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

NEWDUG and NEWCodeCamp rely on sponsors to help keep going. If you, your company or someone you know might be interested in sponsoring, please have them email or tweet us.

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

Abstract

Revolutionary technology can lead to disruptive innovation. We are witnessing the dawn of augmented reality and the Microsoft HoloLens is leading the way. The HoloLens provides a new landscape for us, as developers and innovators, to break new ground with more emerging experiences.

This discussion will briefly introduce tools for the HoloLens that are often not shown in the videos you may have seen and then spend the majority of time on various developer scenarios. We will go beyond the built in apps, look at the development environment, choices you have and what it is like creating our own apps and games.

You will leave knowing what skill sets are needed, what types of apps and games lend themselves to easier migrations and a basic understanding of how to develop with the HoloLens. This session and demonstrations will focus on using Visual Studio, Unity, C#, DirectX and C++.

Bio

Greg Levenhagen is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Development and principal software engineer consultant with Skyline Technologies. He has a great passion for giving back to the community and teaching. A true enthusiast of computer science, with passions and interests including mobile, UX, architecture, parallel, testing, agile, 3D/games, cloud, languages and much more. Greg speaks at conferences like ThatConference, CodeMash, Code PaLOUsa, TechBash, VSLive, KCDC and DevLink. He is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer, board member of ThatConference, president of the Northeast WI Developers User Group / Northeast WI Code Camp / Milwaukee Code Camp, cofounder of the Northeast WI Agile User’s Group, INETA speaker, IEEE and ACM member and a PhD student.

Along with being a life-long geek, Greg enjoys golfing, football, woodworking, philosophy and stimulating conversation.

Free Registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hololens-developing-augmented-and-mixed-reality-greg-levenhagen-tickets-25864529504

When & Where

Wednesday, June 8th, 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

 

Abstract

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you called the shots? No more bosses, it’s just you and your team doing great work, making piles of money and serving awesome customers… and invoicing, collections, finding new clients, running payroll, writing proposals, revising contracts, handling employee issues, insurance and about a thousand other things that aren’t necessarily what excite you about the idea of running your own dev shop.
I ran a small agency for the first 5 years of my career, worked as CTO of a funded startup, worked for The Man, and now I’m back to consulting through my 9-month-old software development company, Headway.
I have an entrepreneurial itch that just won’t go away, and I know I’m not the only one. If you have considered going out on your own, this talk is for you. I’ll cover the good, bad and ugly of what has gone in to building Headway. We certainly can’t say we’re doing everything right, but we’ve learned a lot I’m looking forward to sharing what I know and hopefully saving you from making some of the same mistakes when you start your company.

Bio

Chris is co-founder of Headway, a web and mobile application development company that specializes in Ruby on Rails and React. His passion for software engineering is matched by his love of building great products. Having been involved in product decisions as much as, he enjoys being a part of the build-measure-learn cycle as much as the red-green-refactor cycle.

Free Registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/starting-up-your-own-dev-shop-chris-schmitz-tickets-23064711172

When & Where

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
5:30 – networking and food
6:00 – discussion

Fox Valley Technical College

1825 N. Bluemound
Room F108
Appleton, WI 54912

Abstract

Microsoft announced a new cross-platform ASP.NET framework which promises to appease those seeking modularization and performance improvements. Out with the kitchen sink that is the System.Web assembly, and in with the new. Couple this with a lightweight, cross-platform code editor which comprehends ASP.NET Core 1.0, and developers around the world rejoice. So let’s dive in! Open Visual Studio Code, and choose File -> New -> Project, right? Not quite!

This talk will explore how to get started with ASP.NET Core 1.0, from the ground up, using Visual Studio Code. Along the way, we’ll discuss new features and how to take advantage of them in your applications.

Bio

Scott Addie is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (Web Applications), a Visual Studio Code Insider, and a .NET Solutions Architect with CUNA Mutual Group in Madison, WI. He has over a decade of experience in full-stack enterprise application development using Microsoft technologies and JavaScript. In his spare time, Scott can be found spending time with his wife and 3 kids, attending user groups, code camps, & conferences, and blogging about ASP.NET and JavaScript at scottaddie.com. You can find Scott on Twitter @Scott_Addie.

Free Registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/getting-started-with-aspnet-core-10-in-visual-studio-code-scott-addie-tickets-22746165393

When & Where

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
5:30 – networking and food
6:00 – discussion

Fox Valley Technical College

1825 N. Bluemound
Room F108
Appleton, WI 54912