May Event Changes

May 19, 2008 by

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 by

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 by

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

May HDNUG Event – Input Needed

April 15, 2008 by

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 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  

April HDNUG Event

April 15, 2008 by

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
-> WCF
-> MS SQL 2005 & 2008
-> Click Once Deployment

Download March HDNUG Slides

April 1, 2008 by

Jey has kindly made his slide deck available to us, you can download it from 

March HDNUG Recap

March 31, 2008 by

Wednesday evening saw another Hobart .Net User Group meeting with a presentation on K2[blackPearl] by Jey Srikantha. This month we had the presentation in the Mezzanine Boardroom at Wrest Point which worked well as a venue, thanks must go to Microsoft and The Federal Group for their ongoing support covering the cost of the venue and food for these events.

Unfortunately Jey’s laptop wasn’t playing nice and after trying 2 projectors and an LCD monitor Jey had to perform his presentation using only his laptop. Fortunately we were a small group (8 attendees) and Jeys presentation was very engaging. The “workshop” style presentation sitting around a laptop seemed to encourage more questions and made the evening quiet interactive. 8 people did prove a few too any to sit around a laptop though as the screen was a bit hard to see at times so probably not an approach we will take voluntarily in the future 🙂

Although it was fortunate given our lack of projector it was disappointing to see numbers low again as it would be good to see 20+ attendees at these events to ensure we continue to attract quality presenters. I welcome suggestions from anyone on ways to reach more people or to make the events more attractive.

My summary of Jey’s presentation;

Jey presented the predecessor to K2[blackPearl] (K2.Net) to us early last year and this new version is certainly a very complete and user friendly technology. K2[blackPearl] is essentially a workflow/BPM product that extends WF (Windows Workflow Foundation) and provides the user with a range of ways to create orchestrations including within Visual Studio, Visio and K2’s own application. The philosophy behind the suite is to allow non-technical business users to solve their own needs using lego style building blocks in a drag and drop designer. These blocks include a comprehensive base set provided by K2 and custom ones built by the ICT department supporting the end user or third parties. Workflows can be initiated by a number of inputs including ASPX forms, Emails, Info Path forms etc.

Once workflows are built they are deployed to a central K2 server where they can be monitored and reported on using a suite of web based tools provided by K2. These tools are designed to allow business users to develop there own reports and monitor the state of their own workflows.

K2’s website is and he regularly blogs at

HDNUG Feb Event Cancelled

February 20, 2008 by

Dear All,

Unfortunately due to a lack of presenters there will not be a HDNUG evening this month.

On the up side my search for presenters has turned up some interesting topics and presenters who will be visiting us later in the year.

Details for next months meeting are as follows;
(Note that the meeting will be on Wednesday evening as our usual Tuesday is a public holiday)

Date: Wednesday 26th March
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wrest Point Hotel Casino
Time: 6pm Food and networking; 6:30 Talks begin
Presenter: Jey Srikantha from K2
Topic: K2[blackPearl] and how it extends Workflow Foundation.
Jey is a Consultant working for K2 from Melbourne. K2[blackPearl] is the Workflow/BPM product from K2 for the .NET platform. K2[blackPearl] makes assembling dynamic business process applications easy.

K2’s website is and Jey regularly blogs at

Jan Presentation

January 24, 2008 by

John O’Brian and Bronwen Zande from Soul Solutions will be joining us to talk about Virtual Earth. This will be a more developer focused version of the presentation John and Bronwen are giving at the SQL User Group earlier in the day.

Date: Tuesday 29th January
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wrest Point Hotel Casino – Riviera Room (Mezzanine floor directly above reception)
Presenters: John O’Brien & Bronwen Zande (
Topic: Virtual Earth ( 

SQL Spatial with Virtual Earth

In this visually interactive talk we explore the new spatial data types, functions and indexes directly related to the real world using the interactive browser based Virtual Earth control. We focus on the new Geography data type providing an overview of the new functionality as directly applied to mapping. This includes the storage of points, polylines and polygons as well as real world tasks like effective rendering to the map, geofencing and proximity searches. We explore the power of union and buffering. Finally we examine the new index specifically built for fast spatial lookup.

The talk will inform, teach and demonstrate. You will understand what this new functionality is all about, what data types and functions are needed, how they operate and how to add an effective spatial index to your project.

HDNUG on Facebook

December 23, 2007 by

For all you Facebook users out there make sure you join the HDNUG Facebook group for event invitations and the latest news (