January Meetup: Building JS apps, AutoFixture and Azure Insights

Got a nice mix of talks to start us off for the new year. And btw there are some new links on the blog site if you’d like to offer to give a talk, or if you’d like to suggest a topic for a talk. Check out the links to cast your votes also.

First up for January is myself, for a change, giving an introduction to building Javascript apps:

Many developers are familiar with adding a few lines of Javascript onto a page to enable some Ajax calls or jQuery effects. But when it comes to building a ‘thick client’ web application, where most of the code is written in Javascript, it can be hard to know where to start. How should you structure your code? What tools do you use to build the app? In this talk, I’ll be sharing my recent experiences in learning how to do just that and will introduce some tools to help such as require.js, npm, bower and grunt.

Bio: Andrew Smith is a software developer with over 10 years experience. C# developer mainly but likes to dabble in other languages. Has helped to run the Dublin Alt.net group for the last few years. Currently enjoying a spell focusing on frontend tech again.

We’ll need some .Net after that!:
Ruben will do a quick tour of coding with AutoFixture, which is a framework for cleaning and clarifying the Arrange phase of your .NET tests.
Bio: A regular attendee at our meetups, Ruben has worked on a wide variety of .NET based systems across domains from trading, to healthcare, app builders and licensing over the last 10 years. Yet repressed memories of that nice simple C++ code from the mid 90s still remain. Works for InishTech on a cloud-based licensing platform.

And finally, we have Niall Moran from Microsoft who has kindly offered to come in to have a chat about Azure:
Niall Moran is a technical evangelist with Microsoft Ireland and will discuss how Azure has evolved from a .NET platform as a service offering to a complete cloud platform to run any workload. Niall will also give some insight into how he sees the platform evolving over the next year.


I know Niall is keen to get feedback from the community, so should be a good discussion.

When & Where

The talk will be on Thursday, January 23rd at the usual time and location: the Central Hotel on Exchequer St. at 6.30.

Please take a moment to register with EventBrite here if you are planning on coming – the event is free as always thanks to our sponsors Wonga, but it helps me know the numbers for the room.

See you there,


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