January Meeting: Introducing Aurelia

Join us and Logical Advantage on Tuesday, January 26, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Microsoft Charlotte Office. It seems like the landscape is constantly changing for front-end frameworks and what we will be looking at is no different. However, this may be one of those frameworks that you take a look at and decide that it is just the right thing. It incorporates ES6 and pieces of ES7 and makes developing in JavaScript a pleasure…well, almost.

We will take a look at what Aurelia has to offer and how you can get started building our rich enterprise applications. We will also identify some of the cool features ES6 provides in building your applications.

The meeting presenter is Matt Duffield.

Matt Duffield is a software architect designing and developing enterprise applications. He runs a small consulting company, Duffield Consulting. He specializes in enterprise solutions using the latest and greatest technology available. He also provides training and mentoring on .NET, WPF, Windows 8/10 development. He is also a Microsoft MVP in Windows Development. You can read his blog at mattduffield.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter at @mattduffield.

The meeting is sponsored by Logical Advantage.

Our mission is to partner with our clients to provide strategies and solutions that maximize the ROI of Enterprise Asset Intelligence and Human Capital Development. Learn more at www.logicaladvantage.com.

Please RSVP so we know how much food to order.

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May Meeting: The Universal Windows Platform – A Developer’s Guide for Windows 10

Join us and TEKsystems on Tuesday, May 26, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Microsoft Charlotte Office. In this meeting we are going to take a look at all the new bells and whistles that make up Windows 10 development. We will focus primarily on building universal Windows apps using XAML and C#. We will take a look at the single platform running one Windows on multiple devices concept. We will take a look at the developer experience with Windows 10 and review the Windows tooling as well as discuss .NET Native. Finally, we will take a look at Template 10 and discus how we can get started.

Come out and get ready for an awesome talk on Microsoft’s latest version of Windows 10!

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 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.

Please RSVP so we know how much food to order.

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April Meeting: JavaScript of Tomorrow Is Already Here

Join us and TekPartners on Tuesday, April 28, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Microsoft Charlotte Office. We will take a look at the landscape for creating rich single page applications and how ECMAScript 6 is becoming popular now. We will evaluate what it means to write an application in ES6 and also look at some features of ES7 that are being targeted now as well. We will also look at automation tools like GulpJS and, the new kid on the block, JSPM. This will be an introduction to all that is coming at Mach speed. You can decide to jump in and learn now or wait until your are forced to. We hope you will see some advantages of taking a look now and how some tooling, like Microsoft’s TypeScript, is trying to help in the transition.

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.

TekPartners is a leading provider of professional services for the Information Technology and Communications community. TekPartners has been ranked by numerous publications as one of the FASTEST GROWING Technology Service firms in the country.

TekPartners excels in the areas of Application Development, Data Warehousing, Database Administration, Web Development, Network Infrastructure, ERP, Business Analysis, Project Management and Technical Support.

TekPartners is a full-service organization with the ability to offer consulting, staff augmentation, recruitment, human capital management and business intelligence solutions to our clients. We provide our clients with the ability to identify, screen, select and hire the best and most qualified talent available within today’s marketplace. TekPartners focuses in the areas of contract, staff augmentation, direct hire and contract-to-hire service offerings which allows our team to provide world-class service to our clients and candidates. Learn more at www.tekpartners.com.

Please RSVP so we know how much food to order.

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August Meeting: Business Apps using AngularJS

Join us and Signature Consultants on Tuesday, August 26, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus. Who says writing Line of Business applications are a pain? Who says you can’t have compile-time exceptions? Gone are the days of slinging spaghetti JavaScript code in order to satisfy business requirements. We will look at what it takes to build a simple Line of Business application using TypeScript, HTML5, CSS3, and AngularJS. If you don’t know what TypeScript is but you do know JavaScript, look no further: JavaScript is TypeScript. TypeScript is a transpiler that provides a lot of syntactical sugar for developers but ultimately outputs JavaScript. We will also address designing our applications “mobile first” by using the popular framework Bootstrap. During this talk we will try to cover the following:

  • Project structure
  • Intro to AngularJS
  • AngularJS in a TypeScript world
  • Bootstrap 3, mobile first, and responsive web
  • Hosting your app with NodeJS and ExpressJS
  • Intro GulpJS for build automation
  • Intro to WebAPI for CRUD

This is just the tip of the iceberg but it should give you a good idea as to what it feels like building LOB apps.

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 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

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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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January Meeting: Introduction to Unity 3D

We have decided to cancel tonight’s meeting.

As you are likely aware, a winter storm is expected to come through the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area this afternoon/evening. We’ve been monitoring weather and road conditions throughout the morning to determine the best course of action. With safety at the forefront of our decision-making, we have decided to cancel tonight’s Guild meeting.

We will work to reschedule Matt Duffield’s Introduction to Unity 3D for a future monthly Guild meeting. Please be sure to join the new Guild mailing list for updates. Please be careful driving home and stay warm.

Best regards,

Bill Jones Jr., MVP
President and Co-Founder
Enterprise Developers Guild


Join us and Mindseeker on Tuesday, January 28, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus for 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 Mindseeker.

Mindseeker holds exciting opportunities with a variety of well-known and well respected clients in both the public and private sectors. We support a number of government agencies as well as companies that range in size from small start-ups to the Fortune 500. If you are actively on the job market or passively searching opportunities, please send us your resume and contact your local Mindseeker representative today. Learn more at www.mindseeker.com.

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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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