New Website

October 1, 2008 by

Dear All,

 

I am trying to put together a new website for HDNUG.

It can be found here www.hdnug.com.au

Please check it out and leave some feedback.

 

Regards,

Christopher.

September Wrap-up

October 1, 2008 by

Numbers were down a bit again from previous events with 14 attendees.

Bit of a shame because Ben did a fantastic presentation. Ben has given me his slides and source code, which can be found on the new website www.hdnug.com.au .

 

Big thanks to The Federal Group and Microsoft for supplying the venue and the food. Also thanks to ACS for the emails and SMS to all their members.

 

Cheers,

Christopher.

September Event – Tuesday 30th

September 23, 2008 by

Dear All,

Just a quick reminder about next week’s event and to let you know that we will be in the Portlight Bar which is up the stairs right of reception and along the hallway in the opposite direction to our usual meeting room “Riviera Room”. Reception will help you out if you are not sure.

Ben was very excited with the “Reactive Programming” demo he saw a TechEd, so he has decided to present this instead of the SharePoint demo as previously stated. (I have had a sneak peek at this demo and it looks very cool)

It has been great to see numbers at these events growing and this should be a very interesting and relevant topic, so I hope to see you all there.

As always RSVP’s are not required but an email is appreciated if you plan to attend so that I have an idea of numbers.
Also please feel free to circulate this email to people who might be interested in attending. If you would like to be added or remove from this email list pop me an email.

Date: Tuesday 30th September
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wrest Point – Portlight Bar
Time: 6pm Food and networking; 6:30 Talks begin
Presenter: Ben Pearce (SharePoint Administrator – TSG)
Topic: Reactive Programming – A.K.A “Databinding on Steroids”

Reactive Programming – A.K.A “Databinding on Steroids”
Reactive programming is a programming paradigm oriented around data flows and the propagation of change. This means that it should be possible to express static or dynamic data flows with ease in the programming languages used, and that the underlying execution model will automatically propagate changes through the data flow.

For example, in an imperative programming setting, a = b + c would mean that a is being assigned the result of b + c in the instant the expression is evaluated. In reactive programming it could instead mean that we set up a dynamic data-flow from b and c to a. whenever the value of c or b is changed, then a is automatically updated.

The goal of this presentation is to show how reactive programming can be implemented within .Net environment,  The presentation will be mainly focused on demonstrations showing how a relatively common search/retrieve/edit Win-Forms application can be created with surprisingly little code in the presentation layer, making use of Bindable View Models to promote code reuse and separation from the User Interface.

August HDNUG Wrap-up

September 2, 2008 by

August HDNUG event saw a few more numbers than last month’s event with around 20 attendees.  Steven Lawrence from StudioQ did a fantastic job, even after the wine. Thanks again Tim and TSG for providing the extra goodies for Rowans last appearance. Also A big thanks to Microsoft and The Federal Group for their ongoing support of these events.

 

Next month Ben Pearce will be presenting on SharePoint, more details will come in the next week after myself and Ben return from TechEd. So no doubt we will fill you in on all the cool stuff that is going on.

August Event & Farwell to Rowan

August 19, 2008 by

Dear All,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rowan for all the work he done with the HDNUG and I am sure the thanks extend from us all. He has kept us well informed and managed to find some excellent speakers and has produced some very interesting talks/demo’s himself.

On behalf of the HDNUG, we whish you all the best Rowan, I am sure that Seattle and Microsoft will be fantastic and maybe one day you will come back and do another presentation for us.

Rowan has asked me to take over the organisation for the HDNUG events which I have accepted, so I probably should also introduce myself.

My name is Christopher Baker and I have some very big boots to try to fill, so please be patient with me 🙂 .   I am currently (very recently) employed as a Software Engineer with TSG (Technology Service Group – Federal Group)  before that I worked in the same role at DPEM (Department of Police and Emergency Management). I am a big .Net fan and use it every day as a good .Net user should. I have been regularly attending the HDNUG events for the last few years and also actively attend the ACS (Australian Computer Society) events that John Haight does a fantastic job with.

Anyway, you will see me Tuesday 26th August, please come and say hello and goodbye.

Date: Tuesday 26th August
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wrest Point – Riviera Room (Mezzanine floor directly above reception)
Time: 6pm Food and networking; 6:30 Talks begin
Presenter: Steven Lawrence (StudioQ)
Topic: Patterns & practices Enterprise Library

The patterns & practices Enterprise Library is a collection of reusable software components (application blocks) designed to assist software developers with common enterprise development challenges (such as logging, validation, data access, exception handling, and many others). Application blocks are a type of guidance; they are provided as source code plus documentation that can be used “as is,” extended, or modified by developers to use on complex, enterprise-level line-of-business development projects.

This presentation will look into the core Enterprise Library functionality and will build up an application that contains database access, exception handling, logging and validation. All this will be done with surprisingly little code. This will mainly be a demonstration type presentation (lots of code).

Steven Lawrence is a Senior Consultant at StudioQ, a Hobart based Microsoft Certified Partner. StudioQ specialises in custom Microsoft development and is certified in the Information Worker, Custom Development and Data Management competencies. Steven was born in the UK and moved to South Africa where he ran his own eCommerce company for many years and consulted for companies such as Barloworld and Avis Southern Africa. He moved to Tasmania in November 2006 and joined StudioQ. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and a Microsoft Certified Application Developer and has been in the writing solutions using Microsoft C++ and C# for over 18 years.

July HDNUG Wrap-up

July 29, 2008 by

This evenings HDNUG event saw lower number than the last few with 13 attendees, I suspect the main reason for lower numbers was less publicity/advertising of the event due to a lack of hours in the day on my behalf. The venue and food lived up to their usual high standard and a big thankyou must go to Microsoft and The Federal Group for their ongoing support of these events.

 

I’ve posted up the slide deck and source code on my blog for you to download; http://romiller.com/Default.aspx?tabid=54&EntryID=19

July Event

July 27, 2008 by

The end of the month is upon us again and that means it’s time for our monthly event, details of next weeks meeting are below. 

As I will be leaving Tassie shortly it has come time to hand over the User Group, I am pleased to announce that Chris Baker will be taking over the reins. I will be working with Chris to organise the July and August meetings before I head off. It has been wonderful to meet you all during my time with the User Group and if you would like to stay in contact with me I can be reached at mail@romiller.com.

Date: Tuesday 29th July
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wrest Point – Riviera Room (Mezzanine floor directly above reception)
Time: 6pm Food and networking; 6:30 Talks begin
Presenter: Rowan Miller (Technology Services Group)
Topic: Introduction to the ADO.Net Entity Framework

Based around an example application we will take a practical look at the upcoming ADO.Net Entity Framework (coming shortly with SP1 for .Net 3.5) and how it will reduce development time for data driven applications.

A primary goal of the ADO.NET Entity Framework is to raise the level of abstraction available for data programming, thus simplifying the development of data aware applications and enabling developers to write less code. The Entity Framework is the evolution of ADO.NET that allows developers to program in terms of the standard ADO.NET abstraction or in terms of persistent objects (ORM) and is built upon the standard ADO.NET Provider model which allows access to third party databases. The Entity Framework introduces a new set of services around the Entity Data Model (EDM) (a medium for defining domain models for an application). [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-au/data/aa937723.aspx]

June Event Recap

June 25, 2008 by

Peter Myers from SolidQ joined us this month to present on the data mining capabilities of SQL Server. After a short slide deck Peter launched into a series of demos starting with how to build and deploy data mining structures. Peter then showed how these structures can be embedded into applications as reports, visualisations and also how we can query these structures from code to enhance the functionality of our applications.

 

The session was well attended and it has been great to see in excess of 20 attendees at the last 3 user groups, the higher numbers makes it much easier to continue to attract high quality presenters.

 

Peter has very kindly made his slide deck available in PDF for you to download here: 20080624_dmdev

June Event Reminder

June 22, 2008 by

Dear All,

Just a quick reminder about tomorrow evenings event and to let you know that we will be in the Riviera Room on the Mezzanine floor directly above hotel reception.

It has been great to see numbers at these events growing and this should be a very interesting and relevant topic so I hope to see you all there.

As always RSVP’s are not required but an email is appreciated if you plan to attend so that I have an idea of numbers.

Date: Tuesday 24th June
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wrest Point – Riviera Room (Mezzanine floor directly above reception)
Time: 6pm Food and networking; 6:30 Talks begin
Presenter: Peter Myers from SolidQ
Topic: TAKING YOUR APPLICATION DESIGN TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH DATA MINING

Data mining as a technology is designed to analyze large volumes of data looking for patterns that accurately predict behavior. These patterns can then be used to derive knowledge about data, and in turn this knowledge can be used to enhance application designs and the user experience.

In this presentation, Peter Myers will present an overview of SQL Server 2005 Data Mining and will demonstrate how to develop data mining models that can be embedded into your applications. Demonstrations will be based on SQL Server 2005 Data Mining, using .NET Windows and web development.

This presentation is a must for any developer looking to embed “Artificial Intelligence” into their solution design to take their applications to the next level.  It is guaranteed to thrill you with potential, and excite you with the ease in which it can be accomplished. Note that there is no requirement that attendees have any data mining background.

Peter Myers is a freelance BI practitioner, trainer and presenter.  He has 11 years’ experience working in OLTP database design and development, DBA support and Data Warehousing/Business Intelligence with SQL Server. Peter has a broad business background supported by a bachelor degree in applied economics, and he extends this with MCITP, MCSD, MCDBA, MCSE and MCT certifications. Currently he provides mentoring and technical training locally and internationally, and focuses on delivering training for the SQL Server database engine, Integration Services (DTS), Analysis Services, Reporting Services, ASP.NET and .NET programming (C# and VB.NET).

Regards,
Rowan Miller
https://hdnug.wordpress.com

May Event Recap

June 3, 2008 by

David Burela came in as a last minute replacement for our scheduled May presentation and showed us his SOAK system which was the Australian finalist in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup. David works as a Senior Developer for Readify (http://readify.net).

 

It was great to see numbers rising yet again with 27 attendees and a number of first timers. I’m always open to suggestions to help improve the group so please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any ideas or requests (mail@romiller.com).

 

David introduced us to the SOAK system by delivering the presentation his team gave to the selection panel for the Imagine Cup. He then went onto discuss the architecture and technologies used to build SOAK. There was certainly an impressive list including WCF, WPF, Silverlight, .Net 3.5 Compact Framework, Live Earth, Live Alerts… the list goes on.

 

You can keep an eye on David’s Imagine Cup journey via his blog, http://davidburela.wordpress.com.

 

I’ll finish with a quick reminder of the tasty treats we will be serving you up next month;

 

Date: Tuesday 24th June

Cost: FREE

Venue: Wrest Point Hotel Casino – Room to be advised

Time: 6pm Food and networking; 6:30 Talks begin

Presenter: Peter Myers from SolidQ

Topic: TAKING YOUR APPLICATION DESIGN TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH DATA MINING