July 2014 Meetup!!

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The July 2014 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for July 21st from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Cross-Platform Mobile Development!

Abstract:
It’s 2014 and it’s insane not to support every mobile platform to reach broadest user base. Let’s keep this simple: Cross-platform Hybrid Mobile development | One codebase | Telerik Platform| AppBuilder | HTML5/JS | Cordova | IDEs | Backend Services | Prototype/Test/Deploy/Manage | End-to-End Mobile.

Anything else special?
Yep – you’ll get a preview of the new Windows 8.1 Store app for our UG!

Speaker Bio:
Samidip Basu (@samidip) is a technologist, Apress/Pluralsight author, speaker, Microsoft MVP, believer in software craftsmanship, gadget-lover and Developer Advocate for Telerik. With a long developer background, he now spends much of his time advocating modern web/mobile/cloud development platforms on Microsoft/Telerik stacks. He passionately helps run The Windows Developer User Group (http://thewindowsdeveloperusergroup.com/), labors in M3 Conf (http://m3conf.com/) organization, serves as INETA Secretary (http://www.ineta.org/) and can be found with at-least a couple of hobbyist projects at any time. His spare times call for travel and culinary adventures with the wife. Find out more at http://samidipbasu.com.

Please RSVP on our Meetup site @ http://www.meetup.com/windowsdevug/. Come join us!

June 2014 Meetup!!

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The June 2014 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for June 16th from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Azure Mobile Services!

Abstract:
Windows Azure Mobile Services serves as your mobile backend in the cloud & provides a straightforward way to connect your data to multiple applications across any mobile platform. In this presentation, Dave will show how to expose cloud data via a REST interface and connect to that data from applications running on Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOs and Android. You will learn how to secure your data and to send push notification to your client application. This is not your age-old backend services talk – come prepared to dig into advanced topics like notification hubs, security, identity, x-plat push notifications & much more!

Speaker Bio:
David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades.  Currently, David helps people build solutions & applications in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at www.DavidGiard.com.  His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons. Find him on Twitter at @DavidGiard.

Please RSVP on our Meetup site @ http://www.meetup.com/windowsdevug/. Come join us!

May 2014 Meetup!!

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The May 2014 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for May 19th from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Building Universal Apps for Windows!

Abstract:
With the release of Windows Phone 8.1, the Windows Phone & Windows 8 Store app development is converging into a common model. Come learn about this new way to develop apps on the Microsoft platform. No longer do you need to select between the smartphone or tablet/PC form factors – it’s all in one codebase with shared components & even UI. There will many demos & walkthroughs showing off the features of Universal App development. Chris will show several in-development apps and what he has learned so far.

Speaker Bio:
Chris Ellis is a consultant at Fast Switch located in Columbus, Ohio. In a career that spans over 20 years, he has had clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to one person startups. Thriving on the most challenging projects, he passionately strives to deliver value to the customer. He considers himself lucky to wake up every day and develop software. For the past three years, he has been spending time developing mobile apps on the Microsoft technology stack. Chris is @ellisc2 on Twitter.

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April 2014 Meetup!!

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The April 2014 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for April 21st from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
End-to-End Async and Await!

Abstract:
Async-Await is the coolest new C# feature since LINQ, Lambda Expressions and Extension Methods.  It is a very powerful feature for asynchronous programming that can improve performance & responsiveness, and it deserves a place in your tool belt.  While its elegant simplicity is documented in countless blog posts, the vast majority of those completely bypass its nuances and best practices.  This presentation’s goal is to remedy that situation by equipping developers with the knowledge to use Async-Await effectively and responsibly.

Speaker Bio:
Vince Fabro is the Practice Manager of the Enterprise Microsoft Solutions practice at Cardinal Solution’s Columbus, Ohio, branch.  Vince loves building things and fixing things, and working with teams to achieve success.  He’s been applying those passions to the IT industry for well over 20 years now – the past 20 as a consultant wearing many hats (developer, trainer, architect, mentor, manager).  As a former certified trainer he has enjoyed training hundreds of students, and has presented technology topics at IT conferences and user groups for many years.  Vince has specialized in Microsoft’s .Net technology stack for more than a decade now, and is always striving to learn more effective ways to build applications that solve challenging IT problems.  Vince attended The Ohio State University to earn both his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and his Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering.  He thoroughly enjoys his work, as well as bicycling, skiing, and traveling with his family. Find Vince @ Email: VFabro@CardinalSolutions.com; Twitter: @vfabro.

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March 2014 Meetup!!

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The March 2014 Meetup of the The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for March 17th from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Real-World Windows 8.1 App with C#/XAML!

Abstract:
Developer to developer. In this session, Peter Lu shares his lessons learnt (success/failure) during the design & development of his new Windows Store app from scratch. Discussion points will include creativity,  design,  technology choices and engineering prospects.  Expect a full-on technology walkthrough as Peter shares his thoughts/work with SSML (Text To Speech), SQLite, MVVM pattern, multi-language support,  Web API with EF, Live Tile, In-app Purchases, Search, Toast notification using Notification hubs, Secondary tiles & overall use of Windows Azure.

Speaker Bio:
Peter Lu is a .NET application developer since .NET 1.0. Peter holds all kinds of Microsoft developer certifications since 2001, with the last certification being Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in C# 4.0. Peter works for HP Enterprise as .NET Enterprise Application Architect during daytime. Peter has been working with Windows Store app development since March 2013 and started working on a Windows 8.1 Store App since July 2013. This first Windows 8.1 app, named the Spelling Champion, was published back in Jan 2014 and is ready for a public walkthrough of the code & engineering choices made, while Peter is already working on the second release of the app. While working as application architect at his day job and doing Windows development in his spare time, Peter also actively blogs on topics related to software technology and software engineering.

Please RSVP on our Meetup site @ http://www.meetup.com/windowsdevug/. Come join us!

February 2014 Meetup!!

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The February 2014 Meetup of the The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for February 8th. This is a special one!

What are we doing:
Our very own Windows DevUnleashed Hackathon! Love building Windows apps? Want to leverage cloud power through Windows Azure? Come build your dream app with us, with experts delivering short lectures before we pair up and hack all day! Did we mention awesome prizes you could win!

Where?
We’re switching from our usual monthly UG meetup location to accommodate a bigger group. The Hackathon will be held @

The Microsoft Polaris Office
8800 Lyra Drive, 4th Floor
Columbus, OH 43240

When?
Saturday February 8th, 8:30 AM- 6:30 PM.

How can I register?
Simply head to - http://www.eventbrite.com/e/windows-devunleashed-hackathon-tickets-10214294229

What are we celebrating?
Glad you asked! Part of the reason for us to set aside our usual monthly UG meetup, in favor of a fun hackathon is the spirit of celebration. Turns out, our longest supporter, INETA hits 11 years this February and it’s all the more reason to make merry! INETA’s Birthday celebrates the tremendous support system that most technical User Groups have enjoyed for years from INETA’s affiliation. Our passionate developer community has enjoyed countless speakers, logistical help & recognition from INETA. So, we want to participate with the huge developer community across North America (details @ http://ineta.org/birthday/default.aspx), as we join hands to celebrate INETA’s Birthday. UG members can expect special Birthday kits & gifts from INETA!

From The Windows Developer User Group:
We raise our glass for cheers to INETA! Happy Birthday!

January 2014 Meetup!!

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The January 2014 Meetup of the The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for January 20th from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Cloud Backend for your Mobile Apps!

Abstract:
Backend-As-a-Service. It is the buzzword for most cloud providers to lure Mobile application developers into the stack. Through SDKs and easy handling of services/data/users, it has become super easy to augment your mobile solutions with cloud support. Here’s the short run down of what we will cover:

-      Cross-platform versatility of REST APIs
-      Storage, validation & manipulation of Data
-      User Authentication (social) & Authorization
-      Seamless Push Notifications across platforms
-      Notification Hubs & Schedulers

Think Azure Mobile Services rocks? How does the Telerik Everlive Backend Service stack up? What’s right for your mobile app & more. Give me 1.5 hours of your time – I promise it’ll be well spent knowing BaaS from basics to real-world implementations.

Speaker Bio:
Samidip Basu (@samidip) is a technologist, author, speaker, Client-Dev Microsoft MVP, gadget-lover and Senior Software Trainer for Telerik. With a strong developer background in Microsoft technology stack, he now spends much of his time evangelizing Windows 8/ Windows Phone platforms & cloud-supported mobile solutions in general. Web technologies do not miss his love either. He passionately helps run The Windows Developer User Group (http://thewindowsdeveloperusergroup.com/), labors in M3 Conf (http://m3conf.com/) organization, serves as INETA Secretary (http://www.ineta.org/) and can be found with at-least a couple of hobbyist projects at any time. His spare times call for travel and culinary adventures with the wife. Find out more at http://samidipbasu.com.

Please RSVP on our Meetup site @ http://www.meetup.com/windowsdevug/. Come join us!