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  • This month we are going to have a fairly informal talk by Gary Martin (@allegary) to have what he hopes to be a fun look at programming using messaging over sockets. We'll be given a look at using ZeroMQ to build projects out of a set of smaller programs with well defined parts. We'll do all this in the context of what might seem like a silly project of Gary's called Pixels as a Service which he has recently rewritten to use ZeroMQ.

    Expect raspberry pi's leds lighting up and hopefully a bit of light audience participation that

    The following is a rough guide for how the evening is expected to unfold:

    17:45 - 18:15: Informally, a number of us are likely to be at the StreetFoodChef on Arundel Street for burritos. While these are not provided as part of attending, anyone is welcome to join us.

    18:30 - 18:45: Meeting starts with some time for announcements and usually some chatter.

    18:45 - 20:30: The main event/events.

    20:30 - late : Migrate to a local pub (in recent mont...

  • Two short talks this month, followed by socialising :)

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    "How I ended up automating my curtains and shouting at my laptop" by Luke Bonaccorsi (@LukeB_UK)

    We encounter automation every day and may not realise. It could be a set of
    traffic lights, a thermostat or automated tests for our code. It all works
    to make our lives easier and more efficient.

    A couple of years ago I started working on a chat based automation system
    using JavaScript in my free time and in this talk I'll share my progress,
    my reasons for doing it and what I'd like to do with it in the future.
    Hopefully I'll inspire you to embrace automation in your daily life.

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    "Proxy objects" by Caolan McMahon (@caolan)

    A short demo of the relatively new (ECMAScript 2015) JavaScript Proxy objects - how they work, and what they might be used for.

  • We had get great feedback from last months more interactive Agile Sheffield meetup, and the comments from the retro seemed to suggest we are all up for more of the same.

    So, this month we're going to use the first value from the agile manifesto to provide the theme for a set of group discussions and workshops.

    The goal is to come up with a clear and concise understanding of what valuing individuals and interactions over process and tools actually means, and hopefully some hints and tips about how we might ensure that we are really doing this.

    More details to follow, and keep an eye out on twitter for further info.

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully self-contained holographic computer running Windows 10. It is completely self-contained-no wires, phones, or connection to a PC needed. HoloLens allows you to place holograms in your physical environment and provides a new way to see your world. This session provides a developer’s overview of the HoloLens and holographic app development in Unity and C#.

    Mike Taulty works in the developer group at Microsoft in the UK where he has spent the past decade helping developers understand and get the best from the Microsoft platform. Prior to this, Mike worked for a few years with Microsoft Consulting Services as a consultant on developer technologies. Before joining Microsoft, Mike spent the previous decade working as a software developer, team lead and product lead for a number of enterprises, consultancies and software vendors working with a variety of operating system, client, communication and server technologies. You can find more of a complete caree...

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • SteelCon is the North's premier hacker con.
    Back for our fourth year in 2017, we won’t be getting any bigger but we will be trying to get better. With nearly 50 tickets sold before we had announced a venue, date or any type of content, we expect this to be another sell out year so keep your eyes on social media if you want to guarantee your place. The main ticket sales will be around May but expect the occasional surprise releases throughout the year. Call for training and talks will also be in May, we will make lots of noise about it so it will be hard to miss.

  • A FREE monthly WordPress meetup for developers, designers, bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts organised by Kimb Jones & supported by Make Do and the Sheffield Hallam University.

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • legup.social (www.legup.social) event is a free event for small businesses, charities, and social enterprises. People are paired in one-to-one sessions with a mentor from the digital community. All of our mentors are senior people with extensive experience.

    What the event offers is:
    - Free advice on some of your biggest business problems with digital.
    - Problem solving from some of the best digital minds in the industry.
    - An opportunity to engage with the digital industry in a way not before possible.

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • Please note that this event is ticketed as previous similar events have proved to be reasonably popular. Tickets are free but donations to our hosts, Union St., will be welcome on the day. Tickets are available from here: www.eventbrite.com

    For this meetup, we are encouraging attendees to bring any projects they want to show off, combining this with a micro:bit hacking evening. There will be some micro:bits available to play with over the evening though you can bring your own. Alternatively you might choose to bring a Raspberry Pi or anything else you want.

    The evening is going to be split into two parts.

    In the first part, anyone who wants to show off things that they have already made, from lighting leds to small robots can, well.. show off!

    Please remember to be sensible about the dimensions of projects that you bring along, those that draw a significant amount of power and, obviously, n...

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • .NET Blub: Frameworks beyond Microsoft

    The majority of web projects in .NET are written with ASP.NET MVC/Core and EntityFramework with SQL Server. This seems odd to me, there are some fantastic alternatives that seem to be scarcely used.Everyone knows there is no such thing as a silver bullet, so let’s check out some alternatives. Exploring some common problems, we’ll take a look at NancyFX, Dapper, and Postgres, to help us solve them.

    We’ll be looking at these frameworks with a slightly twisted take on “The Blub Paradox”. How did I realise I was essentially a "blub programmer"? Why did I decide to look into Postgres and how I can use JavaScript effectively with it? What use is currying in F# and what difference does it makes to me?

    Let's step out of our comfort zones, and let's start looking up.

  • A regular and very informal meet-up for Sheffield digital types, over breakfast on Friday mornings at the lovely Tamper Coffee Sellers Wheel on Arundel Street.

  • A FREE monthly WordPress meetup for developers, designers, bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts organised by Kimb Jones & supported by Make Do and the Sheffield Hallam University.

  • September's event will be split in to two parts, Andrew Gunn will present on Identity Crisis and then Gavin Payne will present on The evolution of artificial intelligence.

    Andrew Gunn - Identity Crisis

    Imagine a scenario where you need to secure a web application. Sounds simple, right? But this web application is one of many bulkheads that sit behind a shared API. This API must have security measures to identify and ensure each authenticated user can only perform certain actions. And these authenticated users must be able to navigate seamlessly between each bulkhead without the need to re-authenticate. Still think it sounds simple?
    With the help of Identity Server, it is simple.
    I want to take you on a journey to discover why Identity Server is awesome and why you should be (at least considering) using it.

    Gavin Payne - The evolution of artificial intelligence

    These days, artificial intelligence is always in the news and on technology roadmaps, yet the idea of it is older than mode...

  • A FREE monthly WordPress meetup for developers, designers, bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts organised by Kimb Jones & supported by Make Do and the Sheffield Hallam University.

  • October's event will be split in to two parts, Gosia Borzecka will present on Overview of SharePoint Framework and then John Stovin will present on Thinking Functionally with .NET.

    Overview of SharePoint Framework with Gosia Borzecka

    About a year ago Microsoft announced a SharePoint Framework (SPFx) - a new way of development for SharePoint Online.

    Now you can use your own machine with your favorite OS and just write the client-side web part. You don't even need to have an O365 subscription because you can test your code on localhost. What to know more? Just come to this session for Overview of SPFx.

    Gosia Borzecka is a full stack developer with a .NET background. From last half a year she works as SharePoint developer. She is also a co-founder of NottsDevWorkshop.co.uk.

    Twitter: @gosiaborzecka

    Blog: gosiaborzecka.net

    AboutMe: about.me

    Thinking Functionally with .NET with John Stovin

    Recent versions of C# have seen the introduction of many features that...

  • A FREE monthly WordPress meetup for developers, designers, bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts organised by Kimb Jones & supported by Make Do and the Sheffield Hallam University.

  • Predicting House Prices with Azure Machine Learning

    Everyone’s talking about ML, but what is it?

    We’ll start off with a brief explanation of ML, including an overview of the different types (supervised, unsupervised, reinforcement) and algorithms (clustering, classification, regression, anomaly detection).

    The majority of the time will be spent giving a detailed demo using Azure ML Studio to create a model for accurately predicting house prices based on their various qualities. This data will be exposed via a web service allowing for single requests as well as batch execution for large data sets.

    You’ll leave with a good understanding of Azure ML and how you can use Azure ML Studio to build your own predictive models

  • A FREE monthly WordPress meetup for developers, designers, bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts organised by Kimb Jones & supported by Make Do and the Sheffield Hallam University.

  • Christmas Drinks / Food

    Location and details all TBC

  • A FREE monthly WordPress meetup for developers, designers, bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts organised by Kimb Jones & supported by Make Do and the Sheffield Hallam University.

  • What's this about?

    Let's study Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) together over a brunch at Bill's. Bring your copy, your laptop, and let's run through the exercise together.

    No prior experience required. Newcomers welcome.

    The book itself is available online. And has even been converted to a nice HTML/EPUB format

    Original lectures by Abelson and Sussman are available online too and well worth a look.

    Recommended Software

    The book uses Scheme for all examples and exercises. You can download Racket Scheme online to go through the exercises yourself. You could also try all the exercises in another Lisp dialect, such as Clojure.

    Preparation required

    None! - All the resources are available for free and the point of the meetup is to go through the exercises

    Experience required

    None required. We'd recommend some basic familiarity with programming, but the book assumes no prior knowledge. We've had beginners write their first piece of code while going through c...