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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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.

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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.

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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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