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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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?
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:
Starting your own vs. forking a (dead) project vs. joining an existing one.
Licencing considerations, contributions on work time and Microsoft's stance.
Getting a feel for the people behind a project.
What makes a good Pull Request.
Contributions aren't only about the code.
How much time do you actually need?
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!
Each night throughout the last week of May (25th - 29th) the ANZ Coders virtual conference will be on. Starting at 8pm each night, Sydney time, there'll be 3 half hour sessions of coding goodness!
As this conference is being organised by Richard, who also happens to co-run this group, there won't be a face-to-face meeting in May.
Instead, we'd ask you go virtual instead. Head home, have some food, crack open a drink, turn on the computing device of your choice and join as many of the sessions as you can. Especially on Tuesday the 26th :-)
This month we had plans. Great plans. Plans that would impress you. Plans that would amaze you! Well, at least plans that would have been somewhat aligned with what we said we'd try and get to. But stuff happens and given how late this post is going out you can assume that things didn't quite work out as hoped.
So, instead, we're going to do something a little bit different. Something much more "hands on" than coming along to passively listen to a speaker. No matter how awesome they might be!
So, one of the great skills any developer should have is being able to look at someone else's code and do a code review in a constructive and helpful manner.
If you've ever been subjected to something like this, you'll know what I mean.
We're going to teach each other how to do a code review and how to do it well (or at least, how to suck less when you're doing one).
Richard Banks will be facilitating the evening and by using the various tools at our disposal, the grey matter between our ears and the beating muscle in our chests, we're going to have a look at some code, identify some good parts in it, and some less good parts and review it. We'll see what we can learn from the good, and provide thoughts on how the less good can be improved. Along the way, we'll come up with our own list of how to do a code review well, both as a reviewer and as a reviewee.
We're happy to do it using some code of your choice, and if you've got something of your own you want us to look at that's fantastic! We applaud your bravery! If not, don't worry we've got a target application in mind: http://emby.media/ (better than a boring CMS, right?)
This should be one of those practical nights where everyone who attends learns something. In fact, even if you think you've experienced all there is about code reviews, come along. We need to learn from you!
Laptops are optional, but encouraged, as we want you digging through the code as well. It'll help us find any really interesting code sooner!
UPDATE: Aaron's recording from tonight's talk is now available. Enjoy!
They say that in the land of the completely disorganised, the only-slightly-inept man is king. I'm no king, so sorry for the late notice. It's been one of those months.
Anyway, excuses aside, we're giving you two talks that'll you help keep your web development love flowing, metaphorically of course. Here they are:
Rapid API Prototyping - Bishoy Demian
We live in a fast moving industry, where software development projects are expected to be agile and fast-paced in order to receive our client’s feedback as early as possible.
I have discovered a way to decouple the contract from the implementation of the API layer, allowing you to define and document your API in simple and readable format, and later run a mock server off that documentation to have a faster UI/UX delivery, while that API layer is yet to be implemented.
I’m very excited to show you the new open-source tool I have written in C# to help solve the problem.
Grab yourself a free ticket so we know you're coming and invite someone else along to share in our usual relaxed fare of fun, learning and heckling that we put on for you each month. Tickets are hiding behind this link. Go on. Click it already!
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.
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)
UPDATE: The recording of this is now available for you to enjoy
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.
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!