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July HDNUG Wrap-up

July 29, 2008

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

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July Event

July 27, 2008

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

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

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

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

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 : http://readify.com/
Topic: David will be presenting his system titled SOAK “Smart Operational Agriculture Kit” which was a finalist entry at this year’s Imagine Cup http://www.imaginecup.com/

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
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).

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 http://romiller.com/Default.aspx?tabid=54&EntryID=4

May HDNUG Event – Input Needed

April 15, 2008

Phill Kenny from Bryn Systems is likely to be joining us to present on BizTalk at the May HDNUG event. Phill would like some suggestions on the topics people would like to see covered by this presentation, an example might be;

“How does BizTalk differ from SQL Server Intergration Services and when should these technologies be used”

This is a great oppurtunity to get your questions on BizTalk answered so I encourage you to have some input. If you can email your suggestions to rmiller@federalit.net it would be greatly appreciated.

Bryn Systems is a software development house and consultancy specialising in EAI and B2B integration solutions using MS-BizTalk. You can find Bryn Systems on the web at www.bryn.com.au  

April HDNUG Event

April 15, 2008

Date: Tuesday 29th April
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wrest Point Hotel Casino (Room to be advised)
Time:  6pm Food and networking; 6:30 Talks begin
Presenter: Rowan Miller
Topic: How the Technology Services Group builds and deploys its SOA applications using Visual Studio 2008 and the dotNet Framework 3.5.

Technology Services Group (TSG) is the information technology provider for Federal Hotels and Resorts. Federal Hotels & Resorts operates in the tourism and leisure industry and is recognised as Tasmania’s leading tourism, entertainment, accommodation and gambling services provider.

During this presentation we will explore an end to end SOA solution and the options for building, deploying and maintaining such solutions using Visual Studio 2008. The presentation will focus on the following technologies;
-> Visual Studio 2008
-> LINQ
-> WCF
-> MS SQL 2005 & 2008
-> Click Once Deployment