April 4 Meeting Information

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t get to go to Build 2016. My days during it were also busy so didn’t see a lot of the live broadcasts. So much good content and so little time in our days to watch. One session we SHOULD ALL see is Scott Hanselman’s and Scott Hunter’s session “.NET Overview” – doesn’t sound like much in the title, but the announcements for .NET were substantial. Join us to watch this session and discuss the implications for our tool set. RSVP on Meetup.com.

Topic: .NET Overview – Our world just got a little bigger

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March 7 Meeting Information

Join us in March for a pretty cool talk that’ll have you communicating like never before. RSVP on Meetup.com.

Topic: P2Pvidchatxplatxamwebrtc to create Hangskypetime

Be semi-social. Create your own video chat app to talk with friends from your home using the de facto standard in cross platform audio/video communication protocols. WebRTC standardizes the approach for browser and native applications with direct peer-to-peer secure communication of audio, video, and whatever other kinds of data you want to transmit. It can “fall back” to server relays if peer-to-peer cannot be established. In this walkthrough Xamarin brings the cross-platform native, while Frozen Mountain brings the cross-platform WebRTC implementation (which includes a community edition free!). Come check it out if you’re not busy and we’ll surely use some long words with no vowels. And if you want to be semi-social bring your own non-iOS device to participate in the demo.

Speaker: Dennis Welu
President of mobile-focused Motis Consulting, Inc. (www.motisconsulting.com) and certified Xamarin Consulting Partner. Dennis does all kinds of development “stuff” but particularly likes to do “mobile stuff” – and learns daily how much he doesn’t know from his home office in Dubuque, Iowa.

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February 1 Meeting Information

ASP.NET is great, but its not the only framework for building the web in .NET. One alternative is NancyFX, which has been around for a few years now. Join us on Feb 1 for an into to NancyFX and add a new tool to your web toolbox. RSVP on Meetup.com.

Topic: NancyFX, A Short Introduction

NancyFX is a framework used to create lightweight services based on the Ruby Sinatra library. Rated as a technology to Adopt by the ThoughtWorks technology radar for use in creating small verticle apps and microservices. The goal of this talk is to give viewers a high level capabilities of NancyFX and various supporting pluggable libraries to extend the functionality of the NancyFX framework.

Speaker: Matt Winger
Matt is a Senior Software Developer with Geonetric where he has worked for the past 5 years. He works with a team that is focused on creating smaller, focused apps that have the ability to provide quick value for both internal and external customers.

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January 4 Meeting Information

Inspired by Keith’s September talk, this month Greg will share some cool .NET tools, techniques and libraries. Join us at Geonetric – our sponsor again for 2016! – for a fun and useful talk. RSVP on Meetup.com.

Topic: Cool .NET Tools, Techniques and Libraries (aka More Stuff that Doesn’t Suck)

The .NET world is vast. I always find it helpful to have someone recommend tools, techniques and libraries they’ve actually used and appreciate. For this talk we’ll take a look at some of Greg’s recommended tools that may not be commonly known. Feel free to bring something you’d like to share or explore with the group too.

Speaker: 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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October 5th Meeting Information

Join us on Monday October 5th for an open discussion on topics you provide. We haven’t done one of these for awhile. It is always a good time to get deep into some good development topics with this group. RSVP on Meetup.com.

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September 14 Meeting Information

Join us on Monday for a talk from a frequent speaker, Keith Dahlby. Should be a fun topic with good discussion! RSVP on Meetup.com.

Topic: .NET Things that Don’t Suck

Developers tend to talk about two things: stuff that’s brand new, and stuff that sucks. Often at the same time! Let’s change things up a bit and talk about some not-so-new .NET things that don’t suck. Or less negatively, tips and tools that I’ve collected that make me ridiculously productive. Like var.

My list is unlikely to be comprehensive, so bring something to share.

Speaker: 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 architects e-commerce solutions for Motorsport Aftermarket Group Retail Division (J&P Cycles and Motorcycle Superstore); 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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August 3rd Meeting Information

DevOps. For some reason its a thing by name now. If you ask me, it’s always been a thing. It’s a thing to Matt Ash and he’s going to tell you about it. Specifically how to do continuous builds and deployment with Team City and Octo Depoy. Great stuff. If you plan on attending the meeting on July 6th, please RSVP on Meetup.com.

Topic: Continuous Awesomeness with Team City + Octo Deploy

Do you lack confidence in your build and deployment process? Are your processes manual, cumbersome, or unreliable? There are many tools in the market that address these issues, but how do you know where to start and which products to use?

I’ll introduce you to two popular products: TeamCity and Octopus Deploy. We’ll discuss some basic and advanced concepts of each tool, and then dive into a demo. The demo will start with getting an application from GitHub to build and run tests in TeamCity. Next, we’ll deploy it with Octopus. Lastly, we’ll tie both products together to end up with one fine-tuned, continuously integrated application. You’ll walk away asking yourself “Where have you been all my life?”, and “What’s with all the Big Lebowski references?”.

Speaker: Matt Ash
Matt Ash is currently an Application Development Team Lead at UFG. He was led to the development industry because he frequently gets bored with things (including his first job or two out of college), but found with development, you can never be bored if you embrace change and love to learn. With this philosophy he’s been able to build successful solutions across a range of technologies from .NET to Ruby, all the while never allowing a single razor to touch his face.

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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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