NE Bytes

Microsoft Technology Usergroup in the North East of England.

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Automating Postman and Microsoft AI

We have two speakers this month on two different topics.

How to move from Manual Testing to Automated Testing with Postman

In this session, we'll first go through what Postman is and see how it's commonly being used. Then we'll jump into some demos to see how it can be used for more than single endpoint testing and for most steps of the development lifecycle. We'll also look at the different integrations available (from GitHub, to Azure API Management, to Datadog etc.).

Unfortunately, our original speaker, Arlemi is not available but Ian has stepped in to take this place.

Ian Douglas

I am a long-time open-source developer, educator, manager and mentor. I encourage everyone around me to share their collective knowledge, and am a strong champion of diversity in the tech industry. When I'm not working, I'm live-streaming about career advancement and interview preparation, tinkering with 3D printing or IoT projects, or telling dad jokes on Twitter.

Microsoft & AI

Microsoft & AI discusses the latest innovations for how you can search with Microsoft Bing and what you can create with Microsoft Designer powered by AI and will show off some of the capabilities of these new innovations from Microsoft.

Peter Bull

Peter Bull is a software developer with over three decades of personal experience and over two decades of professional experience as a software developer, including working on a variety of platforms and has written tutorials and workshops on Peter also has a keen interest in all things Microsoft including their latest technologies and their older products such as the Zune digital music players going so far to write a digital coffee table book about them at!

If you are interested...

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We have been a virtual group meeting through Microsoft Teams since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will remain virtual for the short-tem but regularly re-evaluate with the hope of going back to in-person meet-ups soon.

When we are back in-person ...

We meet on the third Wednesday of every month except in December where we meet on the second Wednesday.

Each meeting usually consists of two one hour long sessions from speakers from the UK, Europe and beyond. One session will cover a Development topic and the second an IT Pro topic. In between the talks, there is a 30 minute break for food, refreshments and time for you to chat with the other attendees.

We are looking for a new in-person venue! If you can offer us space for one evening a month, please get in touch.

Code of Conduct

NE Bytes is dedicated to providing a harassment-free community for everyone, regardless of sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, body size, race, nationality, or religious beliefs. We do not tolerate harassment of community members in any form. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the community at the discretion of the NE Bytes organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments related to sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, body size, race, nationality, or religious beliefs, deliberate intimidation, threats, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any NE Bytes event or communication channel. Community members asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a community member engages in harassing behavior, the NE Bytes organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, expulsion from the NE Bytes community. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an NE Bytes organizer immediately, or as soon as you feel comfortable doing so.

If you have questions or feedback about this Code of Conduct please contact one of the organizers.

This Code of Conduct, like its inspiration from the Portland Python User Group, is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license.

Our Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors for helping make this meetup happen! Interested in sponsoring? Contact us by email.

About the organizers

Derek Graham

Derek Graham

Derek Graham is a Principal Developer at Sage UK, helping to deliver cloud-based business solutions in .Net on Azure. He has experience in real-time motion control, ERP stock control and barcoding systems, software licensing, developer tooling and shrink-wrapped software. His main areas of interest are in using agile methods to help improve what we ship, XP, TDD, continuous and deliberate learning, visual thinking, design and, of course, code.
Brett Miller

Brett Miller

Brett is a music obsessed, Microsoft MVP and Platform Engineer at Capgemini

NE Bytes has had a few organizers over it's lifetime. You can read about the founders in The Hall of Fame.


You don't need to be a professional speaker or an expert to talk at NE Bytes. We love to hear from people with a good idea or an interesting talk proposal and we'll work with you to help refine your idea.

If you have a question or would like to propose a session, please reach out to either of the organizers on social media, or email us.