What we're about

We bring our members great talks from the best speakers in the UK and where possible from around the world. Predominately we look at the Microsoft development stack, but we do have platform neutral and methodology based talks too.

We guarantee one meeting a month, normally on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Everyone is welcome! Be you a student or grizzled professional, come along for a night of great content, people and pizza :)

We offer your first 2 events for free, then after that we'd like you to take out a membership to continue attending. Speak to either John or Rich to find out more about how the membership works :)

If you're wondering why you can't see the full 5 years of back sessions we've had, it's because we've recently migrated from our old home at NxtGenUG Southampton (http://www.nxtgenug.net/Southampton). By all means go and see what we've covered in the previous 5 years :D

Upcoming events (2)

Steve Collins with 'The [Source Code] Generation Game'

Online event

There has been a lot of buzz around source generators in .NET 5 and it's there's more to come in .NET 6.

But ... how did we get here and what may the future hold?

This talk starts with a brief history of my journey into source code generation, starting with the ZX Spectrum, through the Visual Basic years and then the code generation tools used with .NET framework and Visual Studio.

The remainder of the talk will focus on the source generators introduced with .NET 5, covering
* How they differ from traditional template based code generation
* Tooling to help debugging
* Gotchas with the tooling!
* Unit testing

Lastly, we will look at where source generators may go in the future
* More out of the box use, such as System.Text.Json in .NET 6
* Potential for Intellicode and Github Copilot integration

Steve Collins is an independent software developer/architect with over 25 years’ experience in the industry working with Microsoft technologies.

Steve blogs at https://SteveTalksCode.co.uk and tweets @SteveTalksCode

Steve has given talks about configuration at events and user groups around the UK and has also discussed configuration as a guest on the Dot Net Core Show podcast https://dotnetcore.show/episode-49-configuration-in-net-core-with-steve-collins/ and the Documentation Not Included podcast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXoprCDHBZM.

Tales from the Trenches: Taming 20 years of legacy code with Joel Hammond-Turner

We’ve all been there - having to support, fix and improve a legacy code base with all its history and foibles.

In this talk I’ll dive deep into some of the horrors of a 20 year old legacy codebase. I’ll try and understand how those horrors came to be and give approaches to mitigating them and ultimately modernising the code - giving another 20 years of life to a product.

Joel Hammond-Turner
Tech Lead, Landmark Information Group
I've a very broad experience of software development over 15 years and a passion for both technology and elegance in my solutions that make me an extremely capable software architect.

Personable and professional, I revel in complex challenges, but always make time to coach and mentor team members.

Twitter: @Rammesses
Web: hammond-turner.org.uk (blog)

Photos (100)

Find us also at