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Microsoft Ignite

Tuesday, 17th November our Application Developers Ben and Kat headed out, ready to connect, learn and innovate over four days at the Microsoft Ignite conference. The conference was held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in sunny Queensland. 

It is not surprising that our two tech-minded team members were so excited about attending Australia’s largest tech conference where they were able to connect or reconnect with peers, Microsoft experts and speakers. Kat saying, “Everyone was in their element; there was great food and the entire event was very well organised.” The Gold Coast was the perfect location for soaking up the sun with stunning views and an extra special ‘after hours’ celebration at Movie World where the guys were able to enjoy exclusive access to the big thrill rides, a feast with drinks and mingle in an exhilarating setting. 

As if the rollercoaster’s at movie World weren’t thrilling enough, Kat and Ben have arrived back to our office on Monday, equipped with the latest news about Microsoft’s new direction with ASP.NET version 5. 

Check out Ben and Kat's highlights of the Ignite conference below:


SQL Spatial 

The ability to data in an SQL Server database based on geographical or geometric location. This could be utilised in client applications, for example, by finding the closest store to a customer and also research into where clients are purchasing in relation to where they live.


ASP.NET - vnext

The next version of the framework that is expected to be released in Q1 2016. The vnext framework is a complete rewrite of the framework. Some of the features include the ability to run websites using different versions of the .net framework side by side on the same server, an optimized request pipeline meaning that requests for different resources can be processed faster, cross-platform support for Linux and Mac, and many more. 

Roslyn compiler

A new .net compiler included with the release of Visual Studio 2015. Includes new language features that can be used during development.

Entity Framework 7

The next version of the object-relational mapping framework we are currently using for communication between our applications and their databases. This is still currently in development, but they are looking for a v1 release in Q1 2016.


Stand-out Speakers:

>    Troy Hunt - MVP for Developer Security. Spoke about his first-hand experiences with Azure websites and website security.
>    Greg Low – SQL Server MVP. Gave a rapid introduction to items relating to querying databases and improving query performance.
>    Jonathan Ruckert – Outlined some fundamental changes and improvements in vNext and entity framework 7.

Kat and Ben are now buzzing with new innovative ways to accelerate application development and with an eagerness to learn and keep up-to-date in the space. Kat said, “Ignite was a great opportunity to learn about technology you wouldn’t normally use or come across. I now feel compelled to research more in my spare time”. The Ignite conference gives the team a huge opportunity to not only learn and develop their skills, but will also benefit Zeroseven clients’ in their future projects. 

Read more about Microsoft ignite and watch highlights from this years event here.

Scroll through the official hashtag #MSAUIGNITE to see posts and highlights of the day on social media.