September 9, 2013 – Meeting Information

On September 9th, Nate Adams will join us to talk about Reactive Extensions. Been wondering about them? Already know a bit? Already seen his talk? No matter what your level of knowledge, Nate’s well reviewed talk is worth attending!

Topic: Introduction to Rx – A prescription for Awesome Code

Reactive Extensions (Rx) is a library for composing asynchronous and event-based programs using observable sequences and LINQ-style query operators. In this talk, you’ll learn the basics about what Rx is and how you can start using it to make your code more responsive. No knowledge of Monads is required for this talk 🙂

Speaker Bio:
Nate has been developing business applications for over 12 years. The last 9 years have been spent working primarily with C#. In addition to being incredibly dashing and ruggedly handsome, Nate is also very, VERY lazy. Because of this, he’s always looking for ways to leverage existing code and frameworks to increase productivity in his work. Some other things of note about Nate: 1) Nate has been known to do some amazing coding that he does not remember the next morning. 2) Nate is the “Coolness Czar” at his current company and flogs coworkers for not meeting his rigid coolness standards. 3) Nate always blames the Rules Engine. 4) Nate is known in three countries for his “luscious beard” and won last year’s beard/mustache growing contest at work with his version of the “monkey tail.”

If you plan on attending our meeting on September 9th, please RSVP.

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August 5, 2013 – Meeting Information

Keith Dahlby has a new topic for us in August. All area C# developers should attend this one! C# has expanded considerably in the past few releases. There’s plenty to keep up with and lots of “good stuff” too simplify your development life. Keith will be sharing some of those latest bits with us.

Topic: C# From Abstract to Yield: How Well Do You Really Know C#?

With each successive version, C# has added more and more keywords to do new and (mostly) exciting things. Before you can use them, you need to know they exist. From flagship language features like async and LINQ, to the subtleties of co- and contravariant generic type parameters, we’ll discuss every language keyword/operator and provide some context for when you might see it in the wild or want to use it yourself.

Speaker Bio:
Keith Dahlby is a new father, web developer, Git enthusiast, language geek and C# MVP from Cedar Rapids, IA. He blogs about various software development topics with Los Techies. His open source efforts include posh–git, a Git environment for PowerShell, and FSRazor, F# support for the Razor view engine. Keith has spoken at community events around the Midwest and he studied Human-Computer Interaction at Iowa State University. His talks have been described as “terrific!”, “very interactive!”, and “the best I’ve seen all hour!”.

If you plan on attending our meeting on August 5th, please RSVP.

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July 1, 2013 – Meeting Information

Back by popular demand, our July meeting will be a structured discussion session. Our last discussion meeting was enjoyed by all and evolved into a very educational evening. Monday night, we’ll start with the topic of “Build and Deployment Practices”. Come prepared to share a little about your own build and deployment practices so we can learn from each other’s environments. Tools used. Process. Frequency. Failure reporting and handling and other aspects can be covered. We’ll let the discussion evolve from there.

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June Meeting Information

June will be our 3rd month in a row with a visitor from the north! Jason, is an excellent speaker that we’re lucky to have back! Don’t miss him on June 3rd at 5:30pm.

We meet at Kirkwood Community College, in the Iowa Building, in the Iowa Room, at 5:30 pm. Details can be found at http://crineta.org.

Title: Metaprogramming in .NET
RSVP: http://crineta.org/448/june-3-2013-jason-bock-and-metaprogramming-in-net/

Description
Metaprogramming…it’s a term that may come across as abstract, nebulous, or just downright scary. In this session, we’ll break down what metaprogramming is and why it’s relevant to know. You’ll also see the tools and frameworks you can use as a .NET developer (such as Reflection, Mono, and Roslyn) to make your programs simple and elegant.

Speaker
Jason Bock is a Practice Lead for Magenic (http://www.magenic.com) and a Microsoft MVP (C#). He has worked on a number of business applications using a diverse set of substrates and languages such as C#, .NET, and Java. He is the author of “Metaprogramming in .NET”, “Applied .NET Attributes”, and “CIL Programming: Under the Hood of .NET”. He has written numerous articles on software development issues and has presented at a number of conferences and user groups. He is a leader of the Twin Cities Code Camp (http://www.twincitiescodecamp.com). Jason holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University. Visit his web site at http://www.jasonbock.net.

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May 6, 2013 – Mike Benkovich

Continuing our streak of visitors from the north, Mike Benkovich will enlighten us on building connected mobile apps with Microsoft’s ever-expanding Azure services. Mike, formerly with Microsoft, is an excellent speaker that you’ll not want to miss on May 6th at 5:30pm.

Topic: Building Connected Apps with Mobile Services

Abstract: Today’s users don’t live on just a workstation or a laptop. With the proliferation of laptops, smart phones, and tablets people work from a variety of forms and clients. Building applications that can leverage a consistent view of identity, data and services will enable the workforce to be productive wherever they are. In this session we’ll explore how to design and build applications using Windows Azure and Mobile Services that span the various device forms and platforms using the tools and features of the Cloud that make it all possible and easy.

Speaker: Mike Benkovich (benkotips.com)
Mike Benkovich is a former Microsoft evangelist who has spent his career helping developers explore and apply new technologies to solving information challenges. His website, benkotips.com, provides developers with resources to get started and work with technologies including cloud, data and devices. Follow him on Twitter @mbenko.

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April 1st Meeting Information

No fooling – we’ve been able to reschedule our March speaker for April, after having to cancel it due to weather. Read on…

April brings us a visitor from the north, with Scott Davis bringing one of his outstanding presentations to Cedar Rapids. Scott is a regular, well reviewed speaker at Iowa Code Camp and many other venues. You’ll want to join us for this one on April 1st at 5:30pm.

Topic: Gaming, Start-ups, and Everything in Between

Abstract: In this no-code tech talk, Scott will talk game theory and game development. We’ll talk about how game principles are applied to business such as banking, healthcare and retail. We’ll talk mobile and the challenges of building native apps on iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android platforms. We’ll cover any questions anyone has on starting their own business. Patents, marketing, equity, investors, etc. This grab bag of topics will pull from many different presentations Scott has given in the past to fit the audience needs. If you have every wanted to build a game, start a business, or do both at the same time, this session should answer some of your questions.

Speaker: Scott Davis (@scottkdavis)
Scott Davis is CEO of QONQR (pronounced Conquer), a mobile gaming company in Minneapolis, focusing on location based games. QONQR is a massively multiplayer mobile game on iPhone and Windows Phone (Android under development) that allows players to capture cities and towns on the map of the real world, using their phone’s GPS location. Scott holds and MBA in Entrepreneurial Business for the University of St Thomas and is an adjunct professor in the master’s program at St Mary’s university.

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March 4th Meeting – Postponed

Due to weather related travel restrictions for our speaker (and maybe for us!), tonight’s meeting is being postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced.

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March 4th, 2013 – with Scott Davis!

ATTENTION: This event has been postponed due to weather. Watch for an announcement of it’s rescheduling.

March brings us a visitor from the north, with Scott Davis bringing one of his outstanding presentations to Cedar Rapids. Scott is a regular, well reviewed speaker at Iowa Code Camp and many other venues. You’ll want to join us for this one on March 4th at 5:30pm.

Topic: Gaming, Start-ups, and Everything in Between

Abstract: In this no-code tech talk, Scott will talk game theory and game development. We’ll talk about how game principles are applied to business such as banking, healthcare and retail. We’ll talk mobile and the challenges of building native apps on iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android platforms. We’ll cover any questions anyone has on starting their own business. Patents, marketing, equity, investors, etc. This grab bag of topics will pull from many different presentations Scott has given in the past to fit the audience needs. If you have every wanted to build a game, start a business, or do both at the same time, this session should answer some of your questions.

Speaker: Scott Davis (@scottkdavis)
Scott Davis is CEO of QONQR (pronounced Conquer), a mobile gaming company in Minneapolis, focusing on location based games. QONQR is a massively multiplayer mobile game on iPhone and Windows Phone (Android under development) that allows players to capture cities and towns on the map of the real world, using their phone’s GPS location. Scott holds and MBA in Entrepreneurial Business for the University of St Thomas and is an adjunct professor in the master’s program at St Mary’s university.

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February 4th Meeting Information

February brings Keith Dahlby back to share his thoughts on the patterns posed in Telerik’s Software Craftsmanship Calendar. Come and enjoy what is bound to be a lively session and discussion!

Topic: Year in Preview – Advice From the 2013 Software Craftsmanship Calendar

Abstract: Now in its third year, the Software Craftsmanship Calendar this year features a dozen development practices and principles to help you craft better code, from SOLID and DRY to YAGNI and SoC. Come participate in (or simply observe) what’s sure to be an entertaining if not educational discussion on what these topics mean to me, to you, and to other local developers.

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January 7th, 2012 – Meeting Information

For our first meeting of 2013, we are going to try something a little different. We are going to have attendees bring something to share for 5-15 minutes. A short presentation if you will. It can be a tool, a technique, a favorite web site, or other .NET-related development resource. It could even be a question that you want the group to discuss. The more that participate, the better the meeting will be.

Topic: Lightning Talks!

Abstract: The topic is yours. You use this stuff everyday. This is your chance to share a little bit of it. Nothing is too small. Remember, we live in our little world, not yours. Share a bit of yours with the group!

Speaker: It’s you, of course! This is a friendly group. Great chance to say a few words.

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