Wednesday, May 23, 2018

GPUG Amplify South Africa 2018 - Preconference Day 2

Friday, May 18, 2018

What would a delectable breakfast look like without Vegemite?

Toast bread with butter and Vegemite

After breakfast, we were picked up by Adriaan and his cousin, to be taken to The Canvas Riversands Venue, a modern business incubation hub, for our Developer Day Session with the Braintree software development team. This magnificent facility will also serve as the primary venue for GPUG Amplify South Africa 2018.

The Canvas Riversands Venue

Panoramic view of the outside theatre at The Canvas Riversands

The day started by requesting developers to propose the topics they wanted to cover. As topics were voiced out, we added them to a PowerPoint slide we created on-the-fly, with an Agenda title. We have to confess, this was a little intimidating as we weren't sure what topics would be requested, nor did we prepare any material to address any of the items requested. This would be a freeform presentation and we would have to catalog each topic in subject matter segments that we could reconcile into coherent units. At the end of the topics request, the agenda took the following shape:

Microsoft Dexterity
Source Code Control with Visual Studio Team Services
Packaging and Deploying Dexterity Applications

Deploying Microsoft Dynamics GP on Azure
Developing Azure Functions 
Leveraging PowerApps and Flow

Azure Stack 
Azure Blockchain

Microsoft Build 2018

During the first half of the day, we cover all the Microsoft Dexterity proposed topics and went through an in-depth look at the software development lifecycle of a Dex application.

From left to right: Ross Pelser, Deon Dalebout, Pieter Cornelius, Ben Strachan, Loodt Van Niekerk, Adriaan Davel, Christo Booysen, David Musgrave

In the back, from left to right:
Ben Strachan, Deon Dalebout, Ross Pelser, Adriaan Davel, Loodt Van Niekerk, Adriaan Van Maanen, Christo Booysen
In the afternoon, we covered the remaining agenda items and showed practical examples of developing Azure Functions and PowerApps and Flow.

The team had a special interest in understanding the trends emerging from the recent Microsoft Build 2018 conference in Seattle. We touched up on the AI powered cloud, which stood out as primary topic, then looked at Microsoft Azure Stack and the Azure Blockchain Workbench.

Back at the hotel, I took a power nap, then met up with Adriaan and Liezl Davel for dinner. We spent a lovely evening at the excellent Kai Thai Restaurant talking about life in America - Adriaan and Liezl are in the process of relocating to the USA. After a long day, it was time to call it a day and be up early for the next adventure.

Until next post,

Mariano Gomez, MVP

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