Saturday, May 14, 2011

May Meet - CoffeeScript, Android and NBuilder

This month, we've got 3 short talks, and will have a longer social break in the middle. Our speakers are:

Thomas Johansen (@thomasjo) - CoffeeScript
CoffeeScript is the perfect language for those that love JavaScript, but feel slightly embarrassed by all the braces and semicolons. At the end of the day, CoffeeScript is primarily about exposing the good parts of JavaScript, and doing more by writing less.

Craig Dunn (@conceptdev) - Fast ANDroid Furious
Quick overview of Mono-for-Android ( and how to build mobile applications for the Android platform using C# (and how you can then re-use that code on iOS and WP7... time permitting:). Covers sys req's, setup, Android basics, Mono features and gotchas.

Joshua Roth - NBuilder
Through a fluent, extensible interface, NBuilder allows you to rapidly create test data, automatically assigning values to properties and fields that are of the type of the built in .NET data types. NBuilder allows you to override for properties you are interested in using lambda expressions and is an excellent framework to use for data generation in your unit tests. This talk will cover the basic features of NBuilder as well as some of the exciting new features that have become available in the latest release. You can find out more at and

Please RSVP on the poll as usual to help with catering. See you soon!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

May - Call for Presenters

This month, as decided last meeting, we're planning for 2-3 short talks (10-20 minutes each), and a longer social break in the middle. The idea is to have at least 2 different areas talked about on the night, plus more time to mingle and chat.

If you've got something to talk about, please either add a comment to this post or send a tweet to @rbanks54 or @jtcrisp.

So, what do you want to talk about? We want to hear what you have to say! Don't feel constrained to just straight .NET topics. Javascript, Web tech, Mobile, etc all good.