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.

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

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!

December 2013 Holiday Party !!

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The December 2013 Meetup of the The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for December 16th. This is a special one! Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

What is it:
2013 Holiday Party + One epic Game night!

Where:
Improving Enterprises
One Easton Oval, Suite # 175
Columbus, OH 43219.
Please make note of the location change .. not our usual TechColumbus this time.

When:
December 16th, 6PM – Midnight  :)

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 two other User Groups in town – The Central Ohio Cloud Computing User Group & DevOps Columbus, who will both bring their patrons to the party. 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, think Board Games! Bring all you can.

Anything to eat/drink:
Glad you asked. No more of the usual pizza .. it’s the Holidays after all :)

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

November 2013 Meetup!!

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The November 2013 Meetup of the The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for November 18th from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Game Development on Windows 8!

Abstract:
The Windows 8 platform and its Store are exciting places to be involved in right now. It is a young ecosystem with lots of growth and powerful tools available for creating any sorts of apps that you want to. Game development for the Windows 8 Store is engaging for developers & lots of new tooling is available to create full featured games. This session will demonstrate how to create Windows 8 games using the latest technologies – like MonoGame, Unity and GameMaker.

Speaker Bio:
Doug Mair 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 two 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. Find Doug at @Doug_Mair.

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October 2013 Meetup!!

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The October 2013 Meetup of the The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for October 21st from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Building Composite XAML Applications with Prism!

Abstract:
In this session you will learn how to design and build Windows Phone, Silverlight, and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) desktop applications using loosely coupled components that can evolve independently but which can be easily and seamlessly integrated into the overall application. This session concentrates on the basic concepts required to build a composite application with the Microsoft Patterns and Practices Prism framework which includes the bootstrapper, regions, modules, view composition, and different techniques for communicating between loosely couple components.  Various development patterns and technologies will also be discussed including Inversion of Control (IoC), Dependency Injection (DI), Unity, MEF (Managed Extensibility Framework), commanding, event aggregation, and MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel).

Speaker Bio:
Brian Lagunas is a Microsoft MVP, a Microsoft Patterns & Practices Champion, an INETA Community Speaker, co-leader of the Boise .Net Developers User Group (NETDUG), board member of Boise Code Camp, and original author of the Extended WPF Toolkit. He is a multi-recipient of the Microsoft Community Contributor Award and can be found speaking at a variety of user groups and code camps around the nation. His talks always involve some form of XAML, such as WPF, Silverlight, and WIndows 8, as well as how to build modular applications with Prism.

Brian currently works at Infragistics as a Product Manager for the award winning NetAdvantage for WPF and Silverlight components, and the new NetAdvantage for Windows UI control suite.  This is where he helps build tools that empower developers to quickly and easily build and style dynamic applications with immersive UX and vibrant data visualization in line of business applications, across all XAML platforms.  Prior to working at Infragistics he worked in the construction and engineering industry as a senior software engineer and software solution architect where he specialized in enterprise application development.  Before geeking out, Brian served his country in the United States Army as an infantryman and later served his local community as a deputy sheriff.

In his spare time he authors courses for Pluralsightblogs about XAML technologies, and hosts XAML TV.  The easiest way to find Brian is on twitter at @BrianLagunas.

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