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Join a community of developers and startups at the Microsoft Reactor London and connect with people, skills, and technology to enhance your career or personal learning. Take advantage of free, in-person presentations, workshops, and local meetup events to engage with industry experts and a local tech community who shares your interests.

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Upcoming events (4+)

Powershell Meetup at Reactor London

The Microsoft Reactor London

This is an in-person event taking place at Reactor London. The event will be hosted by Powershell User group London.

Agenda
[17:00] Arrival & Welcome
[17:45] Presentation by Ryan & Gael
1: State of #PowerShell and the community
2: Demos
3: Ask your questions
[18:30] Break
[19:00] Choose your content (you'll vote or suggest something else):
Template for a PowerShell Module Pipeline
Azure Policy Guest Configuration: The New DSC
Writing Class-based DSC Resource & testing with Test-Kitchen
Yaml and PowerShell Classes: Tips and tricks
[19:45] Networking
[21:00] End (ish)

Quick Wins I Create a CI-CD workflow using GH Actions in 30 minutes

QuickWins is a series of short 30-minute (or less) presentations for developers. The aim is to help you quickly realise value on Azure by showcasing features and easy to follow steps.

What is this session about?
QuickWins is a series that helps Azure users realise value in 30 minutes or less. This session will give you an overview on GitHub Actions and the basic syntax of GitHub Actions workflow. We will demonstrate a CI-CD workflow using GitHub Actions to deploy to Azure.

Who is it aimed at?
DevOps engineers (Developers, Testers, Operations teams)

Why should people attend?
This session will help you get familiar with the power of GitHub Actions and how to use them to build robust automation in order to go from code to cloud.

Any prerequisites?
High level understanding of DevOps concepts

Learning Paths:
GitHub Actions: Hello World
Build end-to-end CI/CD capabilities directly in GitHub

Speakers
Puneet Minhas: https://www.linkedin.com/in/puneetminhas/
Puneet Minhas is a Customer Engineer within Microsoft's Customer Success Unit who focus on helping customers build and develop cloud capabilities. As part of their work, a core mission they have undertaken is to help raise awareness and understanding of how Azure can be leveraged further and more efficiently to enable digitalization and application innovation within organisations. Their goal is to empower all developer communities to achieve more.

Building modern applications with GraphQL and ASP.NET

The Microsoft Reactor London

Please note this is an In Person session at Reactor London

6:00PM - Doors Open
6:00PM - 8:30PM - Workshop
8:30PM - 9:00PM - Networking

What is the session about?
GraphQL is a great way to expose your APIs, and it has changed the way we think about consuming data over HTTP. Not only does GraphQL give us the power to ask for exactly what we want, but it also exposes data in a way that is more aligned with the way we humans think about data. Over the last ten years, GraphQL has progressed from an internal project at Facebook to become the mainstream way for modern applications to interact with the backend. The ecosystem has grown phenomenally, and major players like Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, and Microsoft are committed to GraphQL.

Who is it aimed at?
Developers

Why should you attend?
Learn what is GraphQL and what are the benefits of using GraphQL instead of REST or other technologies? Together in this person session we will explore GraphQL and how it can solve the issues we face with traditional data fetching technologies. After we better understand GraphQL, we will look at how we can build a GraphQL API with Hot Chocolate and ASP.NET Core.

As we look at everyday use cases, we will learn GraphQL’s best practices and patterns. If you like, bring your computer and code along as we not only look at the concepts but go headfirst and apply them in some coding exercises.

Speaker bio:

Michael is a member of the GraphQL technical steering committee, a Microsoft MVP, and the author of the Hot Chocolate project (https://github.com/ChilliCream/hotchocolate), a platform for building GraphQL servers and clients in .NET. For the last couple of years, this open-source project is his main focus. Apart from his work in the open-source community, Michael works as a consultant to help companies to move to GraphQL. You can read about the Hot Chocolate project on his blog https://chillicream.com/blog/.

Connect with Michael
Twitter: https://twitter.com/michael_staib
GitHub: https://github.com/michaelstaib
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-staib-31519571/
MVP: https://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/PublicProfile/5003672

Apart from his work in the open-source community, Michael works as a consultant to help companies to move to GraphQL. You can read about the Hot Chocolate project on his blog https://chillicream.com/blog/.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/michael_staib
GitHub: https://github.com/michaelstaib
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-staib-31519571/
MVP: https://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/PublicProfile/5003672

Build Skills: DevOps tools of the trade

Online event

From cloning a GitHub repo to setting up an Azure Pipeline, DevOps tools are a critical aspect to developing scalable, professional software. By using the proper services, you can plan smarter, collaborate better, and ship faster. In this workshop, get an introduction to an array of key DevOps tools and documentation resources that will prepare you for your next large project.

Who is this workshop aimed at?

  • Upskilling professionals and students interested in building core, high-demand technical skills.
  • Teachers, CS faculty, STEM volunteers, and Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors whom would like to share or teach this workshop on-campus and online.

More learning / prerequisites:
https://www.azuredevopslabs.com/labs/vstsextend/github-azurepipelines/

About the series
Introducing Build Skills, the new Microsoft Reactor series to help you learn valuable tech skills and discover new career paths. This series of livestream workshops (and available on-demand after) covers foundational skills in coding, data science, web development, devops, and so much more. Taught by Microsoft engineers, students, and community leaders, this is the place to learn by doing, follow at your own pace in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, and get your questions answered. Join us today and get the skills you need today for the job roles of tomorrow!

About the speaker
Ron Sumida
Ron Sumida received his PhD in Computer Science from UCLA, where he conducted research on applying neural networks to problems in Artificial Intelligence. Ron was a Teaching Associate at the UCLA Computer Science Department, where he presented weekly lectures on LISP, MS-DOS, Artificial Intelligence, and Natural Language Processing, and provided students with assistance on programming projects. His dissertation involved building a neural network-based system for understanding natural language texts. Today Ron works for Atmosera and delivers cutting-edge technical training at companies, universities, and research institutions worldwide.

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