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New Website

October 1, 2008

Dear All,


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

It can be found here

Please check it out and leave some feedback.





September Wrap-up

October 1, 2008

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 .


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.




September Event – Tuesday 30th

September 23, 2008

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

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.

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 (


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 (


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,


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


New news feed

September 21, 2006

I decided that a user-group that is concentrating on the cutting edge of technology should embrace the whole web 2.0 era.

This blog will now replace the “news page” on the HDNUG website. The BIG advantage of this being that the news will now have an RSS feed created automatically. If you subscribe to this RSS feed you will immediately get the latest HDNUG news as it happens!

Not only that, you will now be able to post comments about the events, which will give me usefull feedback.

Edit: here is the link to the RSS feed if you haven’t spotted it yet