February Meetup – Multi Platform development in C#

This month we have Michele Scandura giving us a talk on Multi Platform development in C#

- Is C# truly an universal Language?
- Multi Platform? What Platform?
- A sample application runnig (let’s see some code!)

Bio: Michele Scandura has 7 years of experience in software development using .NET and C#. In the last 2 years he focused on mobile development on Android and iOS using MonoTouch and Mono for Android.

There was a great response from the group for talks for this month. Thanks again for the volunteers.

When & Where

The talk will be on Thursday, February 28th, in the usual location: the Central Hotel on Exchequer St. at 6.30.

It’s a free event as always thanks to our sponsors Wonga but please sign up to the EventBrite event so I know the numbers for the room.

See you there!

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January Meetup – Sean Farmar on SOA with NServiceBus

Happy new year to all

We kick off 2013 with Sean Farmar giving us a presentation covering:

Why would you use a Service Oriented Architecture?

Why  would you chose NServiceBus?

Bio: Sean Farmar has a 19 years of experience in software development, in the last 5 years had been focusing on enterprise architecture using SOA and NServiceBus.

Sean has a lot of real world experience to draw on so it should definitely be an interesting and informative meetup. Hope to see you all there.

When & Where

The talk will be on Thursday, January 24th, in the usual location: the Central Hotel on Exchequer St. at 6.30.

The event is free as always thanks to our (new!) sponsors Wonga, but don’t forget to register if you plan on attending so we have an idea of the numbers.

 

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November Meetup – Jimmy Bogard on Real World Polyglot Persistence

Update: Jimmy has posted links to slide deck on his blog.

Update: For those who can’t make it in person, a company called OneStream has kindly offered to do a live stream of the event. We’re at the mercy of the hotel wi-fi, but hopefully you’ll be able to catch it here: http://video.onestream.tv/production/view/124

Hi,

Been a little while since we had our last meetup, but it’ll be worth the wait! This month we are fortunate to have Jimmy Bogard in town and he’s kindly offered to give us a talk on Real World Polyglot Persistence:

It always sounds easy – “use the best tool for the job”. With very isolated systems, it’s easy to decide RDBMS for one application, Redis for another and Cassandra for somethings else. When it comes time to building systems with multiple persistent stores, we’re met with challenges in integration, existing applications, and push back from IT administrators. In this session, we’ll look at the multitude of challenges of achieving polyglot persistence nirvana, and strategies for addressing associated risks.

Jimmy is a member of the ASPInsiders group, the C# Insiders group, and received the “Microsoft Most Valuable Professional” (MVP) award for ASP.NET in 2009-2012. Jimmy is also the creator and lead developer of the popular OSS library AutoMapper.

The talk will be on Thursday, November 29th, in the usual location: the Central Hotel on Exchequer St. at 6.30. Sorry about the short-ish notice this time.

The event is free as always thanks to our sponsors Beam, but don’t forget to register if you plan on attending so we have an idea of the numbers.

This is one not to be missed. Hope to see you all there.

Andrew

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September Meetup – Restful Objects

For the September meetup we’re delighted to have Dan Haywood over with us to give a talk about Restful Objects:

REST architectures are becoming increasingly more common, both on the internet and within the enterprise. Behind most of these REST APIs is a domain model (some anaemic, some less so); the wiring up of that REST API to the model involves lots of boilerplate and lots of testing.

Evolving out of the Naked Objects movement (and by the way, a major Naked Objects app has been very successfully deployed at the Department of Social Protection here in Ireland), Restful Objects is a specification that describes how to expose any domain model over REST. The spec fully documents a set of HTTP URL resources and the corresponding JSON representations that they support; and it fully supports the stuff that REST-heads care about: HATEOAS, media types, link rels, conneg, HTTP headers and arcane response codes; that sort of thing. Restful Objects isn’t just a specification though: there are also two separate open source implementations, a completed one for .NET (running on top of ASP.NET MVC4), and another on the JVM.

In this talk, Dan will explain some of the ideas behind the spec, and will show how you can use it to REST-enable an app in a matter of minutes.

The talk will be on Tuesday, September 18th and not our usual Wednesday, in the usual location: the Central Hotel on Exchequer St. at 6.30.

The event is free as always thanks to our sponsors Beam, but don’t forget to register if you plan on attending so we have an idea of the numbers.

Hope to see you all there

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August Meetup – WCF Async Queryable Services

For data centric 3 tiers application, it is often useful to be able to query from the client tier directly. Microsoft provides two technologies to do this: WCF RIA Services and WCF Data Services. However, these technologies only support basic queries and the persistence is not optimal. This could be enough for basic scenarios but it is not in many (most?) real life cases.
As consultant, Matthieu MEZIL worked with many customers who finds these technologies not good enough for what they want to do. Based on his experience he made a technology that would cover every query and that would really improve developers experience. It’s called WCF Async Queryable Services (WAQS). WAQS is not a framework, it’s a meta-framework.
In this session, Matthieu will talk about how to use WAQS, what are advantages of using a meta-framework instead of using a framework and, at the end, will talk about the future of WAQS.

The event is on in the usual spot – the Central Hotel on Exchequer St – on Wednesday 15th August at 6.30.

The event is free as always thanks to our sponsors Beam, but don’t forget to register on EventBrite if you plan on attending so we have an idea of the numbers.

Matthieu MEZIL is consultant and trainer at Infinite Square in Paris, France.
He is an INETA Speaker
He was C# MVP from 2008 to 2010 and from 2010 and he now is Data Plaform Development MVP from 2010. he was nominated MVP of the year in this category in 2011.
As a passionate developer, he worked for Roslyn team one year ago during his vacations.
He blogs at http://msmvps.com/blogs/matthieu, mainly (but not only) on Entity Framework.

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Bart de Smet in Dublin – 4th July 6.30pm

We are very excited to announce that Bart De Smet will be visiting us once again to give us an updated talk on RX. Bart is a fantastic speaker, and it’s a real pleasure to be able to have him back again.

We’d like to send a thanks to Microsoft for their help in getting Bart to Dublin, and to BEAM Financial Solutions for sponsoring the venue.

The venue will be our usual spot – the Central Hotel on Exchequer St – on Wednesday, July 4th at 6.30pm. So book it in your calendars now, and please register in EventBrite. As usual, it’s free, but we really need to know the numbers for this one.

Anyone who missed him last time, don’t miss this one! And for those who were there, there’s plenty of updates (see below)

We really hope we can get a great turnout for this, so please help spread the word. And don’t forget to register

See you there!

Event details:

Abstract: Over the last years, we’ve seen a tremendous shift in the velocity of data. Ever increasing volumes of data are coming into our applications in an event-driven, asynchronous manner. Just imagine the bulk load of sensors in mobile devices, the social media fire hose, real-time trading and auction services, etc. This shift towards a push-based model for data acquisition prompts us to rethink the way we program our applications and services. No longer is the application in the driver seat of retrieving data. Instead, our code needs to react to a stream of incoming data. In this session, you’ll learn how Reactive Extensions (Rx) provides a nice programming abstraction for reactive event-driven programming, based on the notion of observable sequences and LINQ-style query support. Besides focusing on the essential abstractions, you’ll see a bunch of samples on how to use Rx to solve real-world problems, ranging from mobile application development on Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8, over sensor programming using state-of-the-art technologies such as Kinect, to large-scale cloud data processing and data center monitoring. We’ll also focus on the better together story of using the upcoming Rx v2.0 release with the new C# 5.0 and Visual Basic 11 language features for asynchronous programming. Come and learn how to tame your event processing problems using Rx!

Bio: Bart J.F. De Smet is a senior software development engineer in the Cloud Programmability Team at Microsoft. For the last 2,5 years he’s been focused on democratizing data processing problems of all scales, using LINQ as the universal glue. In this role, he’s in charge of the design and development of Reactive Extensions, as well as various yet unannounced projects. Prior to joining the team, Bart worked on a the WPF team for a couple of years, after having joined Microsoft fresh out of university in 2007. During his Master of Computer Science and Civil Engineering studies in Ghent University (Belgium), Bart was active in the Microsoft community and became an MVP for C# in 2003. He’s also the author of the SAMS C# 4.0 Unleashed book, has been blogging for many years, and is a popular speaker at various conferences including TechEd, PDC, MIX, //build/, and several local Microsoft events.

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May Meetup – Mobile Mono

Hi,

Our next meetup is on next Wednesday 23rd May where Jeremie Laval will be talking to us about Mono for Mobile devices.

He’s going to discuss their platform for iOS and Android devices – MonoTouch and Mono for Android

The event is on in the usual spot – the Central Hotel on Exchequer St – on Wednesday 23rd May at 6.30.

The event is free as always thanks to our sponsors Beam, but don’t forget to register on EventBrite if you plan on attending so we have an idea of the numbers

See you there
Andrew

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Windows 8 code camp / Pub Meetup: Node.js

Note: We have updated this post since the event and moved it to the 5th of April since we were clashing with another interesting event : The Javascript Disruption.

On the 5th of April Daniel Elliot, a .NET dev, will tell us about his adventure in node.js, HTML 5 and WebStorm building an MMO at Dublin Gamecraft. This will be just a pub meetup (ie no projector) in the Library Bar at 6.30pm (same place as our usual meetings) but straight to the bar. We will have an Alt.net sign for those of you new to the group. Daniel won a prize for for Best Solo effort (no, he wasn’t the only one doing this solo :D )

In conjunction with the Microsoft, we are going to hold a a Windows 8 Camp in Dublin on March 24th, 2012. (from 9am to 5pm) We will have a short lecture on Windows 8 and some getting started advice going on but the goal is to give you as much time to sling code as possible with experts on hand to help you through issues. More information and registration here

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February Meetup – RavenDB

For our February meetup, David Walker will be taking us on a tour of RavenDB. He’ll cover the basics of RavenDB, what it is, and how you get started with it, and then quickly move on to discuss how it compares to using SQL and an ORM and some of the implications for how you model and implement you solutions to best make use of it’s strengths.

If there’s anything in particular that you’d like to see discussed or if you have any burning questions about RavenDB drop David an email in the mailing list and he’ll do his best to answer it on the day.

It’s on in the usual spot – the Central Hotel on Exchequer St – on Tuesday 21st Feb at 6.30.

Hope to see you all there

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January change of topic – Semantic Versioning & Dependency Management

Hi all,

We’ve had to change our scheduled January talk on mobile development by James Hughes, as James’s wife is going into labour shortly! We wish them all the best. Hopefully we can reschedule his talk for some time later in the year, as we know there was a lot of interest.

In it’s place, we’re going to be discussing Semantic Versioning and Dependency Management. Same time, same place i.e. January 18th, 6.30 in the Central Hotel

Jacob will be introducing Semantic Versioning and talking about the concept of breaking changes in .NET. This will then continue into an overview of Nuget and how it allows you to simplify your dependency management as well as simplify the publication of packages for others to integrate into their projects. This part will also show how to integrate dependency management into your build automation process.

After this we’ll open it up to the floor for a general discussion on the topics. Will be very interesting to hear how others are managing the issue

Hope to see you all on Wednesday

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