July Meeting: Introduction to Open XML

Join us and TEKsystems Tuesday, July 22, at 6:00 PM in the Mt. Kilimanjaro/Mt. Everest rooms of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus. Eric Notheisen will introduce the concepts of Open XML as a standard methodology to interact with Microsoft Office applications. You will discover how easy it is to create Word documents and Excel spreadsheets using Open XML and C#.

The meeting presenter is Eric Notheisen.

Eric Notheisen is an Application Developer/Architect with more than 36 years experience in electronics and computer technology areas. He has been programming Microsoft and .NET for the past 19 years. Eric taught Visual Basic for both the Community College of Aurora in Colorado and has taught Visual Basic and C# for Central Piedmont Community College here in Charlotte. He has been presenting at the Enterprise Developers Guild meetings since 2002 and at their Code Camps since 2005.

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.

Downloads: Slides and Code

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April Meeting: CryptoCurrencies

Join us and SQL Sentry on Tuesday, April 22, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus. We are going to take the mystery out of CryptoCurrencies.

Maybe you’ve heard of BitCoin, but what about LiteCoin, DogeCoin, AmericanCoin or BBQCoin? (Yes, really.) These are just a few of the available CryptoCurrencies that are showing up. If you’ve wondered what they are, how to get them, how they work, or what Bitcoin Mining is, then this is the talk for you. Once you’ve got them, what do you do with them? We’ll cover some code and show ways to leverage BitCoin and other CryptoCurrencies in your applications. Whether it’s taking payments, or buying and selling the coins themselves.

The meeting presenter is Chris Williams.

Chris Williams is a Senior Developer for Level One. He is the author of Professional Windows Phone Game Development (WROX) and numerous articles in CODE Magazine. He’s also a Windows Phone MVP, MCT, MCSD (.NET) Early Adopter, blogger, cryptocoin enthusiast, freelance game developer, conference speaker, INETA Community Champion and 4 year Board of Directors member, and occasionally plays a pretty mean guitar in Rock Band. You can follow him on Twitter at @chrisgwilliams.

The meeting is sponsored by SQL Sentry.

SQL Sentry is a dynamic entrepreneurial organization that develops and markets premier software products for Microsoft SQL Server environments. We were started in 2004 as a business unit of InterCerve, a leading Microsoft hosting services provider, in response to the issues faced by organizations managing large SQL Server enterprises. Our unique software products grew out of our own experiences as Developers and Database Administrators.

We are an organization that values talent and are always on the lookout for the best people in the industry. If you are looking for a new opportunity in a challenging and fun environment, please send us your resume today! Learn more at www.sqlsentry.net/career.asp.

Downloads: Slides

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February Meeting: Introduction to Unity 3D

Join us and TekPartners on Tuesday, February 25, at 6:00 PM in the Mt. Kilimanjaro/Mt. Everest rooms of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus. INETA is turning 12 in February and you’re invited to celebrate with us! Matt Duffield will present a high level overview of Unity 3D and what it takes to build a simple game. With the release of Unity 4.3, you can now develop awesome games in 2D. Don’t worry; you can still use all of your awesome C# skills to develop your games. Unity allows developers to build really cool games and target pretty much every device and console that is available. Come out and see what it takes to build a game!

The meeting presenter is Matt Duffield.

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 mattduffield.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter at @mattduffield.

The meeting is sponsored by TekPartners.

Power organizations with proven talent. Solutions start with understanding. TekPartners has been an industry trailblazer since the day it opened its doors a decade ago. The executives brought their years of experience together and a belief that it could be done better. Today, as we approach $115 million with multiple offices and divisions, the simple truths that got us here are stronger than ever.

TekPartners knows its business and wants to help yours. As a premier provider for workforce staffing and solutions, TekPartners clearly understands that technology needs require the most qualified consultants, contract staff and recruitment solutions. We are thankful for our elite commercial and government clients nationwide and are always looking for smart-fit clients to be a part of our extended family. Learn more at www.tekpartners.com.

Downloads: Slides and Code

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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 atwww.vircon.com.

Downloads: Slides

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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 mattduffield.wordpress.com 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 www.logicaladvantage.com.

Downloads: Slides and Windows 8.1 SDK samples

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