Monday, December 8, 2014 – Iteration 0: What you must do first to set up an MVC 5 project for success

Jeffrey Palermo

Jeffrey Palermo

Jeffrey Palermo, Clear Measure

Greenfield projects are great. Laying down features in a brand new code base is motivating, and teams can be very productive without old, legacy code slowing them down – until the new code starts slowing them down because the new environment wasn’t set up properly. This common pitfall happens time and time again – developers are productive, but then velocity starts to slow. This session outlines and demonstrates the absolutely critical items that must be part of a good iteration 0 (zero) in order to set up a new web application using ASP.NET MVC 5.2 properly. Failing to address any of these foundational elements happens too frequently and can be disastrous to a project. Attendees will come away from the session with practical example code and proven design patterns for getting started with a new MVC 5 application.

Bio:
Jeffrey Palermo is a Managing Partner & CEO of Clear Measure, Inc, a software engineering firm in Austin, TX.  At Clear Measure, Jeffrey manages the software engineering practice which includes new system development, legacy system upgrades, performance/scalability improvements and system rescues.  Previously, Jeffrey has held executive positions at various firms including President, COO, CIO, CTO, Chief Architect, and VP of Engineering.Jeffrey has been recognized by Microsoft as a “Microsoft Most Valuable Professional” (MVP) each year since 2006.  He has spoken and facilitated at industry conferences such as VSLive, DevTeach, the Microsoft MVP Summit, and Microsoft Tech Ed. He also speaks to user groups around the country as part of the INETA Speakers’ Bureau. A graduate of Texas A&M University, an Eagle Scout, and an Iraq war veteran, Jeffrey has published many magazine articles, and he has written three editions of his book, ASP.NET MVC in Action.

The talk will take place at Microsoft Austin office from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 12/8/2014.

Monday, November 10, 2014 – Redis – Caching for .NET Developers

Shawn Wesfeld

Shawn Wesfeld

Redis – Caching for .NET Developers

Redis (http://msopentech.com/opentech-projects/redis) is a very popular open-source, networked, in-memory, key-value data store. It is known for high performance, flexibility, a rich set of data structures, and a simple straightforward API. MS Open Tech has been working with the Redis community to build a production-ready Windows port of Redis, including 64-bit support, an installer for Windows Azure, NuGet support, and much more. In this talk we will discuss what it takes as a .NET Developer to work with Redis both on prem and in the cloud.

About Shawn

Shawn (http://www.shawnweisfeld.com, shawn@shawnweisfeld.com) is passionate about building awesome applications and websites with .NET technologies. He is currently an Application Development Manager for Microsoft based in Austin TX and founder of http://UserGroup.tv. Read his full bio at http://about.me/shawnweisfeld

The talk will take place at Microsoft Austin office from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 11/10/2014.

Our sponsor is The Iron Yard.

October 18, 2014 – Austin Code Camp 2014

The Austin .NET User Group Is Proud To Sponsor Its Eighth Annual Code Camp!

You can check it out at http://codecamp14.adnug.org. The conference is on October 18th at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Austin from 8 am to 5 pm. Spots are limited so register today!

Due to the code camp, there will not be a monthly meeting scheduled.

September 8, 2014 – OWIN – Katana 101

Reaz Haq

Reaz Haq

Topic – OWIN – Katana 101

OWIN.ORG – “OWIN defines a standard interface between .NET web servers and web applications. The goal of the OWIN interface is to decouple server and application, encourage the development of simple modules for .NET web development, and, by being an open standard, stimulate the open source ecosystem of .NET web development tools.”
Katana – OWIN implementations for Microsoft servers and frameworks.
OWIN-based components is the future of .NET based web development.  We had seen some hints in various talks around “vNext.”  This talk is an introduction of OWIN and Katana; a mixture of code and concepts; how middleware are created, and chained together to create something called pipeline.  Also, includes some introduction of how to’s;  example: incorporate a popular framework, like Web API.

About Reaz

  • Team Lead – SecureNet Payment Systems
  • Independent consultant
  • Ex Adjunct Faculty, ACC – CS
  • ~20 of experience
  • Life long student

August 11, 2014 – Modern Artificial Intelligence for the Curious Layman

Patrick Abbs

Patrick Abbs

Abstract

There is a quiet revolution happening in Machine Learning right now that is defying thousands of years of mathematical tradition, the gist of which can be understood without any background in ML at all.  At the core of this revolution is a fundamental shift from representing mathematical relationships with equations to representing these relationships as structures.  And this new approach is quickly proving its mettle; from IBM’s Watson to Google’s self-driving cars to Facebook’s facial recognition, the major players in Machine Learning are gaining a lot of value out of this new structural approach to AI.

In this session, I will provide a high-level introduction to the fundamental concepts behind Equational and Structural Mathematics, highlighting their relative strengths and weaknesses through examples that require no mathematical background to understand.  Later on in the presentation, I’ll dive into an explanation of the inner workings of my own implementation of one of the most popular Structural algorithms – the unbounded Neural Network.  At the end of the session, you will walk away with a high-level understanding of one of the most important and exciting breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence since the field’s inception, as well as a deeper insight into just what Google, Facebook, IBM, and others are up to.

Bio

Patrick Abbs is a programmer with a passion for Machine Learning that predates his first ever “Hello World”.  He began his career in the trial-by-fire world of NYC startups building Natural Language Processing tools for document categorization and recognition, before moving down to Austin for a more stable life as a Consultant for Headspring building custom applications for a variety of clients and domains.  At work Patrick codes smart, sustainable websites, while at home he experiments with cutting-edge Machine Learning algorithms in what is definitely not an attempt to build Skynet.

The talk will take place at Microsoft Austin office from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 8/11/2014.

July 21, 2014 – Introduction to AngularJs with Web API

Ryan Vice

Ryan Vice

Abstract

There are a lot of Javascript frameworks to choose from for client side MV* development. It can be a daunting task to try and figure out where you should focus your valuable continuous improvement time or even more stressful if you are responsible for the technology direction of your project. In this session we will take a look at why I feel that AngularJs is worth considering. In this example driven session we will explore a lot of the basic features that make this framework exciting by building out a sample shopping cart application on top of a ASP.Net Web API back end. All of the code will be hosted on GitHub in an easy to consume fashion so that you can take lessons learned and apply them on your projects.

About Ryan

Ryan Vice is an independent consultant with 12 years of experience building enterprise solutions using Microsoft technologies. He’s an MSDN Moderator, has been Microsoft MVP for Connected Systems since 2010 and his first book, “MVVM Survival Guide” was published in November of 2012. His areas of focus are software quality, increasing developer productivity and architecture best practices.

The talk will take place at Microsoft Austin office from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 7/21/2014.

June 9, 2014 – .NET Cross Platform Development Strategy for Mobile, Cloud and Desktop Apps

Rabi Satter

Rabi Satter

Abstract

Cross platform is nirvana that for the most part has been about the browser. However as computing because more fragmented developers are finding they need to be able to program on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Azure, AWS) using different tools (.NET, Java, Objective-C). Developers need methods, ideas and tools to reduce this complexity into a more manageable chunks. This talk looks at
  • How to get on 2.5 billion devices?
  • Strategies
  • Tooling
About Rabi
Rabi Satter is a former Microsoft employee where he worked on .NET 4 and ASP.NET. He was one of the people behind open sourcing of Azure SDKs, MVC, Web API, Web Pages, and Entity Framework. He now works at Netrix, a consulting firm, as the Practice Lead for Mobile and Cloud app development.
The talk will take place at the Microsoft Austin office on 6/9/2014 at 5:30 pm.

Rabi’s presentation is available for download here: Cross Platform.

May 17, 2014 – Microsoft Publish it event

Calling all windows store app developers, checkout the Microsoft Publish it event happening on May 17th https://publishwindows.com/view/44326b473a294fcab02834c031118287

May 19, 2014 – Oracle, .NET and Visual Studio 2013: Intro, What’s New, and Best Practices

Abstract:
The first half of this session introduces Oracle Database support for .NET, including Oracle Data Provider for .NET (ODP.NET) and Oracle Developer Tools for Visual Studio. We discuss the latest features, including support for Visual Studio 2013, .NET Framework 4.5.1, fully-managed ODP.NET, schema comparison tools, Oracle Database 12c multi-tenant container database support, and Entity Framework.

The second half explores coding best practices for achieving faster .NET Oracle database access performance. We examine techniques for optimizing connection pooling, caching, data fetching and updating, statement batching, and Oracle data type usage.

Christian’s Bio:
Christian Shay is a product manager in the .NET technologies group at
Oracle. As a .NET and Oracle evangelist, he speaks to user groups, at
Microsoft events and at Oracle Openworld events worldwide. Prior to this
role, he was a software engineer at Oracle. Read his article on the Oracle Data Provider for .NET, Managed Driver in this month’s
issue of Oracle Magazine.

The talk will take place at Microsoft Austin office from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 5/19/2014.

April 14, 2014 – SQL Server Optimization for Developers

Anil Desai

Anil Desai

Talk Summary

Database optimization is a critical component of overall application performance, and sub-optimal configurations can limit reliability, scalability, and the user experience. Unfortunately, many developers see database monitoring and optimization as a black art – something that’s better left to production and operations specialists. This presentation will focus on practical, real-world methods for monitoring and optimizing performance for SQL Server-based applications. Demonstrations will include understanding index types, capturing query data with SQL Profiler, analyzing indexes and using the Database Engine Tuning Advisor. In addition to live demos the content will focus on managing locking, managing schema changes, and application design best practices for developers.

Bio

Anil Desai is an independent consultant based in Austin, TX. He has over 15 years of experience in architecting, implementing, and managing IT software and datacenter solutions. He has worked extensively with IT management, development, and database technology. Anil holds many technical certifications and is a ten-time Microsoft MVP Award recipient (most recently for Microsoft Hyper-V).
Anil is the author of over 20 technical books focusing on the Windows Server platform, virtualization, databases, and IT management best practices. He is also a frequent contributor to IT publications and conferences. For more information, please see http://AnilDesai.net, or e-mail Anil@AnilDesai.net.

 

The talk will take place at Microsoft Austin office from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 4/14/2014.

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