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Developer Community Newsletter: January Edition

The latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for January 2015: Our #NewYearResolution & Community Calendar – Developer Community Newsletter: January Edition

What do you want?

We have all been there. A customer meeting where, at some point, you stop listening. And likely so has your customer. Ironically, you’re both probably thinking the same thing: “Are they listening to me?” To borrow a quote from Cool Hand Luke, “What we have here, is a failure to communicate.”

We don’t want to do that to our members. We want to listen to you. What do you want to see presented at an upcoming Guild meeting? Do you want us to dive deeper into AngularJS? Would you like to learn more about Entity Framework, NHibernate, or WebAPI? Perhaps you would like to see something about Mobile First or Responsive Design? What about the Cloud, Big Data, Machine Learning, or IoT? Or maybe you would like something entirely different? Leave a reply below to let us know what you want to see. We are listening!

December: No Meeting

As you know, the Enterprise Developers Guild does not meet in December. (Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.) 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 send you best wishes for a beautiful Winter Solstice, an enlightening Chanukah, a merry Christmas, an uplifting Kwanzaa, a delightful Boxing Day, a happy New Year…and we’ll see you in January!

Developer Community Newsletter: December Edition

The latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for December 2014: #TechThanksCLT, Web Afternoon, and Community Calendar – Developer Community Newsletter: December Edition

Developer Community Newsletter: November Edition

The latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for November 2014: AngularJS, Web Afternoon, and Community Calendar ‐ Developer Community Newsletter: November Edition

November Meeting: Data Entry Forms in AngularJS

Join us and Signature Consultants on Tuesday, November 25, at 6:00 PM in the Mt. Kilimanjaro/Mt. Everest rooms of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus. AngularJS, it’s all the rage these days and it’s the biggest thing in the JavaScript world since JQuery. Have you heard of it? If you’re a web developer, odds are you’ve heard of it. If you haven’t, you will the next time you go looking for a job. In this presentation you will learn about something at the heart of most line-of-business applications: creating data entry forms. Come join us and learn about working with data entry form controls, data validation attributes, determining if the user has interacted with a control, determining if an entry is valid or invalid, determining which specific data validation error has occurred, creating client-side business rules, and applying CSS styles to provide a visual indicator of a control’s data entry status. You will also learn where to find more information and additional guidance on taking your next steps on the road to building AngularJS applications.

The meeting presenter is Jim Duffy.

Jim Duffy is founder and CEO of a TakeNote Technologies. He has a BS degree in Computer and Information Systems and 30 years of programming and training experience. He is an exceptional trainer, skilled developer, and has been published in a number of leading publications including CoDe Magazine. Jim’s passion for teaching and presenting, combined with his humorous and quick-witted approach, have made him a popular speaker at international developer conferences, regional conferences, and local user groups. Drop us a line on our contact page if you would like Jim to speak at your event. Microsoft has recognized his contributions and expertise by naming him as a Microsoft Regional Director in 2008 and as a Microsoft Valued Professional (MVP) from 2002 – 2013. You can read his blog at www.geekswithblogs.net/TakeNote and follow him on Twitter at @JMDuffy.

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 www.sigconsult.com.

Downloads: Slides and Code

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Developer Community Newsletter: October Edition

Read the latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for October 2014: Typescript+Angular-beyond basics, Geek Girl TechCon, and Blue Diamond Awards: Developer Community Newsletter: October Edition

October Meeting: Typescript+Angular-beyond basics

Join us and TEKsystems Tuesday, October 28, at 6:00 PM in the Mt. Kilimanjaro/Mt. Everest rooms of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus. As we start move ever closer to the mobile/enterprise horizon, SPAs (single page applications) present an attractive platform for creating new applications in the enterprise environment. How can we leverage architecture proven to work in .NET to create simple, modular functionality client side? This talk will discuss in depth the possibilities with a focus on Typescript+Angular for client side language and framework.

The meeting presenter is Todd Richardson.

I’m an old systems administrator and a current .Net developer. I stay in touch with both sides, and I’m always looking to the future with Microsoft technologies. My current client projects focus on WPF and CSLA with a modular architecture, which I hope to bring to my burgeoning interest in web development. I did get my start in development in PHP, so the web isn’t new, but it’s a different world than it was several years ago. You can follow him on Twitter at @todddotnet.

The meeting is sponsored by TEKsystems.

By working for TEKsystems you become part of our dedicated Microsoft Technologies Practice. Since its inception our Microsoft Technologies Practice has helped hundreds of Microsoft Specialists to find the most ideal job opportunities in the marketplace. Our program at TEKsystems specializes in the cornerstone technologies of the Microsoft stack – .NET, SQL Server and SharePoint. Our team consists of Delivery Experts, in key market geographies, with ties to the most cutting edge work opportunities.

As a member of the TEKsystems Microsoft Technologies Practice you will have access to a Market Delivery Expert that focuses on Microsoft Technology jobs around the clock in your local region as well as across the US. In some cases you will be afforded the opportunity to become a full time employee of TEKsystems and work as a Microsoft expert on our staff or at our key clients. Be sure to speak with your local TEKsystems contact Lindsey Thomka about our Microsoft Technologies Practice and how it can benefit your career.

People are at the heart of every successful business initiative. At TEKsystems, we understand people. Every year we deploy over 80,000 IT professionals at 6,000 client sites across North America, Europe and Asia. Our deep insights into IT human capital management enable us to help our clients achieve their business goals – while optimizing their IT workforce strategies. We provide IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise and IT services to help our clients plan, build and run their critical business initiatives. Through our range of quality-focused delivery models, we meet our clients where they are, and take them where they want to go, the way they want to get there. Learn more at www.teksystems.com.

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Developer Community Newsletter: September Edition

Read the latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for September 2014: AngularJS-beyond basics, Blend Conference, and Blue Diamond Awards: Developer Community Newsletter: September Edition

September Meeting: AngularJS-beyond basics

Join us and Logical Advantage on Tuesday, September 23, at 6:00 PM in the Mt. Kilimanjaro/Mt. Everest rooms of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus. AngularJS is an amazing JavaScript library with a high learning curve for the uninitiated. Everyone with MVC experience knows about Controllers in that world, but what is an Angular controller? How is it the same and how is it different? Directives are the building blocks of the DOM components of your Angular app. It’s important to know when to use them and how they interact with your app controllers and with their own controllers. You will learn how to create controllers, add directives, and how they interact with each other in a real application.

The meeting presenter is James Huston.

James has been working in web development and application architecture with a sprinkle of Unix system admin for far longer than he likes to talk about. From enterprise applications with PHP and MySQL (yes, used the E word with LAMP) to most recently realtime modern web apps using NodeJS and Angular he has a wide range of experience with web technologies. On top of that he loves to learn and share what he knows with anyone who will listen and a few people who don’t like to anymore. You can follow him on GitHub.

The meeting is sponsored by Logical Advantage.

Logical Advantage is a successful, results-oriented software consulting, application development and integration firm. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Logical Advantage enables enterprise excellence through pragmatic software consulting, workforce solutions and proven application development.

Logical Advantage delivers superior and measurable long-term results for its clients. We are a long-term partner and trusted advisor of choice for our clients and deliver full Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) services, from recommending solutions and concepts to implementation to ongoing support. Learn more at www.logicaladvantage.com.

Downloads: Slides and Code (Note: You can view the slides by cloning the repository to your local machine. Then open ..\enterprise-angular-directives-demo\presentation\angularjs_and_scope\index.html in your browser.)

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Special Event Announcement: Blend Conference & IT-oLogy Cyber Saturday

Blend Conference

Join us for Blend Conference in Charlotte, NC on September 11-13. Blend Conference is a 3-day generalist conference with a diverse speaker lineup and a no-device policy. We’ll feature 60+ speakers covering topics in 8 workshops, 4 keynotes, and 48 sessions. The emphasis is on diversity and personal connections with industry leaders. One such industry leader is Scott Hanselman. On Friday, Scott will be presenting one of the conference keynotes and one session. There’s a lot to choose from whether you’re interested in user experience, design, front-end and/or back-end development.

Keynotes

We are excited to announce that the 4 keynotes will be:

  • Scott Hanselman, Microsoft
  • Mike Monteiro, Mule Design
  • Jennifer Pahlka, Code for America
  • Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls Code

Workshops

We have 4 great workshops that are focused on development. Workshops will be given by:

  • Sass with Claudina Sarahe
  • Web Components with Micheal Labriola & Michelle Yaiser
  • Enterprise Rails & Angular with Adam Hunter
  • Microsoft Azure Hands On with Mark Wilson

Sessions

There are 48 sessions to choose from across 4 tracks – User Experience, Design, Front-End and/or Back-End Development. We have some amazing speakers presenting on development.

Speakers will include Scott Hanselman, Jenn Simmons, Alex Gaynor, Steve Klabnik, Julia Elman, Dan Denny, Jason Hunter, Martha Girdler, Rebecca Murphey, Aaron Gustafson, Chris Coyier, Jen Meyers, Leah Silber, Rachel Ober, Garret Johnson, Stacey Mulcahy, Darcy Clarke, Eric Suzanne Meyer, Heather Payne, Val Head, and many more.

Tickets

  • Bundle Pass: Sept. 11-13. Includes both the workshop and conference days at a discounted rate.
  • Workshop Pass: Sept. 11th only. You may choose 2, 1/2 day workshops.
  • Conference Pass: Sept. 12-13 only. Choose from 48 sessions, 6 sessions daily.
  • Day Pass: Sept. 12th or 13th only. Choose from 24 sessions, 6 sessions daily on Friday or Saturday.
  • VIP Add-on (only 20 available): Friday night, Sept. 11th. Get access to our speakers green rooms and join us at our speakers dinner. Cost of dinner is included.

Overall it’s going to be a blast and we hope to see you there. If you need more convincing, read what Creative Loafing and the CBJ have to say about Blend Conference. Managers, send your employees! Developers, don’t miss out! To learn more and to register, please visit the event website at 2014.blendconf.com. To save 10%, use Discount Code “shanselman”.


IT-oLogyCyber Saturday

Calling all Middle and High School students to attend Cyber Saturday on September 13th! We have a cool hands-on session planned for you. IT-oLogy is also leveraging some of the Blend Conference ‘best of the best’ tech talent. Middle School students will hear from guest speaker Scott Hanselman. And our College Panel will let High School students hear about college from the people who know it best.

Middle School

  • Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Speaker: Scott Hanselman, Community Architect – Web Platform and Tools at Microsoft. “I’m a teacher. I speak all over to whoever will listen. I’ve written code that you’ve used. I code, write, speak, empower, promote, braid, learn & listen”
  • Session A: Persistence of Vision (PoV) Rocket Badge! Build a PoV display in the shape of a rocket. You will earn how to solder electrical components to a circuit board. After the session, go to a website to customize the displayed message.
  • Session B: Code for America (Charlotte Team) Learn how you can become a part of the solution. The Code for America team in the City of Charlotte is working to increase citizen engagement with access to relevant and accurate information.
  • To Register: mscharlotteseptcybersaturday2014.eventbrite.com

High School

  • Time: 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • College Panel: Hear from college students in the field of technology. What’s cool? Why did they choose it? What do they plan on doing after school? Do you have to have a college degree? Plus your questions answered!
  • Session A: Persistence of Vision (PoV) Rocket Badge! Build a PoV display in the shape of a rocket. You will earn how to solder electrical components to a circuit board. After the session, go to a website to customize the displayed message.
  • Session B: Code for America (Charlotte Team) Learn how you can become a part of the solution. The Code for America team in the City of Charlotte is working to increase citizen engagement with access to relevant and accurate information.
  • To Register: hscharlotteseptcybersaturday2014.eventbrite.com

Cyber Saturday is a free monthly program run by IT-oLogy partners where students can learn more about IT. These creative sessions cover a variety of IT topics including hands-on activities as well as presentations from IT professionals. The content covered on a particular Cyber Saturday rotates each month. The goal of this program is to give students the opportunity to explore and experience technology in new ways, learn about careers in technology, and inspire students to continue to learn through critical thinking so that they increase their skills in STEM.

For information about Middle and High School IT-oLogy Cyber Saturday, contact Kay Read, kay.read@it-ology.org.