Thursday, November 26, 2015

Slides from Nov 24 Meet-up

It was the last meet-up for the year and we rounded it off with practical and useful talks by Ken and Joss. They've kindly shared their material, linked below:

Testing Practices for Continuous Delivery - slides  (@kenmccormack)

A Whirlwind Tour of SEO - slides and transcript  (@joshuapaling)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Nov 24 - Continuous Delivery + SEO

So.. sorry for the late blog post, but I think you'll forgive us as we've managed to find 2 interesting and diverse topics for this month.

Testing Practices for Continuous Delivery - Ken McCormack (@kenmccormack)

Testing practices for Continuous Delivery pipelines - we discuss the start point of the Cohn Test Pyramid, and then discuss the additional types of automated testing used for CI/CD.  We look at ways in which your teams can start to run dojos up-skill their testing practices, as well as discuss the challenges presented by legacy architecture and testability quality factor.

Ken is a technical lead with ThoughtWorks, working on microservices and architecture for testability in Node.js and .NET ecosystems.  His background in banking and computational finance.

A Whirlwind Tour of SEO - Joss Paling (@joshuapaling)

We'll imagine how we might build a search engine if we were starting from scratch, way back in the 90s. In doing so, we'll learn the basics of how SEO works, and how to spot terrible SEO advice when you come across it.

Joss is a developer and partner at BBL Digital, a boutique agency in Sydney. He writes Ruby/Rails, Javascript, and when he can't avoid it, PHP.

RSVP via Eventbrite for pizza and beverage!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

October 27 - A little robotics; a little ASP.Net vNext

Isn't that our most creative session title in ages? No? Hmm. Well, at least you know what's happening on the night.

Here's the low down for you.

On Bare Metal - An Intro to XBD. Evgeny Muryshkin

XBD is an online VHDL generator for FPGA-based robotics and automation. This session will give you a basic understanding of what XBD is, how it works, what it can do, as well as it's advantages and limitations. You'll even get to see it in action in a live hands-on lab!

If you're at all interested in IoT as a hobbyist or otherwise, then this is something you'll want to check out!

ASP.NET - What's with all the betas? Aaron Powell (@slace)

It's been a while since we've had a look at ASP,NET vNext in detail. Aaron is giving us an update on what's changed since we last looked at it, all the way up to the recent beta 8 release.

RSVP via Eventbrite, and we'll see you on Tuesday at 6pm!

Monday, September 21, 2015

September 29 - VS2015 Launch Party!

Yes, yes. Visual Studio 2015 has been available for a little while now but even so, Microsoft has decided that a party to celebrate it's release is needed. It's a case of better late than never. And who are we to disagree?! Exactly!

So, this month we've got something a little different and are going to be hosting a launch party, having a look at all the new and shiny bits of VS2015, or at least as many of them as time permits, having a few laughs and handing out some giveaways as well. Yes, that's right. Who doesn't like a chance to get some freebies!

Microsoft MVPs, Richard Banks, Filip Ekberg and Aaron Powell will be doing the "loosely formal" part of the evening, though we're more than likely going to drop the "formal" bit. If you've come to our group before, you'll know what we mean!

Remember, places are limited, so grab yourself a ticket and we'll see you on the night!

Friday, August 21, 2015

August 25 - Containers & Microservices

Windows Server 2016 TP3 was released very recently and this release has one of the more exciting features that Microsoft has been talking about - Windows Server Containers.

As such we're going to spend the night talking about Microservices, Windows Server Containers, DNX, Service Fabric, and what this all means for you in the way you develop applications.

Richard Banks will be hosting the evening and we'll start with Microservices and the pros, the cons, and the traps to watch for before moving on to the implementation aspects and the specifics of Windows Server Containers, DNX and Service Fabric.

We want the night to be really open and collaborative so that you can ask the questions you want answered and so that we can all learn from each other.

We're looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday so don't forget to grab a free ticket to let us know you're coming. See you there!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

July 28 - Satisfaction, Mobile & Edgey Web

This month, we've got three pertinent and interesting short talks planned. Fun with constraints, maths, mobile and Microsoft! Don't forget to get your free tickets to RSVP!

Christmas in July - Constraint Satisfaction Problems
Pat Macpherson, developer at Ansarada

Christmas is a time for joy, good-will and over-engineering. For far
too long, yuletide present-givers have struggled with non-optimal
Secret Santa drawings.

I will show you how to use a Constraint Satisfaction Problem (CSP)
solver to avoid that fate.

Xamarin CI / CD
Abdelmawla MohamedReadify Senior Developer

TeamCity, Fake, and HockeyApp, we will learn together how to connect those lego parts, to deliver continuous integration and continuous delivery for Xamarin apps

The Edge of the web
Aaron Powell (@slace), Readify Lead Consultant 

Windows 10 is upon us and with it comes MS Edge, the new flagship browser from Microsoft. What does this new browser bring to us as web developers? Are we seeing yet another browser to cross-test on? What makes Edge different to Internet Explorer? Why aren’t we just using Chrome?

Friday, June 26, 2015

June 30 - Open Source Night

It's one thing to use open source projects in your work, but it's another thing entirely to go from being a consumer to being a contributor.

From the outside it can be daunting to contribute to an open source project, but it can also be extremely rewarding seeing your work being used by others or  knowing you've helped, even in a small way, with the development of something you get great value from. Se we're going to help you with that.

Here's what we plan to chat about:

  1. Starting your own vs. forking a (dead) project vs. joining an existing one.
  2. Licencing considerations, contributions on work time and Microsoft's stance.
  3. Getting a feel for the people behind a project.
  4. What makes a good Pull Request.
  5. Contributions aren't only about the code.
  6. How much time do you actually need?
  7. Finding a way to jump in to a project

We'll spend a short time on each topic and then, since the best way to learn is by doing, we're going to put it all into action! As a group, we'll break up into teams and try making some contributions to whatever open source project(s) you choose.

It should be a great night and aligns strongly to what we, as a developer community, are all about.

So regardless of whether you're an open source newbie or have been part of the open source community for decades, we want you to come along. You all have something valuable you can contribute and we wouldn't be who we are without you.

Grab yourself a free ticket so we know you're coming, bring your laptop if you have one (it's optional), and let's have some fun together! See you on the night!