getting Functional with F#

Join North East Bytes for our tenth event of 2012 where we welcome back Oliver Sturm who is going to help us get Functional with F#.   Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity!

Date: Wednesday 17th October 2012

Time: 18:30-21:00

All You Ever Wanted to Know About F#

For once Oliver will not come prepared! Okay, perhaps he'll bring a little introduction along, and of course his quite considerable knowledge and experience on matters F#... but this talk will be interactive, a mini workshop designed to help you find solutions to your problems or answers to your questions. Oliver has created training classes for F#, for DevelopMentor as well as Pluralsight, he's worked on a number of projects using the language and he's written a book about it. Bring along your own ideas or just come and watch - but be prepared to be impressed by the most powerful Microsoft .NET language in existence today! Oh, and a free pass to watch Oliver's Pluralsight F# training class will be given away after the talk!

Oliver Sturm is an associated consultant at thinktecture and a course author at Pluralsight. He is a well-known author of training classes and articles, a regular speaker at world-wide developer conferences, an expert on programming languages, a Microsoft C# MVP, an experienced architect of .NET software solutions, and a distinguished expert in the specialised area of DevExpress UI components and frameworks.

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 October 2012 - Getting Functional with F#

NEBytes September 2012–Serving the Future

Join North East Bytes for our ninth event of 2012 where we welcome our very own Jonathan Noble and Ben Lee to give us the run down on the behemoth that is Windows Server 2012.   Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity!

Date: Wednesday 19th September 2012

Time: 18:30-21:00

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Jonathan Noble and Ben Lee

Windows Server 2012 is a huge release for Microsoft. Almost everything is new or improved, so don’t worry we're not going to try to cram it all into a one hour session; Instead we're giving the whole of September's NEBytes over to it!

Some of the questions thrown up by the new OS we’ll look to help answer are:

  • Server 2012 utilises the same new UI as Windows 8 and defaults to a core install, does it matter and do we need the UI anymore?
  • Microsoft say that this has been designed as a Cloud OS, what does that actually mean?
  • Server Manager is radically different, can you really manage all of your servers with a single pain of glass?
  • We've got improvements around continuous availability, Direct Access, VDI, new Dynamic Access Controls and many more features but what do these really mean to me?

In this full length Server 2012 special Ben and Jonathan will take you on a tour of the main highlights from the new OS and share some of their personal favourites. We're going to be talking storage, networking, Hyper-V and as many many more things so bring your curiosity and your propeller hat and we’ll see you there.

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 dozen years managing Windows systems at Newcastle University. His primary focus is management and automation around Windows Server products, Active Directory and Exchange; mainly using PowerShell. A blogger for many years and Twitter addict, Jonathan became an active member of the PowerShell community from early in its life and received Microsoft MVP awards in July 2009 and January 2012. He is also a member of the TechNet UK Community Council. When he's not writing PowerShell scripts, he's a massive fan of basketball; both the NBA and the Newcastle Eagles

As well as helping with NEBytes Ben Lee is a Senior Infrastructure Consultant at Waterstons, Ben focuses on Microsoft enterprise products and technologies. His key specialisms include desktop management, security and Unified Comms. He has a particular interest in Lync and Microsofts UC offerings. Ben’s blog is at http://www.bibble-it.com and is @Bibbleq on twitter

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

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Eventbrite - NEBytes September 2012 - Serving the Future

NEBytes August 2012 - Crossing the Streams with Mobile Applications

Join North East Bytes for our eighth event of 2012 where we welcome Chris Hardy to give us an extended look at Cross-platform Mobile Applications with C# and .Net. Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity!

Date: Wednesday 15th August 2012

Time: 18:30-21:00

Cross-platform Mobile Applications with C# and .Net with Chris Hardy

The session will show how you can use C# and .NET to build iOS and Android applications and take full advantage of the APIs provided by the two different platforms. From this, you will find out how to re-use your C# and .NET code across these mobile platforms, including Windows Phone 7 devices and just how much code you can re-use as well as find out how Xamarin are working to make this process as easy as possible.

Chris Hardy, a Microsoft ASPInsider, is an .NET consultant focusing on MonoTouch and Mono for Android development. Ever since MonoTouch was in beta, Chris has been developing and evangelising MonoTouch and was one of the first users to get a MonoTouch application on to the App Store. Speaking at conferences around the world on the subject, Chris has been a key part of the community and extended this by contributing to MonoTouch and Mono for Android books.

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


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Eventbrite - NEBytes August 2012 - Crossing the Streams with Mobile Applications

NEBytes July 2012 - Managing Projects With SharePoint and What is New for IT Pros in SharePoint 2013

Join North East Bytes for our seventh event of 2012 where we are delighted to partner with the SharePoint Usergroup Once Again. 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 delighted to welcome John Timney to give us a shop floor view of SharePoint Project Management, and in good old NEBytes fashion we'd like to chair an open discussion on where the Microsoft Stack is heading and discuss all the key elements of Windows 8, WindowsRT, Windows Phone 8, Azure and beyond. Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity!

Date: Wednesday 25th July 2012

Time: 18:30-21:00

SharePoint Project Management overview for Team Members with John Timney

Taking a different viewpoint on SharePoint delivery this session looks at Project Management for SharePoint from the shop floor view, looking at how you as a member of the implementation team can impact the successful delivery of SharePoint and shows how having a better understanding of the stages of delivery can make you a better IT Pro. The session considers what the different phases of a SharePoint delivery are, who and what might be involved and what some of the gotchas are at each stage. Without ever opening Microsoft Project the session is ideally aimed at information architects, implementation and development staff and will also give Management a much needed view of delivery from the shop floor up.

John can be described as a creative, proactive and quality orientated Security Cleared, ITIL 3 Certified Management and IT Professional. He is a veteran MVP and a former Microsoft MSDN “Regional Director” which demonstrates a respected technical background. He is co-author of several books including “Professional Microsoft .NET Windows Forms”, “Professional .NET for Java Developers Using C#”, “Professional JSP” and “Beginning JSP Web Development”. John is an enthusiastic, technically diverse, well informed and forward thinking IT specialist with a very credible market reputation. http://www.johntimney.com/

UPDATE - Additional Session Added

What's New for IT Pros in SharePoint 2013

This session provides a holistic overview of the changes in SharePoint 2013 from an IT Pro perspective.  The session is designed to help the audience to determine what significant changes they need to research, target and practice build in 2013.  What significant architectural changes have occurred, what the new footprint entails, storage considerations, browser support, a dip into what has been dropped, an overview of what has matured, upgrade differences, search changes and other aspects that are important to an IT Pro in up-skilling with the next wave of SharePoint.  This is a must attend session for leading edge SharePoint IT Pro looking to jump start their 2013 experience curve.

Where are we with the Microsoft Technology Stack?

In true NEBytes tradition we'd like to take the opportunity at this halfway point to discuss opinions and views on where the Microsoft Technology Stack. What questions do you have? What do you like/dislike? What would you like to see in the future?

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 July 2012 - Managing Projects With SharePoint