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

Abstract

The Kinect has been around for a while and version 2 added some great new capabilities. Natural User Interfaces (NUIs) are continuing to grow. The technology used in the Kinect is making it to other devices, including your laptops.

Come see some cool projects being worked on, what burnt fingers Greg has gained over the years and how to push the limits of hacking on a Microsoft Kinect.

Bio

Greg Levenhagen is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Platform 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, VSLive and DevLink. He is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer, board member of ThatConference, president of the Northeast WI Developers User’s Group, President of the Northeast WI Code Camp and the Milwaukee Code Camp, cofounder of the Northeast WI Agile User’s Group, INETA speaker and IEEE and ACM member.

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

Free Registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cool-things-to-do-with-the-microsoft-kinect-greg-levenhagen-tickets-21521068094

When & Where

Wednesday, March 9th, 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

Continuum is an AMAZING technology that enables devices to transform right in front of our eyes. But to do this, we have to understand how to adapt our code and make move with our changing environments. We will learn about the new concept for client development called Adaptive UI and how it enables Continuum to shine.
With Adaptive UI we will use a lot of our existing skills from WPF, Silverlight, and WinRT and mix that with a couple of new Xaml capabilities and controls. We will also use multiple ways to experience Continuum, including the wired display dock and wirelessly.

Bio

Carl Schweitzer is a software engineering consultant with Concurrency Inc. in Wisconsin. He has a diversified experience in a wide array of technologies utilizing the Microsoft development platforms. He has a passion for mobile development and enjoys teaching and speaking on Windows Platform.
A fan of technology, he loves learning new and applicable technologies in mobile, cloud, and the client environment. Carl is ever focused on developing and maintaining the finest software in the world,  utilizing agile and best practice methodologies in software development.
Brimming with passion, Carl also co-hosts the MS Dev Show Podcast, a weekly podcast about all things Microsoft. Covering Windows Phone, Azure, client, and web technologies, the MS Dev Show is focused on Microsoft developers from their point of view.

Free Registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coding-for-continuum-with-adaptive-ui-carl-schweitzer-tickets-20510598753

When & Where

Wednesday, Jan 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

Abstract

Last month we learned about setting up Windows 10 IoT on a Rasberry Pi. This month, let’s learn about IoT in a development scenario (some Python) and processing the data through Azure. There’s a lot of parts to the bigger picture and some really slick ways to get at and make use of your data. Come see as Scott walks us through his experiences with learning this exciting new stack.

Bio

Scott Hietpas is a business intelligence consultant and has over 17 years of experience providing creative solutions.  He gets involved with FoxPASS, WiBADD and NEWAgile. You may catch him biking around the Fox Valley in his free time.

Free Registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iot-data-and-azure-scott-hietpas-tickets-19917002290

When & Where

Wednesday, Dec 9th, 2015 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 A161
Appleton, WI 54912

Abstract

We’re going to try something a little different this month…A bit of maker stuff/hacking on some devices. The Internet of Things has been buzzing for a while. Let’s get a little hands on with devices and take away some of the questions about IoT and Windows 10 IoT Core.

We want you to bring your Rasberry Pi’s and let’s get them working with Windows 10 IoT Core. Don’t have a device, no problem. Greg will be going through things for everyone and you can follow along. We’ll see how far we can get.

To get started ahead of time. We’ll be going through some of the material below and more.

Bio

Greg Levenhagen is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Platform 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, VSLive and DevLink. He is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer, board member of ThatConference, president of the Northeast WI Developers User’s Group, President of the Northeast WI Code Camp and the Milwaukee Code Camp, cofounder of the Northeast WI Agile User’s Group, INETA speaker and IEEE and ACM member.

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

Free Registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/windows-10-iot-raspberry-pi-2-greg-levenhagen-tickets-19513483354

When & Where

Wednesday, Nov 11th, 2015 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 A161
Appleton, WI 54912

Abstract

We’ll take a look at a completely open source web stack including Angular, TypeScript/JavaScript, Gulp, Bower, NPM, and Yeoman. We’ll use Visual Studio Code, the cross-platform text editor. Finally, we’ll put our code in GitHub, use Travis CI to for our builds, and deploy it all to the cloud. If all of this frightens you, don’t worry, it’s easier than you might think, and completely free. Even if you have to integrate with an existing solution such as ASP.NET MVC, there is something here for you.

Bio

Jason Young is a Principal Program Manager with Microsoft. He focuses on commercial ISVs building large-scale technical projects built on devices, Windows, and Azure. His history includes working for a manufacturing startup, building MES software at GE, and consulting on a variety of technologies. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was CTO of an energy company where he directed development of a large-scale Windows Azure-based building automation and IoT data collection solution.

Free Registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/switching-to-an-open-source-web-stack-jason-young-tickets-18678425674

When & Where

Wednesday, Oct 14th, 2015 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 A161
Appleton, WI 54912

Abstract

Aurelia is a new, upcoming JavaScript framework from Durandal that is written in ES6 and ES7 that can run in ES5. Aurelia attempts to do more with less to ease the learning curve. It supports two-way binding, custom HTML elements, template generation, routing, testing, and more! This talk will go over what Aurelia is, why it isn’t just another JavaScript framework, and go through some coding examples. Aurelia will light up the night sky and guide you when you get lost in the forest of JavaScript!

Bio

Dan has been with Skyline Technologies for the past 10 years, working with VB.NET, C#, and various web technologies such as ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, Kendo UI, and Angular. He is a MCPD in Web with .NET 4.0. Dan spends a lot of his free time looking up new, cutting-edge technologies and applying them to both work and personal projects. For the past 3 years, Dan been working with an international company out of Switzerland, dealing with all of the interestint challenges that represents.

Free Registration

https://danlaurelia2015.eventbrite.com

When & Where

Wednesday, Sept 9th, 2015 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 A161
Appleton, WI 54912

Abstract

Microsoft Azure is a highly-scalable cloud computing platform. But what if my business is built on Linux and Oracle? What if I build iPhone or Android apps for a living? What if I’m a PHP developer or Java developer or node developer? Can Azure help me and my products and services?

In this presentation, I will show you Microsoft Azure services that can improve your application or infrastructure, even if you are working exclusively in Open Source or non-Microsoft technologies.

Bio

David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades.  Currently, David helps people build cloud and Windows applications in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has presented at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups around the world; He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at http://davidgiard.com.  His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons.

Free Registration

http://azurewithoutmicrosoftdavidgiard.eventbrite.com

When & Where

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 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