For the past two years, I've written quite in-depth blog posts about each of our monthly .NET Oxford meetups. Whilst I enjoyed writing these at first - they do take up quite a lot of my time each month. Time that I'd now like to start using for other stuff - eg. writing blog post content of my own choosing rather than effectively someone else's topics. I also have a couple of startup ideas I'd like to have more time to focus on.
For this month's .NET Oxford, we were joined by Chris Bacon from Google for a fascinating talk about how to build a .NET runtime in C! Chris's talk was pure code all the way through (no slides whatsoever!), and even though it was quite a complicated topic, he did a fantastic job of explaining it - extremely clear - and surprisingly given the topic, very funny too!
Earlier this month we sent out survey for .NET Oxford to get a little bit of feedback. Are our members happy? Or should we be banned from ever gracing a meetup ever again? Well thankfully, it turns out our members seems pretty happy! Here are the results!...
This month was our first .NET Oxford of 2019, and we were very pleased to welcome back Ian Cooper, who was this time talking about NGINX! For more details about the last time he joined us, see my blog post from March 2018 where he did a talk on 12 Factor Applications.
This month was our last .NET Oxford of 2018, and this time we had another lightning talk event! I always really enjoy these lightning talk events, as there's always a lot more variation, and much more of a community feel with more people getting up on-stage. And being December, our Primary sponsors Corriculo Recruitment adding even more to that social (and Christmassy!) feel by bringing along plenty of Mulled Wine too!
This month, we had our biggest meetup yet, as we welcomed Jon Skeet himself to .NET Oxford to tell us about some of the upcoming C#8 features. And as you can see from the photo below - he certainly filled the house!...
Anyone who is subscribed to the .NET Oxford Meetup.com mailing list, would have received a group email from me last week about what looked like a bug in Meetup.com. At the time of writing that email, it appeared that Meetup was taking members from the wrong end of the waiting list when places became available!
Our .NET Oxford meetup this month was all about Microsoft's globally-distributed database, Cosmos DB - and we were very pleased to welcome James Broome and Mike Larah from Endjin to tell us all about it! It also turned out that Endjin (being a remote working team), decided to spend the day in sunny Oxford for their team catch-up. Which was perfect, as it meant that we also had the entire team joining us for the meetup!