NEBytes

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

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



Either email events@nebytes.net or complete the section on the event brite form.

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NEBytes - 19th April 2017 - Office 365: The Digital Workplace & What to expect from C# 7

Office 365: The Digital Workplace


Tony Hughes, from the well known I.T. consultancy firm TSG, will be here for our april event to talk about how organisations large and small can utilise Office 365 as the foundation for a modern Digital Workplace, after all it much more than Email in the Cloud and the latest versions of Office.

Microsoft Teams – It’s so much more than Chat
Microsoft Planner – Task Management and Planning
Office Groups – The foundation for collaboration
Yammer – Is this now all I need for my Intranet, or do I even need one
PowerApps and Flow – Forms and Workflow for the masses
Security and Compliance – You're safe in their hands

Tony has an extensive background in the industry, and some of you would have heard him speak before, so please invite your friends and colleagues to what will be an enlightening session.

What to expect from C# 7

Phillip Steele will be here to tell us all about the new features in the latest version of our favourite curly bracket lanuage, where they came from, why they are there and if you really need them.

Phillip is a senior developer at Sage and has many years experience with .Net and C# in particular.


Please register as usual at eventbrite

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NEBytes 17th May 2017: Summer Lightning

17th May - 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 May meeting will be our first lightning talk session so please contact us at events@nebytes.net with your ideas.

The best talk of the evening (voted for by the audience) will win a 1-year individual subscription to a JetBrains Toolbox product of their choice, thanks to sponsorship by the fine folk at JetBrains.


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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