October 2017 Meetup!!

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The October 2017 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for October 16th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Machine Learning for Fun: Finding Bigfoot with Nexosis API!

Abstract:
Bigfoot has been a staple of American folklore since the 19th century. The stories originate from Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest and likely go back centuries or more. The term sasquatch itself is an Anglicized derivative of the Halkomelem word sásq’ets. Many people are convinced that Bigfoot is real. Others suggest that he is a cultural phenomenon. Some just want to believe. There is even a group, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, that tracks Bigfoot sightings. They have data— thousands of reports—available on the Internet. And, where there is data, we can apply the power of machine learning.

Let’s get to the bottom of this mystery! To do it, we are going to use the Nexosis Machine Learning API which makes it easy for developers to focus on their applications instead of the details of data science. With the API, we’ll forecast the predicted number of sightings for the coming months and years. We’ll also measure the impact of key cultural phenomena—primarily the airing of the X-Files—on Bigfoot sightings.

So, come and learn how easy it is to use our API, the types of problems you can solve with it, and how to use it in your application over HTTP or from your favorite programming language. There will even be a live demo.
The truth is out there.

Speaker Bio:
Guy Royse (@guyroyse) works for Nexosis in Columbus, Ohio as a Developer Evangelist. Combining his decades of experience in building software with a history of sharing what he has learned, Guy goes out into developer communities and teaches others how to use the Nexosis API. Guy has programmed in numerous languages over the years—many of them semicolon delimited—including C++, C#, and Java. More recently he has worked with dynamic and more functional languages like JavaScript and Ruby.

Teaching and community have long been a focus for Guy. He is President of the Columbus JavaScript Usergroup and has been part of the session selection committee for CodeMash for the last five years. When given an opportunity, he teaches programming at a prison in central Ohio. In past lives, Guy has worked as a consultant in a broad range of industries including healthcare, retail, and utilities. He spent several years as a consultant for Pillar Technology and several more years working for a major insurance provider. This has given him a broad view of technology application and business problems.

In his personal life, Guy is a hardboiled-geek interested in role-playing games, science fiction, and technology. He also has a slightly less geeky interest in history and linguistics. He lives in central Ohio with his wife and three sons. In his spare time, he is a leader in his neighborhood Cub Scout Pack and goes camping a lot.

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

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September 2017 Meetup!!

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The September 2017 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for September 18th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
I have a NoSQL toaster!

Abstract:
My toaster stores data without SQL and without tables. But making a choice based on what something doesn’t have isn’t terribly useful. “NoSQL” is an increasingly inaccurate catch-all term that covers a lot of different types of data storage. Let’s make more sense of this new breed of database management systems and go beyond the buzzword. In this session, the four main data models that make up the NoSQL movement will be covered: key-value, document, columnar and graph. How they differ and when you might want to use each one will be discussed.

Speaker Bio:
Matthew D. Groves (@mgroves) is a guy who loves to code. It doesn’t matter if it’s C#, jQuery, or PHP: he’ll submit pull requests for anything. He has been coding professionally ever since he wrote a QuickBASIC point-of-sale app for his parent’s pizza shop back in the 90s. He currently works as a Developer Advocate for Couchbase. His free time is spent with his family, watching the Reds, and getting involved in the developer community. He is the author of AOP in .NET (published by Manning), and is also a Microsoft MVP.

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Aug 2017 Meetup!!

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The August 2017 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for Aug 21st from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Introduction to Bot Frameworks!

Abstract:
Ever interact with a chat bot? Chances are you have, from fancy virtual assistants to simple helpers within chat apps. This session will give a brief overview of bots and their advantages as a form of user interaction. Then we’ll talk about the Microsoft Bot Framework and how it makes it easier than ever to develop useful bots for a wide variety of platforms. You’ll learn about how to get started and where to go to learn more – gaining a little exposure to advanced concepts that facilitate evolutionary improvements over bots you might have used before. When we’re done, you’ll have a good idea of what it will take to build a bot of your own and share it with the world.

Speaker Bio:
Mark has been programming since his grandfather presented him with a TRS 80 but went pro in 1996 after teaching himself web development instead of assigned studies in college. After building sites for major banks and global consumer product brands he became webmaster for a global corporation. After three years of JAVA he opted to finish his degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University. Since then he’s built software in the real-estate, online education, and telecommunications sectors while running for public office at local, state, and federal levels. When he’s not coding he enjoys model railroading, amateur radio, and riding a wind-powered electric bike to work.

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July 2017 Meetup!!

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The July 2017 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for July 17th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Securing Your API EndPoints!

Abstract:
It’s never been easier to expose services over HTTP. It’s also never been harder to choose an authentication system for those services. This session is designed for the average developer/architect that wants a brief overview of API security techniques without deep dives into cryptography or complex authentication frameworks. You’ll learn about OAuth, API Keys, HMAC authentication, and more. Don’t worry if those things sound foreign; they’ll be explained in a clear, practical way and you’ll leave able to make informed decisions when choosing an authentication strategy for your own apps.

Speaker Bio:
Seth has been programming for 27 years, 20 of them professionally as a full-stack developer and architect. He currently leads a small but powerful team in search of elegant, maintainable solutions to hard problems. Seth recently took on a full-time leadership role but isn’t ready to totally quit programming just yet. When not juggling Gantt charts and TPS Reports he can be found playing tabletop games, entertaining his kids, or sneaking in a quick code change to keep his skills sharp. He works from home (and loves it!) outside of Columbus, OH.

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June 2017 Meetup!!

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The June 2017 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for June 19th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Containers for Windows Developers!

Abstract:
Over the last few years, Docker has popularized Linux containers, but Windows developers have been left out in the cold. This changes with Windows Server 2016. At this session we’ll cover the basics of the new Windows Server container model and how to develop applications/services that can take advantage of this exciting new advancement, for cloud, for on-prem, and for the future.

Speaker Bio:
Michael is currently Senior Software Development Engineer in Microsoft’s DX TED organization, where he engages deeply with select global ISVs to help them best utilize Azure’s features. Michael has over 13 years of experience with various consulting and technology firms where he was instrumental in leading and developing solutions for a wide range of clients. He has a vast amount of experience in helping companies determine the best strategy for adopting cloud computing, and providing the insight and hands-on experience to ensure they are successful. Michael is also a respected technology community leader, and is often found sharing his Microsoft Azure insights and experiences at regional and national conferences. Michael is also the co-author of a published book on Microsoft Azure entitled Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure..

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May 2017 Meetup!!

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The May 2017 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for May 15th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Code Checkup: Tools to check the health of your code!

Abstract:
Over time even the simplest project can grow into an unwieldy beast. Features are added and removed. Developers come and go. Using static analysis tools we can get an idea about what challenges are in store for us.

We will discuss how ReSharper, SonarQube and other tools can be used to expose any issues that may exist in our code base. This can help provide a fresh set of (computer) eyes to help keep your code base from becoming a toxic dump.

Speaker Bio:
Doug Mair – 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. He loved programming so much that he decided to get a BSCIS from Ohio State University. Since then he has developed software for Graphics Kiosks, Rules Engines, Specialized Hardware and ASP.Net websites. Over the last several years, he has helped grow the Windows Developer Community in Central Ohio. He spends his free time developing Windows applications and Unity games.

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April 2017 Meetup!!

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The April 2017 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for April 15th from 9AM-5PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Xamarin DevDays Hackathon!

Anything Special?
Yes. We’re partnering with Microsoft to bring you all the excitement of a Xamarin DevDay Hackathon – right here in Columbus! Further details @ https://ti.to/xamarin/dev-days-columbus-2017.

Abstract:
The popular Xamarin DevDay events make a stop @ the Windows Developer UG. All day fun, custom mobile tech content & special edition T-shirts await you! Also, please note the April 15th date – little deviation from our usual 3rd Monday meetup. A Saturday event means no one has to take time off from work. Come spend a day with fellow geeks, become a mobile developer ninja and hack your way to win some cool prizes!

Speaker Bio:
We’ll have a few speakers lined up to cover the content.

Sam Basu | Progress – Introduction to Xamarin & Xamarin.Forms!
Brian Sherwin | Microsoft – Azure Connected Xamarin Apps!

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