Monday, March 31, 2014

April Meeting

This coming Thursday is the first Thursday of April which means it's Perth .NET CoP time again! This month we have a couple of great presenters talking about Approval Tests and Test Automation In Practice.

What: Approval Tests and Test Automation in Practice (with Dion Foster and TBC)
When: 5:30pm, Thursday 3rd April
Where: BankWest Plaza (300 Murray St)
Cost: Free. All Welcome.

I challenge you to tell at least 5 people who did not know about this event. Send them the details (including this challenge) and I'll see you Thursday evening!

P.S. Don't forget to submit a paper for YOW! West (or at least purchase a ticket!)

Friday, March 21, 2014

YOW! West Conference, Perth, May 2014

Fantastic news! 

The organizers of the YOW! conferences and workshops are coming to Perth in May 2014 to run a top software developer conference called YOW! West. The 2 day conference will be May 13-14 with some workshops from internationally renowned speakers happening on the 15th and 16th. There are some cool names in the speaker line-up but as they aren't announced I can't share their names just yet. More to come in the following weeks.

If we all get behind this, and make it a success we can expect YOW! West to become a regular fixture, which will be incredibly valuable for our community that has always had to travel east to attend this calibre of event. You can show your support in the following ways:

1) Spread the word - tell your friends, your colleagues, your spouse and your dog about Talk about it on twitter, facebook, linkedin, google+ (no-one will listen but you should still talk), and anywhere else that's appropriate
2) Buy a ticket - there is limited space and will sell out fast. Registration isn't open yet but you can still put together a bit of a case to present to your boss or maybe have a quiet word with them in the lift. Check back at regularly!
3) Encourage your organization to sponsor the event - While you're talking to the boss see if this is of interest to them. If they want to talk to someone about sponsorship, send them to me and I'll hook them up with the organizers
4) Submit a paper - there is a local speaker track and the success of such an event needs you to bring some of the awesome! Session slots are 30/45 minutes and can cover a wide array of topics. Check out for more info. Be aware that the call for content closes on April 4th which is only 2 weeks away!

Lets get behind this amazing opportunity, demonstrate that WA is the place to run YOW!


Monday, March 10, 2014

March Meeting Reminder

Just a quick reminder that the Perth .NET Community of Practice meeting is this Thursday (13th March) starting at 5:30pm. This month we are looking at some tools that will help you to automate your deployment.

First up Piers Williams will run through Octopus Deploy which is an automated deployment tool.

After that we'll have a session from Rob Moore about AzureWebFarm.OctopusDeploy which a tool he has developed to manage Azure Web Farms with Octopus Deploy.

We are still working on a regular venue. This month's meeting is in the same building as last month but in a slightly different room. It will be sign-posted on the night and someone from BankWest will be around to help people find their way.

What: Automated Deployment with Piers Williams and Rob Moore
When: Thursday 13th March, 5:30pm - 7pm
Where: BankWest Plaza (300 Murray St), Level 1. Meeting Rooms 1.7 and 1.8
Cost: Free. All Welcome

Tell all the people. Especially those who complain they have to stay back late to do a deployment! We'll see you on Thursday night

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March 13th - Automate Your Deployment

What happened to February? Anyone see where it went?

We are now well and truly into March and our normal schedule would put the March meeting tomorrow night. Unfortunately that night there is a work presentation that I must attend and so I'm trying to arrange a session for next Thursday (13th). I have 2 great speakers lined up who are going to delve into the wonderful world of automated deployment with Octopus Deploy. I'm just waiting on the room booking before I can make an official announcement. In the meantime this is the plan:

What: Automate your deployments with Piers Williams and Rob Moore
When: Thursday 13th March, 2014 5:30pm -> 7pm
Where:  TBC
Cost: Free. Everyone is welcome!

Spread the word!

Friday, January 31, 2014

February 6th - Responsive Web Apps and Structured Logging

We have two speakers lined up for next Thursday:

Darcy Buttrose (BankWest) will be talking about using ASP.NET WebApi 2 to implement a Web API service and using a WebSocketHandler to implement WebSockets. The practical demonstration will combine both of these technologies together with AngularJS to provide a fast and responsive web application. Darcy will also talk about SignalR as an alternative to WebSocketHandler.


Michael Minutillo (The Birchman Group) will be talking about structured logging with Serilog and developing insight into application events with Seq.

Remember that our venue is changed this year and is now at BankWest Plaza (300 Murray St).

What: Darcy Buttrose on building fast and responsive web applications & Mike Minutillo on structured logging.
When: Thursday February 6th, 2014. 5:30pm-> 7pm
Where: BankWest Plaza (300 Murray St.). Look for the Bankwest foyer on the Murray St side of Raine Square. Someone will be in the foyer to escort you from there (and I should be there too).
Cost: Free. All Welcome!

Tell your colleagues. Tell your friends. Tell your dog (although obviously he/she probably can't come on the night). I'll see you all next Thursday!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Hey everyone, 

I hope you had a great holidays and are getting back into the swing of things. The Perth .NET Community of Practice team is back to bring you great content in 2014. 

Our first meeting will be next Thursday, February 6th. I'm still confirming our speaker for that night but I should have details in the next day or two. 

Unfortunately our usual room at Enex 100 has become unavailable to us during our normal timeslot this year but we are happy to be partnering with the team at BankWest who are offering a room at BankWest Plaza (in Raine Square). There will be more details and instructions on how to get there with the official announcement of the speaker.

Speaking of which, we are taking submissions for presentations for the rest of the year so if you are interested in doing a presentation or if there is a topic you'd particularly like to see please email me at There's no commitment or pressure at the moment and we're hoping to be able to run collections of shorter sessions on a few of the nights this year so if you've got 20 minutes of content, we can likely fit you in.

That's it from me. Don't forget we have a weekly coffee meetup each Tuesday (hey, that's today) and you can follow for details on when/where that will be.

I hope to see you all next Thursday.


Monday, December 2, 2013

December Meeting Cancelled

Seasons greetings all.

As you know, we usually have a big meeting in December with numerous talks and door prizes. Unfortunately due to a number of factors I haven't had the time to organize this event this year and I've cancelled the room booking for Thursday night. This is disappointing for me but I wanted to reflect on the year we've just had.

In 2013 we've had:

  • two high profile international speakers (Udi Dahan and Greg Young), 
  • a TechEd Debrief Panel (which I though was very successful), 
  • a real world account of using of Azure (from James Miles), 
  • a couple of very well attended sessions from Joe Albahari, 
  • and a number of talks from other talented Perth folks including: Colin Scott (NancyFx), Tosh Afansiev (C++/CLI), Dave Gardner (Modular Javascript), Cameron MacFarland (Hardware Hacking), Doug Paice (Stateless library), and Robert Moore (Test Data Generation).

All in all I think it's been a great year and I look forward to seeing what 2014 brings.

Speaking of which, our next meeting will be Thursday February 6th, 2014. If you have a topic you'd like to present or hear more about feel free to drop me a line. In the meantime, we still catch up for coffee every Tuesday and you're invited. Keep an eye on the PerthDotNet twitter account for details about when/where.

If I don't see you beforehand, have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!