Making Window Store Dance with Nokia Drums With Christopher Myhill

by groupadmin21. September 2013 15:40

The Talk

At the beginning of April 2013 Nokia released their very first Window Store Application, Nokia Music for Windows 8. In this presentation you will hear from one of the Nokia engineers involved in the development, on how to create Windows Store applications, what it is like working for Nokia and get to hear how a team of software engineers overcame real world issues to achieve publication to the Windows Store.

Nokia Music for Windows 8: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-GB/app/nokia-music/4e9de0ba-ed72-4ffc-866d-cf964def6ddf

Session BIO: In this talk I will try and give you a head start in developing Windows Store applications and some of the problems you may encounter.  I will also give you an insight in how we did it the Nokia Music way.

Topics Covered:

  • Demos on Windows Store Development (C#);
    • GridView & Semantic Zoom
    • Snap View
    • MediaElement
    • Live Tiles
    • Setting & Search Charm
  • Developing Software the Nokia Music Way
  • Real World Problems and Their Solution
  • Windows Store Submission

The Speaker

Christopher Myhill has been a professional developer for over 10 years, working in various sectors in the pursuit of great code.  He spent the majority of his career as a web developer but now works at Nokia developing the Nokia Music apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8.  When not coding he enjoys baking bread and hot smoking meat on the BBQ all year round (when it’s not raining).

The Meeting

The meeting will be on Thursday, the 14th November 2013 in the Maxima Forum in Cheltenham. Start as usual at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be refreshments and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive in time. Details here.

 

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Building Single Sign On websites With Jimmy Skowronski

by groupadmin21. September 2013 15:30

The Talk

Meet Dave. Dave is like you and he has a problem. He found that great website but he needs to register on to use it. That means he needs to create yet another user name and password. And he has to remember it or write on that big post-it on his monitor - booo! So Dave decided he will not register and he will look for another website he can use without creating yet another password.

There are plenty of people like Dave. He may be your user or you may be like him. But we need users and passwords and permissions and all that stuff on our websites.

Here is an idea. What if you could delegate all that somewhere and let someone else to worry about passwords, security and all that boring stuff - yayyy!

This session will show you how to delegate your authentication somewhere else. You will learn basic theory behind Single Sign On and delegated authentication concepts.

The Speaker

Jimmy started his computing adventure long time ago with Atari, which of course was far better than Commodore, contrary to the popular and wrong believe. Fast forward... When the first .NET version was released he jumped on it as an excuse to escape from the classic ASP and Delphi. He is now working as a Senior Developer in McKinsey & Company doing ... stuff and being annoying wherever he can. 

He is doing his best to stay active in the community. He is a speaker and Pluralsight author and even was the GL.net leader. Sadly he abandoned his group when moved to London but he stays active whenever and wherever he can.

And after a hard day in the office he loves to fly a virtual space ship in Eve Online. 

Jimmy blog can be found at http://jimmylarkin.net/, you can follow him on twitter @_jimmys

The Meeting

The meeting will be on Thursday, the 24th October 2013 in the Maxima Forum in Cheltenham. Start as usual at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be refreshments and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive in time. Details here.

 

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The Power Of F# With Isaac Abraham

by groupadmin30. July 2013 07:51

The Talk

Are you interested in learning more about F#? Want to know why buzzwords like "immutability" and "statelessness" are becoming more and more important for programming?
 
This session will explain what F# is (and is not!). Why F# is a viable companion to C# and VB, and in what real-world scenarios F# should be considered for being used. In this fast paced tour around the F# language, environment and ecosystem, you'll see how to model domain problems in both C# and F#, and how you can more quickly and effectively perform the same work that you do today in C# or VB.

The Speaker

Isaac has been developing on the .NET framework since v1.0 on a wide variety of server and client-oriented platforms. He nowadays works as CTO for ElastaCloud, a consultancy and tools provider focusing on Azure-based big data solutions. In his spare time he works as a consultant, speaker and trainer, focusing on improving quality of .NET software development through improved day-to-day development practices, unit testing and automation.

Isaac blog can be found at cockneycoder.wordpress.com, you can follow him on twitter @isaac_abraham

The Meeting

The meeting will be on Thursday, the 26th September 2013 in the Maxima Forum in Cheltenham. Start as usual at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be refreshments and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive in time. Details here.

 

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Portable Class Libraries For Multiplatform Targeting With Iris Classon

by groupadmin4. June 2013 08:00

Thanks to everyone to vote for this event subject. The vote have now been counted.

The Talk

Imagine a world where the .Net developer can create and compile code that will run on multiple .Net platforms. The same code runs on WP, WPF, SL, Xbox, Windows Store apps. A little hidden gem in Visual Studio 2012 allows you to do just that. In this session I introduce you to this modest but powerful gem, Portable Class Libraries, what they do, how they work, and even more important how you can make it work for you.

The Speaker

This is that girl in your class that just wouldn’t stop talking. She is also known as Iris Classon, a hyperactive and very passionate developer, long distance runner and mountain biker with a love for weightlifting and fitness.

Iris recently caught the attention of the developer community with her tremendous passion for programming and unique career path. She’s a licensed and registered clinical dietician who only recently discovered she loves writing software. Within her first year, she earned MCPD and MCTS certifications and was invited to join MEET – Microsoft Extended Experts Team, in addition to landing a fulltime developer job after just six months.

She’s been interviewed on Hanselminutes, the Code Project, Pluralsight and made headline news in several newspapers. Today she is a Technical Evangelist for Telerik, works as a software developer for Dotnet Mentor and is the organizer of the Swedish Pluralsight Study Group. She is a frequent speaker at user groups and conferences. She has a unique high energy presentation style that you won’t soon forget.

She blogs passionately about programming, her journey as a developer, guides, examples and the very popular ‘Stupid’ question of the day, engaging and inspiring the community as best as she can.

Iris Classon website can be found at www.irisclasson.com, or you can follow her on twitter @IrisClasson

The Meeting

The meeting will be on Tuesday, the 18th June 2013 in the Maxima Forum in Cheltenham. Start as usual at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be refreshments and hot pizza available and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive in time. Details here.

Other Events with Iris Classon

After NDC Oslo, Iris will come for a mini UG tour in the UK. 

Many for you were interested to "The Windows Store Apps showdown - C# vs JavaScript", Iris will be in VBug Bristol on Monday, 17 June - See full session details and register at event page.

After Cheltenham, Iris will be part of Telerik free half-day Developer Seminar in London on Wednesday, 19 June - See full session details and register at event page.

Post Meeting Resources

  • Portable library Article from Iris here
  • Leap Motion slides
 

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Globalization: Know Your Enemy With Guy Smith-Ferrier

by groupadmin8. May 2013 08:08

The Talk

Metaphorically speaking, the world is shrinking every day. Ironically this means that it is getting less acceptable to brush aside cultural differences and pretend that all cultures are essentially English but with different words. Appreciating globalization is about achieving humility, understanding that the world is a lot bigger than most developers give it credit for. Most developers understand that different cultures use different date formats, number formats and currencies. However, how many developers do not know that postal code formats, phone number formats, address formats and person name formats also differ. Not to mention the issues of localizing for gender-based languages or languages with less simplistic plural forms. What about ordinal subscripts, ordinal words, alphabet character sets ? The intention of this session is to open eyes, provide globalization enlightenment and with luck it will scare the living bejeezus out of you enough to make you question every line of code you write. more

The Speaker

Guy is an ASP Insider and an MVP in ASP.NET. He is the author of NCLDR (www.ncldr.com), the .NET implementation of CLDR. He is the author of ".NET Internationalization" published by Addison-Wesley (www.dotneti18n.com). He is a Microsoft Certified Professional developer, author, trainer and speaker, has spoken at many European and US conferences and is an INETA Speaker. He runs The .NET Developer Network (www.dotnetdevnet.com), a free .NET user group in the South West of England. He is the founder of DDD South West (www.dddsouthwest.com), a free one day technical event in the South West of England. He has written over 50 articles for numerous magazines and has co-authored an application development book. You can read his blog at www.guysmithferrier.com and catch him on Twitter at @GuySmithFerrier.

The Meeting

The meeting will be on Wednesday, the  8th May 2013 in the Maxima Forum in Cheltenham. Start as usual at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be refreshments and hot pizza available and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive in time. Details here.

 

 

Post Meeting Resources

 Guy's post about this talk.

Usefull links

 

Congratulation to Catalin our lucky winner.

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Software - Agile and Extreme With Chris Jones

by groupadmin26. March 2013 20:30

The Talk

An introduction to Agile software development and the Scrum framework. We take a look how Scrum teams are comprised, how they organise themselves and how to run a successful Sprint. After the talking is over we go "hands on" and run a "1 hour Sprint" aiming to deliver some working software live onto the internet using as many Scrum and Xp techniques as we can!

The Speaker

Chris Jones is an XP enthusiast and Certified Scrum Developer instructor who has been practising agile software development since 2003. His experience lies in designing and developing IT solutions built on Microsoft technologies.  As a strong advocate of agile methodologies, Chris has applied and introduced both scrum and XP on many projects in the financial, legal, insurance, education and entertainment sectors, and has in-depth experience in building large service oriented architectures, web services and n-tier web applications. Chris has a real desire for teaching and coaching XP to software teams to help get teams “buzzing’ about their work and the products they create.

The Meeting

The meeting will be on Wednesday, the 17th April 2013 in the Maxima Forum in Cheltenham. Start as usual at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be refreshments and hot pizza available and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive in time. Details here.

 

 Many thanks for Chris for coming it was a great talk

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Windows 8 Applications with Mike Taulty

by groupadmin5. March 2013 21:35

The Talk

In this session we’ll take a brief look at Windows 8 from the point of view of a user coming to the OS for the first time and the new Windows Store and WinRT apps that they’ll encounter. Then we’ll switch and look at Visual Studio 2012 and the options for building Windows Store apps whether you are a .NET, JavaScript or C++ developer. We’ll put together a simple example that touches all those technologies and we’ll even look at how we can combine them into a hybrid app. Along the way, we’ll wander into the Blend design tool and build up the whole picture of putting together WinRT apps.

The Speaker

Mike Taulty's Blog can be found at http://mtaulty.com , or you can follow him on twitter, @mtaulty

The Meeting

The meeting will be on Wednesday, the 20th March 2013 in the Maxima Forum in Cheltenham. Start as usual at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be refreshments and hot pizza available and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive in time. Details here.

 

Post Meeting Resources

Mike's flickR demo can be find on the following links:

More generally

 Felicitation to Jon and Prashant the winners of our raffle and thank you to JetBrain and Telerik for the prices.

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Taming Your Dependencies with Ian Russell

by groupadmin20. February 2013 12:21

The Talk

Ian Russell gives us a pragmatic view of Dependency Injection. In the session, you will discover what Dependency Injection is, why you will want, and need, to use it in your projects, when it is and is not appropriate to use it and and how to get the best out of it. 

The Speaker

Ian's blog can be found at http://ijrussell.tumblr.com, or you can follow him on twitter, @ijrussell

The Meeting

The meeting will be on Thursday, the 28th February 2013 in the Maxima Forum in Cheltenham. Start as usual at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be refreshments and hot pizza available and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive in time. Details here.

 

Post Meeting Resources

Ian recommend the following books related to his talk:

  • Dependency Injection in .NET by Mark Seemann.
  • Brownfield Application Development in .Net by Kyle Baley and Donald Belcham

Go to Ian's blog for more detail. 

Felicitation to Kyle the winners of our raffle and thank you to Telerik for the prices.

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Async C# 5.0, Patterns for real world use with Liam Westley

by groupadmin19. January 2013 16:00

The Talk

The new Async features come along with the very useful WhenAll and WhenAny methods to execute sets of tasks.
We will delve into how these work, the effect of exceptions within any individual task and cancellation. This leads to the creation of common patterns such as Redundancy, Interleaving, Throttling and Early Bailout.

The Speaker

Liam is an Application Architect at Huddle helping design the world's best collaboration software. Previous to huddle Liam was Head of Engineering at CriteriaMX leading at team of .Net developers, and worked as a consultant and still runs his own company Tiger Computer Services Ltd, specialising in software for Broadcast Television. His Niagara SMS moderation system has been used by QVC UK for the last eight years to display SMS messages from viewers, live, on screen.
Liam is also responsible for the ticketing system for Hat Trick Productions which provides e-tickets to shows such as Have I Got News For You, Room 101 and The Kumars at No 42B.
Liam has worked for chellomedia, GMTV, BSkyB, SmashedAtom and Original Thinking Group. In his time he created the first in house weather system for Sky News using Visual Basic 1.0, acted as architect for two general election systems, project managed the launch of the GMTV web site, was key to delivering the first interactive television chat service in the UK for BSkyB and helped launch the first live shopping channels in the Netherlands.
Liam's blog can be found at http://geekswithblogs.net/twickers, or you can follow him on twitter, @westleyl.

The Meeting

The meeting will be on Thursday, the 17th January 2013 in the Maxima Forum in Cheltenham. Start as usual at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be refreshments and hot pizza available and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive in time. Details here.

 

Post Meeting Resources

Liam have an article on his blog here with all source code of this presentation. If you like the music in the demonstration go to Silents on Bandcamp

Felicitation to Mike and Paul the winners of our raffle and thank you to JetBrain and Telerik for the prices.

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Raspberry Pi with Gary Short

by groupadmin21. November 2012 09:12

The Talk

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer developed by some Cambridge boffins. In this session I'll walk you through everything you need to get up and running with it, starting from taking it out of the box, then I'll show you how to build an internet radio using Mono C# and VistaDB.

The Speaker

Gary Short [MVP C#] joined the army upon leaving school and was put on stores duty, where he was responsible for handing out the camouflage paint for trucks and tanks. As the distinctive patterned paint only came it two sizes, small for trucks and large for tanks, he soon grew tired of this work and became a hit man for Chipperfield's Circus. His mission was to track down competing circuses around the world and to kill them. This was very dangerous work as it is hard to kill a Circus, the best way being to always go for the juggler. Seeing there was no future in this Gary then drifted into programming where he pretends to know a lot about Patterns & Practices and he intends to stay in this profession until found out.

The Meeting

The meeting will be on Thursday, the 13th December 2012 in the Maxima Forum in Cheltenham. Start as usual at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be refreshments and hot pizza available and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive in time. Details here.

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