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First for 2014

  • Feb 5, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Hi All,

It's been a while since our last meetup, so lets start 2014 in style with a couple of awesome speakers, pizza and beer.

We have the awesome Peter Goodman and Grant Archibald speaking.

Talk details:


If you haven't heard of Hubot, it's a chat room bot built by those crazy kids at GitHub. He can be taught to automate tasks like running builds, deploying sites and fetching amusing pictures of cats.

Hubot is written in Coffee-script on Node.js, which is a fantastic environment but we wanted to see what it would be like to port him to the .Net stack, hence mmbot was born. Naturally we started with cat pictures and worked our way back from there. 

In this talk we'll take a quick tour of:

 - what mmbot can do

 - how he is put together

 - how scriptcs is used to make the script authoring experience awesome

 - some of the other cool bits that make him tick.

By day Pete Goodman writes Windows 8 and Windows Phone Apps at Marker Metro, by night he commits atrocities like this in the name of open-source. He likes long walks on the beach, beer and learning about graph databases in the context of walking to beer.

So what is OWIN?

Take a look at what OWIN (Open Web Interface For .Net) is and how frameworks like ASP.Net, Nancy, WebApi and SignalR leverage it to make a more modular web environment.

Grant is a ASP.Net/IIS MVP and ASPInsider and has been working as a developer/architect for the last 18 years covering a range of technologies for web, mobile, desktop and backend systems.



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Good value meetup, cutting edge and informative. Grant is a good clear presenter. Pete's mmbot talk was funny and very interesting.

    1 · February 6, 2014

  • Hossein H.

    Very appreciate to Grant and Pete. Thanks to Microsoft and other sponsor copmapenies and organizers

    February 6, 2014

  • Peter G.

    Thanks everyone for coming along.
    Slides and code at

    The gif tthat should have been -

    February 6, 2014

  • Michael J.

    Oresome, thanks for organising!

    February 5, 2014

  • Gary P.

    Just in case anyone else's OCD is biting: looks like the Windows.Forms module was loaded in through the VS hosting process. Run the sample exe outside VS to see what the app really loads when self hosted using OWIN like that.

    1 · February 5, 2014

  • Zaheer

    it was great.....

    February 5, 2014

  • Ruchira G.

    That was a strong kick start for the 2014 with the introduction to awesome new technologies

    February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Woa the MS office will be packed, awesome to see so many people registered!

    January 31, 2014

    • Tom I.

      Maybe you should move it to a hotel...

      January 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey, if the user group gets the funds from MS Communities to run it at a hotel I'm all up for it

      1 · February 5, 2014

  • Zaheer

    this is going to be my first meetup in Auckland.....

    February 3, 2014

  • James R.

    Hey Everyone, I hope you are looking forward to next weeks meetup. If you can't make it anymore can you please un-RSVP so we have a good idea on numbers for catering.

    January 29, 2014

  • David

    Having passed 3 CRM MB2 exams with one to go, it is amazing after all that study how you view Dynamics CRM differently in a good light :)

    December 24, 2013

  • Ruchira G.

    Can't wait to go there! Will be my first meetup in New Zealand :)

    1 · December 24, 2013

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