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January Meeting – Monday, January 28

Location: Microsoft's Offices

6:00 Networking and Refreshments
6:30 ROBOTS!

Robots!

This is an introduction to programming microcontrollers with the Microsoft .Net Micro Framework, with a focus on robotics and interacting with the physical world. Learn what it takes to make things move, collect sensor data, react to real world events and how to get started, sources for parts, local and online resources for help.

About the Speakers

Randy Farmer

Randy is the Application Development Practice Director at Intellinet Consulting. He has over 15 years of experience with Microsoft based technology consulting in the Atlanta area. He is a 10 year veteran builder and competitor in combat and autonomous robotics competitions, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Atlanta's premiere hacker/maker space, Freeside Atlanta. He recently ran the Learn to Solder booth at Atlanta Mini Maker Faire.

Meeting Location and Directions

Microsoft Corporation
1125 Sanctuary Pkwy.
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30004

Directions to Microsoft

Holiday Party!

Go here to register: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4918799261

The yearly microsoft user group holiday party!

 

December 10th 6:30-9:30 pm. We will have XBox with Kinects and some fun games, a larger meeting area and refreshments.

Please come and bring a Toy for Toys for tots to be entered in the raffle!

There will be an Opt In list for those looking for employment.

Sponsors:

Tek Systems

Matrix

CTS

Innovative Architects

Wilder Minds

Veredus

Atlanta MDF-PASS as the hosting UG.

Our next regular meeting is Monday, January 28, 2013

The .NET Rocks! Visual Studio 2012 Launch Road Trip! – October 22, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Please register here: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032529030&Culture=en-US&community=0

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With very special guest: Julie Lerman!

Well, we've done it again! 

We went and rented a big 37' RV and booked another United States (mostly) Road Trip for the launch of Visual Studio 2012. No charge for admission. 

At each stop we will record a live .NET Rocks! show with a guest star, whom we will fly in for the occasion. 

Following that, the .NET Rocks hosts (Richard Campbell and Carl Franklin) will each do a presentation around building modern applications on the Windows platform. Carl leans toward development and client-side technology and Richard leans toward DevOps and server-side technology. 

There will be food, drink, geeking out, and hopefully some alert locals will know of a pub where we can adjourn after the event to continue the conversation!

September Meeting - Monday September 24, 2012

Location: Microsoft's Offices

6:00 Networking and Refreshments
6:30 Announcements
6:45 MongoDB: An Introduction to throwing everything you know about databases away

MongoDB: An Introduction to throwing everything you know about databases away

 

Many times, the toughest thing about adopting a new technology isn't the mechanics of using it, it's the mindset shift that must occur before you can fully leverage it.  In this talk, we'll talk about the way you must shift your thinking in order to fully adopt a "nosql" mindset.  This mindset will help you better leverage databases such as MongoDB, CouchDB, and/or Riak.

About Don Browning: Don Browning is a Technology Director at Turner Broadcasting, .Net expat, open-source fanatic who loves to code in Node.js.

   

Meeting Location and Directions

Microsoft Corporation
1125 Sanctuary Pkwy.
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30004

Directions to Microsoft

August Meeting – Monday August 27, 2012

Location: Microsoft's Offices

6:00 Networking and Refreshments
6:30 SignalR – Jim Wooley
7:00 Announcements
7:15 ASP.NET Web API

ASP.NET Web API

Get an overview of the what, why and how of the new ASP.NET Web API.   You will come away from this presentation with an understanding of the concepts behind the new architecture. The session will immerse you in a demonstration of how simple publishing and consuming your application interface can be.

About the Speakers

Jonathan Kyle

Jonathan is a Senior Software Engineer at RDA Corporation. He has over 15 years of professional experience with Microsoft technology, including product development, Windows OS, enterprise applications and games. Jonathan enjoys listening to music, running, eating, travelling and riding motorcycles.

Osama Mourad

Osama is a Senior Software Engineer with RDA Corporation. He has over 12 years of experience with Microsoft technologies, with a special emphasis on ASP.NET and SharePoint. Osama has worked in the Middle East and Gulf regions as well as the U.S. He is a speaker with SharePoint4Arabs and SharePoint Saturday Arabia. In addition to SharePoint, Osama spoke on the Egyptian live satellite channel on developing games using XNA. He enjoys camping and is an active member in Boy Scouts. Osama was awarded the Wood Badge in 2002.       

 

Meeting Location and Directions

Microsoft Corporation
1125 Sanctuary Pkwy.
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30004

Directions to Microsoft

July Meeting – Monday July 30, 2012

Location: Microsoft's Offices

6:00 Networking and Refreshments
6:30 SharePoint 2013 First Looks – Doug Ware
7:00 Announcements
7:15 Windows 8 Apps

Windows 8 Apps

This talk will highlight new programming model for Windows 8.  Application types that Windows 8 will support will be discussed.  The discussion will concentrate on Metro style applications and various programming languages that developers can use to write them. Basic advantages of new platform will be highlighted.  Migration strategies for current applications if they were to be moved to Metro style apps will be part of the talk.  Some of the cool features in Windows 8 will be discussed as well as how they can make applications more appealing to users.  XAML programing model will be talked over, describing new XAML controls for Windows 8.  Data options will also be part of the dialog.  A quick glance at the upcoming Windows store will conclude the talk.

About Sergey Barskiy: A Principal Consultant for Magenic and a Microsoft MVP (Data Platform), Sergey Barskiy has worked with Microsoft technologies since 1997 and developed a number of applications on the .NET platform. As an INETA Mentor for the state of Georgia and an INETA Community Champion, he plays an active role in the Microsoft community. Sergey has written articles on software development and has presented at a number of conferences and user groups. He is one of the organizers of Atlanta Code Camp and an active participant in a number of local users groups.  Sergey graduated Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Georgia State University and also holds the following Microsoft certifications: MCSD, MCPD, MCTS, MCDBA, MCAD, and MCP. Sergey's blog is at www.DotNetSpeak.com.

       

Meeting Location and Directions

Microsoft Corporation
1125 Sanctuary Pkwy.
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30004

Directions to Microsoft

June Meeting – Monday June 25, 2012

Location: Microsoft's Offices

6:00 Networking and Refreshments
6:30 Getting Started with Node.js – Doug Ware
7:00 Announcements
7:15 Modern Web Development

Modern Web Development

A lot has changed in 10 years I've been around web development. When I got back after a lot of Silverlight, I noticed it was better than it used to be. Let me show you what has changed.

About Shawn Wildermuth: Shawn Wildermuth is a Microsoft MVP (C#), member of the INETA Speaker's Bureau and an author of six books about .NET. Shawn is involved with Microsoft as a Silverlight Insiders, Data Insiders and Windows Phone 7 Insiders. He has been seen speaking at a variety of international conferences including SDC, VSLive, WinDev, MIX, DevTeach and DevReach. Shawn has written dozens of articles for a variety of magazines and websites including MSDN, DevSource, InformIT, CoDe Magazine, ServerSide.NET and MSDN Online. He has over twenty years of software development regularly blogs about a range of topics including Silverlight, WP7, Databases, XML and web services on his blog (http://wildermuth.com). He is currently helping company through his company Wilder Minds (http://www.wilderminds.com).

     

Meeting Location and Directions

Microsoft Corporation
1125 Sanctuary Pkwy.
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30004

Directions to Microsoft

Atlanta Code Camp is this Weekend, Saturday May 19th

For the last few weeks the organizing committee for this year's Atlanta Code Camp (including myself!) has been busily planning and organizing this year's Atlanta Code Camp. This year's event is once again on the campus of Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta. You can read more and register for the event here: http://www.atlantacodecamp.org/default.aspx.

If you're not familiar with code camps, they are free community‐focused events by and for the .NET developer community. The Atlanta Code Camp draws upon the expertise of local and regional developers, architects, and experts who come together to share their real world experiences, lessons learned, best practices, and general knowledge with other interested individuals.

This event is unique in that it is "for the community, by the community" and is free for all that desire to attend. In past years, the Atlanta Code Camp has provided free training and networking opportunities for 300 of the best, most motivated development professionals. With our larger facility, we're expecting this year to be even bigger and better.

This is a free event and we provide lunch. I hope to see you there!

--Doug

April Meeting – Monday April 30, 2012

NOTE: There is no meeting in May, but there will be a Code Camp on Saturday, May 19

Location: Microsoft's Offices

6:00 Networking and Refreshments
6:30 A Tour of the Visual Studio 11 Beta
7:00 Announcements
7:15 Asynchronous Programming Models with .Net

Asynchronous Programming Models with .Net

As we build increasingly connected systems, we often find that the bottleneck isn't in the processor, but in the communications between systems and processes. To continue adding the perception of responsiveness in applications, we need to embrace more asynchronous programming models. When .Net was introduced, we were limited to event based callback implementations. Recently, we have seen a number of enhancements to the asynchronous programming arsenal. In this session, we will explore the event model and contrast it to models based on Lambda expressions, Iterators, and the Reactive Framework.

About Jim Wooley: By date, Jim Wooley is a consultant for Slalom Consulting, In his free time, Jim is a frequent speaker, INETA Regional Speaker, MVP, and author of "LINQ in Action". He is always striving to stay at the forefront of technology and enjoys the thrill of a new challenge. He has been active evangelizing LINQ since it's announcement in 2005. In addition, he attempts to pass on the insights he has gained by being active in the community, including organizing and speaking at code camps and regional events, including DevLink, DevWeek, CodeMash, CodeStock, VS Live, and MIX.

 

Meeting Location and Directions

Microsoft Corporation
1125 Sanctuary Pkwy.
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30004

Directions to Microsoft

March Meeting – Monday March 26, 2012

Location: Microsoft's Offices

6:00 Networking and Refreshments
6:30 Announcements
6:45 Building Windows Applications with HTML and JavaScript

Building Windows Applications with HTML and JavaScript

Why would a Windows developer care about the HTML and JavaScript approach for building applications? Because by understanding all the programming models for the new platform, you'll get to chose the one that most closely aligns with your skills, your team, and your technical requirements. Come learn how to build compelling, connected, native apps that harness the full power of the PC by using HTML5 and JavaScript in ways never before possible. In this talk, you'll get a hands-on introduction to the next version of Windows, and see how the UI was designed to work seamlessly with a diversity of devices and form factors. We'll cover how to build Metro-styled applications using HTML5 and JavaScript, and connect you with tons of resources so you can capitalize on this new opportunity that brings your web skills to the next level.

About Glen Gordon: Glen works for Microsoft. He is the Developer Evangelist for Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

 

Meeting Location and Directions

Microsoft Corporation
1125 Sanctuary Pkwy.
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30004

Directions to Microsoft

February Meeting – Monday February 27, 2012

Location: Microsoft's Offices

6:00 Networking and Refreshments
6:30 Announcements
6:45
Open Data Protocol + Entity Framework

Open Data Protocol + Entity Framework

We will learn how to quickly and easily create a fully functional OData Endpoint using an existing database and class files, quickly easily and securely. Understanding what OData is, what it can do and how much time it can save you and your company will be a part of integration in the future.

We will cover EF 4.0 - 4.3

What problems are solved?
ObjectContext, DBContext.
Code First, DataFirst
Data Annotations (viewed through MVC4)

 

OData

Current Web Service Layers
WCFDataServices
Security
Queries
Customizing Post and Gets
Query Interceptors
Change Interceptors
ODataVisualizer

Create Quick Unit Tests

Binding In Silverlight and MVC

 

About the Speaker: Mark Rowe is a husband and father of 2, Senior Consultant with Magenic Technologies, and a Virtual Technical Specialist with Microsoft. Also he holds the position of director of membership, in charge of relations with over 440 user group across the US and Canada for INETA. Furthermore he co-founded and sits on the board for the local Atlanta Microsoft Integration Architects Users group. Mark holds the .net 4 MCPD in Azure, Windows and Web.    

Meeting Location and Directions

Microsoft Corporation
1125 Sanctuary Pkwy.
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30004

Directions to Microsoft

2011 Holiday Party, December 5, 2011

Microsoft and the Atlanta User Groups cordially Invite you to our ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY.
 
You must R.S.V.P. to attend as space is limited! Please do not register if you do not plan on attending.

December 5th, 2011
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

1125 Sanctuary Pkwy, Suite 300
Alpharetta, GA 30004

The Event will include:

  • Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots
  • Book Exchange (Bring a recent book you're done with and get a ticket to redeem on a book someone else is done with.)
  • Food will be served
  • Open space discussion & Networking
  • Xbox gaming, and non-xbox gaming (like jenga, etc)
  • No Dress Code required, come as you are and have fun with other user group members from the south east.
     

The registration link is: https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=158241.

I am looking forward to seeing you all at this special event!

Doug

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