December: No Meeting

As you know, the Enterprise Developers Guild does not meet in December. (Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.) However, we do want to extend season greetings to one and all. We also want to thank all our sponsors and volunteers who work all year-long to help make the Guild a success.

From all of us on the Board to all of you and your families, we wish you a very Happy (belated) Chanukah and best wishes for a beautiful Winter Solstice, a Merry Christmas, an uplifting Kwanzaa, a delightful Boxing Day, a Happy New Year…and we’ll see you in January!


November Meeting: Windows Azure IaaS

Join us Tuesday, November 26, at 6:00 PM in the Mt. Kilimanjaro/Mt. Everest rooms of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus. For this month’s talk we’ll explore everything you always wanted to know about Windows Azure IaaS but were afraid to ask. Ubiquitous cloud references often obscure the underlying technology. Last April Microsoft released Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). This presentation explores specific questions that are on most people’s mind when they consider Microsoft’s IaaS offering. How much does it cost? What do I need? What can I do? With multiple cloud choices available, we’ll explore how the Microsoft IaaS offer differs from Amazon Web Services.

The meeting presenter is William Bellamy.

William is a Principal Escalation Engineer responsible for supporting Windows Azure developers. For 23 years, he has incubated support for numerous new Microsoft products. He published Azure troubleshooting and created the Channel 9 video series Windows Azure Troubleshooting. Originally from Pennsylvania, he earned a B.S. degree from Georgia Tech and a PhD from the Univ. of Paris I (Sorbonne). He moved to Charlotte in 1997. You can follow him on Twitter at @WilliamCBellamy.

The meeting is sponsored by Vircon.

Vircon has earned a reputation for consistently providing the highest quality services always with an emphasis on integrity, and has thus built strong, trust-based relationships with both our clients and our consultants. If you’re interested in joining a dynamic organization which fosters the opportunity for professional development and career advancement, you’re ready for Vircon. With clients all over the country and projects in a variety of technical and business domains, we offer stability, growth and continuous opportunities for expanding your professional experience. Learn more

Downloads: Slides

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October Meeting: Introduction to Test-Driven Development‏

Join us Tuesday, October 22, at 6:00 PM in the Mt. Kilimanjaro/Mt. Everest rooms of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus. For this month’s talk we’ll explore Test-Driven Development. We’ll look at what many of us are doing now and how TDD changes our workflow. We will discuss what TDD is and what is isn’t. After a review of the open source tools that support TDD in VS 2012, we will work through an actual demonstration of the technique. Once you’ve seen the demo and reviewed the key points, we will open up for discussion of how to make TDD work for us.

The meeting presenter is Bill Jones Jr., MVP.

As Vice President and Systems Architect working on the Wells Fargo Securities Client Technology team, Bill specializes in software development using Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5. He is well versed in all phases of the software development life cycle – process, work flow, class abstraction, data structures, reporting and user interfaces. In his spare time, Bill founded and continues to lead the Enterprise Developers Guild, a professional programmers group in Charlotte NC with more than 3,500 members. Bill is a Microsoft Certified Professional in both C# and VB.NET. He is proud to be a multi-year recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award and to be designated the North American Senior Mentor for the International .NET Association (INETA). You can read his blog at

The meeting is sponsored by Shamrock Search Associates.

Shamrock Search Associates is a premier recruiting firm that delivers qualified, game-changing talent and career opportunities to our customers. We have been very successful with our customers in many specialties including IT, Medical, Accounting & Finance, and sales.

Shamrock Search Associates take pride in “listening” to what our customers need while providing the best quality customer service. We provide a trusted, consultative service by truly listening to the needs of our clients and candidates. Our ability to really listen combined with our high level of customer service creates a partnership that is unmatched.

Shamrock Search Associates understands “today’s talent is tomorrow’s success.” Located in the Greater Charlotte, NC area, we are a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) that has built long term and growing relationships by being a trusted resource partner. Learn more at

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September Meeting: Build Cross-platform Mobile Apps with Xamarin

Join us Tuesday, September 24, at 6:00 PM in the Mt. Kilimanjaro/Mt. Everest rooms of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus. For this month’s talk we’ll look at how to build cross-platform native mobile iOS, Android, Mac and Windows apps in C# that access data from the web using mono, Xamarin tools, and Web Services. We will examine the libraries, techniques, and lessons learned from building and shipping mobile apps.

The meeting presenter is Peter Mourfield.

Peter Mourfield has been developing software for nearly 20 years and currently works for, an online income tax preparation web site. Peter leads the Augusta Developers Guild, is an ASP Insider, and holds a number of certifications including; Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) in Web Development and a Certified SCRUM Master. You can follow him on Twitter at @pmourfield and read his blog at

The meeting is sponsored by Signature Consultants.

Signature Consultants was established in 1997 with a singular focus: Provide our clients and consultants with superior staffing solutions. At Signature Consultants, it’s not just about the bottom line; it’s about the people. We focus on the relationships we have with our clients, consultants and candidates. Our motto, “Getting IT Right,” is reflected in every aspect of our company – it guides our decisions and actions and ensures that our consultants and clients always come first. Learn more at

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August Meeting: Introducing Windows 8.1 & Visual Studio 2013 Preview

Join us Tuesday, August 27, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus. We are in some exciting times with a new version of Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 Preview announced with Build 2013 from Microsoft. Microsoft is moving towards a faster rev cycle and this makes it even more exciting to try and stay up to date with all the changes. This presentation will highlighting some of the new features and capabilities in Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 Preview.

The meeting presenter is Matt Duffield, MVP.

Matt Duffield has over 15 years working in IT. He enjoys building rich user centric applications. Matt is very active in the community speaking at user groups and code camps. He is the leader of the Charlotte ALT.NET user group. He is an INETA speaker member and has been a Microsoft MVP in Client Application Development. He started working in .NET as soon as it was available to the development community and was also an early adopter of both WPF and Silverlight. He believes good business intelligence (BI) architecture is the formula for a successful software package that looks beyond just data and provides insightful information. He is the co-author of the book: Silverlight 5: Building Rich Enterprise Dashboards. You can read his blog at and follow him on Twitter at @mattduffield.

The meeting is sponsored by Logical Advantage.

Founded in 2003, Logical Advantage provides IT consulting services because we believe you should do only one thing – and do it better than anyone else. No matter your challenges, we can design, build and deploy custom-built solutions that can drive your business. We specialize in mastering the most complex business hurdles, and in developing enterprise-class solutions backed by custom software and data integration. We deliver solutions that deliver results. Learn more at

Downloads: Slides and Windows 8.1 SDK samples

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July Meeting: Designing for Windows 8

Join us Tuesday, July 23, at 6:00 PM in the Mt. Kilimanjaro/Mt. Everest rooms of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus. Taking inspirational cues from Bauhaus design, International Typographic Style, and cinematography, the Windows 8 UI design style brings an application to life while presenting content clearly and beautifully. This session is intended to help developers and designers understand the design concepts and basic building blocks of the Windows 8 user interface. In this session, you will be introduced to the principles behind this design style and learn how to effectively apply these principles in your applications.

The meeting presenter is Brent Schooley.

Brent is a software developer who has been working with Microsoft technologies since 2004. His interests include client and mobile application development and user experience design with a recent emphasis on Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Other platforms he has worked with include WPF, Silverlight, Windows Forms, and iOS. He is an Evangelist working for Infragistics with a focus on mobile platforms. He has a passion for making people’s experiences with software the best that they can possibly be. Brent is the author of Designing for Windows 8, a Windows 8 design primer available from Apress. You can follow him on Twitter at @brentschooley and read his blog at

The meeting is sponsored by Apex Systems.

Apex Systems is a leading provider of technical and professional staffing solutions to Fortune 1000 and mid-sized clients across North America. With a core focus on Information Technology, Business Applications, Accounting & Finance, Legal, Telecommunications, and Engineering, and a proven recruiting model, Apex Systems has become one of the most in-demand staffing companies around for providing short-term, long-term, and temp-to-perm staffing solutions.

Whether it’s supplementing existing staff during peak periods in production or hiring a permanent employee through the temporary process, Apex Systems is the answer. Our ultimate goal is to save our clients time and money while increasing efficiency, productivity, and bottom-line profit. Learn more at

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June Meeting: Windows 8/Phone Mashup Apps

Join us Tuesday, June 25, at 6:00 PM in the Mt. Kilimanjaro/Mt. Everest rooms of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus. The //build conference starts on the 26th. With Windows 8.1 (Blue) preview and corporations beginning to build their own app portals, it’s time to stay ahead of the curve and go hands on. If you haven’t taken the time to dive into Windows 8 development, now’s the time to watch one getting built. We’ll develop a prototype in 10 minutes and a finished app within the hour. Develop your own idea, get it published, and enhance your skillset.

The meeting presenter is Brian Hitney.

Brian Hitney is a Developer Evangelist with Microsoft Corporation focused on cloud computing. He frequently delivers presentations and works with local community groups and customers on emerging technologies, .NET, and developer tools. Prior to his Developer Evangelist role, Brian worked as a software engineer on a Windows team in Redmond, and before he joined Microsoft he helped build large scale e-commerce applications for various companies across the United States. Brian is based out of Greensboro, NC. You can read his blog at

The meeting is sponsored by Signature Consultants.

Signature Consultants was established in 1997 with a singular focus: Provide our clients and consultants with superior staffing solutions. At Signature Consultants, it’s not just about the bottom line; it’s about the people. We focus on the relationships we have with our clients, consultants and candidates. Our motto, “Getting IT Right,” is reflected in every aspect of our company – it guides our decisions and actions and ensures that our consultants and clients always come first. Learn more at

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Carolina Code Camp: Developing the Passion

Carolina Code Camp

For the past 15 years, the Enterprise Developers Guild has brought developers from around the Carolinas together for one specific purpose: to fuel the passion of technology. Through monthly meetings and annual conferences, such as Carolina Code Camp, the Guild has been able to provide their members with vital insight to upcoming technologies. Additionally, the group’s efforts have created an enduring community of developers whose involvement is motivated solely by their love for the industry.

On Saturday, May 4th 2013, the Guild kicked off their 13th annual Code Camp with an astonishing 365 local techies. Held at the CPCC Levine Campus, attendees took their pick of sixty sessions ranging from classroom style lectures to hands on labs in which they built complex machines. Read more…

You can also relive Carolina Code Camp 2013 again or see what you missed in this recap video produced by Logical Advantage!

Enterprise Developers Guild: Enriching the IT Talent in the Carolinas

Editor’s Note: This article was originally written and published by Logical Advantage. We would like to thank them for their kind words and effort to research our undocumented history.

It seems the buzz around the IT industry lately has been largely focused on the supply and demand issues for trained talent. What many don’t realize is that training in the technology sector doesn’t simply end when you’ve received your diploma.

Whether you’ve just completed your undergrad, or you’ve received your doctorate from MIT, the rapid development of technology creates a constant flow of lessons to be learned, even to the most experienced developers.

Why is constant knowledge so important? It’s simple: job security. Many IT pros are hired to complete special projects, and upon completion, the organization assesses the continued need of the contractor’s specific skills. Although permanent positions are occasionally created, there is no sure bet, and the free agents must keep current in order to qualify for the next project. The question now is, without burying yourself in more student loans, HOW?

Cue the Enterprise Developers Guild.

Started in August 1998, the Guild has created a vital community where gurus can share knowledge of very specific technology. The group’s training sessions focus on Microsoft technology, with the goal of assisting contract software developers in the exploration of new processes. Additionally, the Guild aims to develop a network of professionals in which knowledge can be shared, and skills can further be – for lack of a better term – developed.

Bill Jones, Microsoft MVP and Co-Founder of the Enterprise Developers Guild, describes the group’s motives, stating, “We realized we couldn’t train in-depth, but we could help developers decide what to focus on – what emerging technologies would impact them in the near term by introducing them to the various technical topics.”

The magnanimous leadership of Jones, also association President, along with an enthusiastic company of active board members, has nurtured the society to its modern presence. What began as a network of 200 local developers has since gained enormous momentum, obtaining a dedicated following of nearly 3,000 professionals.

On April 30th, 2005, the Guild expanded their monthly training to kick-off the first annual Charlotte Code Camp. The daylong event was the first of its kind locally and is described by Mark Wilson, association First Vice President and evangelist, as having “more than 20 hours of hard-hitting technical content.”

When asked what spurred the camp’s creation, Jones stated, “We saw a lot of change coming and no easy way for contract developers to get training.”

As the program evolved, user groups from around the region took interest, prompting the name change from Charlotte Code Camp, to Carolina Code Camp. With the added diversification, the Enterprise Developers Guild had created one of the most influential training platforms for IT talent in the Carolinas.

Since its pilot, the trademark event experienced monumental growth, with an initial attendance of 100 guests to its current attendance of nearly 300. Additionally, the agenda has seen many upgrades, including the integration of hands-on labs and informal “Chalk Talks” hosted by Microsoft MVP’s authors, and of course, local developers.

The Enterprise Developers Guild and Carolina Code Camp owe much of their success to the support of key individuals and organizations such as Logical Advantage. Logical Advantage has been an active sponsor of the association’s efforts for over a decade, providing credible speakers, and a relentless amount of pizza for the monthly gatherings. Dan Thyer, CTO and Co-founder of Logical Advantage, along with the firm’s Senior .Net Developer, Mark Wilson, are both prideful members of the steering committee, and go above and beyond their roles, hosting the group’s website, and holding elite positions within their parliament.

But Logical Advantage owes a lot to The Enterprise Developers Guild. You see, in it’s early years, Thyer, held a dynamic presentation on an technology at one of the monthly meetings. That evening the Thyer’s skills sparked the interest of someone monumental – Logical Advantage’s first client. Since that night, Logical Advantage has been one of the fastest growing IT consulting firms in the area.

This year’s Carolina Code Camp is scheduled for May 4th at the CPCC Levine campus. If coding in .NET is your passion, or even just your hobby, sign up for the camp. You’re bound to get in-depth exposure to exciting new developer technologies, and you’ll probably make a friend or two while you’re at it. For more information on the Enterprise Developers Guild, or to register for Carolina Code Camp 2013, visit and learn how you can develop skills, develop knowledge, and develop friends.