May 2015 Meetup!!

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The May 2015 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for May 18th from 6PM to 8PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
//BUILD Recap!

Abstract:
At the //BUILD conference this year, Microsoft announced many new features for developers.  Windows 10, Holo Lens, Azure Services and Cross-Platform development changes, to name just a few. Bottom line is – it’s not your old-school .NET any more, it’s a brand new world & Microsoft is ready! Join us for an overview/discussions of all major announcements @ //BUILD and a look at what is coming next for Windows developers. An honest developer-to-developer conversation!

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 several years, he has helped grow the Windows Phone & Windows Developer Community in Central Ohio and he spends his free time developing Windows applications. Connect at @doug_mair.

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

April 2015 Meetup!!

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

What’s New?
Big change this month – After years of meeting in TechColumbus, we’re switching to the Improving Ohio office for our monthly meetups! The Improving office in Easton is central to all developers in town and offers the perfect environment for a developer user community to thrive. And there is a ping pong table – enough said. Huge thanks go out to Cassandra Faris & Daniel Gray for hosting the Windows Developer UG going forward!

Topic:
It’s ok to talk to Strangers!

Abstract:
Tired of job boards and recruiter spam? There’s a better way to manage your career growth. Networking is something that doesn’t come naturally to many people, but it’s a tool that every tech professional should have in their tool belt. In this talk, you’ll learn tips for growing your professional network online and offline. You’ll also learn strategies for intentionally fostering relationships. A good network means fewer strangers, more free lunches, and a better path to finding your next opportunity.

Speaker Bio:
Cassandra Faris is the Talent Manager at Improving Enterprises, a software development consulting and training company in Columbus, Ohio. She is highly involved in the regional technical community, and is President of the Microsoft-focused Dog Food Conference and Marketing Lead for CloudDevelop Conference. She has an MBA in Organizational Leadership and Marketing, and is an avid tabletop gamer, runner, and rabid soccer fan who travels as much as possible. Find her online as @cassandrafaris.

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

March 2015 Meetup!!

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The March 2015 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for March 16th from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Hybrid Mobile Computing | An Overview

Abstract:
Decades of experience in academia, yet a youth-like curiosity in programming – that’s how Professor Reed approaches modern app development. Come learn how he built the ‘MyTeachBuddy’ app for all educators for Windows Phone devices. Oh, and the app is also hybrid and runs cross-platform on iOS and Android. Prof. Reed will share real world app development experiences and tips/tricks towards success. Also, heard about drag & drop programming? It’s a rage and is way advanced than you think. Come learn all about fun programming lessons and hybrid app development techniques. This will be fun!

Speaker Bio:
Presently, a life long resident of Grandview Heights residing with his wife Anna of nearly 44 years and 3 cute little girl dogs. He has worked in computing for big state government, big insurance and higher education for the remainder of his working tenure. He was the State of Ohio’s very first Manager of Computer Security and Auditing. For the majority of that time,  he has spent over 25 years of teaching across the entire spectrum of Computer Science topics in several Colleges and Universities–most notably–Ohio University, DeVry University and Columbus State.

Recently serving and retiring as an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology lecturing–using delivery methods of F2F, Blended and Online–at this second largest Community College in Ohio. He specializes in offering clean program coding techniques and correct program design and construction. He emphasizes sound and proven System Analysis and proper System Design Techniques by offering a huge array of computer software and computer language instruction language courses, such as, C/C++, Java, VB, Python and Haskell. He has demonstrated procedural, object-oriented programming (OOP) and Functional Programming (FP) methodologies and paradigms on either Windows or Linux platforms. He has developed Mobile Hybrid Computing Apps on Windows Phone, iOS and Android, including, the use of HTML, CSS and Javascript. And finally, he recently added Robotics and Physical Computing using native C-Language programming and demonstrated these techniques at the recent OETC Conference 2015.

His favorite catch phrase is: “…I did computing before it was popular…”, Professor Reed.

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February 2015 Meetup!!

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The Februrary 2015 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for February 16th from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Galileo Magnifico! IoT with Windows on Devices

Abstract:
We are in the era of the Maker. Never before has DIY-type hardware been so accessible and affordable. The plethora of devices and sensors at our fingertips is staggering, giving us the power to bring our ideas to fruition. Microsoft recently unveiled their Windows on Devices developer program that brings a small Windows OS to a small device, in this case the Intel Galileo. The first preview enables developers to use Visual Studio to program and execute Arduino sketches on the Galileo. This session will provide an overview of the developer program, how to get started with Windows on the Galileo as well as a demonstration of a couple of projects.

Speaker Bio:
Carey Payette is a Senior Software Engineer with Falafel Software and has over 14 years professional IT experience in industries ranging from government, to private sector and utilities holding multiple titles throughout this time including support developer/technician, data architect, software developer, software architect and enterprise architect. Carey’s an ASPInsider and was a recipient of the Microsoft MVP award in Client App Dev from 2009-2011. She also serves as the Treasurer for the US National GiveCamp organization and is a member of the StirTrek organizing committee. Carey is a mom to 3 fabulous boys, a black belt in TaeKwonDo and enjoys coding for fun! Find Carey as @careypayette.

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January 2015 Meetup!!

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

Topic:
ASP.NET vNext goes X-Plat!

Abstract:
You’ve heard the buzz around ASP.NET vNext. Yes, lot of things are changing towards a more modular cross-platform modern web development platform; but fret not – no one is moving your cheese. Our Jan meetup has two speakers breaking down what’s new for you!

From David : The next big thing is coming – app containers. They’ll simplify your testing and deployment, please your DevOps team, and make you a superstar. Get started today using Docker and ASP.NET 5!

From Sam: Change is in the air for ASP.NET developers, as vNext ushers in a new era: Open Source | .NET Frameworks Changes| ASP.NET Runtimes | WebForms | MVC 6 | C# 6.0 | VS Tooling | Omnisharp.NET | Homebrew | Yeoman | CLI & Sublime Text. This is one of the best times to be an ASP.NET developer – let me show you why!

Speaker Bio:
By day, David Benedic is a mild-mannered IT professional at Appica, a Cincinnati, Ohio based datacenter and colocation company. By night, well, he has two young kids, so mostly superhero Dad stuff… but when he does get free time, he likes to create things .. things that involve software and technology. Find David – @davidbenedic | github.com/daveyb.

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. 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.

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December 2014 Holiday Party !!

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The December 2014 Meetup of the The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for December 8th. This is a special one! Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

What is it:
2014 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 8th, 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 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 :)

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

November 2014 Meetup!!

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

Topic:
Back to the Future!

Abstract:
Have you noticed that every app and idea you encounter today seems like a rehashed, recycled, redone version of something else? As we approach the year of Marty McFly’s hoverboard, we are going to talk about the current state of mobile and IoT, where the leaders will be in the next 5 years, and how we can start building the next generation of experiences for our users today. You will walk away from this talk with 4 new ideas, and a passion to be the first to solve them.

Speaker Bio:
Ultra passionate. That’s how Jeff Blankenburg (@jeffblankenburg) describes his relationship with technology. Over the past 10 years, Jeff has enthusiastically applied his technical expertise to build industry-changing websites and marketing efforts for mega brands including Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ford Motor Company, Sony and several pharmaceutical companies. He’s especially proficient in user interface design, web standards and mobile application development. In addition to his developer evangelist role for Microsoft, Jeff contributed to the O’Reilly title Windows Developer Power Tools on the subject of code validation services, and authored a Windows Phone development book out now on Amazon. He also serves as an organizer for the CodeMash and Stir Trek conferences. On the academic front, Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Ohio’s Bowling Green State University.

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