• Building .net core apps using AWS and the Serverless Framework

    Jon has been building serverless applications for over 18 months, including simple APIs providing data for a front-end, to event-driven data pipelines providing new insights and applications. In this talk Jon will introduce the basics of serverless development and explain how to get up and running with the Serverless Framework on Amazon Web Services. He will reveal how his team succeeded in deploying a critical service into production in less than two weeks and share some of the hard-learned lessons gleaned on the way. Speaker Jon Vines is a software engineer and team lead at AO.com. He has been building, deploying and operating systems for over ten years. He is interested in serverless, event-driven architectures and the application of DevOps principles and practices. Venue 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. This is a free event - there is no charge for a ticket. We often get enough RSVP's for there to be a waiting list; the list has always cleared by the early part of the week of the talk, but this relies on you releasing your ticket if you can no longer attend. Please remember to do this if your plans change. Please ensure we have an email address that you do look at, so we can let you know of any last minute changes; and please use your full name on the site as it's the only way we, or the fire service, can account for you in the case of an evacuation/emergency/fire etc. We order a van-load of pizza for our half time break. If you have any special dietary requirements 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/) Note for recruitment professionals - we don't exclude recruiters from our meetings but we would ask you to contact Rick Garner for a brief chat before you start attending. Schedule Doors open from 18:15 Intro and welcome 18:40 Speaker 18:50 (with a break at some point ) Wrap-up & prize raffle 20.45 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!

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  • App internationalisation / Progressive Web Apps on Windows

    [NOTE New Venue] Internationalising your apps - Pete Vickers Intro to Progressive Web Apps - Rick Garner Speaker Pete and Rick are both MVP's and started what became DotNetNorth seven years ago. Location This meeting is at Dept Agency, 1 Portland Street, Manchester. This is the building on the corner of Piccadilly and Piccadilly Gardens. Sign in at reception. If you have any special dietary requirements 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/) Note for recruitment professionals - we don't exclude recruiters from our meetings but we would ask you to contact Rick Garner for a brief chat before you start attending. Schedule Doors open from 18:00 Intro and welcome 18:40 Speakers from 18:50 (with a pizza 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!

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  • Yuletide Festivities (main event 7pm)

    Tops Restaurant

    £16.49

    (Optional) 5:30PM: Pre-meal drinks at The Old Monkey, Portland St. At around quarter to seven, we will finish off and make our way down the road to the restaurant. Main event: 7:00PM: Meal at Tops Restaurant, Portland St. (All-you-can-eat World Buffet) Meal Cost - £16.49 - Payable on entrance to restaurant. If you are meeting us at the restaurant, please arrive at 6:50pm. (Optional) 9:00PM: Post-meal drinks

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  • Automating design patterns with PostSharp and aspect-oriented programming

    Design patterns are now universally accepted and have significantly improved the way we design software. However, they have had relatively little impact on how we write code. Except rare exceptions like the 'using' or 'lock' keywords, most patterns must still be implemented by hand, resulting in large quantities of boilerplate code that must be validated by peer review. However, development tools could do a better job by automatically implementing some parts of the pattern, and automatically validating hand-written code against pattern rules. This talk shows how to remove this redundant code with aspect-oriented programming (AOP) and PostSharp, the reference AOP framework for .NET. Speaker Gael Fraiteur has been passionately programming since childhood; building and selling his first commercial software at age 12. He is Founder and Principal Engineer at PostSharp Technologies based in Prague, Czech Republic. Gael is a widely recognized expert in aspect-oriented programming and pattern-aware compilers. He speaks at developer conferences in Europe and the United States. Location 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 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/) Note for recruitment professionals - we don't exclude recruiters from our meetings but we would ask you to contact Rick Garner for a brief chat before you start attending. Schedule Doors open from 18:15 Intro and welcome 18:40 Speaker 18:50 (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!

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  • Kubernetes for .NET developers - with Shahid Iqbal

    Barclays Eagle Labs Manchester

    Everyone's talking about Kubernetes - it seems that companies are tripping over themselves to support or adopt it. In this talk we'll introduce Kubernetes, discuss the key concepts of the platform, it's high-level architecture and how to get a Kubernetes cluster up and running in minutes. Then we'll talk about and demo how to deploy .NET applications to it, before finishing with a discussion of the future in which you can deploy both legacy and modern .NET applications to the same integrated platform. Also, if you're interested in Kubernetes and you're not a .NET developer this session still has something for you. --- The Speaker: Shahid is an independent consultant working with companies to help migrate their existing applications to the cloud and to build natively for the cloud using technologies such as Kubernetes. A .NET developer/architect with nearly a decade of experience he is usually happiest working with the latest technologies and playing around with gadgets or talking about cars. In his spare time he pretends to be a photographer usually picking stunning locations and pressing the shutter button at the right time. --- The Location: Barclays Eagle Labs, Albert Square, Manchester, M2 6LW See here: https://labs.uk.barclays/locations/manchester --- The Schedule: Intro and welcome 18:40 Speaker 18:50 (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! --- Also: If you have any special dietary requirements 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/) Note for recruitment professionals - we don't exclude recruiters from our meetings but we would ask you to contact Rick Garner for a brief chat before you start attending.

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  • .Net conference local event

    AutoTrader

    In this session we will replay the conference session 'What's coming to C#' presented by Mads Torgersen C# lead designer. The session is about an hour, so we'll break for pizza half way through and probably finish a little earlier than usual. Location 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 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/) Note for recruitment professionals - we don't exclude recruiters from our meetings but we would ask you to contact Rick Garner for a brief chat before you start attending. Schedule Doors open from 18:00 Intro and welcome 18:45 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!

  • DDD - Desperately Destroying Death stars

    AutoTrader

    What are Deathstars? What to do about them? This month John Nicholas will take a look at the evolution of architectural patterns, past, present and future - from DDD through CQRS to the recent emergence of actor systems. And as a bonus he'll blow up some assumptions along the way. Speaker John is has 20 years experience in software, working with companies big, small and start-ups and even running some of them. He loves turning half baked ideas into machines that make money for other people and demonstrating the value in keeping everything simple and fast. Location 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 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/) Note for recruitment professionals - we don't exclude recruiters from our meetings but we would ask you to contact Rick Garner for a brief chat before you start attending. Schedule Doors open from 18:00 Intro and welcome 18:40 Speaker 18:50 (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!

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  • Two topics - Intro to Xamarin and Intro to Orleans

    Xamarin offers a powerful, cross-platform development solution for .NET developers looking to target smartphones, tablets, TV's, computers and IoT devices – and without having to learn another language or IDE. Luce will explain how to get started by creating a simple HelloWorld app from scratch and then show more complex example leveraging Cognitive Services for facial recognition. She will also demonstrate Visual Studio Team Services for Continuous Integration and some awesome examples of apps written using Xamarin including ones used to save lives! Luce Carter is a Microsoft MVP and runs the Manchester Xamarin user group. Microsoft Orleans is an implementation of a virtual actor framework – a way of building highly parallelised applications that can easily scale horizontally to meet dynamic demand, while keeping complexities like physical location mostly abstracted away from the developer. In this talk, Dan will explain what is meant by a virtual actor framework, how to set one up and the basics of coding, activation and persistence. Manchester born software engineer Daniel uses Microsoft Orleans at customer data science company Dunnhumby. Dan won best team name at Hack Manchester 2017 (he was also a runner up for his hack but is far prouder of the name). Location 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 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/) Note for recruitment professionals - we don't exclude recruiters from our meetings but we would ask you to contact Rick Garner for a brief chat before you start attending. Schedule Doors open from 18:00 Intro and welcome 18:40 Speaker 18:50 (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!

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  • 2 topics: Free SSL with Let's Encrypt & Logging and Metrics in dotnet core

    Free SSL with Let's Encrypt, on Windows Server / IIS. Modern browsers are now warning people about insecure websites, and Google may soon treat insecure listings in a negative way in Search Engine Results. This isn't just a Google thing, by-default Apple now blocks Apps from communicating by non-encrypted means. Up until recently the process of securing websites has been a costly, manual, and often painful process, but in this session Mike Irving will demonstrate Let's Encrypt - a free, automated and open Certificate Authority; he will talk us through the SSL Certificate Process, explain how Let's Encrypt works, discuss the options for Windows users, and then perform a live demo, securing an IIS website on an Azure Virtual Machine in a matter of seconds! Mike Irving is a freelance software developer from Macclesfield, with expertise in a wide variety of technologies, including C# and Mobile Apps. Logging and Metrics in dotnet core Logging and Metrics are often seen as the unsexy end of software development, until your app crashes and burns and the boss's boss's boss appears in the office. In this session Martin will cover the difference between Metrics and Logs, and look at where one is useful over the other. We’ll look at some of the things Microsoft has done in dotnet core to make logging easier, and some of the third-party libraries and tools that aim to make it easier to navigate. With full framework .NET, you got performance counters, and lots of built in things that allowed you to get some rich data with very little effort, but with dotnet core, we have to be a lot more deliberate and specific about what we want to monitor. So we’ll cover tools like Serilog and Log4Net, along with AppMetrics.io for capturing application information. We’ll then take a quick look at grafana, and see how we can make some sense of that information. Martin is the Lead Engineer and MAG-O, the Online arm of Manchester Airport Group. He runs the engineering function, delivering applications that serve over 25 million users a year. Avid follower of open source, and clean coding principles, with a passion for dashboarding and data visualisation. Pushing DevOps (as a culture, not a role) wherever he goes. Location 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 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/) Note for recruitment professionals - we don't exclude recruiters from our meetings but we would ask you to contact Rick Garner for a brief chat before you start attending. Schedule Doors open from 18:00 Intro and welcome 18:40 Speaker 18:50 (with a break for pizza 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!

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  • First look at Blazor

    AutoTrader

    Blazor is an experimental web framework from the ASP.Net team that uses WebAssembly to allow you to write C# code that runs in the browser. In this talk, Rick will take a first look at the technology, it's background and show how to build a simple app. Speaker Rick Garner is CTO of Final Stage, a start-up business based in Manchester and one of the co-founders of DotNetNorth. Location 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 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/) Note for recruitment professionals - we don't exclude recruiters from our meetings but we would ask you to contact Rick Garner for a brief chat before you start attending. Schedule Doors open from 18:00 Intro and welcome 18:40 Speaker 18:50 (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!

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