Hacking C#, ReST

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

"Hacking C#" with Simon Painter

"I don't know about you, but I'm a lazy developer. What do I mean by lazy? I don't mean I don't want to do my work - far from it - I mean that I hate to write out a great deal of code to get the job done. I want to accomplish my goals with as little effort as possible.

One of my pet hates is writing enhancements that involve copying and pasting blocks of code, changing a variable name, then leaving everything else the same. I hate having to consider each and every possible null reference exception, and adding in a whole ton of boilerplate to handle it. I hate having to spent ages jumping back and forth in a legacy codebase, trying to understand what it actually does!

What's the alternative? In this talk, I'll demonstrate a way of working that avoids all this unnecessary work, and gives you more time to do something more productive.

We'll look at:

  • Functional Programming - what benefits does this increasingly popular paradigm bring us to cut down coding effort
  • LINQ & Generics - These have been a part of C# for a long time now, and are some of the most powerful features available in the language, but hardly anyone seems to be using them effectively
  • MetaProgramming - break open C# and take it to the next level with code that describes how to generate code

Our goal is to write code in as few lines as possible that provides the greatest amount of impact. We also want code that's readable, and easily maintainable. We want to think smart, and think...Lazy.

"20 years of ReST, are we there yet?" with Sebastien Lambla

"ReST was formalised 20 years ago now, and continues to be a source of debate amongst developers. Sebastien has been coding such systems since the noughties. In this session he’ll do a quick overview of the state of ReST today, and will then engage with all attendees in a Q&A session, until asked to stop :)"

"Corriculo Recruitment - Market Update" with Megan Robertson

In this 10-minute talk, our sponsors gave an update to the current market situation in regards to COVID19. This is a follow-on to Megan's previous lightning talk in April.


(see above for speakers' links)


  • Corriculo Recruitment - Kindly covering the venue, drinks, and helping us at each event
  • Everstack - Dan's company, helping organise and manage the user group
  • JetBrains - Prize draw sponsor (any JB product the winner likes)
  • Manning Books - Prize draw sponsor (ebook of winner's choice)

Prize Draw Winners

  • Jetbrains #1: Matt G
  • Jetbrains #2: Sharanu T
  • Manning ebook: Tom W