July 6th Meeting Information

You were expecting Jason Bock, but that will have to wait for another time. Instead we’ve got some great JavaScript information for you! Todd Gardner will help us know what to do when your JavaScript goes wrong. If you plan on attending the meeting on July 6th, please RSVP.

Topic: JavaScript Forensics

Something terrible happened here. Traces of errors litter the floor; memory leaking from cracks in the ceiling. Someone lost their object context in the corner. Everything reeks of jank. In this session, a JavaScript error tracking expert breaks down a series of common and complex crimes against web applications. You’ll leave the session armed with techniques and tools to detect, diagnose, and fix your JavaScript web applications. Bring your bugs and let’s fix up our web.

Speaker: Todd Gardner

Todd H Gardner is the president and co-founder of TrackJS (trackjs.com), an error monitoring service for modern JavaScript applications. He also consults with companies to help develop their business and their products for the web. With over a decade of experience building software systems, Todd has built large enterprise systems, complex software products, and launched businesses.

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June 1st Meeting Information

Docker is hot! A sandboxish container for running isolated applications in Linux, Microsoft now supports it on Azure and has ported the Docker client to Windows. Much more is coming down the pike. Come on out and get to know Docker from Chris Ortman! If you plan on attending the meeting on June 1st, please RSVP.

Topic: Docker and Containers

It is an expectation of any decent project nowadays that you should be able to clone and run a command to get working software. Why shouldn’t we have the same expectation for our servers.

I’m going to show you how to setup a jira, team city, and drupal servers (in the first 5 minutes) and then get into the details of what makes it possible.

Speaker: Chris Ortman

Chris has spent the last decade helping teams build web apps and api’s ranging from real time telecommunications to golfing startups and local search engines. He is a newly minted Iowegian and now does rails for UI. He founded the South Dakota DNUG, co-organizes South Dakota Code Camp, and is a former INETA regional mentor.

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May 4th Meeting Information

May will shift gears from code more towards the process side of software development. Zac Harlan will share with us his experiences applying Agile in his development environment. Join us to learn from Zac’s experience and find things you can apply to your own environments and work. If you plan on attending our meeting on May 4th, please RSVP.

Topic: Agile in the Real World

I’ve read “all” the Scrum/Agile books, I’ve implemented them exactly by the book and my projects still nearly failed. This session will be about how I used a Scrum/Agile approach on a large project, where Agile fell down and how I resolved the issues. If you plan to undertake a larger project, this session is a must for you.

Speaker: Zac Harlan

Zac Harlan is an application development manager for J&P Cycles which is based in Anamosa, Iowa. J&P Cycles is the world’s leading aftermarket retailer for motorcycle parts and accessories and one of Iowa’s largest eCommerce sites. Zac believes in Agile development processes and works to focus his and his teams efforts on “being Agile” more than “doing Agile”. As a software professional for well over a decade Zac prides himself on being a “full stack” developer having worked in such industries as eCommerce/retail, manufacturing, telecommunications, and health care. Zac carries with him a pragmatic approach to building software and looks to improve processes that will improve the business, both inside and outside of software.

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April 6th Meeting Information

Exciting times for CRineta! After many years at Kirkwood, we are relocating our meetings to downtown Cedar Rapids. Geonetric has graciously offered to host our meetings at their new building at 415 12th Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401. You can find more information and parking details here.

April brings the return of Mike Cole to our meeting. Mike will help us understand TypeScript from the perpective of a .NET developer. Join us to learn how to make Javascript palatable. If you plan on attending our meeting on April 6th, please RSVP.

Topic: TypeScript for the .NET Developer

Are you an ASP.NET developer that’s looking to embrace JavaScript but just can’t get the hang of it? So was I! In this presentation I’ll show you how to can start using TypeScript to keep your application easily refactorable using your familiar tools. I’ll show you how you can use the DefinitelyTyped repository to utilize TypeScript with third party plugins such as Angular or Knockout. Finally, I’ll show you how to use TypeLITE to help leverage reuse of your .NET models in JavaScript. All of these tools are free and they’ll definitely make you feel more at home in the JavaScript world.

Speaker: Mike Cole

Mike Cole is a developer currently focusing on .NET working remotely from Cedar Falls for ClickPoint Software in Scottsdale, AZ. He’s been around the proverbial block in the IT profession and has a wide array of experience in many fields. He is an officer of the CVINETA user group and is actively involved in the community. He is incredibly lazy and is always looking for easier and more streamlined ways to solve everyday problems. His passions in life include his family, sarcastic memes, the outdoors, and always having the last word.

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March 2nd Meeting Information

Exciting times for CRineta! After many years at Kirkwood, we are relocating our meetings to downtown Cedar Rapids. Geonetric has graciously offered to host our meetings at their new building at 415 12th Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401. You can find more information and parking details here.

Our topic for March will take a turn to the business of software. Tim Barcz will share and encourage developers to think outside the technical, being sure they consider the business side of what they do.

We hope you can join us! If you plan on attending our meeting on March 2nd, please RSVP.

Topic: The Business of Software

“IT by itself provides no value”. That’s a pretty bold statement and yet that’s where the winds of business are blowing. As a developer or IT professional you spend time understanding new languages and frameworks, but to deepen and broaden your impact, I recommend taking strides in understanding the business.

In this session we’ll focus on the business of software, from financial concepts, metrics, and the future of IT and enterprise architecture in the corporation. We’ll touch on why your CEO and VP may understand the role of technology more comprehensively than they’re given credit for.

As IT likely touches nearly all aspects of your company, going forward IT professionals will need to know more about business and the role IT plays in the broader organization. This session aims to better equip you to talk business with your company leaders or boss and to make yourself or your team more effective.

Tim Barcz:

Tim Barcz is a seasoned IT Leader having worked as a technologist for nearly 13 years. Guided by a sense of curiosity, a taste for experimentation, and a drive for execution, Tim enjoys the strategic space in the overlap of IT and Business.

“I’ve always found the tech piece, for me, has come easily,” he said. “But tech by itself doesn’t do anything – it’s always applied somewhere.”

In his time as a developer he has been recognized as a Microsoft ASPInsider and a Microsoft C# MVP Awardee for contributions to the community. He is an advocate for well-architected systems that grow along with the businesses they serve. For several years he was the director of Marketing for a large ecommerce company before finding him in his current position as Vice President of Application Development for Motorsport Aftermarket Group, a family of top motorcycle related brands and retailers.

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February 2nd Meeting Information

Exciting times for CRineta! After many years at Kirkwood, we are relocating our meetings to downtown Cedar Rapids. Geonetric has graciously offered to host our meetings at their new building at 415 12th Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401. You can find more information and parking details here.

Our topic for February will be around developing RESTful APIs in .NET. Presented by Greg Sohl, it will focus heavily on the ins and outs of REST and then provide examples of building a REST API in .NET.

Hope you can join us!

Topic: RESTful APIs in .NET

API design is part science, part art. The REST API architectural pattern is guidance on building simple, consistent APIs that are almost universally consumable. This session will cover the origins and tenants of REST, show example implementations in ASP.NET and provide tips for keeping your APIs RESTful.

Greg Sohl:

Greg is a software architect with StoneRiver in Cedar Rapids. He’s spent the last 30+ years building commercially sold software in the financial industry. Greg is also the Speaker Liason & MC for CRineta and President of Iowa Code Camp. (@gregsohl / http://cwi-websoft.com/blog)

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December 8 Meeting Information

On December 8th, Greg Sohl will share some information on Serialization in .NET. Mundane you say? Perhaps. But with so many options and hidden complexity, making the right choice for a particular application and getting the details correct can be daunting!

Topic: .NET Serialization

Binary, XML, SOAP, JSON and custom formats. Framework provided classes. Open source libraries. Versioning. Custom serialization. Performance and data size differences. Unit testing serialization. Many options and challenges await the dev who slipstreams themselves into the world of .NET Serialization. In this session, we’ll touch on all these things and provide some guidance for getting it all right the next time you have to dive into this area of development.

Greg Sohl:

Greg is a software architect with StoneRiver in Cedar Rapids. He’s spent the last 30+ years building commercially sold software in the financial industry. Greg is also the Speaker Liason & MC for CRineta and President of Iowa Code Camp. (@gregsohl / http://cwi-websoft.com/blog)

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12/1 Meeting Postponed to 12/8

No meeting tonight. See you on 12/8!

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November 3, Meeting Information

On November 3rd, we’ll gather as a group for an open discussion time, sharing our thoughts, questions, challenges and knowledge on any software development topic. Our open discussions have always been lively and this night should be no different. Come with your challenges and successes ready to share!

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October 6, 2014 Meeting Information

IMPORTANT: We will NOT HAVE food for this meeting.

On October 6th, Keith Dahlby will share some great information on OWIN. Not sure what that is? We’ll you’re OWIN it to yourself to find out!

Topic: One Delegate to Rule Them All: Understanding OWIN

A list of keys, and a delegate: given a dictionary, return a Task. It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing. Yet from humble beginnings nearly four years ago, we have an open web standard for .NET that the community and Microsoft have fully embraced. From hosting with Katana or Helios to new frameworks and middleware free from the legacy of System.Web, the future of .NET web development will look much different from its past. This session will give a brief overview of OWIN and the current landscape, discuss its implications for .NET web application design, and review a real-world example of OWIN in action.

Keith Dahlby:
Keith Dahlby is a father, web developer, Git enthusiast, language geek and five-time C# MVP from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. By day he engineers e-commerce solutions for J&P Cycles and the Motorsport Aftermarket Group; by night he sometimes blogs with Los Techies. His open source efforts include posh-git, a Git environment for PowerShell; and up-for-grabs.net, a site featuring open source projects looking to mentor new contributors. He’s also a core contributor to LibGit2Sharp, used by GitHub for Windows and Git for Visual Studio. Keith studied Computer Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction at Iowa State University, and has spoken at developer events around the world. His talks have been described as “terrific!”, “very interactive!”, and “the best I’ve seen all hour!”.

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