NEBytes

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

NEBytes March 2017: Summer Lightning

No talk in March

Due to late-breaking scheduling conflicts we will not have a meeting for March. We will be back in April and May with speakers and will publish details nearer the time.

Summer Lightning

To offer some variety (and something we have been thinking about for a little while), we're going to run occasional lightning talk sessions. So, if you'd like to give a shorter talk (about 10-15 minutes long), we would love to hear from you. If you have a pet project, are playing with a new platform, language or technology, or just learned something cool that won't fill an hour, please get in touch!

The June meeting will be our first lightning talk session so please contact us at events@nebytes.net with your ideas.

NEBytes February 2017: Tools Galore and a Private Cloud

After a brief hiatus we're back in February.  And we're also back at Campus North.  We've got two talks for you this month.


Building your own Private Cloud on a Shoe String


"During this talk I will offer an alternative to AWS and Azure, a little known provider that also happens to have the third most hosting servers in the world (According to Netcraft 2015). 

 

What if I also said this company was also was often much cheaper than Azure or AWS while offering similar SLA’s?   What about an easy to use REST API that covers pretty much everything they do?  Interested yet?  I was.    The company is called OVH.

 

I will discuss the benefits and limitations of using OVH to build a cloud infrastructure.

Discussions and Demonstrations will include:

·         Virtual Instances on the OVH Public Cloud

·         Dedicated Servers

·         Setting up Microsoft Hyper-V Core on Dedicated Hardware

·         Microsoft System Centre Virtual Machine Manager

·         Firewalls and Load Balancers

·         Private Networking and World Wide Data Centres

·         Using Object Storage with Open Stack and C#

The costs - How to get it for £30 a month (Or free)

 

Mark Thompson is the Head of Product Development at Global Data Sentinel. 

Mark’s software development experience includes everything from Military Communications to Factory Automation to Accountancy products all using predominantly C / C++ / C#.

Global Data Sentinel provides secure data solutions including strong encryption and biometrics in both on premise and cloud hosted scenarios.

The Global Data Sentinel Research and Development Team are based just North of Newcastle in Gosforth.  Their products are used world wide by organisations of every size.


Git, Gulp, Grunt, Node and Code: Making Sense of the Modern Development Toolchain


Our second talk is from Dr Bill Ayers...

"JavaScript was once just a scripting tool for "front-end" developers. Now it's gone mainstream. And along with it comes a new set of tools that the cool kids use. In this session I'm going to look at some of the new tooling that is being used by web and open-source developers and increasingly in enterprise development and by engineers at Microsoft building the next generation of SharePoint and Office 365 technologies and the SharePoint Framework. We'll look at the tools, when you would use them, and how they relate to more traditional IDEs like Visual Studio. We'll also look at JavaScript as a language, including its shortcomings, and how it is changing, along with the role of transpilers like TypeScript. If you are planning to build solutions for Office 365 and SharePoint over the next few years, you need to get up to speed on the modern development toolchain."


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NEBytes December 2016: Microsoft’s NET Core is going to rock your world

For our December event we've got Christos Matskas from Microsoft giving us a talk on the new kid on the block - .NET Core.

Please note the change of venue for this month, we're back to Newcastle University at Claremont Tower!

Microsoft’s NET Core is going to rock your world




Christos is a software developer, blogger, speaker and all around geek. He currently works for Microsoft as an Azure Dev Premier Field Engineer. Before joining Microsoft, he was a successful entrepreuner collaborating with companies such as MarkIT, Lockheed Martin and Barclays. He's been building software for over 12 years and he's a passionate Open Source advocate. He contibutes regularly to numerous OSS projects and works closely with the developer community to make the space bigger and better.

NET Core has been written from the ground up to be the best web development platform for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can now use your favorite editor to create faster, leaner and more memory efficient NET applications that work everywhere. In this session, you'll get an introduction to the major advancements and an overview of what's changed in the new, brave world of .NET Core. You'll also get the chance to see how you can create ASP.NET Core apps that leverage all the new front-end tooling like npm, Bower, Grunt and Gulp to make development easier. This is going to be session full of demos and information that promises to rock your world!


As per usual there'll be networking over pizza during the sessioin break. Christmas jumpers are optional!

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NEBytes November 2016: Mobile with Xamarin, Realtime with RethinkDB/NodeJS

After a hiatus that took longer than we'd intended we're back with our November event.  As usual we're at Campus North but we've got a change of date - it's a Thursday this month rather then the usual Wednesday.

Building Realtime apps with RethinkDB and Node.JS - Matt Collins

In todays online world, user experience is key. Users expect slick interfaces that are intuitive, informative and engaging. More and more, building apps that update the user in Realtime are becoming an essential part of this experience - and we can see this every day with things like Google Docs, Facebook Notifications, Slack and BBC Live Text.

RethinkDB is a fully featured, opensource, NoSQL database designed to make developing for the Realtime Web easy. We'll talk about changefeeds, clustering and how combining with Node.js can help you avoid some of the pitfalls of building rich, engaging, Realtime Apps to scale and across multiple platforms.

By the end of this talk you be ready to go back to the office and create your first Realtime App with RethinkDB and Node.

Writing your First Mobile Application using Xamarin - Dave Mawer

Dave Mawer is a Senior Developer who has been working at Sage UK Ltd for 4½ years and is currently working on the Sage 200 team enhancing the Sage 200 product suite.  His interests outside of work include cycling, following Liverpool FC and writing simple mobile applications using Xamarin.

In this talk Dave will introduce the Xamarin add on for Visual Studio, explain two different approaches to writing a mobile phone application and then demonstrate implementing a simple Android mobile application to display data from a Twitter account.


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