SSW Update - Telerik Hits Australia Hard - 3 Free Events in a Week!
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SSW uses Telerik tools in most of their projects, and this week we have the honour of having Joel and Steven here in Sydney to present at three excellent events for free.


Telerik Australia 1 day Event -
Focus on Developer Productivity


5 days to go!

Tuesday 15th March 2011
9:00am - 5:00pm
Citigate Central Sydney
169-179 Thomas Street
Haymarket, NSW
Cost: No Charge

Telerik, the market-leading provider of end-to-end solutions for application development, automated testing, agile project management, reporting, and content management across all major Microsoft development platforms, is coming to Australia.

We invite you for in-depth sessions with industry experts and Telerik Senior Leadership. This event is by invite only, please do not spread the registration link and password. All attendees will receive a copy of Telerik JustCode, valued at $199.

Please note these are 4 separate seminars; you need to register for all those you intend on attending.

The Agile Buffet Table: Implementing your own Agile Process with Microsoft ALM Tools - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

New to Agile? Having challenges implementing an agile process in your organization? Have you been using Scrum, but need to bend the rules to make it work in your organization? Can’t get the business to “buy-in”? Come and learn about implementing an agile process in your organization. You'll look at the “buffet table” of agile processes and procedures and learn how to properly decide “what to eat.” We’ll start by defining XP, Scrum, Kanban and some other popular methodologies and then learn how to mix and match each process for various scenarios, including the enterprise, ISVs, consulting, and remote teams. Then take a look at agile tools and how they will aid in implementing your development process. You’ll see how Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010 provides process templates for Agile that facilitate better planning and metrics. Learn how Microsoft’s application lifecycle management (ALM) tools can support your development process. Lastly, we will talk about how to “sell” agile to your business partners and customers. The speakers have a very interactive style so participation is encouraged and there will be plenty of time for Q&A.


  • Stephen Forte, Chief Strategy Officer of Telerik
  • Joel Semeniuk, Founder of Imaginet Resources, Microsoft Regional Director

REGISTER NOW (by invite only event, use password: Telerik&&ALM2)

Agile Testing - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

As more product teams move to Agile methodologies, the need for automated testing becomes essential to generate the velocity needed to ship fully tested features in short iterations. In this session we will look at the differences between traditional testing and agile testing, explore some tools and strategies that can help make your automation more productive as well as how to get the automation effort started for both new and existing agile projects.


  • Christopher Eyhorn, Executive VP of Telerik’s automated testing tools division

REGISTER NOW (by invite only event, use password: TestingTelerik)

20 Things to Consider When Selecting a CMS - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Choosing a CMS can be a daunting task. There are plenty of Content Management Systems to choose from; ranging in price from free to extremely expensive. From this crowded landscape it can be difficult to find a CMS that effectively enables an organization to accomplish their goals. In this session, I will identify 20 things to consider when evaluating a CMS that will help you select the ideal CMS for your project.


  • Gabe Sumner, Developer Evangelist at Telerik
  • Martin Kirov, Executive Vice President of the Sitefinity CMS division of Telerik

REGISTER NOW (by invite only event, use password: TelerikAustralia)

Streamline Development with ASP.NET MVC Extensions & Speeding up Development Using 3rd Party Controls - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tired of dealing with the bloated pages generated by your WebForms application? Wondering what the whole deal is with MVC? Already into MVC but want to get maximum performance and functionality out of your applications? In this presentation we will take a look at how ASP.NET MVC, together with the Telerik MVC Extensions, can have you developing applications with high performance and functionality, while output light-weight and easily readable HTML.

Learn how to cut Silverlight development time significantly using your new Telerik RadControls. As a TechDays attendee, you will receive a complimentary license for Telerik’s RadControls for Silverlight. This TurboTalk will demonstrate how you can speed up application development while adding more functionality to your Silverlight applications with the Telerik tools. See how high-performance data controls like RadGridView and RadChart can take your applications to the next level. See how layout controls like RadDocking and RadTileView can add both richness and increased functionality, helping you maximize screen real estate. And see how RadRichTextBox is unlocking Silverlight’s power to enable editing of HTML, DOCX, and XAML content. Jumpstart your development with the RadControls for Silverlight and get the most out of your new tools by joining this developer-to-developer talk.


  • Malcolm Sheridan, Microsoft awarded MVP in ASP.NET
  • Jordan Knight, Solution Architect | Microsoft MVP - Silverlight

REGISTER NOW (by invite only event, use password: DevelopersRock)

All attendees will receive a copy of Telerik JustCode, valued at $199.

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Sydney .NET User Group -
The best place to learn .NET for free in Sydney

.NET User Group

6 days to go!

Sydney .NET User Group
Wednesday 16th March 2011
5:45pm - 9:00pm
Microsoft, Sydney
1 Epping Road, North Ryde

Behind the Scenes with Telerik

Speaker: Joel Semeniuk

Telerik is the #1 .net vendor used by millions of people.

Ever wonder what goes into a startup project at Telerik? Ever wonder how technical and functional decisions are made? Want to see how Telerik TeamPulse is being built? For the technology used, design patterns employed, challenges faced, as well as team practices? In this session, Joel Semeniuk, Executive VP for Telerik’s new Team Productivity division, will give you a very rare inside look behind stage of TeamPulse.

To see more details and RSVP, please visit our facebook .NET group or our LinkedIn .NET group.

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SSW and Telerik FREE Joint Event

.NET User Group

8 days to go!

Friday 18th March 2011
9:00am - 12:00pm
SSW, Sydney
Suite 13, 81-91 Military Rd,
Neutral Bay

Taking Agile Teams from an Idea to a Test - Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The hardest aspects of an Agile project are getting started and knowing when you’re done. Where do requirements come from and what should they look like? How do you make sure that your project aligns to its original intent? How to you use Agile estimation and planning to go from an idea into a plan? How can you help ensure your team is following best practices as well as track progress? How can you ensure the ongoing quality of your software, even as it rapidly evolves.

In this session, Telerik will address all of these questions by discussing best practices as well as demonstrating how their productivity and testing tools can dramatically improve quality while reducing waste and rework and increasing team efficiency and focus.


  • Joel Semeniuk, Executive VP, Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft ALM MVP
  • Chris Eyehorn, Executive VP
  • Stephen Forte, CSO

No need to register for this one. All are welcome so just turn up.

Canberra .NET User Group -
The best place to learn .NET for free in Canberra

Canberra User Group

11 days to go!

Canberra .NET Developers User Group
Monday 21st March 2010

Lunch: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
King O'Malley's Irish Pub
131 City Walk
Canberra City

Dinner: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Microsoft Canberra Branch
Walter Turnbull Building
Level 2, 44 Sydney Ave
Barton ACT

.NET Interop – Manage the Unmanaged Code

Speaker: Sunil Hargunani

This presentation/workshop addresses how to accelerate application development through the use of Managed and Unmanaged Code Interworking and the reuse of existing software components, without or with minor modifications, to provide SoA (Service oriented Architecture).

The following topics will be addressed:

  • C++ COM / Dll’s used in C# world
  • C++ code interfacing to Webservices for SOA
  • How to make COM component in C#

So, feel free to bring your notebooks and laptops for this step by step approach to interoperability.

We are currently looking for potential speakers for future sessions. Anyone who is interested in speaking at the Canberra .NET User Group in the future should contact Adam Cogan on 04 1985 1995 or email him.

To see more details and RSVP, please visit our facebook .NET group or our LinkedIn .NET group.

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SSW Brain Quest -
Team Foundation Server and SharePoint 2010


SSW Brain Quest Full Day Event:
9:00am - 6:00pm. 28th March - Brisbane

Team Foundation Server 2010 for Successful Project Management by Adam Cogan

Visual Studio Ultimate (formerly Visual Studio Team System (VSTS)) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) are the cornerstones of development on the Microsoft .NET platform. These are the best tools for a project manager to have successful projects and for the developers to have a focused and smooth software development process.

Come and see Adam Cogan, Microsoft Regional Director, VSTS Champ and Chief Architect from SSW show you:

  • How to successfully gather requirements with User stories
  • The right way to use work items
  • The way to complete a work items and send a 'done'
  • Use templates for your standard work items
  • The extra work items that developers always forget
  • What is good and bad about Excel and Project integration
  • What you can use from the built in reporting as well as the Project portals available on from the SharePoint dashboard
  • The important reports to give your Project Manager

Walk away knowing how to see the project health and progress. Visual Studio Ultimate is designed to help address many of these traditional problems faced by project managers. It does so by providing a set of integrated tools to help teams improve their software development activities and to help project managers better support the software development processes.

During this session we will cover the lifecycle of creating work items and tracking of releases using Visual Studio Ultimate and Team Foundation Server.

Visual Studio 2010 Team System - An Overview

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Team System is an integrated software development platform to build the mission-critical applications that businesses depend on. It extends Visual Studio's integrated and productive experience from the developer to the entire development team by delivering powerful new role-based tools for software architects, developers, testers and project managers. In this session you will see an overview of these tools and how they can improve your software development cycle.

Visual Studio 2010 Testing with Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 - the life of a bug

Visual Studio 2010 makes up a large part of a .Net developers life. This session will delve into the 'life of a bug' by taking a walk in the shoes of an everyday bug from discovery to release (and the steps that make up the in between). Come along and check out the new features that will make you happier by making your code better, your job easier, and your team more productive by reducing the obstacles you face in your everyday coding life. Learn:

  • What the new features for testers and developers
  • How you now care - even if the tester can't reproduce the bug
  • How to stop struggling to find the source of the bug in your code
  • How can you streamline the testing process and make sure you don't repeat the same bugs
  • How to automate more and reproduce bugs easier and discover problems sooner.
What's new in SharePoint 2010

In this session Adam Cogan will provide information about what is new in SharePoint 2010 and his personal favorites. The SharePoint Team has invested in many including:

  • UX support for Silverlight and Ajax
  • their Web Content Management System
  • Digital Asset Management System (for videos)
  • Visual Studio 2010 tools for SharePoint 2010
  • Developer Platform
  • Office 2010 integration
  • RESTful Web API
  • Tagging and Rating

Let's see what's good and what's not.

Something About Mary (SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010)

Come see Adam Cogan explain what works well with SharePoint and Office for Mary and the other knowledge workers.

First you will get an overview of what is great about having SharePoint in your business. Then see real world examples of:

  • Using SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 together (Comparing with what with had with 2007)
  • Where it fits with other important Microsoft products like CRM 4 and TFS
  • Examples of how Word and Excel can be integrated into business processes (separate from SharePoint), and then followed by
  • Examples of how Word, Excel, PowerPoint can be combined with SharePoint to improve visibility/searchability/versioning across the company
  • Overview of how data can be synchronised between the two (e.g. using Access and Excel)
  • Overview of what 'workflow' (really!) means
  • How Office can be incorporated into company workflows with SharePoint
  • High level examples of using/integrating Office with other products (e.g. VSTS integration with Outlook)
  • Where VBA and VSTO fit in terms of how solutions can be developed
  • Examples of other interesting Office/SharePoint integrations (e.g. the Atlassian SharePoint Connector and Office Connector)

This is a good chance for you to consider new ways of using Office in your company, along with pitfalls to avoid. Adam gets excited about this session because too often companies limit Office to just an email application, word processor and spreadsheet - completely missing the positive impact it can have on the entire business process.

Price (ex GST)
TFS 2010
28 MAR 2010
31 MAR 2010

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Scrum Training Course


Scrum Training Course
Cost: $3995 + GST
Cost for UG Members: $2995 + GST

This course is normally $3995 but there is a limited offer for User Group members to do the course at $2995 + GST


This Scrum Developer course is a unique and intensive five-day experience for software developers. The course guides teams on how to turn product requirements into potentially shippable increments of software using the Scrum framework, Visual Studio 2010, and modern software engineering practices. Attendees will work in self-organizing, self-managing teams using a common instance of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 to achieve this goal.

Find out more and Register

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SSW Update

March 2011


Due to the tremendous growth that our business has experienced over the last few months, we are seeking enthusiastic people to join the SSW team.

Our Company is based in Neutral Bay which is one of the most elegant and scenic areas of Sydney. SSW is an Australian owned progressive consulting firm specialising in building, implementing and maintaining Microsoft .NET software applications.

We are currently strongly looking for a Marketing and Social Networking Manager.

We are also currently looking for:

  • Marketing and Social Networking Manager
  • ASP.NET, VB.NET, C#, OLAP, SharePoint Software Developer
  • Technical BDM in Melbourne, Brisbane, or Canberra
  • IT Senior Marketing Consultant (part-time)
  • Project Manager

Read more and Apply NOW...

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