January 2016 Meetup!!

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The January 2016 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for January 18th from 6PM to 8PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Feed Your Inner Data Scientist.  JavaScript tools for data visualization and filtering!

Abstract:
It seems like every day a new JavaScript package is created. It can be overwhelming to keep up with all of them. This session will discuss some JavaScript packages that will make analyzing and displaying data a snap. We will discuss D3.js, CrossFilter.js, DC.js and jQuery DataTables.

Speaker Bio:
Doug is a Principal Consultant at Improving Enterprises in Columbus Ohio. He started developing software as a high school freshman on a TRS-80 16K. Since then he developed software for Graphics Kiosks, Rules Engines, Specialized Hardware and ASP.Net websites. Over the last couple years, he has helped grow the Windows Phone & Windows 8 Developer Community in Central Ohio and he spends his free time developing Windows 8 and Windows Phone applications. Connect at @Doug_Mair

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

December 2015 Meetup – Holiday Party!!

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The December 2015 Meetup of the The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for December 21st. This is a special one! Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

What is it:
2015 Holiday Party + One epic Game night!

Where:
Improving Enterprises
One Easton Oval, Suite # 175
Columbus, OH 43219.

When:
December 21st, 6PM to …  :)

Who’s Coming:
All members of The Windows Developer User Group are welcome, as well as one friend each. Please make sure to RSVP so that we have an accurate headcount. Also, we’re joining hands with our friends at The Central Ohio Cloud Computing User Group. This will be one awesome holiday party!

What’s the Tech talk topic:
None! We’ve had great talks for the last 11 months of the year .. it’s time to kick back & simply enjoy the holidays!

What are we doing:
One epic Game Night! Think XBox & Ping Pong, think Board Games! Bring all you can.

Anything to Eat/Drink:
Glad you asked. Good food & beer .. it’s the Holidays after all :)

Anything Else:
Several other tech meetups in Columbus are converging for a combined Christmas Party. You are encouraged to attend as well. Here’s the EventBrite Registration.

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

August 2015 Meetup!!

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The October 2015 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for October 19th from 6PM to 8PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Learning Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform development using Unity 5.2!

Abstract:
In this session, we will learn about Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and what is new in Unity 5.2.

Introduced with Windows 10, the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) provides a common application platform and APIs for every device running Windows 10. We will explore creating a single app package that will run on multiple Windows devices with ease. Unity 5.x, on the other hand, continues to add features to make a powerful game development platform. I was able to attend the Unity Unite conference in Boston and want to share what I learned. We will look at the added support for UWP and other features announced at the Unity Unite Conference.

Speaker Bio:
With over twenty years experience in software development, Chris Ellis has had the pleasure of delivering many solutions on many platforms in many different programming languages. From helping one person startups to worldwide corporations, he likes to help troubleshoot and solve the problems his clients encounter. And now, he brings all that experience to the Windows ecosystem, along with a passion for game development with Unity. Connect with Chris at @ellisc2.

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

September 2015 Meetup!

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The September 2015 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for September 21st from 6PM to 8PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Introduction to NativeScript!

Abstract:
Want to go cross-platform with your mobile apps? NativeScript is a framework for building truly native cross-platform apps, with JavaScript! Oh, you can go with TypeScript as well. And it’s all free & open source!

Let’s unwrap – Native iOS/Android/Windows Phone apps | Single codebase | Entire native platform API access | Pure JS/CSS layer | Common XML UI | Native UX | App Architectures | Data Bindings | Integrations | CLI Tooling | Choice of IDEs | Deployment story.

The future is here – let’s build the next generation of X-Plat Mobile apps with NativeScript!

Anything Special?
Yup, this Sep meetup will be the official Ohio stop for Summer of NativeScript. We’re joining 14 countries across 6 continents!

Speaker Bio:
Sam 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. His spare times call for travel and culinary adventures with the wife. Find out more at http://samidipbasu.com.

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August 2015 Meetup!!

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The August 2015 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for August 17th from 6PM to 8PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Giving Clarity to LINQ Queries by Extending Expressions!

Abstract:
In this session we’ll learn about .NET Expression trees by discovering how they work and applying the knowledge to LINQ using the pipes and filters pattern.

LINQ and Entity Framework are both commonly used in the .NET ecosystem, but even well-written applications can have LINQ queries that are difficult to understand. Because LINQ is so flexible, it can be written in ways that fail to communicate the developer’s intent. Well-written LINQ should be so clear as to be self-documenting. To write clear LINQ, it helps to understand the details of a few LINQ components that improve LINQ’s readability.

We’ll be showing how to use a pipe and filter pattern to make LINQ queries easier to comprehend. We will take a deep dive into expression trees to understand how they work, and how to manipulate them for maximum re-usability.

Speaker Bio:
Ed Charbeneau is a web enthusiast, speaker, writer, design admirer, and Developer Advocate for Telerik. Ed Charbeneau has designed and developed web based applications for business, manufacturing, systems integration as well as customer facing websites. Ed’s well rounded experience includes all aspects of web development from programming, database and ORM, to graphics design, and advertising/analytics. His diverse set of tools and skills includes C#, Asp.Net/MVC, HTML/CSS, Photoshop, and JavaScript.

As an Co-Chairman of the Code PaLOUsa developer conference, a non-profit organization that brings an annual developer’s conference to Louisville, Ed stays involved in the developer community. Ed also continues to help co-organize the Louisville .Net MeetUp group, meeting monthly to discuss the latest trends in technology. Connect at @edcharbeneau.

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July 2015 Meetup!!

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The July 2015 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for July 20th from 6PM to 8PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Leveraging Azure IoT Services for Fun and Profit!

Abstract:
Many vendors are entering the race to provide turnkey IoT solutions, one of which is Microsoft with their recently announced Azure IoT Suite. We will talk about what IoT is (hint:  more than IP-connected lightbulbs and fitness trackers), and then take a quick look at Microsoft’s history in IoT to help set perspective on their IoT offerings. Next, we’ll dive into the Azure IoT Services that exist today and see how we can leverage them to create effective and scalable IoT solutions.  Discussion (and demo) will also cover items such as connectivity and ingestion from multiple platforms, cloud service processing, storage, analytics, and presentation.  Additionally, key items such as security, scalability and financial impacts will be discussed as well.

Speaker Bio:
Nino Benvenuti has been getting paid for making 0 and 1 do his bidding since 1996. He succumbed to the spell of mobile and embedded devices right before the turn of the century and has been challenging himself with them ever since. He got some cloud in his mobile several years ago and became hooked once he realized it was magically delicious, and has been combining the power of the cloud with mobile and embedded to help customers be successful ever since.  He has spent his entire professional career in consulting, where he has designed and built solutions across many problem domains for a diverse set of customers. Nino lives in Cincinnati, but is often found at various locations across North America helping customers realize results. Connect at @NinoB.

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June 2015 Meetup!!

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The June 2015 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for June 15th from 6PM to 8PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Building Apps with Kinect for Windows v2!

Abstract:
With the release of the Xbox One, Microsoft released its second edition of the Kinect device as well. With the purchase of an additional adapter, you can hook up your Windows 8 applications to the Kinect. Come enjoy an evening building out a simple game with the Kinect device while we learn about some of the new capabilities of the updated Kinect!

Speaker Bio:
Brian Sherwin is a Technical Evangelist with Microsoft from Columbus, Ohio. He has been a consultant and trainer for over 15 years. One of his core passions is helping companies make decisions based on value and not a particular technology. When he’s not trying to figure out some new technology, he spends time reading, Scouting, and drinking enough coffee to keep up with his five kids. Connect at @bsherwin.

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