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 (3)

From four to forty in four years - trials and tribulations of growing a team

Between 2016 and 2020, the PureGym IT Team grew from 4 to 40 people. During that time Rich worked closely with them to navigate the tricky process of scaling. This talk is a journey through that growth period and discusses the variety of processes and practices that were applied in order to stay "Agile". We'll touch on the various approaches taken including topics such as Scrum, Lean, Kanban, GIST planning, Lean Startup, DevOps, IaC, Azure, Story Mapping, BDD, TDD, Project vs Product and we'll be looking at the successes, failures and lessons learned. We'll also look at how concepts from Team Topologies were applied, what team structures and interaction models were chosen and how that shifted the team dynamic. We will discuss what, in Rich's opinion, has worked well and what hasn't worked well during that time. At very least you will walk away from this session with a long list of books to read and hopefully some insights into whether you might want to try some of the approaches discussed during the talk.

'Globally resilient websites with Front Door' with Callum Whyte.

Delivering maximum uptime and the fastest response to our end users all over the world is very important... So we deploy our application to multiple regions and route traffic to the nearest available servers. But managing and visualising each component of our infrastructure, how it everything hangs together, detecting and handling failure, as well as deployments, can all be a challenge. This session will dive in to the tools we can use, like Cloudflare and Azure Front Door, to add world-class resilience to a globally distributed Umbraco website - for maximum uptime and speed. We'll look how to tackle other interesting challenges, like cache busting and routing our users to the best / fastest server for them.

Matt Lacey: The Uno Platform and Modern XAML Development

A double bill of talks tonight from Matt Lacey: Uno Platform: XAML & C# apps on Desktop, Mobile, and WebAssembly. Let me introduce you to the Uno platform: a new cross-platform development solution for using C# and XAML to create apps that run on Windows, Android, iOS, and WebAssembly. As a UI framework based on UWP XAML, it offers data binding, styling, and templating, plus tooling support from Visual Studio. It's a write once, run everywhere solution with the ability to customize for specific platforms if you desire. Uno provides a path beyond the desktop for UWP apps, as well as a way to take Xamarin.Forms apps and run them on the Web with WebAssembly. Uno is open-source (Apache 2.0) with a passionate community supporting it. Plus, there's professional support if you need it. So you can be confident about using it in your projects. Modern XAML Development XAML has become overlooked as a solution for creating application user interfaces. But, while new technologies have emerged, XAML is still an excellent choice for creating a UI. It's great for creating the front-end for Windows, Mobile, and Web software in a declarative, easy to read, and a composable way. This talk is the result of more than ten years of experience with XAML, recent work to improve XAML tooling, and capabilities within both Microsoft and the Open-Source community. It will cover recent updates to the tooling and functionality from Microsoft, 3rd parties, and the OSS community. It also looks at techniques, patterns, and practices to enable you to create XAML you can easily visualize and maintain. Matt Lacey is an independent development consultant who focuses on helping developers to create better software. He’s an author, Microsoft MVP, and contributor to multiple open-source projects. Having worked in companies of all sizes, and in a variety of different industries, he has used more languages and technologies than he can count. Matt brings this breadth of experience to present a viewpoint that considers technology, business, and design.

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