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

NEBytes August 2011: Cross Device XAML and Office 365

Join North East Bytes for our ninth event of the year. Following on from the great events that we've had so far we've lined up another great event for your benefit. Register now, you won't want to miss this opportunity!

Date: Wednesday 17th August 2011

Time: 18:30-21:00

Event Sponsored by Scott Logic

scottlogic

Who we are

Scott Logic is a financial software consultancy based in the United Kingdom and operating in the UK, USA and continental Europe.

We provide independent strategy advice and develop world-class bespoke software solutions for the financial services sector.

What we do

Scott Logic provides the very best in bespoke financial software and consultancy for the investment banking, stockbroking, asset management and hedge fund communities.

Scott Logic aims to be the very best in providing technology strategy and architecture advice. We also offer leading edge software development capabilities that deliver exceptional value to our clients.

Career Opportunities

Scott Logic offers a rare opportunity to work at the cutting edge of financial technology in roles seldom found outside the City of London.

Due to continuous growth Scott Logic is always looking to recruit talented Consultants and Developers.

Who are we looking for?

We have three positions available:

  • Senior and Lead Financial Programmers
  • Financial Programmers
  • Mobile Programmers

You must have a relevant degree from a reputable university and substantial commercial experience in an OO environment (Java EE or Microsoft .NET). We’re particularly interested in the following skill-sets:

  • C#.NET, ASP.NET
  • Java EE, JavaScript and AJAX

For more information check out http://www.scottlogic.co.uk/careers/.

WPF and Silverlight: Unifying the Development Platform for Desktop, Web and Mobile with Colin Eberhardt

The recent boom in mobile and tablet devices and the ubiquity of the web mean that we, as software developers, have found ourselves developing for a wide range of devices. All-to-often applications destined for the web, desktop and mobile are developed separately at great cost. This talk will look at how the XAML based technologies of WPF and Silverlight allow you to use your skills to build application for a wide range of platforms. Furthermore, with the use of simple design patterns, it is possible to share a common code-base for all three. In this talk I will cover the differences and similarities of WPF, Silverlight and Windows Phone 7, with a practical demonstration of cross-platform application development.

Colin Eberhardt - PhD BSc, Technical Architect, Scott Logic Ltd – is a prolific technical author who writes on Microsoft .NET and Silverlight related topics. Colin also provides technical direction for many of Scott Logic’s financial clients covering many technologies.

Office 365 with Jonathan Noble and Andrew Westgarth

Office 365 is Microsoft's major refresh of the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).  This new fantastic update provides an easy and affordable way for companies to remove the overheads of maintaining there own Exchange and SharePoint installations whilst guaranteeing maximum uptime.  The service also provides an excellent story for remote workers and has plans to cater for all sizes of organisations from the individual to the large corporation.  In this session Jonathan and Andrew (a paid user of Office 365) will guide you through the options and highlight the benefits and give a frank opinion on the feature set against costs.

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 decade managing Windows systems at Newcastle University. He's dragging himself away from Medal of Honor and NBA 2K11 on the Xbox to deliver this session. Jonathan blogs at http://jonoble.com and tweets at http://twitter.com/jonoble.

Andrew Westgarth is an MVP (Internet Information Services) and Co-founder of North East Bytes, a free User Group covering the North East and Cumbrian regions of the United Kingdom having technical meetings covering Development and IT Pro topics every month.  He is a Senior Consultant for Waterstons Ltd, a consultancy based in Durham. Andrew is very active in the UK Developer Community, attending and speaking at multiple events, supporting users and other User Groups. In the past he has spoken at the Irish Microsoft Technology Conference, VBUG's National Two Day Conference; Developer Developer Developer Day 5 and local User Group meetings. Andrew has experience in VB6/.NET; C#; ASP.NET; MCMS 2002 and Internet Information Services. Andrew's current technical interests include IIS 7.0/7.5 and IIS Extensions; Personal Performance Improvement and Best Practices.

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 (Identified by number 32 on the maps).

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Developer Opportunities with Scott Logic

We are very pleased to announce that our August event's pizza will be sponsored by Scott Logic. Scott Logic are currently recruiting so read on to find out about them and what they are looking for…

scottlogic_logo

Who we are

Scott Logic is a financial software consultancy based in the United Kingdom and operating in the UK, USA and continental Europe.

We provide independent strategy advice and develop world-class bespoke software solutions for the financial services sector.

What we do

Scott Logic provides the very best in bespoke financial software and consultancy for the investment banking, stockbroking, asset management and hedge fund communities.

Scott Logic aims to be the very best in providing technology strategy and architecture advice. We also offer leading edge software development capabilities that deliver exceptional value to our clients.

Career Opportunities

Scott Logic offers a rare opportunity to work at the cutting edge of financial technology in roles seldom found outside the City of London.

Due to continuous growth Scott Logic is always looking to recruit talented Consultants and Developers.

Who are we looking for?

We have three positions available:

  • Senior and Lead Financial Programmers
  • Financial Programmers
  • Mobile Programmers

You must have a relevant degree from a reputable university and substantial commercial experience in an OO environment (Java EE or Microsoft .NET). We’re particularly interested in the following skill-sets:

  • C#.NET, ASP.NET
  • Java EE, JavaScript and AJAX

For more information check out http://www.scottlogic.co.uk/careers/.

An April Special Event

We were going to formally announce this at the event tonight (spaces are still available so if you want to attend head to the registration form) but as Jesse blogged about it on Monday he’s beat us to it.

We have the pleasure of welcoming Jesse Liberty for a special event in April (in addition to the normal event on the 21st).  Jesse is the self styled Silverlight Geek and a Senior Program Manager in the Silverlight Development Team at Microsoft.  It promises to be an interesting and rewarding session.

As part of a UK tour Jesse will be with us on Friday 16th April.  With it being a Friday we’ll be starting the session a little earlier than normal to allow us to have a Geek Dinner afterwards.

Full session details can be found on Jesse’s site and there are three that we can pick from.  Rather than us picking one we’re going to leave the choice of session up to you.

Full details of the event and the registration page will be posted early next week.  To get a taste for what Jesse is about there’s an online event this evening from LIDNUG and it should be available for download after the event.

Thoughts from the Launch

With the February 2010 event announced last week it’s about time that I write up the review of the Launch event.  At the moment the details for the February event are only on the events page as until we have the review of the last event we can’t advertise the next event on the home page.

Having over 80 attendees at the first event was fantastic and not something that I think any of us at NEBytes expected.  Speaking to some of the DDD organisers last week they were very impressed with the attendance.  The more people who attend the better, as we can start to think about bigger events – which can only be good for the North East Dev and ITPro communities.

One of the complaints we had for the event was that it was a little long.  Three speakers is not the usual format that we’re aiming for (two speakers is the plan) so this won’t be a problem going forward.  Except for next month – three speakers but two sessions!

Steve Smith had the honour of being the first speaker at a NEBytes event (well second if   Jon counts with the introduction).  He did get a “I’ve spoken at NEBytes” sticker but it wasn’t a gold one highlighting that he was the first speaker.  An enlightening talk covering “Highlights and Features of SharePoint 2010” launched the NEBytes era quite nicely.

Certainly the highlight of the evening for me, as a developer, was the “Silverlight – 2 Years, 4 Versions, Where Are We?” by Mike Taulty from Microsoft UK.  A brief run through the history of Silverlight was followed by a run through of the features added in Silverlight 4.  I’ve seen Mike speak a few times and it’s good to see – he’s very passionate about what he does and his talks are something that I always look forward to.  Due to only having an hour to cover an awful lot of material it did in a few places feel a little rushed.  Whilst there isn’t a specific slide deck for Mike’s talk if you look at the Silverlight in 77 Slides post on his site you’ll get the full 77 set of slides that were cut down for the session up here.

A late arrival changed the running order at the last minute (I think he just wanted to be last!) and the final speaker of the evening was James O’Neill talking about Hyper-V.    It was probably the four laptops that he was carrying about weighing him down.  An entertaining talk – even for the non-ITPro crowd – was only hampered by some of the laptops he was using not working as they should (the presenters curse strikes again!).  Some of the things that you can now do with virtualisation on Windows Server is really cool  and it certainly got me thinking a how all of what is being done in that space is leading the way with Windows Azure.  Just don’t ask James about VMware.  Just don’t!

I thought it was a good event and it was great to see you all.  With the, mostly positive, feedback we’ve received (don’t worry it will be an online form shortly) we’re got a great feeling on where NEBytes can go.

We (well not Andy and Jon as they’re at the MVP Summit in Seattle) hope to see as many of you as possible at the event in February.  A different building, a bigger room (it was a little cramped last time) and two excellent talks should make for a good time.