Monday, February 16, 2015

Feb 24 - Will Azure Become Skynet and the Oculus Rift

I know we promised a bit more server side and .NET goodness after last month's JavaScript framework face off, and we're doing just that! Aren't we so much better than politicians! :-)

So, this month we have the following two topics

Will Azure Become Skynet? - John Azariah (@johnazarlah)

OK - So that's not the title of the talk, but all John promised was a talk on big data in Azure and machine learning. So if Azure is doing machine learning, then I think we all know where that will end... Come and see how humanity's demise begins as John turns on the switch :-)

Homebrew Dev for the Oculus Rift - Peter Horsley

Peter will be bringing in an Oculus Rift (and maybe some airsick bags) and giving us a run through on building applications/games for it using .NET.
There will be an actual Rift present as well. Maybe if you ask him nicely and bribe him with beer he might even let you experience it for yourself.

Please let us know you're coming by picking up a free ticket, and we'll see you on the night!


P.S. Don't forget about the upcoming ANZ Coders virtual conference. We'd love to see you submit topic ideas and help make the week a great one.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jan 27 - The new kids on the JS framework block

What? No .NET talks this month? No. Not this time. We're going all client side on your [donkey|ass] this month. We'll go server side next month, m'kay? K!

So, what do we have for you then? Well, now that dust has settled from learning that Angular 1.3 is soooo last week, and with no new Angular shaped bandwagon for everyone to climb on board for some time yet, what's a web developer to do? Why, look at all the other options of course! So this month, we're doing just that and bringing you two talks covering React and Polymer, with talks from those using these frameworks in a live-fire environment. Cool!

React – two DOM’s for the price of one
- Aaron Powell (@slace)

Another week and another JavaScript framework is released (well, it’s been out longer than a week). React from Facebook has the claim to fame that it has a virtual DOM which it updates, diffs and then applies to the real DOM. It also has a scary syntax where you write HTML-like code in JavaScript!
So what do you need to know about React? What makes it different to the other JavaScript UI frameworks? And what’s it like to actually use on a project?

UPDATE: The recording of this is now available for you to enjoy

Introducing Polymer and Web Components
- Mohamad Meligy (@meligy)

If you ever used a JavaScript framework like AngularJS to be able to use HTML templates and pulled from individual files as needed, and be able to data bind them to your JavaScript objects, these features are all now getting native support with Web Components!

Similar to custom server controls in ASP .NET Webforms (which might be the one feature people miss from that framework), Web Components allow you to create custom elements that come bundled with their JavaScript, and completely independent CSS all in a single HTML import.

This is becoming a reality with browser support starting to take place already, and frameworks like Polymer building on top of web components, extending their data binding and providing essential components to get you up to speed.

In this talk, Meligy walks us the first steps into explaining how Web Components and Polymer actually work, and how they affect current JavaScript development framework like AngularJS.

*Meligy runs the AngularJS group in Sydney

Enjoy your Australia Day and getting Monday off work. Spend that extra time with the family well, and then trade the brownie points you earn for being such a family person for a night out on Tuesday with us! Grab a free ticket so we know you're coming, and we'll see you then. Sweet!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November 25th - A Triple Treat to Close Out the Year

This will be the last Alt.Net meeting for the year unless you want to meet on Dec 30th. No? You don't want to? OK then.

In that case, to wrap up the year and take us into the silly season we're going to have three talks as follows:

Docking, varnishing, and fiddling - Jason Stangroome (@jstangroome)

Jason will explain what Docker is, what it enables and how it's relevant to the Microsoft platform. He'll also demonstrate an open-source project he's recently built and released which leverages the power of Docker.

Removing the need to stab people over estimation - Luke Drumm (@lzcd)

Join Luke as he outlines his personal preferences for how teams can survive the treacherous waters of estimation and planning.
Be amazed as Luke describes how even a cynical, angry developer such as himself can survive such processes without resorting to career limiting bouts of gurning, screaming or violence.
Come for unnerving imagery. Stay for the blissful inner peace.

What just happened?! - Richard Banks (@rbanks54)

In case you missed it, Microsoft made a range of announcements at this month's Connect() conference. Chief amongst these being the open sourcing of the .NET framework, and the non-knobbled Visual Studio 2013 Community edition.
Richard will give you a run through of these and other recent announcements and open a discussion about what they mean for you, for the .NET community and the future of software development in general.

So with all that content, all that shiny, and all that silly, why wouldn't you come along? Get yourself a free ticket (only if you're genuinely intending to come), and we'll see you next week!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 28th - Alt.Net gets Func-y

For something a little different this month we're going to get our Func on, and have two talks on F# to help answer your "What the F#?!" questions as well as showing you how you can use F# in your normal day to day development.

Intro To F# - Jorge Fioranelli (@jorgefioranelli)

Jorge co-organises the Sydney F# User Group, and the title really tells you all you need to know about this talk :-) And if you're someone who played with F# a few years ago, you'll still want to see this talk since the language and it's usage has grown a lot over the last few years and continues to do so.

F# Type Providers - Hadi Eskandari (@hadi_es)

Want to learn how to work with diverse information sources on the internet and modern enterprise environments? Type providers exist for JSON, XML, SQL, CSV, Twitter, WSDL, Excel, R, Regex, RSS and many, many more. While all of these won't be covered in the talk, once you understand how they work it is easy to start using others and creating your own.

Grab a ticket to let us know you're coming. We're looking forward to seeing you on the 28th!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 30th - ZAP and Xam!

It's September! The nights are shorter and the days are warmer, so what better way to celebrate spring's arrival in true coder style by staying indoors, having some fun with others in the community and maybe even learning something to take your awesomeness level to 11!

For you this month we're going to have a Xamarin and MVC Mashup talk and a talk on the open source security tool, ZAP.

.NET MVC and Xamarin.Forms Mashups - Michael Ridland (@ridooz)
The best of all worlds - native, hybrid and offline. Sharing ASP.NET MVC Razor Views and Business Logic with Xamarin.Forms! It even works offline...

Zap yourself with the Zed Attack Proxy! - Paul Theriault, Mozilla  (@creativemisuse)

Paul will be starting with a brief, short skim over the basics (just in case) and then jumping into the juicy stuff and showing you:
- Elite haxoring techniques with Zap
- Integrating Zap into continuous integration

We're expecting a full house given the levels of interest people have in both Xamarin and security, so let us know you're coming by booking a ticket. We'll even make sure there's a slice of pizza and a beer for you when you arrive :-)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

DocumentDB screencast from our August meeting

This was meant to be posted this earlier than now. Honest!

Richard's talk from last month's meeting on the new Azure DocumentDB offering is now available for your viewing pleasure.

Azure DocumentDB Preview at Sydney Alt.Net, Aug 2014 from Richard Banks on Vimeo.


P.S. If you want to see it in a bigger window, you can view it on Readify TV, or click the title in the video player... or just hit the full screen button. Duh!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August 26th - Powershell on *nix and Dialling Lambdas up to 11!

For your delectation and delight this month, we are gifting you with the following two topics. Time to get excited! :-)

Dialling C#'s Lambdas Up to 11 with Functify - Philip Laureano (@philiplaureano)

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you could, say, overload the semicolon operator in C#? What if I told you that there was a way to extend C#'s lambdas so that they behave as if you overloaded the semicolon operator, and made it behave more like F#? Functify allows you to do some very useful things in C# with reflection and lambdas that would be impossible to with just C#'s lambdas alone.

If you're a hardcore C# dev, or just want to get your feet wet with using C# as a functional language, then this might just be the session for you!

Moving to *nix but not without my PowerShell - Jason Stangroome (@jstangroome)

Powershell kicks bash/csh/ksh and all the other *nix shells floating around out there, but when you move from Windows to *nix, Powershell can't make that journey with you. This will be a look at the challenges of trying to get PowerShell running on Ubuntu, what I learnt about how the Microsoft platform does development better in some ways, and what ideas and tools Microsoft development could adopt from the other side.

Last minute addition - Azure's DocumentDB

Assuming we have time, Richard Banks will be doing a semi-blind run through of the new Azure DocumentDB offering to see how it works. This will likely be a shared learning session where we try some things together. It should be fun :-)

As usual, get your act together, grab yourself a ticket, and then tell your friends, colleagues and even random strangers on public transport that you're going and they should too! We'll see you there on the night.