Upcoming Session Details

May Online User Group: Setting up your ultimate dev environment

May Online User Group: Setting up your ultimate dev environment

19 May 2021 (5:45 PM - 10:00 PM AEST)2 Days to go

Type:User Groups

Presenter:Matt Wicks

Join us live at SSW Sydney – There will be news, chats, pizza and a Live Stream for those who can't be there in person:
SSW TV -----> www.ssw.com.au/live/

For those joining us in person:

  • 6pm - Pizza
  • 6:30 - Live feed kicks off with the news
  • 7pm - Matt Wicks's talk
Setting up your ultimate dev environment

Everyone wants the ultimate dev environment - but more CPU, RAM, and (let's be honest) screens aren't necessarily the best ways to improve your life as a developer.

There is a myriad of tools out there and ways to customise them; in this talk, Matt will take you through all the tools he uses and will share his tips and tricks on how to get the most out of them to improve your life as a developer.

After this talk, you'll be able to improve your dev environment and also your entire team's productivity.

About the speaker:

Matt is an SSW Solution Architect, Certified Scrum Master and one of four Microsoft certified DevOps fast track partner consultants in Australia.

He has been developing solutions using the full Microsoft stack since .NET 2 was in beta.

Matt loves DevOps, DevOps and DevOps. These days he prefers Azure DevOps Build Pipelines over Octopus and Bamboo. Matt likes clean architecture, using the right tool for the job, seeing developers push changes to production with confidence, automated tests, building solutions on Azure, and now he never has to reminisce about Webforms.

Online .NET User Group

June Online User Group: Microservice architecture that rocks (featuring Docker)

16 Jun 2021 (6:00 PM - 10:00 PM AEST)30 Days to go

Type:User Groups

Presenter:Kosta Madorsky

Microservice architecture that rocks (featuring Docker) with Kosta Madorsky

Abstract TBA

About the Speaker:

Kosta is a Senior Software Architect based in SSW's Sydney office. He is passionate about innovations and effective delivery of services.

Kosta's experience covers developing software using several programming languages and technologies, practical data analysis, designing and developing solutions from scratch as well as promptly improving, debugging and optimising clients' systems.

Live from Sydney - Online for everywhere else!

July Online User Group: Session TBA with Nelly Satari

21 Jul 2021 (12:00 AM - 12:00 AM AEST)65 Days to go

Type:User Groups

Presenter:Nelly Satari


We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

Online attendance

Join us via Live Webcast - click here to join. The live kicks off at 6:30pm.



Physical attendance is recommended. (Currently not happening due to COVID-19)

SSW Chapel

Level 1
81-91 Military Rd
Neutral Bay, NSW 2089

Limited Street Parking is available.

Why - 3 Great Reasons to Attend The .NET User Group

  • Learn
  • Build contacts
  • Socialize*
* For information on why we spell this the American way.

Recent Sessions

Find previous sessions on SSW TV.


Every month SSW hosts the Sydney .NET User Group, where developers come together to learn about the latest technologies from local and internationally renowned experts. Topics focus on .NET and other Microsoft technologies (Azure, DevOps, SharePoint, Xamarin and more), full stack development (Angular, React and more), as well as exciting opportunities to learn about the latest industry trends and even tips on presenting from world class speakers.

Sydney User Group audience



Free to attend.

What people are saying

Developers are already good at writing code. Writing reams of code just digs you deeper into an already deeply specialized skill. What I am proposing is that we spend less time coding and more time developing skills in other areas that complement our coding skills. Become a better writer. Become a better speaker. Improve your personal skills. Participate in the community. Try to spend some time talking to people instead of the compiler. That's how you distinguish yourself from your peers. And that's ultimately how you become a better software developer, too. Jeff Atwood

Social events

For people who attend in person at our SSW Neutral Bay venue, we all catch up for pizza and a beer after the meeting. We head over to The Oaks (just over the road) for beautiful oven fired pizza and other delicious meals.


This is how we run it:
5min Who are the first timers?
20min News (usually by Adam Cogan)
90min Session
15min Q&A and pizza
5min Retro (the good and bad) as per Do you know what happens at a Sprint Retrospective Meeting?

Stuff we talk about?

  • React
  • Angular
  • Web API
  • LINQ
  • jQuery
  • CSS / HTML
  • Azure DevOps and Scrum
  • ALM tooling and processes (e.g. Continuous Integration)
  • Azure
  • Office 365
  • SharePoint
  • CRM
  • Xamarin
  • Cordova
  • Hot Sites
  • Hot Blogs

Look forward to seeing you there!

I Would Like to Present

  1. Most speakers present in all cities - Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and last is Sydney which is live streamed the recording is posted on tv.ssw.com a couple of days later.

    Every month the User Group is full of highly technical early adopters of technology and our attendees are always open to seeing presentations on the latest technologies. We welcome companies and guest presenters to present new topics and new gadgets. We do encourage you to delve beyond the sales and marketing pitch and show us how it was built, not just why it was built. Here's a quick list of some tips for presenters:

    • Presentation needs to be directed at a highly technical audience (No sales pitch)
    • Introduce new technology
    • Samples and giveaway prizes for attendees are great
    • Prior to the meeting do a rehearsal - make a time with Adam
    • Send a summary of your presentation for inclusion into the SSW Newsletter (one week prior to the User Group)
    • Your session will be recorded by the guys from SSW TV straight from the projector cable. Very simpler for presenters

    If you think you're up for the challenge and have something new to show us please contact Adam Cogan.

  2. For the scheduled presenters, we will send you an email before the Sydney .NET User Group to remind you of things you need to bring/do.

    Remember, the Sydney presentation is going to be recorded AND streamed live to our website, so our video guys want to make sure you're aware of a few things:

    • Please be at the SSW Sydney Offices at 5:00 so we have enough time to get everything up and running properly. You can find the directions to our office here.
    • Make sure that your laptop has a HDMI, Display Port, or a DVI connection. (Basically anything besides VGA)
    • It would also be helpful to already have VS2012, 2013, 2015 Productivity Tools installed on your computer as per the rule Do you enable presentation mode in Visual Studio?
    • For more tips and tricks on better ways to enhance your presentations, read through our Rules to Better Powerpoint Presentations.
    • You will need to create 3 questions based on your presentation, to go with the video once it goes live. Please have these ready when you arrive to present

Who Organizes It?

The User Group is organized by its president Adam Cogan, who can be contacted at SSW on +61 2 9953 3000. Contact Adam directly via mobile on 04 1985 1995, or by email at his profile.

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