Monday, May 4, 2015

No May Meetup

Many apologies for the late notice but there will not be a .NET Community of Practice in May. 

You can still get tickets to go to YOW West! in a couple of weeks though. 

You should also be checking out DDD Perth which is happening in late August. Registration is open!

And if that wasn't enough, there's even a free Virtual Conference happening in May for Aussie developers which you may want to check out:

Plenty to keep you busy. I have a session tentatively pencilled in for June but I'd love to have a bunch more to choose from so if you're looking to present on anything or if there's anything in particular you want to see, please let me know!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Next meeting moved to April 9th

Hey all, 

With people going away for the Easter long weekend we have decided to move the April meeting back a week to Thursday 9th April. 

It's going to be worth waiting for though. 

My favorite definition of an expert is "someone who has made all the mistakes and learned from them before you started". 
In their session, Rhys Campbell and Colin Scott (people I would consider experts), are going to talk about the mistakes that they have made over the last decade+, particularly the ones that seems so common in "enterprise" development shops.

Quote: It's got drama, self-deprecating humour and all the romance you expect from the name "generic repository"

What: Misstakes We Have Made: Lessons from over 20 years combined .NET experience with Rhys Campbell and Colin Scott
When: Thursday April 9th, 5:30pm
Where: Level 1, Bankwest Place (300 Murray Street)
Cost: Free. But you must RSVP

Please note that you must RSVP for this event. Building security have requested that we provide an attendee list for our events and to do so you must RSVP though the Meetup group. As a part of the RSVP process I am asking for your name (to add to this list). Any concerns/questions please let me know (

Have a fantastic Easter and I hope to see you next Thursday!


Friday, March 6, 2015

March Announcements

As mentioned at the user group the other night, there's a fair few things going on in town over the next few months. If you missed the links, here it all is again:


What: Ever wanted to contribute to Open Source, but didn't know where to start. Come to hackify, an evening hackathon focusing on open source software.
When: 11th March, 6-9pm
Where: Spacecubed, 45 St George's Terrace, March 11th

TestWest 2015

What: learn about new innovations in software testing, hear industry leaders talk about the future of software testing, check out some new tools and have an opportunity to network with fellow testers
When: 25th March (all day)
Where: Perth Convention Centre

YOW! West 2015

What: Top-notch developer conference. 'Over a 2 day period the best international, national and local experts will provide thought provoking and innovative talks in their field of expertise'
When: May 26th-27th.
Where: TBA (Perth CBD somewhere, I'd imagine in Bankwest plaza)
Paid (unless you are presenting)

NB: If you want to present at YOW! West, you have till March 29th to get your submissions in. If tempted, give it a go. You've lost nothing for trying. There are guidelines for submissions on the site.

World's Greatest Shave

Our glorious leader Mike (and colleague Ben) are shaving off for the Leukaemia Foundation. In Mike's case that's some 5 years of extensive growth (which takes some serious planning) which may never again be seen in it's current glory. If you want to wave goodby to Mike's follicular assets, or marvel at the stunning transformation, come along. Better still, sponsor their team (Hairy Dudes) using the link below, either because you care about funding research into blood cancer, or just to ensure they go through with this insanity.
When: Fri 13th March, 4pm
Where: Rigby's Bar, St George's Terrace

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March Reminder

With the short week, this one has snuck up on me. We are meeting tomorrow night (5th March). Details are on the Meetup event page.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

March Meeting - Cross-Platform ASP.NET Development with Sam Ritchie

We have a meeting scheduled for March 5th with Sam Ritchie.

Sam will talk about cross-platform ASP.NET development using the new ASP.NET 5 beta, including developing on glorious OS X and deploying to Linux web servers.

Sam is the owner & operator of codesplice, an independent software consultancy. He’s been writing .NET applications since 1.0 and developing mobile apps for the last 5 years. He’s the organiser of the Perth iOS developers and a die-hard Apple fanboy. 

What: Cross-Platform ASP.NET Development with Sam Ritchie
When: Thursday, March 5th 2015, 5:30pm
Where: Level 1, BankWest Place, 300 Murray Street
Cost: Free. 

As always, I urge you to tell everyone you know and come along. The ASP.NET 5 stuff is pretty awesome and well worth looking into.

I'll see you on the night.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

February Meeting

I hope you had a great break and are ready for some awesome Perth .NET speakers. We have two lined up for February 5th: 

From Business Solutions to Game Development in .NET
Mark Mennell will talk about the path from everyday development for businesses to developing games in .NET; the differences (and similarities); how to get started; what is out there in terms of libraries, frameworks, engines etc.; and putting it altogether to make a game!

Mark's Bio: I have been developing .NET applications for almost 10 years, I joined the Gnomic team start for 2013 for their new game for PC and consoles. Initially I worked on net code to enable online multiplayer in the game. I have written a .NET library for games (or any application requiring small frequent messages), FalconUDP: On top of this I wrote a partial implementation of Microsoft.Xna.Framework Net and GamerServices namespaces for use by the game. Since then I have been involved code all over the game. I am the author of “Making Fast-Paced Multiplayer Networked Games is Hard” on Gamasutra:

We'll also have a session from Joe Albahari talking about the LINQPad Debugger (and about debuggers in general).

What: Game Development and Debuggers with Mark Mennell and Joe Albahari
When: Thursday, February 5th 2015, 5:30pm
Where: Level 1, BankWest Place, 300 Murray Street
Cost: Free. 

Tell your friends. Tell your enemies. Tell those about whom you feel mildly indifferent.
I'll see you on the night.

Monday, December 1, 2014

DevJam 2014 - The Lineup

This Thursday we will have not one by *five* brave mortals who will be presenting in the arena for your entertainment (and presumably libating to the demo gods prior), including, in no particular order:
  • An Introduction to Xamarin Forms (Gregory James)
  • Azure Webjobs (Rob Powers-Martin)
  • Running .net apps in Docker (Cameron MacFarland)
  • Overengineering at home (Eric Winkler)
  • A quick look at MassTransit Service Bus on RabbitMQ (Doug Paice)
Talks! Prizes! Interpretive Dance! It's all going on this Thurs, 4th Dec, 5:30pm at Bankwest plaza (where we've been all year, and our thanks once again to BankWest for providing the venue).

[Please feel free to point this event out to anyone who might be interested]