• C# 8 with Jon Skeet

    VW Financial Services

    Hey peeps, As we welcome Spring we will also welcome Jon Skeet to talk to us about what's new with C# 8 among other things. There will be food and drink! 1830 doors open, food. 1900 talk We usually go to a local pub afterwards for low key drinks (usually a cola) and a chat. All welcome :) Layla

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  • ML.NET in action

    Kinetic Solutions

    Hello everyone!! This month we Luis Quintanilla joining us via video to talk about ML.NET ML.NET is an open source, cross-platform, machine learning framework for .NET developers that was released at Build 2018. Throughout this past year, the technology has been strongly evolving with monthly point releases that further solidify the API and cover more machine learning tasks. In addition to helping developers build custom models, it integrates with other frameworks such as TensorFlow and ONNX further expanding its interoperability and use cases. In this talk, you'll learn about the framework, its main components for building custom machine learning models and how to deploy such models into production. Bio: Luis Quintanilla (https://twitter.com/ljquintanilla) is a Content Developer at Microsoft working primarily on ML.NET helping create resources that make it easier for .NET developers to get started in their AI and machine learning journey. In a prior life as an AI consultant, he helped companies envision how they could transform their businesses with AI and ML solutions. When not at work, he's usually tinkering with different tools/technologies, applying them in different scenarios and blogging about it (http://luisquintanilla.me/) . Open for lightning talks too so email [masked] with your ideas! There will be food and drink and prizes!

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  • F is for ... F#!

    Centrecom

    Hello everyone!! F# SAFE stack dojo! Learn how to build an application using f# and the SAFE stack. If you are a guardian and don't plan to participate just accompany your charge, please just take one space but send me a message :) Limited spaces so I will be asking for a £10 nominal fee to discourage no shows and this will include lunch. To attend the event please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/f-is-for-f-tickets-53293424066

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  • Keeping it DRYer with Templates

    Kinetic Solutions

    Hello everyone!! This month I will be giving a talk... Is that allowed? ----------------------- Keeping it DRYer with Templates: One common practice to write maintainable code is to minimise repetition, often referred to as DRY or Don't Repeat Yourself. However, have you ever considered how much you repeat yourself when you create a new .NET application? You've found your ideal architecture and folder structure and now every time you create a new project you have to create the file structure then add all the different project types you need. Don't forget all those NuGet dependencies too and the boilerplate code from other projects you continually copy in. ------------------------ Open for lightning talks too so email [masked] with your ideas! There will be food and drink and prizes!

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  • .NET Core 3 with Scott Hanselman and Damian Edwards

    Hello Friends, I didn't think one meetup in January was enough, so decided we should have a second one. Scott Hanselman and Damian Edwards will be joining us for the evening to discuss .NET Core 3 among other things. NOTE: updated event location The evening will be held at the MK Community Foundation, Acorn House, 381 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes · MK9 3HP A huge thank you to our sponsors Kinetic Solutions and Twilio for making this happen. Layla

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  • Debugging the New Year

    Kinetic Solutions

    Hello Friends, Bringing us into the new year will be our very own Philip Sutton giving us a new year resolution to better debug our code! --- Main Talk Though we might all write bug free code, we have all had to debug at times. philip will show some of the features available in Visual Studio to help you debug, and find bugs quicker and so return to writing new features. About Philip: Computing wise I did my industrial year at the Forensic Science Service. I Started full time work 1991 using COBOL and Fortran. Since then I have used Visual Basic 6, VB.net and C# as well as Sql C# since 2005. Away from the computing world I have followed the GB Ice Hockey team for 26 years missing just two competive games. --- Talk will be followed by Lightning Talks and Announcements. Food is kindly sponsored by Twilio and the venue by Kinetic Solutions. Prizes kindly donated by PostSharp and JetBrains. Marcos, Ali, Shahid and myself look forward to seeing you then and in the meantime - Happy Coding!

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  • MK Tech Community Festive Dinner

    The Old Beams

    Twilio and MK.NET would love to invite you for a Festive dinner! RSVP to the invite if you'd like to come! I will be sending round a google form to get your dinner preferences! If anyone would like to join us for a drink at the Old Beams after dinner - you are more than welcome :-)

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  • November with Gael Fraiteur of PostSharp

    Kinetic Solutions

    Hello Friends, Gael Fraiteur, creator of PostSharp will be dropping by and discussing how to Automate 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. Talk will be followed by Lightning Talks and Announcements. Food is kindly sponsored by Twilio and the venue by Kinetic Solutions. Prizes kindly donated by PostSharp and JetBrains. Marcos, Ali, Shahid and myself look forward to seeing you then and in the meantime - Happy Coding! Layla & Shahid

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  • Flying high in October

    Kinetic Solutions

    Hello Friends, We're flying high with another MK.NET meetup. Christmas decorations are probably already up in places and you've already seen the first Christmas TV ad so let's try and put the impending stress of Christmas to the back of your minds and enjoy another meetup. Main Talk: Clifford Agius "Pilot Decision making". This talk explores Clifford's experience as a Boeing 787 Dreamliner Pilot and the critical decision management skills required therein. As an Airline pilot, you may be required to make a decision often quickly to react to a situation as it presents itself and you will discover a way to achieve this called TDODAR. This model ensures that you achieve a safe outcome for all on board and Clifford often finds himself using the same model when facing a problem whilst wearing his Dev hat and it's yet to fail him. This session requires some audience participation :) About the Clifford: Freelance Developer that just so happens to fly a Boeing 787 around the world. Cliff is a senior first officer with a Major UK Airline on one of its newest jets the 787 Dreamliner. He has a passion for flying from an early age, although his earlier career was spent as an apprentice at the Ford Motor Company and then a Project Engineer covering Electrical/Software/Robot engineering in major automotive brands. However his drive, focus and determination was always to become a pilot. When not flying the 787 he spends his time is spent huddled over his laptop thrashing the keyboard and working on some project from embedded systems to .Net. Personal challenges are always part of Cliff’s spare time and as well as continuing to design computer software he is busy with family life of 3 boys and 2 dogs and is also a keen cyclist, with the Alps Passporte’s challenge as next year’s goal. Twitter: https://twitter.com/CliffordAgius" We have time for another talk of approximately 20 minutes. So feel free to submit one! Talk will be followed by Lightning Talks and Announcements. Food is kindly sponsored by Twilio and the venue by Kinetic Solutions. Prizes kindly donated by PostSharp and JetBrains. Marcos, Ali, Shahid and myself look forward to seeing you then and in the meantime - Happy Coding! Layla & Shahid image credit: https://xkcd.com/1660/

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  • Architecting into Autumn

    Kinetic Solutions

    Hello everyone!! This month we have Ian Cooper coming to spend the evening with us. Implementing the Clean Architecture in .NET ================================== What is the clean architecture and how you would build one in .NET? Recently Bob Martin has categorized a set of architectures, including hexagonal architecture, onion architecture and screaming architecture as 'the clean architecture' - a layered architecture of concentric circles with a strong emphasis on separation of concerns. This architecture has become popular because of its amenability to modification as an evolutionary architecture and its support for practices such as TDD. In this presentation we will discuss the clean architecture and its benefits. More than that, in the bulk of the presentation, we will show you how to implement a clean architecture in .NET. From first steps to working code, we will show you the moves required to embrace this approach, and introduce you to some of the OSS libraries that can help you get there. About Ian: Polyglot Coding Architect in London, founder of #ldnug, speaker, tabletop gamer, geek. Tattooed, pierced, and bearded. The 'guv' on @BrighterCommand Open for lightning talks too so email [masked] with your ideas! There will be food and drink and prizes!

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