One not to miss – .Net Conf Sept 19 – 21, 2017

Coming at one of the most significant periods in the evolution of the .Net Framework, .Net Conf is a free 3-day event with a series of presentations meant to inspire developers for their next project.

The sessions are live so attendees have the opportunity to ask questions live.

The event offers presentations on .NET Core and ASP.NET Core, C#, F#, Roslyn, Visual Studio, Xamarin, and much more.

It has some really big names such as

  • Scott Hanselman
  • Scott Hunter
  • Jon Skeet

And many others from every major platform and aspect of .Net development.

 

So what’s the big deal?

Quarter 3 (which this event effectively rounds off) will see the launch of .Net Core 2 and .Net Standard 2.  Both are effectively game changers that should see a massive increase of both interest and adoption of the newer .Net platforms i.e. Net Core and Xamarin.  So there has never been a better time to take a look at the latest developments on your particular areas of interest.

.Net Core 2 – bringing back some old friends

With .Net Core being an effective rewrite of the framework it is no surprise that the first version had the foundational features included, but was missing many APIs that older applications relied on.  .Net Core 2 brings around 10000 APIs back into the mix which should increase the ease with which teams can start moving to using newer versions of the framework.

.Net Standard 2 – including the masses

.Net Standard has been a much better way of handling cross-platform compatibility for libraries than the old portable class library solution.  One limitation with v1 was that a library targeting .Net Standard would only be able to reference other .Net Standard libraries or portable class library thus omitting the vast majority of Nuget Packages.  V2 allows this via a compatibility shim and should allow around 70% of currently published Nuget packages to work with packages targeting .Net Standard.

You can read all about .Net Standard here

You can read more on the why .Net Standard 2.0 is so significant to .Net Core here.

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Microsoft on a UK tour – All about Azure

It’s exciting to see that Microsoft is on the road again, this time around many UK cities to talk about Microsoft Azure. They will be visiting Edinburgh on August 30th and there’s a registration form that you need to use to secure a place.

You can find all about it at this blog post.

We hope that you will take advantage of this excellent and free event and maybe see some of you there.

Edinburgh, December 2nd: Telerik Live: HTML5, Mobile & Time Travel

Our friends at Telerik are hosting an event at Microsoft’s Edinburgh office on December 2nd!

This is your chance to meet some of the Telerik team first-hand…it’s also an opportunity to meet @rachelhawley too!

Building HTML5 mobile apps and the future of the web.

HTML5 is officially everywhere. Everywhere the web is at least, and if there is one thing that history has repeated over and over again, it’s that the web always wins.

Join us for a day of mobile development and a peek at the future of the web with Brandon Satrom and Burke Holland. We’ll dive into the HTML5 platform, and then take a look at how native mobile applications (that’s right – we did say native) can be built today using web technologies. We’ll finish it off by taking a quick trip to the future to see how the web platform may be changing, and what that means for developers. This is a small event and perfect for all skill levels. Bring your questions and we’ll pontificate the answers together.

This event is completely free to attend. Space is limited and tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so be sure to secure your space by registering today.

Event Outline
12:45 – 13:00 Welcome and Introduction
13:00 – 14:00 An Introduction to HTML5, Burke H. & Brandon S.
14:00 – 14:15 Break
14:15 – 15:45 Building Mobile Applications With Visual Studio, Burke Holland
15:45 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:00 Polyfilling The Web Platform With Web Components, Brandon Satrom
17:00 – close Social time with Team Telerik

Burke Holland is a web developer living in Nashville, TN. He enjoys working with and meeting developers who are building mobile apps with jQuery / HTML5 and loves to hack on social API’s. Burke works for Telerik as a Developer Advocate focusing on Kendo UI. You can follow Burke on Twitter using his handle @burkeholland.

Brandon Satrom is Product Manager for Kendo UI and is based in Austin, TX. An unabashed lover of the open web, Brandon loves to talk about HTML, JavaScript, CSS, open source and whatever new shiny tool or technology has distracted him from that other thing he was working on. Brandon has spoken at national, international and online events, and he loves hanging out with and learning from passionate designers and developers. He has an inextinguishable love for writing and, in addition to having several articles featured in publications like MSDN, .net Magazine, Web Standards Sherpa and InformIT, he’s currently working on his second book, “Polyfilling the Web Platform,” for O’Reilly.

Register here:
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/telerik-live-html5-mobile-time-travel-tickets-9276483211

Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012

Microsoft are running an Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012 session on the 21st of March 2013.

The event is free to attend; refreshments will be provided.

Where
Microsoft Edinburgh
Conan-Doyle
Waverly Gate
2-4 Waterloo Place Edinburgh EH1 3EG
United Kingdom

Product(s):
Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and Other.

Audience(s):
Architect, Developer Generalist, IT Implem_Desktop/EndUser Spec, Non-Tech Influencing BDM, Pro Dev/Programmer, Tech Influencing BDM and Tester.

Hearing directly from our experts is the best way to get a really good understanding of Visual Studio 2012. In this session we will look at the Application Lifecycle Management capabilities of Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012 and how that supports the entire software development lifecycle.

Agenda
09:30 Registration
10:00 Start
Overview of the Microsoft development tools
Requirements capture and Agile planning
Development including version control, code quality and automated builds
Test case and defect management including exploratory testing
Automated and performance testing
Working with the extended team, including using the feedback client, reporting, IntelliTrace and System Center integration
13:00 Lunch & Q&A
14:00 Close

*Timing: Please arrive at 09:30 for registration. There is a prompt 10:00 start, so please arrive in time. Refreshments will be provided during the break and lunch will be served at 13:00.

Further information and registration details can be found here:
https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032522728&culture=en-gb

Alternatively, register by phone: 0870 166 6680

Event: 6th February 2013, 1830: SOLID Deconstruction – Kevlin Henney

The Edinburgh branch of the British Computer Society are running an event next month.

When:
Wednesday 6th February 2013 , 6:30 pm.

Who
Speaker: Kevlin Henney

Where
Venue: Room 4.31, University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB.

Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.

This event is free of charge and open to all. No registration required – just turn up.

Synopsis
The SOLID principles are often presented as being core to good object-oriented practice. Each of S, O, L, I and D do not, however, necessarily mean what programmers expect they mean or are taught they mean. By understanding this range of beliefs we can learn more about our OO practice than just S, O, L, I and D.

This talk starts by going over the SOLID principles, looking at code examples and also different interpretations of the principles themselves. Contradictions and questions are revealed. It is through paradoxes and surprises that we often gain insights and improve our skills. We will leave SOLID slightly more fluid, but having learnt from them more than we expected.

About the speaker
Kevlin is an independent consultant and trainer. His development interests are in patterns, programming, practice and process. He has been a columnist for various magazines and web sites, including Better Software, The Register, Application Development Advisor, Java Report and the C/C++ Users Journal. Kevlin is co-author of A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing and On Patterns and Pattern Languages, two volumes in the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series. He is also editor of the 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know site and book.

Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012 in Edinburgh November 8th

Microsoft is running an event in Edinburgh on the 8th of November: Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2012

Lunch is provided, as are refreshments!

Product(s):
Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and Other.

Audience(s):
Developer Generalist, Non-Tech Influencing BDM, Tech Influencing BDM and Tester.

Hearing directly from our experts is the best way to get a really good understanding of Visual Studio 2012. In this session we will look at the Application Lifecycle Management capabilities of Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012 and how that supports the entire software development lifecycle.

Agenda
09:30 Registration
10:00 Start
· Overview of the Microsoft development tools
· Requirements capture and Agile planning
· Development including version control, code quality and automated builds
· Test case and defect management including exploratory testing
· Automated and performance testing
· Working with the extended team, including using the feedback client, reporting, IntelliTrace and System Center integration
13:00 Lunch & Q&A
14:00 Close

*Timing: Please arrive at 09:30 for registration. There is a prompt 10:00 start, so please arrive in time. Refreshments will be provided during the break and lunch will be served at 13:00.

The Venue
Microsoft Edinburgh
Conan-Doyle
Waverley Gate
2-4 Waterloo Place Edinburgh EH1 3EG
United Kingdom

To register
Register by Phone: 0870 166 6680

Or register via this link: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032522727&Culture=en-GB&community=0

Edinburgh: 23-25 August – The Turing Festival

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is creating its usual buzz in and around Edinburgh.

Sitting in the heart of it all is the Turing Festival.  It’s a conference with a difference!

Turing is a non profit festival bringing together digital technology and the web in a celebration of digital culture and creativity. Named in honour of Alan Turing, the festival moves beyond traditional tech conferences to explore the ways in which technology is affecting all aspects of culture and society.  The festival is collaboration between the Interreg IVB NWE funded Open Innovation Project, The City of Edinburgh Council and Interactive Scotland.

This Festival is held in honour of Alan Turing and in this centenary year, the theme is Digital Everywhere. Turing’s pioneering work helped end WWII faster and ushered in the modern computing age.

Digital technology and the web affect all areas of life from science to art and culture. What better location to celebrate digital technology and the life of Alan Turing than at the world’s largest arts and cultural festival, The Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe.

The conference is designed with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in mind – the sessions are either free or sensibly priced.  They’re also timed such that you can attend a Turing Festival debate or presentation, then follow it up with a trip to a gig at the Edinburgh Festival.  All of the Turing Festival venues are in the centre of town – most are at the Appleton Tower, which is close to Bristo Square where there is a huge range of Edinburgh Festival Fringe events taking place!

Let’s look at the Turing Festival events that you can attend for free:

Thursday, August 23, 2012
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Appleton Tower – Start-up Pitch Clinic @Turing  All too often, tech entrepreneurs get out-dated advice on “how to pitch”, “what investors need” etc. Turing’s Start-up Pitch Clinic will provide hands on lessons from someone who actually knows what they are talking about.

2:00PM, Appleton Tower –  Big Data Scotland Event at the Turing Festival!  This event is aimed at all Big Data enthusiasts!  There will be speakers from AWS and Cloudreach, as well as a chance to chat to other enthusiasts about all things Big Data.

Friday, August 24, 2012
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Appleton Tower – Future Media: UCL and the BBC @ Turing  Bill Thompson (BBC), Timothy Barnes (UCL)   will introduce new resources that will be on offer to tech, media and digital companies to help them access public data such as BBC content and UCL research. With the help of small businesses that have piloted these services, the panel will explore and discuss what SMEs can do to validate new technical and business ideas. The speakers will announce new services and a panel will discuss key topics including open data, near and distant future technical developments and how businesses and public bodies can do more for each other. An essential Turing session for small businesses, geeks, media-types, designers, investors and commentators.

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Appleton Tower –  The Digital Publishing Landscape  The digital publishing revolution is well under way.  Like in film and music there are winners and losers.  What impact is it having on writers?  What strategies do existing and emerging publishers need to develop and thrive to survive in this new landscape. How do authors and companies monetise their copyright to make a reasonable living and sustain a business?

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Appleton Tower –  Debate: How can lean principles be applied to the role of Product Management in enterprise class software development?   Join David Farquhar and Mike Kennedy from Northface Ventures who will host this open debate at the Turing Festival.  How do you apply lean principles when you are a Product Manager responsible for mission-critical, enterprise class, big ticket software products for sales to large, conservative B2B customers, e.g. a bank, telco, big pharma or government?

Saturday, August 25, 2012
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Informatics Forum –  Discovery Mission @ Turing Festival   There’s a problem with learning from customers – they’re no good at telling you what they need. They give you whimsical features lists, tell you they’ll use it and then don’t, and basically send you on a wild goose chase – unless you know how to make those conversations useful.  Leancamp and Design Jam are teaming up give you a full-day, hands-on workshop in Customer Development where you’ll: learn how to talk to customers to get actionable information, learn how to ask questions to get answers based on fact, overcome your fear of reaching out and talking to customers. And you’ll get to work with designers and researchers from BBC R&D, with access to exclusive BBC goodies normally reserved for people in labcoats or business suits.

Whilst it’s not a free event, the Steve Wozniak Turing, Edinburgh Playhouse gig on Thursday 23 August at 4:00PM, is unique insomuch as it’s Steve Wozniak – he’s bound to entertain and enlighten!  Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Inc. is delivering his first keynote speech in Scotland at the Edinburgh Playhouse on Thursday 23 August as part of The Turing Festival and celebrate the life of the founding father of technology, Alan Turing. Wozniak will talk about his life at Apple, entrepreneurship, his autobiography iWoz and the future of computing and the web. Tickets are £21-£36, which probably related to the PLayhouse seating arrangements. There’s also a VIP Dinner in Honour of Steve Wozniak!

Ticket prices start at £10, many are just £15 – you can pick and choose the events you wish to attend. Big names are there: CERN, National Geographic, the BBC. There are talks/presentations on topics such as education and the web, future medicine, security & freedom, National Geographic: Citizen Science, Billion Dollar Babies, Interactive Scotland @ Turing Connected World Conference, Aligning Interests: Entrepreneurs & Investors, Gaming Futures, National Geographic: Technology in Exploration and CERN: Big Questions, Big Science, Big Technology. There’s a great mix of material, something for everybody. Remember, the Turing Festival, like us, is not for profit – the cost of the tickets is there to cover room hire, equipment hire, speaker expenses (where necessary) amongst many other behind the scenes costs!

A whole host of geeks will be in attendance; we know for a fact that the co-founders of Windows Phone Geek will be there – and they’re looking to talk to anybody who is developing apps for Windows Phone devices! Let us know via a tweet (@scottishdevs) or via e-mail (support@scottishdevelopers.com) if you’d like to hook up with them!

More information can be found here:

http://www.turingfestival.com/