Like to write code? Like to volunteer? Wish you could combine writing code and volunteering? For the last few years I have helped run the Give Camp at That Conference. That Conference is a regional Midwest developer conference focused on polyglot development of “all the things”; web things, client things, mobile things, robot things, etc. That Conference originally setup camp in August of 2012 and has been running strong every year sense. Each year, That Conference has sponsored various pre-conference events including an event called “That Give Camp”. That GiveCamp is a volunteer event where developers can give back….with code! For the last few years we have partnered with the Humanitarian Toolbox, a charity organization with the sole mission is to support disaster relief organizations via open source software and services. This year, That Conference is hosting That GiveCamp again and your invited!

The 2017 GiveCamp happens Saturday August 5th through Sunday August 6th, co-located at That Conference at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI. The Give Camp starts ~8am on Saturday and will “formerly” run through Sunday. While the GiveCamp will run Saturday/Sunday, giving goes on 24 x 7 x 365. Interested in some binary giving? Signup at http://tickets.thatconference.com/ and select “Pre-Conference Activities”; From there you’ll see selections for the GiveCamp. Can’t make it in person? See how you can contribute virtually http://www.htbox.org/ and join us virtually.

In person or virtual, we hope to see you do some binary giving August 5th and 6th!

Abstract

 

Deciding which of the many database options to choose from in Azure can be overwhelming. There are many options, and it’s impossible for everyone to know all of them. Traditionally, the choice has been to select which relational database to choose. But with all the NoSql databases available, there are many more choices that may be a better fit for your application. What are the trade-offs among all the choices? Why pick just one? I will give some practical examples of how to combine different types of databases. Microsoft released Document DB a couple of years ago, which was their first managed NoSql cloud database. Just recently Cosmos DB has expanded those offerings and made it easier than ever to use. Cosmos DB is a service that contains several types of NoSql databases: Key Value Pair, Document and Graph. I will explain what each of these are, along with some code samples for each one to get you started. You will leave this session with a greater understanding of the different types of NoSql databases and what kinds of problems each of them solves best.

Bio

Annie Bougie is a Senior Software Developer at Concurrency, Inc. Annie has been in software development since the mid-90s in many different roles including developer, architect, business analyst, tester, project manager and teacher. She has expertise in a variety of languages and platforms and enjoys speaking as an opportunity to break down complex technical topics to help other understand them. She has been developing for the cloud since 2009. When she is not coding, she is either maintaining her beehives or playing with Arduino projects for beekeeping.

Free Registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/which-azure-database-option-is-best-anne-bougie-tickets-31838463702

When & Where

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
5:30 – networking
6:00 – discussion
Fox Valley Technical College
1825 N. Bluemound
Room C190
Appleton, WI 54912

Abstract

Panel session & get together with several of our community members that are fortunate to attend the Microsoft BUILD developer conference and get a recap with additional insights. We will cover the biggest announcements around the latest in Windows development, emerging Azure features, IoT, AI, machine learning and more!

Networking – 5:30
Discussion – 6:00

Free Registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/microsoft-build-2017-recap-carl-schweizter-jon-cwiak-greg-levenhagen-tickets-32607149863?ref=ecal

When & Where

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
5:30 – networking
6:00 – discussion
Fox Valley Technical College
1825 N. Bluemound
Room C190 A/B
Appleton, WI 54912

Abstract

I, For One, Welcome Our New Bot Overlords – An Intro to Microsoft’s Bot Framework

Bots! They’ve been with us for a while and with the new frameworks from Google, Facebook and Microsoft it seems inevitable that they’ll take over and rule the world… by ordering pizza from a chat window because somebody mentioned pepperoni! As developers, we may be humanity’s last, best hope, of preventing this bleak future. Or will we enable it?

Ok, ok – the dystopian fantasy aside – bots are pretty darn cool and so are the frameworks around them. In this session I’ll share some practical advice learned from digging into Microsoft’s Bot Framework preview to create Conversational User Interfaces, or bots. We’ll look at both architectural and user experience best practices around designing a conversational bot, and what tools the SDK gives us, and if we’re feeling brave enough – unleash the bot onto the unsuspecting public!

Bio

Matthew Soucoup is a Xamarin MVP, a principal at Code Mill Technologies, and the founder of the Madison Mobile .Net Developers group. Matt loves sharing his passion for mobile development with fellow developers and he regularly speaks at user groups and conferences throughout the nation including Xamarin Evolve, That Conference, St Louis Days of .Net and CodeMash. He has over 15 years of development experience in a variety of areas including working with C# since 2005 and focusing on mobile development since 2012. Matt blogs at codemilltech.com and posts random thoughts on Twitter @codemillmatt. When not behind a computer screen, Matt gardens hot peppers, rides bikes and loves Wisconsin micro-brews and cheese.

Free Registration

https://bot-framework-matthew-soucoup-2017.eventbrite.com

When & Where

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
5:30 – networking
6:00 – discussion
Fox Valley Technical College
1825 N. Bluemound
Room C190
Appleton, WI 54912

We’re hosting our annual Northeast WI Code Camp again on Sat, March 25 at FVTC’s Main Appleton Campus.

For more information, please visit http://www.newcodecamp.com

Free Registration

https://newcodecamp2017.eventbrite.com

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Abstract

Have you ever needed to just try some code and not had time or desire to wait for IT operations to get an environment set up?

Microsoft Azure and PowerShell can help.  Please note, circumvention of IT policies is not a good plan… may get you in trouble and is not something I will admit to showing off ;)
With a little PowerShell, a json file, and an Azure account (even the trial ones) you too can have a VM running Windows 2016 and IIS in about 30 minutes.*

*not included… json file building and other ancillary items

 In this session, Derek will walk through a general overview of PowerShell Desired State configuration and the New-AzureRMresourcegroupdeployment cmdlet allowing PowerShell to build VMs in Azure.

Bio

Derek is a network administrator in Green Bay, Wisconsin officially. He also creates content for TechRepublic.com and does his best to help out in the IT community at Experts-Exchange.com when time allows. He enjoys working with computers and helping others around him to understand technology. He says, “It is fun to provide knowledge to those around me and help them grow in some way.”  Derek is a Microsoft MVP and active in the Microsoft communities.

Free Registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/powershell-disposable-development-environments-derek-schauland-tickets-30240232349

When & Where

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
5:30 – networking
6:00 – discussion
Fox Valley Technical College
1825 N. Bluemound
Room C140
Appleton, WI 54912

Abstract

If customer facing issues are your top priority, then you already adhere to the primary principle of Exception Driven Development.

It’s a pretty simple concept: Collect application data, especially regarding errors and crashes, and then focus on fixing those problems that your users are actually experiencing. Join me for 60 minutes and I’ll walk you through what you’re doing wrong with your current log collection approach, and how you should be doing it. Additionally, we’ll cover visualizing errors in a more meaningful manner that eliminates all the noise.

Bio

Blake Niemyjski is a full time open source software architect and private pilot. Since the late 90’s, Blake’s curiosity has been focused around developing software that helps the masses. As a hobbyist developer turned student and professional, Blake’s passion is to further his knowledge and create technologies for the future.

Free Registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exception-driven-development-blake-niemyjski-tickets-30239812092

When & Where

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
5:30 – networking
6:00 – discussion
Fox Valley Technical College
1825 N. Bluemound
Room C140
Appleton, WI 54912

October Events!

Milwaukee Code Camp – Sat Oct 15 at UW-Milwaukee

Technology Hub ConferenceThurs Oct 13 at Paper Valley Radisson Hotel

Chippewa Valley Code CampSat Oct 22 in Eau Claire

November Meeting:

We’re trying to line up our November meeting yet. Potentially on the MS Bot Framework or Powershell.

Call for Speakers/Topics

If you have an interesting thing you’ve been working on or researching, why not share it at the user group? We’re always looking for speakers and topics. Please consider giving it a try. We’ll help you, if you want. This is a chance to grow!

We’re always open for topic suggestions, too. Send them our way!

Call for Sponsors

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Thanks!
NEWDUG Team

Abstract

This was the year React vs Angular in the Web World.   With the redo of AngularJS 1.x into Angular (the “official” name for AngularJS 2), it is time to compare and contrast Angular and ReactJS, another very popular JavaScript library.  We will take a look at an application developed using both Angular and React and talk through difference in coding philosophy between the two and ultimately, help you or your organization determine what makes sense. Spoiler, there are slides entitled feelings

 

Bio

John Ptacek is a Skyline Technologies Principal Consultant where his primary focus is the design, development and envisioning of solutions for customers around the globe.

During his career he has developed solutions to solve problems for a wide variety of industries. Examples include virtually melting down nuclear reactors, developing a system for pricing over 10 billion dollars in consumer goods orders, corporate extranets for professional sport teams as well as mobile applications for music festivals.

His current focus is on solving problems using cloud technologies to reach users on their phone, their PC or while they are talking in their living room.

He lives in Appleton, WI with his wife and a gaggle of children who are usually playing music, running or shining shoes. Follow him on twitter @jptacek or on his blog athttp://www.jptacek.com.

 

Free Registration

http://ptacekangularreact.eventbrite.com

When & Where

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
5:30 – networking
6:00 – discussion
Fox Valley Technical College
1825 N. Bluemound
Room C140
Appleton, WI 54912