November Meeting: .NET on Linux: Zero to Hero in Minutes

Join us and TEKsystems on Tuesday, November 22, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Microsoft Charlotte Office. In only minutes, you’ll learn how to install .NET on Linux and create your first program. You’ll learn about: the different parts of .NET Core 1.0; package managers and NuGet; the new command line interface (CoreCLI); and a great editor that is not Visual Studio. By the end of this presentation, you will know how to create a C# program that runs on Linux. No smoke, no mirrors, no tricks; it just works.

We’ll see how to create a basic MVC program, and then we’ll run that program in a Linux container. We’ll debug the program, running in a Linux container, from within Visual Studio running on Windows. You’ll also learn why this is important to you and your organization.

Finally, you’ll leave with all the tools needed to start right away, including a Developer’s Copy of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) that you can start using on your PC or Mac today.

The meeting presenter is Don Schenck.

A developer since the beginning of time, Don is currently a Director of Developer Experience at Red Hat, with a focus on Microsoft .NET on Linux. His mission is to bring .NET developers into the Linux and open source communities. Prior to Red Hat, Don was a Developer Advocate at Rackspace. He still enjoys cooking and still hates the designated hitter rule.

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, Samantha Reinbold, Cody Bunnell, and Victoria Jorio 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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February Meeting: Power BI – Architecture, Integration, & Implementation

Join us and TEKsystems on Tuesday, February 23, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Microsoft Charlotte Office. In this session we will review Power BI V2 architecture and integration points with corporate data sources, SaaS services, Azure, and third party apps. We will examine and demonstrate key capabilities in the Power BI web-based service, Power BI Desktop, Excel, and mobile apps. Implementation options for Power BI involving cloud, on-premises, and hybrid approaches will be explored. Finally, the concept of “Bimodal BI” will be introduced with use cases for how Power BI might be utilized for both self-service BI and certain corporate BI initiatives.

The meeting presenter is Melissa Coates.

Melissa Coates is a solution architect based in Charlotte, NC. As a BI Architect with BlueGranite, she specializes in delivering BI and Data Warehousing solutions using Corporate and Self-Service BI tools, on-premises and in the cloud. Formerly a CPA, Melissa is ridiculously proud to be an IT geek and downright giddy to be a Data Platform MVP. When Melissa steps away from the keyboard, you can probably find her hanging out with her border collie, paddle boarding, playing in the garden, or with her nose in a book. You can read Melissa’s blog at www.sqlchick.com and follow her on Twitter at @SQLChick.

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, Samantha Reinbold, Cody Bunnell, and Victoria Jorio 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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August Meeting: DevOps with VSO and TFS/Git

Join us and TEKsystems on Tuesday, August 25, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Microsoft Charlotte Office. We’ll take a look at the build automation and release management capabilities of Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server/Git. You’ll learn how you can use those in your DevOps workflows.

The meeting presenters are Chris Patterson and Donovan Brown.

Chris has been in the software industry for more than 15 years. In that time he has worked on a variety of projects at companies ranging from startups to telecom. For the past 10 years he has worked as a Program Manager on Team Foundation Server at Microsoft. During that time he has focused on developer tools and ALM working on Visual Studio Load Test and Microsoft Test Manager. Most recently he worked on the rewrite of Team Build for Visual Studio Online and TFS 2015. In his spare time he volunteers as the Cubmaster for his son’s cub scout pack focusing on building character and leadership in the boys through outdoor skills and activities. You can follow him on Twitter at @chrisrpatterson.

Donovan Brown is a Senior Program Manager for DevOps on the US Developer Division team in Microsoft, focusing on developer tools including Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server. Before joining Microsoft, Donovan spent seven years as a Process Consultant and a Certified Scrum Master. Donovan has traveled the globe helping companies in the U.S., Canada, India, Germany, and the UK develop solutions using agile practices, Visual Studio, and Team Foundation Server in industries including Communications, Health Care, Energy, and Financial Services. He is also an avid programmer, often finding ways to integrate software into his other hobbies and activities. You can follow him on Twitter at @DonovanBrown.

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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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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January Meeting: MongoDB

Join us on Tuesday, January 27, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Microsoft Charlotte Office. Joe Feser, Senior Developer from Logical Advantage, will discuss MongoDB with us. In this talk Joe will go over what is involved in setting up MongoDB on Windows and what is involved in working with it in C#. He will discuss: how to serialize / deserialize objects, how to query the data, and how to configure databases and containers (“tables”). Joe will show what an e-commerce ordering system would look like in MS SQL Server and compare how it would look in MongoDB, including sample code. Joe will show how to create object structures for quick get and set operations. He will wrap up by discussing a few best practices and the challenges of migrating to MongoDB from SQL Server including searching and indexing.

The meeting presenter is Joe Feser.

With over 16 years of experience with Microsoft technologies, Joe Feser has worked on a vast array of challenging projects. He works at Logical Advantage on a wide variety of technologies including HTM5, Knockout.js, Silverlight, and SQL Server. In 2008, he moved to Greenville, SC from Cleveland, OH to work for NCover. Since then, Joe has worked on a free timing profiler and many open source projects. He also spend a lot of time working with Windows Azure using the Service Bus, SQL and Compute technologies. You can follow him on Twitter at @joefeser.

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.

Downloads: Slides and Code

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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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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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