This month we have a double-bill for you.
Windows Developer Day (17:30 - 19:00)
Microsoft are launching the Windows Fall Creators Update on this evening and we will be live streaming the keynote and first sessions live from 17:25.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of APIness : The Secret to Happy Code (19:00 - 21:00)
We spend our lives working with systems created by other people. From the UI on our phones to the cloud infrastructure that runs so much of the modern internet, these interactions are fundamental to our experience of technology - as engineers, as developers, as users - and user experiences are viral. Great user experiences lead to happy, productive people; bad experiences lead to frustration, inefficiency and misery.
Whether we realise it or not, when we create software, we are creating user experiences. People are going to interact with our code. Maybe those people are end users; maybe they're the other developers on your team. Maybe they're the mobile app team who are working with your API, or the engineers who are on call the night something goes wrong. These may be radically different use cases, but there's one powerful principle that works across all these scenarios and more - and it's called discoverability. In this talk, we'll draw on ideas and insight from user experience, API design, psychology and education to show how you can incorporate discoverability into every layer of your application. We'll look at some real-world systems, and we'll discuss how how discoverability works with different interaction paradigms. Because, whether you're building databases, class libraries, hypermedia APIs or mobile apps, sooner or later somebody else is going to work with your code - and when they do, wouldn't it be great if they went away afterwards with a smile on their face?
Dylan Beattie is a software architect, conference speaker and musician (https://soundcloud.com/dylanbeattie-1) based in London. He designs APIs and distributed systems based on Microsoft.NET. A regular speaker at conferences (http://www.dylanbeattie.net/p/speaking.html)he helps run the London .NET User Group. (https://twitter.com/londondotnet/)
This meeting is at AutoTrader; they are in the office block in the square opposite HOME theatre on the corner of Whitworth Street West and Medlock Street. It's roughly halfway between Oxford Road and Deansgate railway stations and is a short walk from Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop. The building has a Pizza Express restaurant outside.
There will be someone in the foyer who will sign you in and then tell you how to find the venue.
If you have any special dietary requirements (other than vegetarian) please let us know via the group message forum. (https://secure.meetup.com/messages/)
If you would need assistance to leave the building in the event of an evacuation then please let us know via the group message forum. (https://secure.meetup.com/messages/)
This month we are starting the live stream at 17:30, with doors open just before. Feel free to arrive as soon as you wish and at any time you want.
Food and drink served from 18:00
Speaker 19:00 (with a break at some point )
Close 21:00 (Don't feel bad if you have to leave early for a train/bus/lift home - no one will be offended)
We then adjourn to a local bar for a drink and a natter - everyone is welcome to join us!