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‚Äôs 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 www.brentschooley.com.

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 www.apexsystemsinc.com.

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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 www.structuretoobig.com.

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.

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