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

ByteCast 11: The Skypes the limit

In a month of security flaws and big buy outs, I know the news you've been really waiting for is the release of this months Bytecast. Fear not fellow internetzors you need wait no longer, tis here!

Get the file here: ByteCast 11: The Skypes the limit

 

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NEBytes May 2011 - Windows Phone 7 and the missing Lync

Date: Wednesday 18th May 2011

Time: 18:30 – 21:00

Creating a Beautiful Windows Phone 7 Application

Among the many gorgeous applications on Windows Phone 7, surely Cocktail Flow has to be right out at the front. A member of the Cocktail Flow team will take us through the evolution of their application, the challenges, design decisions and solutions they came up with.

Gergely is a .NET developer working at Scott Logic. He has been working with Silverlight the past two years on a day to day basis and developed for WP7 since day one. He has been involved in developing of Cocktail Flow, one of the top rated applications on the Marketplace and Visiblox Charts, a very performant WP7 / Silverlight / WPF charting library.  Gergely blogs at http://www.visiblox.com/blog/author/gorosz and an be found on Twitter @GergelyOrosz.

The 5 W's of Lync 2010

Lync is the latest generation of Microsoft’s real-time communication server. It picks up where Office Communication Server 2007 R2 left off with massive improvements in several key areas including voice, deployment and administration. Lync also provides deep integration across the rest of Microsoft’s product suite including Office, SharePoint and Exchange.

For those who haven’t used OCS or Lync before it is designed to enhance collaboration and information sharing among workers by providing presence, instant messaging, online meeting spaces and voice/video calling. Think of it as “corporate” Live messenger but with knobs on.

In this talk Ben will run through the “Who, What, Where, When, Why & How” of Lync Server 2010 complete with live action demos and a sliding technical scale to cater to audience requirements! However he does not promise to be able to talk meaningfully about API’s and the full range of development options in technical detail to a room full of developers!

As well as helping with NEBytes Ben 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. Ben’s blog is at http://www.bibble-it.com and is @Bibbleq on twitter

Location

The event will be hosted in Room 120 of the Claremont Tower at Newcastle University. For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

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ByteCast 10: Its all a bit MIX’d up

Welcome to this months Bytecast, today for your pleasure and enjoyment we have Damien, Andrew and Ben. Topics include the recent MIX conference, an unhealthy dose of WP7 news and some other general techyness.

Get the file here: ByteCast 10: Its all MIX'd up

 

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NEBytes March 2011: Automation extravaganza

Computer, Earl Grey Tea, Hot - John Price

Ok, so this is a little more difficult to arrange with home automation, but controlling lights, heating, curtains and just about every other device in your house just by talking to it, is actually Science Fact! Take a tour around our automated house and see what’s possible with a little effort.

John’s background is in Point of sale for the retail sector, in particular petroleum. He has been working as a developer for as long as he can remember, in fact his first development job was at 15, whilst still at school!

John worked for 10 years at Wella GB as a developer developing systems for hairdressers before doing 4 years designing hardware for various platforms. John even had a hand in designing a 286 motherboard!

John then worked for Meggitt Petroleum Systems as a Technical Architect designing Point of Sale terminals and Back Office systems for major oil companies across the world. John says he has been lucky enough to visit 26 countries as diverse as South Africa and Japan doing this.

John has developed some desktop and enterprise level applications using an obscure 4GL called Omnis.

Since then he has been working with .NET since its inception and was part of the beta program for 1.0 and have built a web site in ASP.NET

Numerous projects later John has specialised in media devices for XP and XP embedded and media center, along with mobile applications for devices ranging from symbian hardware through Pocket PC to Windows Mobile 6.1, the Vista versions and some Windows 7.

John is also a pilot and is fortunate to have an aeroplane at Coventry airport, at the flying club. John can usually be found on the airfield most Saturdays either flying the 'plane if the weathers good, or flying the bar if its not!


PowerShell: Beyond the Blue Command Window - Jonathan Noble

When PowerShell first came along, a lot of people simply saw it as cmd.exe with a different background colour. Familiarity is a double-edged sword: it makes people comfortable, but it also breeds contempt. With the release of PowerShell v2, Microsoft added the scripting environment they really wanted to release from day 1, but PowerShell is running in many other places beyond the blue command window.

Join former PowerShell MVP Jonathan Noble on a tour of PowerShell hosts; from the basic shell, to SSIS and the web.

 

Location

The event will be hosted in Room 120 of Claremont Tower (Building 32) at Newcastle University.  For a detailed campus map - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/documents/Campus-Map-Print.pdf

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ByteCast 9: Tri-Winning

Hello everyone, this month you have Jon and Ben discussing varying technology items including all sorts of win including Jons tip of the month - Problem Steps Recorder:

Get the file here: ByteCast 9: Tri-Winning

Note: I've changed the ID3 tag slightly as iTunes does naughty things when it imports them. The change should bring everything into line for iTunes and all other players.

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ByteCast 8: Reboot

In a attempt to get this Bytecast stuff back on track we’ve now got a new schedule… we are going to do one recording a month releasing in the first week of the month.

In this edition we cover the IE9 GUI and some other browser related topics

Get the file here: ByteCast 8: Reboot

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NEBytes January 2011: It's Our Birthday!!!

What's New in ASP.Net MVC 2.0 and 3.0 with Andy Gibson

ASP.NET MVC has been making waves over the past 2 years within the ASP.NET community and quite rightly so with features such as promoting separation of concerns, strongly typed views and a great routing system but it doesn't stop there. ASP.NET MVC 2.0 is now publicly available and is also being shipped with Visual Studio 2010 and hot on its heels is version 3.0 which adds Microsoft's new Razor view engine to the mix. But what new features have been brought to the table? What has changed? And most importantly, how will you be affected by upgrading from 1.0 or even 2.0?

This session will bring you up to speed with all the information you need to know delivered through slides and more interestingly, live demos. Topics covered include (but not limited to)

- Razor

- Model-Validator Providers

- Optional URL Parameters

- Template / HTML Helper improvements

- Improved Dependency Injection / Inversion of Control integration

- NuGet Package Manager

- Additions and updates to MVC Attributes

- Visual Studio integration improvements

- Breaking changes from MVC 1.0/2.0

- Pros and cons to MVC

- To upgrade or not to upgrade (or simply, Advice)

We will look at features brought in by both v2.0 and v3.0 of the MVC framework and provides a good source of information for those looking to learn more or to upgrade existing projects.

Andy Gibson is a .NET Application Developer at Equator in Glasgow with a background in web application development including ASP.NET MVC, PHP and jQuery. He is always on the lookout for new technologies to play with and loves to learn what he can about things especially in the web development arena.

Keen to give back to the community, Andy has spoken at a number of community events including DDD8, DDD Scotland 2009 and Epicenter 2009. He is currently the chairman of Scottish Developers, a user group for programmers all across Scotland, for which he organises various talks and events including DDD Scotland.

In his spare time (not that he has much), Andy enjoys table-top wargamming, computer games, Formula 1 and writing more code.

What's coming in 2011 and Windows Phone 7 discussion with ...You!

In a change to the normal event format rather than having a dedicated topic and speaker we're going to split the talk into two parts.

First up Ben Lee and Jon Noble will take you on a rollercoaster view of what's coming down the pipe for ITPro's in 2011/2012… including:

  • Forefront Endpoint Protection
  • Lync
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2012
  • Azure for the IT Pro

And then for the second half we'll open the floor and get some discussion / debate going. Topics include:

  • CES - what looked cool
  • Windows 8 ARM
  • Windows Phone 7 - 3 months on

Think of it as Bytecast - Live!

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ByteCast 7: Mini Byte

This lunch time Jon and I recorded a mini-bytecast in an effort to keep the content flowing. This one comes in at about 8mb and runs just under 20 mins. Have a listen and see what you recon

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In this edition we cover the IE9 GUI and some other browser related topics

Get the file here: ByteCast 7: Mini Byte

ByteCast 6: Oops we forgotted

So after a wee summer break (and with some lack of organisational skills) we now manage to bring you the next thrilling instalment of the … NEBytes … <drum roll> Bytecast </drum roll>

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NEBytes ByteCast feed

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In this edition we talk over some big news & then had a discussion about online privacy:

Get the file here: ByteCast 6: Oops we forgotted

Do you like the discussion format, or think we should stick to news? Fill out the comments box!

Wednesday 15th September 2010 – NEBytes September 2010: It's All About Phones and Infrastructure Management

North East Bytes now steamrolls into autumn with our 10th event of the year. Why not register, come along and enjoy the show!

Managing an Enterprise Infrastructure Using SCOM 2007 R2 with Mark Robson

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) is Microsoft’s enterprise monitoring and alerting tool. SCOM gathers server performance and status information using software agents; it then collates this information using pre-determined rules (Management packs) and produces a “health” report for the environment. SCOM can be a very complicated product to implement and needs to be handled carefully to ensure the information it is producing is accurate & relevant.

In this session Mark Robson will draw from his real world experiences implementing SCOM to show how it can be used as much more than just a server monitoring tool.

image Mark, a NEBytes local, is an IS Systems Manager for a Newcastle based housing association. In 2009 Mark was key in the managing the first UK implementation of a companywide SCOM 2007 R2 deployment that has since been used as case study by Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?casestudyid=4000006463).

You can follow Mark on twitter at: http://twitter.com/mark_robson

Introducing Windows Phone 7 with Matt Lacey

In this session Matt will give us a view of overview of Windows Phone 7 and an introduction to developing applications for it.

We'll look at functionality and features of the phone highlighting what's new and what's different in the interface, architecture and development experience.

Matt has been paid to develop software for the last twelve years. In that time he has worked with multiple languages & platforms and for companies of all types and sizes. He currently works for a company specialising in mobile and digital content solutions. He is particularly interested in developer productivity, mobile computing and providing excellent user experiences.

He also organises DevEvening (http://devevening.co.uk/) and the Windows Phone User Group
(http://wpug.net/).

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

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