DevEvening

Developer evening was set up by Alex Mackey and Simon Pease. Both myself and Simon enjoyed learning and discussing technology and techniques. We thought it would be useful to have an informal forum where information could be shared amongst developers. All we needed was a venue, a deal was then made with a local hotel to hire a room at no cost on the condition that group would purchase food and drink. This also provided a second part of the evening for socialising and networking.

All are welcome!
No one has to present a topic if they dont want to (although it is great if you can)
Presentations short be shortish (Anywhere between 5-30 min)
No members (yet?) are professional speakers so please encourage rather than critise (healthy debate is okay)
Topics must be related to .net/development/related subjects
All members must purchase drink/food as this pays for our venue
Food is very reasonably priced at between £7-15 for a meal. The menu is changed each month.
Membership of this group is free :)


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Past events

  • DevEvening goes to the movies

    Wed, 30 May 2012, 18:30 - 21:00 in Woking, United Kingdom

    Who's bringing the popcorn?No, we're not going to the cinema. The cinema's coming to us.Well, I say cinema, but actually it's some MP4s but you get the idea.Yes, our speakers this month will be virtual and all pre-recorded. We'll see some of what Uncle Bob has to say about clean code and have another technical presentation by Jon Flanders on ASP.NET Web API.

  • [POSTPONED] C++ in SQL Server 2012 and Visual Studio 11

    Wed, 25 Apr 2012, 18:30 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    POSTPONED!Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, these sessions will now be given at a meeting later in the year.We'll still be meeting at the venue for food, drink, socialising and some unconference style chat though. ;)Going Native with SQL Server 2012 and C++(with Nick Haslam)

  • Dynamics CRM & Cross Platform MVVM

    Wed, 28 Mar 2012, 18:30 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    How to bend Dynamics Crm to your will(with Dave Hawes)The ability of Dynamics Crm to be configured for such a wide range and scale of uses is one of its major selling points. The product is highly configurable and provides a number of robust options to integrate into existing systems to provide the ability to create a single user interface and view of organisations customers whilst not re-implementing but leveraging incumbent systems.

  • Web Caching 101 & Mobile first web development

    Wed, 29 Feb 2012, 18:30 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    Web caching 101 - a different perspective(with Sebastien Lambla)When it comes to web sites, caching has been the most painful aspect of delivering web sites. At the same times, it's always been promoted as the best way to scale. Who to trust, what does caching means and how can proxies actually make your life easier and your site cheaper? If you want answers to those questions, and look at some cool code, this talk is for you!Mobile first web development(with Craig Hogan)

  • Knockout.js & YOUR Mobile Future

    Wed, 25 Jan 2012, 18:30 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    Rock out with your Knockout(with Graeme Foster)It turns out that rich, dynamic web UI's don't have to be a tangle of event handlers and DOM manipulation! Knockout.js is a JavaScript framework that brings the MVVM pattern and rich databinding to the browser, enabling you to worry about other more important things (like gradients)

  • Share One Thing

    Wed, 30 Nov 2011, 19:00 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    Share "One Thing"(with everyone!)At DevEvening we'll typically have a couple of people present for about an hour or so each on a pair of subjects. This gives us an opportunity to hear a few things about, or get a basic introduction to a couple of topics.That's not all that happens at DevEvening though. The opportunity to talk to others (over a drink and a meal) also provides the opportunity to hear about many more areas, topics, techniques and ideas.

  • SQL Dark Arts & Asynchronous C#

    Wed, 26 Oct 2011, 18:30 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    The SQL Dark Arts-a.k.a Performance Tuning, indexing and query plans(with Dave Morrison)In this session, rather than a traditional look at "query tuning" I will challenge some of the common misconceptions around tuning queries. It will also go into some detail around why sometimes the query optimiser chooses "odd" plans which perform poorly and how to help the optimiser choose a better plan.

  • Sept 2011: Show and Tell

    Wed, 28 Sep 2011, 18:30 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    Show & TellDave, Craig & Srini will be talking about some of the projects and tools they have been working with recently.This will include a Javascript library, a cross platform Single-Sign-On solution and some of the projects covered at Dev4Good.

  • Coding for PowerShell

    Wed, 31 Aug 2011, 18:30 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    Coding for PowerShell(with Jimmy Skowronski)Windows PowerShell is a great tool for system administrators and normal users alike. It has been designed to replace legacy command line as a response for users demanding the Unix-like shell. It has been built on top of .NET and is fully object oriented. Every argument and value is a .NET object that can be either manipulated directly or passed to another command in the pipeline.One of principles of the PowerShell design was extensibility.

  • SpecFlow & S.O.L.I.D

    Wed, 27 Jul 2011, 18:30 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    This month we welcome DevEvening regular Paul Stack.SpecFlow(with Paul Stack)More and more companies today are spending needless money on testing applications. Realistically, as developers, we can automate the majority of functional tests. SpecFlow is one way of automating these tests. In this session I will use use WatiN to help drive automation of business critical functions of your web based product.

  • Secrets of a .NET Ninja

    Wed, 29 Jun 2011, 18:30 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    This month we will be hearing from, C# MVP, Chris EargleChris Eargle is a Telerik Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional – C#, and two-time INETA Community Champion from Columbia, SC, USA. He has over a decade of experience designing and developing enterprise applications, and he runs the local .NET User Group: the Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild. He is a frequent guest of conferences and community events promoting best practices and new technologies.

  • C#5 and FluentValidation

    Wed, 27 Apr 2011, 18:30 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    DevEvening is 3 years old this month! To help us celebrate we've got two great speakers returning.FluentValidation(with Jeremy Skinner)FluentValidation is an open-source library that can be used to apply validation rules to .NET objects in a composable, declarative manner. In this session, Jeremy will demonstrate the basics of using FluentValidation to create validation rules as well as how FluentValidation can be integrated with ASP.NET MVC.

  • HTML5 and the RX Framework

    Wed, 30 Mar 2011, 18:30 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    HTML5(with Mark Embling)HTML5 is the latest iteration of the HTML standard we've all come to know and (possibly) love. So what has changed, what is new and what might this mean for us as web devs? This talk intends to answer these questions by giving a broad overview of HTML5, with a focus on the various new elements and APIs and what they abilities they give us.Mark works as a software developer for the Sixth Form College Farnborough.

  • Show and Tell

    Wed, 23 Feb 2011, 18:30 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    Show and TellContinuing our break from the 2 presentation format (after last months CodeFest) this month we return to our "show and tell" format with a view to creating more opportunities for discussion and exploring real world development issues and challenges.It works like this: you turn up prepared to show and tell us about something you've either seen or worked on recently.

  • CodeFest 2

    Wed, 26 Jan 2011, 18:30 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    DUE TO THE BAD WEATHER THIS EVENT WAS ORIGINALLY POSTPONED.IT HAS NOW BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR JAN 26th 2011!ÂWe did it last year and everyone who came really enjoyed it. In fact, it was the session that's been most requested to be repeated again. So...We're having anothoer CodeFest!It works like this:Everyone gets a couple of hours to implement a player for a simple game. We then have each persons 'player' compete against each other in a knock-out competition.

  • DevEvening - Ruby and RavenDB

    Wed, 3 Nov 2010, 18:30 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    Ruby for .NET Developers – Andy PikeAn introduction to the Ruby language and the Rails web framework (not covering IronRuby). I'll show you how to to get started, some basics of the language (compared to C#) and a quick demo where I create a simple Rails 3 application. This is intended for .NET developers that would like to see what the Ruby world has to offer.Andy is Technical Director of the very cool web agency 1minus1 in Farnham, Surrey.

  • Real-world Dynamic .NET & OpenWrap

    Thu, 26 Aug 2010, 18:45 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    Real-world Dynamic .NETMark RendleThis talk takes a look at the new dynamic features in .NET 4, and aims to cover the things which rely on this feature (such as COM interop in Silverlight 4); highlight some neat use-cases that will be useful across a range of projects; and maybe show that dynamic can grant some of the "I wish I coulds" that crop up in day-to-day programming.

  • MongoDB & Object Thinking

    Thu, 29 Jul 2010, 18:45 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    MongoDB – mongo like candyCraig HoganA few years ago the idea of not using SQL server (MS access?) to store/manage your data would have been more than scary. However as the NoSQL community gains momentum it seems that some of these relatively ‘lite’ DB platforms could prove to be play a big part in storing and managing data for future applications. In this session Craig will cover the MongoDB platform from install to working with it in a ‘live’ environment.

  • DevEvening: Show And Tell

    Thu, 6 May 2010, 18:45 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    Show and Tell What with the launch of Visual Studio 2010 and all the events around Tech Days we thought that everyone would be quite busy this April.  As such DevEvening is taking a break in April but bouncing back early in May with something a bit different.We also thought we'd have a short break from the 2 presentation format and have a bit of a change.

  • Git, Powershell & SharePoint - DevEvening: Jan 2010

    Thu, 28 Jan 2010, 19:00 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    Â Git & PowershellMark EmblingGit is a great new distributed version control system fast gaining in traction, particularly in the open-source space where GitHub has no doubt helped push it forward. However even on Windows, most people tend to use Git through the bash shell. There is another way: Powershell. Mark will cover why he thinks Git and Powershell make a great combination, and demonstrate some tweaks which can be made to make Git & Powershell feel like a match made in heaven.

  • DevEvening: Christmas CodeFest

    Thu, 3 Dec 2009, 18:30 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    This time we're trying something different:We all learn in different ways. While it can be good to learn by hearing people present and demonstrate new techniques, it can also be good to learn by seeing how different people solve the same problem.  That's what we hope to do at the CodeFest.The plan is for everyone to write automated players for a simple game.

  • DevEvening: MvcContrib & Windows7 for developers

    Thu, 22 Oct 2009, 19:00 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    MvcContribJeremy SkinnerMvcContrib is a set of user-contributed extensions to Microsoft’s ASP.NETMVC Framework. In this session, Jeremy will demonstrate how you can use some of the features from this library to make developing ASP.NET MVC applications faster and less error-prone.ÂJeremy is a .NET developer working for the Farnborough Sixth Form College. He has been working with ASP.NET since 2005 and ASP.NET MVC since its first public preview.

  • Devevening #11 .net ASP.NET 4.0 & VS2010/.net4

    Thu, 3 Sep 2009, 19:00 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    ASP.net 4 (Mike Ormond)TBC but it will be about ASP.net!ÂVS2010/.net 4 (Alex Mackey)Alex is currently writing Introducing Visual Studio 2010 with .net 4 for Apress ( ) in this session we will take a look at some of the IDE and language enhancments in Visual Studio 2010 beta 1. Alex is an experienced ASP.net/SQL server consultant who has been working with .net since version 1.

  • Dev Evening #10 - MVC & Virtualization

    Thu, 13 Aug 2009, 19:00 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    Hyper-V for developers (Liam Westley) For those new to virtualisation we'll provide an overview of virtualisation and the desktop products currently available for developers. Then we'll explain the differences between those products and Hyper-V and examine the two products for running Hyper-V; Hyper-V Server (free) and Windows Server 2008 (semi-free).

  • DevEvening #9 OWASP Top 10 and Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio (MRDS)

    Thu, 4 Jun 2009, 19:00 - 21:30 in Woking, United Kingdom

    Barry Dorrans (http://www.idunno.org) “P0wn3d! (Or how to redirect your friend's website to katyperry.com)” The OWASP Top Ten project is an awareness document listing the 10 most common web site vulnerabilities on the internet today. Come and see 9 of them in action - and how to fix them. (9 out of 10 vulnerabilities liked ASP.NET, 1 doesn't affect it at all. Vulnerabilities tested in a lab. Your ASP.NET may not like them at all. No websites were harmed in the making of this synopsis.) Barry ...

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