Archive for May, 2008

May Event Changes

May 19, 2008

Unfortunately Bryn Systems will not be joining us this month so I have organized a replacement presenter, our meeting has moved to the following week to achieve this.

I have had a sneak peak at the SOAK system David will be basing his presentation on and this is a really impressive implementation using a huge range of current Microsoft technologies, it will also follow on nicely from the SOA fundamentals I covered at last months meeting, a must see for all developers, architects, analysts….

Date: Tuesday 3rd June
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wrest Point Hotel Casino – Mezzanine Board Room (directly above reception)
Time:  6pm Food and networking; 6:30 Talks begin
RSVP: Not essential but an email is appreciated
Presenter: David Burela from Readify :
Topic: David will be presenting his system titled SOAK “Smart Operational Agriculture Kit” which was a finalist entry at this year’s Imagine Cup

David will cover the design decisions that went into the system which dictated the architecture and technologies used. SOAK uses multiple technologies such as: WPF, WCF, Silverlight, Windows Mobile (.Net Compact Framework), LINQ, Windows Live SDK (Virtual Earth).

SOAK addresses the problem of limited water supplies by empowering the farmer to make decisions which affect water usage on their farm. Environmental sensors and weather forecasts are used to determine when watering their crops would be optimal. By implementing agriculture best practices farmers can specify what conditions must be met before SOAK will water their plants.


June Event

May 5, 2008

Peter Myers from SolidQ will be joining us in June to present on adding data mining to application development, Peter is a consultant/trainer specializing in SQL Server Business Intelligence.

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

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).

Slides from April HDNUG

May 5, 2008

If anyone is after the slide deck and/or source code from the April presentation you can download it from