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  • April 2014 Newsletter

    CINNUG

    Tuesday April 22nd, Max Technical Training in Mason, OH

    April 22nd, 6pm at our monthly CINNUG meeting, we welcome Nino Benvenuti with a talk on What's New with Windows, Windows Phone, and Microsoft Azure and How It is Relevant To You.

    Abstract: At the 2014 Build conference, Microsoft is announcing updates to Windows, Windows Phone, and Microsoft Azure among other things. We'll review the key announcements and see how these updated platforms and technologies can be relevant to you, your employer, and your customers.

    Bio: Nino Benvenuti is a Mobility Solution Architect and former Microsoft MVP who is focused on implementing solutions for devices of all types across various industries. He has been working with mobile and embedded technologies for over ten years; the last several of which he has been helping customers realize success integrating mobility solutions with the cloud. He is also a LEGO nerd and PEZ collector.

    Immediately following the main speaker and pizza we will be holding another CINARC (Cincinnati Software Architecture Group). This session will feature more discussion on topics chosen the night of the meeting. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss issues of software architecture relevant to the members of the community.

    Pizza and drinks will be provided by our sponsors.

    On deck for the May 27th is Ben Kylarch with A tour of functional programming in C#.

    All Things Mobile - May 8th

    Thursday May 8th, 6:30pm, Max Technical Training in Mason, OH
    via Parag Joshi

    Bill Klos will be presenting Building Modern Applications for Paradise

    Abstract: Writing applications for tropical resorts and cruise ships may sound like it's all sorts of glamorous, but the truth is - well, let's face it, nothing I will tell you will dissuade you from believing that. However, pleasurable requirements gathering missions aside, remote locations by definition are detached and that brings a certain set of challenges for mobility and cloud applications. In this session, we will talk about "Julie" - a mobility-fronted, cloud-backed application primarily built for serving guests on cruise ships and beach resorts, but with applications in more traditional areas as well. Between talking about iBeacons, Docker, Go, and Redis, as well as designs for remote operation, Big Data, scaling and the Composable Enterprise, you'll be able to fill your lingo bingo card in one session!

    Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM at Max Technical Training in Mason, OH.

    Upcoming Regional Events

    Kalamazoo, Michigan

    Kalamazoo X Conference - Saturday, April 26, 2014
    • The X conference is the other half of your career; The half that makes you stand out.
    • Register at http://kalamazoox.org/

    Tennessee

    CodeStock - July 11th & July 12th, 2014 - Knoxville, TN
    • CodeStock is a two day event for technology and information exchange. Created by the community, for the community – this is not an industry trade show pushing the latest in marketing as technology, but a gathering of working professionals sharing knowledge and experience.
    • Register at http://www.codestock.org/
    devLink - August 27 - 29, 2014 - Chattanooga, TN

    Columbus, OH

    CloudDevelop - August 15, 2014

    Apress UG Program

    Apress is offering 30% discount for all eBooks for all User Group Members!
    Use the code UGC30 during checkout at http://www.apress.com.

  • March 2014 Newsletter

    March 25th, 6pm at our monthly CINNUG meeting, we welcome David Giard with a talk on quickly building a cross platform application for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

    Abstract:Sharing code across platforms can be difficult - however a Microsoft Portable Class Libraries (PCL) allows you write code that can be shared between apps written for Windows 8, Windows Phone, Silverlight, and other .NET Platforms. You can even call PCL code from Android and iOS if you are using Xamarin. In this session, you will learn to write code that can be used by both Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
    I will then show you how to start the Cross-Platform Cloud Kit to quickly build an application that targets both platforms and how to publish each application to the appropriate store.

    Bio: David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades. Currently, David helps people build solutions in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at www.DavidGiard.com. His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons.

    Immediately following the main speaker and pizza we will be holding another CINARC (Cincinnati Software Architecture Group). This session will feature more discussion on topics chosen the night of the meeting. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss issues of software architecture relevant to the members of the community.

    Pizza and drinks will be provided by our sponsors.

    The next CINNUG meeting is April 22nd. Details will be included in the next Newsletter.

    All Things Mobile

    Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM at Max Technical Training in Mason, OH.

    Upcoming Regional Events

    Columbus, OH

    Global Windows Azure Boot Camp - Saturday, March 29th, 2014
    • Learn about the Windows Azure Platform via presentations and hands on labs. Knowledgeable instructors will be on hand to answer your questions about the Microsoft cloud computing platform and get you a jump start into using the many features of Windows Azure.
    • Register at https://gwabc2-columbus.eventday.com/
    Stir Trek - April 4th, 2014

    Apress UG Program

    Apress is offering 30% discount for all eBooks for all User Group Members!
    Use the code UGC30 during checkout at http://www.apress.com.

  • February 2014 Newsletter

    CINNUG

    Tuesday February 25th,
    Max Technical Training in Mason, OH

    February 25th, 6pm at our monthly CINNUG meeting, we welcome Matthew D. Groves with a talk on The Class That Knew Too Much: Refactoring Spaghetti Code.

    Abstract:
    The Single Responsibility Principle states that a class should have one (and only one) reason to change. Classes that don't adhere to this principle can result in tightly coupled spaghetti code that leads to more bugs and higher maintenance. We'll look at how to identify these classes by using some heuristics and looking for "code smells", and we'll clean them up using refactoring tools, design patterns, dependency injection and even aspect-oriented programming. Examples will be in C#, but the concepts can be applied to a variety of languages.

    Bio:
    Matthew D. Groves is a guy who loves to code. It doesn't matter if it's "enterprisey" C# apps, cool jQuery stuff, contributing to OSS, or rolling up his sleeves to dig into some PHP. He has been coding professionally ever since he wrote a QuickBASIC point-of-sale app for his parent's pizza shop back in the 90s. He currently works from home on the Telligent product team, and loves spending time with his wife and 2 kids, watching the Cincinnati Reds, and getting involved in the developer community. He is the author of AOP in .NET (published by Manning), and also teaches at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

    Immediately following the main speaker and pizza we will be holding another CINARC (Cincinnati Software Architecture Group). This session will feature more discussion on topics chosen the night of the meeting. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss issues of software architecture relevant to the members of the community.

    Pizza and drinks will be provided by our sponsors.

    On deck for the March 25th CINNUG is David Giard with a talk on Quickly Build a Cross-Platform Application for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

    All Things Mobile - March 13th

    Thursday March 13th, 6:30pm, Max Technical Training in Mason, OH
    via Parag Joshi

    Ben Von Handorf will be presenting on Android and Bluetooth SMART (BLE)

    Abstract:
    Bluetooth SMART (also known as Bluetooth LE) has created a revolution in the world of small, cheap and versatile sensors for mobile applications. Until recently it was hard for Android users to connect to these devices, but that has finally changed. Proximity, humidity, temperature, motion, heart rate sensors and more are easy to use. Come learn to use Android to communicate with Bluetooth SMART devices and learn some of the pitfalls and limitations of the API.

    Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM at Max Technical Training in Mason, OH.

    Upcoming Regional Events

    Columbus, OH

    Global Windows Azure Boot Camp - Saturday, March 29th, 2014
    • Learn about the Windows Azure Platform via presentations and hands on labs. Knowledgeable instructors will be on hand to answer your questions about the Microsoft cloud computing platform and get you a jump start into using the many features of Windows Azure.
    • Register at https://gwabc2-columbus.eventday.com/
    Stir Trek - April 4th, 2014

    Apress UG Program

    Apress is offering 30% discount for all eBooks for all User Group Members!
    Use the code UGC30 during checkout at http://www.apress.com.

  • January CINNUG Newsletter

    CINNUG

    Tuesday January 28th,
    Max Technical Training in Mason, OH

    January 28th, 6pm at our monthly CINNUG meeting, we welcome Michael Collier with a talk on Solving Identity Management Challenges with Windows Azure.

    Abstract:
    Identity management for cloud deployed applications can be a challenge. Often users will want to leverage an existing social network or corporate identity. Now we have to worry about dealing with multiple identity providers and multiple APIs. No thanks! In this session we will discuss various approaches to solving the identity management challenges that every organization must deal with as they migrate to the public cloud. We'll demonstrate the various features and options available when using Windows Azure Active Directory, Windows Server AD hosted in Windows Azure, and even a little bit of Access Control Service (ACS). By the end of this session, you'll have a better idea of the pros and cons for each solution.

    Bio:
    Michael is a 3-time Windows Azure MVP (including 2012 Windows Azure MVP of the Year) and also serve as a Principal Cloud Architect for Aditi. He works with Windows Azure in some way (development, architecture, sales advice, etc.) pretty much every day.

    Immediately following the main speaker and pizza we will be holding another CINARC (Cincinnati Software Architecture Group). This session will feature more discussion on topics chosen the night of the meeting. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss issues of software architecture relevant to the members of the community.

    Pizza and drinks will be provided by our sponsors.

    On deck for the February 25th CINNUG is Matthew D. Groves with The Class That Knew Too Much: Refactoring Spaghetti Code.

    CinNUG 2014 Director Election Results and Director Bios

    Phil Japikse: Lead Director

    An international speaker, Microsoft MVP, MCSD, CSM, and CSP, and a passionate member of the developer community, Phil Japikse has been working with .Net since the first betas, developing software for over 30 years, and heavily involved in the agile community since 2005. Phil works as a Principal Developer Advocate for Telerik, serves as the Lead Director for the Cincinnati .Net User's Group and the Cincinnati Software Architect Group, co-hosts the Hallway Conversations podcast (www.hallwayconversations.com), founded the Cincinnati Day of Agile, and volunteers for the National Ski Patrol. Phil is a frequent speaker all over the world, from User Groups and Meet ups to large scale conferences. You can follow Phil on twitter via www.twitter.com/skimedic and read his blog at www.skimedic.com/blog.

    Peggy Krpata: Director

    Peggy is an senior web developer at Cincinnati Financial Company, working on sites for eCommerce, consumer services, B2B and enterprise services. She has 20+ years experience developing software for a variety of industries including insurance, consumer products, and industrial automation (10+ using the Microsoft platform). For the past three years, Peggy has served as one of the co-organizers of the Southwest Ohio Give Camp. She describes herself as a California transplant (Bruin & Valley Girl), wife and mother of two who loves books, movies, yoga, and learning new things.

    Parag Joshi: Director

    Parag Joshi (@ilovethexbox) is a Mobile Architect working for Centric Consulting LLC (http://www.centricconsulting.com) and has over 13 years software development experience working on various Microsoft based technologies. He is a director of the Cincinnati All Things Mobile User Group (Catmug.org). He spends his spare time playing tennis with his 8 year old and writing android and iOS apps to track tennis scores or write games for his 2 year old daughter.

    Charlie Retzler: Director

    Charlie Retzler is a senior application developer working for Resurgent Capital Services. He is currently focusing on secure application development practices. He has been developing for the Microsoft platform for the past 13 years, after several years of Unix development, and has earned both MCTS and MCPD certifications. In his spare time he plays in a a cover band, The Dublin Defense. He also enjoys collecting, repairing, and building guitars and amplifiers.

    All Things Mobile - Returns February 13th

    Thursday February 13th, 6:30pm, Max Technical Training in Mason, OH
    via Parag Joshi

    All Things Mobile group will return to regular scheduled meetings on February 13th.

    Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM at Max Technical Training in Mason, OH.

    Cincinnati Functional Programming Group - Functional basics in C#

    Tuesday February 11th, 6:30pm, Neo office, 3700 Park 42 Drive Suite 150 B Cincinnati OH 45241

    Benjamin Kyrlach (@benkrylach) will give a talk on Functional basics in C#. More information should be available at http://cincyfp.wordpress.com/ in the near future.

    Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 PM at the Neo office in Sharonville at 3700 Park 42 Drive Suite 150 B Cincinnati OH 45241.

    Upcoming Regional Events

    Columbus, OH

    Windows DevUnleashed Hackathon! - February 8th, 2014 Global Windows Azure Boot Camp – Saturday, March 29th, 2014
    • Learn about the Windows Azure Platform via presentations and hands on labs. Knowledgeable instructors will be on hand to answer your questions about the Microsoft cloud computing platform and get you a jump start into using the many features of Windows Azure.
    • Register at https://gwabc2-columbus.eventday.com/
    Stir Trek - April 14th, 2014

    Louisville, KY

    Code PaLOUsa - February 24th through 26th, 2014

    Apress UG Program

    Apress is offering 30% discount for all eBooks for all User Group Members!
    Use the code UGC30 during checkout at http://www.apress.com.

  • December CINNUG Newsletter

    CINNUG

    As always we do not hold a regular CINNUG meeting in December. However, we will be in attendance at the game day Mike Wood has organized at the Microsoft offices on Sunday December 15th. This is open to the tech community and their families. See below for more information.

    The next CINNUG meeting is January 28th, 2014.

    All Things Mobile - On hiatus until February 13th

    Thursday February 13th, 6:30pm, Max Technical Training in Mason, OH
    via Parag Joshi

    Due to the holiday's in December and CodeMash in January the All Things Mobile group will not meet again until February.

    Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM at Max Technical Training in Mason, OH.

    Upcoming Regional Conferences

    Sandusky, OH

    CodeMash - Tuesday January 7th through Friday January 10th, 2014

    Apress UG Program

    Apress is offering 30% discount for all eBooks for all User Group Members!
    Use the code UGC30 during checkout at http://www.apress.com.

  • November CINNUG Newsletter

    CINNUG

    Tuesday November 24th,
    Max Technical Training in Mason, OH

    November 24th, 6pm at our monthly CINNUG meeting, we welcome Ken Baum with a talk on SOLID Food.

    Abstract:
    Learning to develop object-oriented software is not easy. We must master obscure terms, abstract concepts, and unfamiliar language mechanisms, and it takes some time for understanding to come. When we finally do learn what inheritance and information hiding and virtual methods and abstract base classes and polymorphism are, it's a great day because we are finally ready to build clean, maintainable, testable applications.

    If only this were true. The basics of object-oriented development are just that--basics. There is much more you need to know in order to create great software. We have been feeding on formula; it's time to move to SOLID food.

    In this presentation I will demonstrate the SOLID principles of software development as articulated by Robert Martin, well-known author and software development smart guy. We will walk through an existing program, extending and refactoring it, showing as we do that the SOLID principles help us to create applications that are maintainable and testable.

    Bio:
    Ken was first exposed to object-oriented development in the early eighties while a member of the U. S. Air Force, back when the DoD had mandated the use of Ada and Grady Booch was drawing his blobs. After leaving the Air Force in 1992, he began developing object-oriented software for the Microsoft platform and has been there ever since. He has worked in a variety of industries, including commercial real estate, finance, manufacturing, access control and security management, and the Department of Defense. He is currently a member of the Agile Development Center at Strategic Data Systems. He lives in Springboro with Margie, his wife of forty years, and his three cats.

    This month there will be no GROK talk. Immediately following the main speaker and pizza we will be holding another CINARC (Cincinnati Software Architecture Group). This session will feature more discussion on topics chosen the night of the meeting. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss issues of software architecture relevant to the members of the community.

    We will also be holding the elections for the 2014 CINNUG board of directors during the meeting.

    Pizza and drinks will be provided by our sponsors.

    As always we do not hold a regular CINNUG meeting in December. However, we will be in attendance at the game day Mike Wood has organized at the Microsoft offices on Sunday December 15th. This is open to the tech community and their families. See below for more information.

    If you are looking for learning opportunities in December may we suggest the Day of Agile and Southewest Ohio Code Camp.

    Southwest Ohio Code Camp

    Saturday December 7th at Miami University, Voice of America Center
    Registration Open Now

    The Southwest Ohio Code Camp is a one day, multi-track conference that covers all aspects of Software Development as well as the latest mobile tools such as HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3. Like the Day of Agile, we have international speakers as well as industry experts in Software Development and Mobile delivering both learning sessions as well as hands on workshops to further the audience's knowledge.

    For more information visit http://www.dayofagile.org/Home/CodeCamp

    Day of Agile

    Friday December 6th at Miami University, Voice of America Center
    Registration Open Now

    The annual Cincinnati Day of Agile builds on successful events from past years to present a multi-track conference to both introduce those new to Agile and encourage stimulating conversation for those more advanced in the subject.

    At this one day event you will have the opportunity to choose between multiple tracks. Some will focus on those new to Agile, while others will bring together the latest in Agile thinking for the intermediate and advanced practitioner. We will also run open space sessions to help those with specific problems looking for groups of experts to discuss.

    For more information visit http://www.dayofagile.org/Home/DayOfAgile

    All Things Mobile - On hiatus until February 13th

    Thursday February 13th, 6:30pm, Max Technical Training in Mason, OH
    via Parag Joshi

    Due to the holiday's in December and CodeMash in January the All Things Mobile group will not meet again until February.

    Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM at Max Technical Training in Mason, OH.

    Upcoming Regional Conferences

    Sandusky, OH

    CodeMash - Tuesday January 7th through Friday January 10th, 2014

    Apress UG Program

    Apress is offering 30% discount for all eBooks for all User Group Members!
    Use the code UGC30 during checkout at http://www.apress.com.

  • October CINNUG Newsletter

    CINNUG

    Tuesday October 22nd,
    Max Technical Training in Mason, OH

    October 22nd, 6pm at our monthly CINNUG meeting, we welcome Brian Lagunas with a talk on Windows Presentation Foundation.

    Abstract:
    Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is becoming more and more popular as businesses begin to convert their legacy Windows Forms applications and write their new line of business applications using WPF.  WPF provides developers with a unified programming model for building rich Windows smart client user experiences that incorporate UI, media, and documents.  With WPF, you can create a wide range of both standalone and browser-hosted applications.  This session is aimed at giving you the knowledge required to get started writing line of business WPF applications so that you can become a more important asset to your employer.  There will be no spinning buttons, no rotating cubes, and no silly or impractical tricks.  This session will concentrate on the basic building blocks required to be a successful WPF developer.  By the end of this session you will know what XAML is, how to manage layout in your application, define controls in your views,  style and template your views, handle events, and manage data with data binding and the MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel) design pattern.  Come join me in this interactive and fun learning experience where you can control the direction of the talk and emphasize what you are most interested in.

    Bio:
    Brian Lagunas is a Microsoft MVP, a Microsoft Patterns & Practices Champion, an INETA Community Speaker, co-leader of the Boise .Net Developers User Group (NETDUG), board member of Boise Code Camp, and original author of the Extended WPF Toolkit. He is a multi-recipient of the Microsoft Community Contributor Award and can be found speaking at a variety of user groups and code camps around the nation. His talks always involve some form of XAML, such as WPF, Silverlight, and WIndows 8, as well as how to build modular applications with Prism.

    This month there will be no GROK talk. Immediately following the main speaker and pizza we will be holding another CINARC (Cincinnati Software Architecture Group). This session will feature more discussion on topics chosen the night of the meeting. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss issues of software architecture relevant to the members of the community.

    Pizza and drinks will be provided by our sponsors.

    On deck for the November 26th CINNUG is Ken Baum with a talk on SOLID principals.

    Southwest Ohio Code Camp

    Saturday December 7th at Miami University, Voice of America Center
    Call For Speaker Open Now
    Registration opens early November

    The Southwest Ohio Code Camp is a one day, multi-track conference that covers all aspects of Software Development as well as the latest mobile tools such as HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3. Like the Day of Agile, we have international speakers as well as industry experts in Software Development and Mobile delivering both learning sessions as well as hands on workshops to further the audience’s knowledge.

    For more information visit http://www.dayofagile.org/Home/CodeCamp

    Day of Agile

    Friday December 6th at Miami University, Voice of America Center
    Call For Speaker Open Now
    Registration opens early November

    The annual Cincinnati Day of Agile builds on successful events from past years to present a multi-track conference to both introduce those new to Agile and encourage stimulating conversation for those more advanced in the subject.

    At this one day event you will have the opportunity to choose between multiple tracks. Some will focus on those new to Agile, while others will bring together the latest in Agile thinking for the intermediate and advanced practitioner. We will also run open space sessions to help those with specific problems looking for groups of experts to discuss.

    For more information visit http://www.dayofagile.org/Home/DayOfAgile

    Southwest Ohio GiveCamp

    Who: Developers, Designers, Database Administrators, and anyone else willing to help.
    What: Volunteers spend the weekend creating software projects for non-profit organizations.
    When: October 18, 5:00PM - October 20 4:00 PM
    Where: Miami University Voice of America Learning Center, West Chester, Ohio.
    Why: Weekend of learning, networking, and doing good.
    How: Sign up at http://southwestohiogivecamp.org/

    All Things Mobile - Android Lab V - Debugging with Android

    Thursday November 14th, 6:30pm, Max Technical Training in Mason, OH
    via Parag Joshi

    Abstract:
    Introducing memory leaks and using too much heap space are easy things to do in some Android applications. And with a 32 MB default heap space on some devices (like the Nexus 7) your app can run out of heap space quickly. When it does, the stack trace of an OutOfMemory exception is little help in finding your application's memory problem.

    Lets take a look at avoiding, detecting, finding and fixing memory problems in Android applications using DDMS.

    RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/All-Things-Mobile-Cincinnati/events/146051782/

    Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM at Max Technical Training in Mason, OH.

    Cincy PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server)

    Tuesday November 12th, 6:30pm, Microsoft Office, 4605 Duke Drive, Suite 800, Mason, OH

    CincyPASS is a professional organization/user group dedicated to all aspects of SQL Server from database administration to application development and business intelligence.

    Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesdsay of the Month at 6:30PM at the Microsoft Office in Mason.

    For more information and to register please visit http://cincypass.sqlpass.org/Home.aspx.

    Upcoming Regional Conferences

    Columbus, OH

    Central Ohio Day of .NET - November 2nd Dog Food Conference - November 21st and 22nd

    Sandusky, OH

    CodeMash - Tuesday January 7th through Friday January 10th, 2014
    • Alumni registration opens October 22nd 3:05 PM
    • General public registration opens October 29th 3:05 PM
    • For more information see http://codemash.org/

    Apress UG Program

    Apress is offering 30% discount for all eBooks for all User Group Members!
    Use the code UGC30 during checkout at http://www.apress.com.

  • September CINNUG Newsletter

    Greetings

    Here's what's coming soon.

    CINNUG

    Tuesday September 24th,
    Max Technical Training in Mason, OH

    September 24th, 6pm at our monthly CINNUG meeting, we welcome Phil Japikse with a User Story Mapping exercise.

    Abstract:
    Initially put forward by Jeff Patton, Use Story Mapping is an approach to Organizing and Prioritizing User Stories. In this hands on exercise, we will jointly create a user map, clearly defining order, minimal marketable features, and release plans. Hat tip to Steven Rogalsky for first showing me this workshop.

    Bio:
    An international speaker, Microsoft MVP, MCSD, CSM, and CSP, and a passionate member of the developer community, Phil Japikse has been working with .Net since the first betas, developing software for over 20 years, and heavily involved in the agile community since 2005. Phil works as the Evangelism Lead for Telerik's DevTools Division, working with the RadControls for Windows 8 as well as the Just family of products (JustCode, JustMock, JustTrace, and JustDecompile), and serves as the Lead Director for the Cincinnati .Net User’s Group and the Cincinnati Software Architect Group, co-hosts the Hallway Conversations podcast (http://www.hallwayconversations.com), and founded Agile Conferences, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to advancing agile in all aspects of software development. Phil also serves as Cub Scout Committee Chair for his sons’ Cub Scout Pack, volunteers for the National Ski Patrol, and is a recently retired Firefighter/Paramedic. You can follow Phil on twitter via http://www.twitter.com/skimedic and read his blog at http://www.skimedic.com/blog.

    This month there will be no GROK talk. Immediately following the main speaker and pizza we will be holding another CINARC (Cincinnati Software Architecture Group). This session will feature more discussion on topics chosen the night of the meeting. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss issues of software architecture relevant to the members of the community.

    Pizza and drinks will be provided by our sponsors.

    On deck for the October 22nd CINNUG is Brian Lagunas with a talk on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).

    All Things Mobile - Android Lab IV

    Thursday October 10th, 6:30pm, Max Technical Training in Mason, OH
    via Parag Joshi

    Abstract:
    In this session we will look at some advanced aspects of android like dealing with fragments and handling storage. We will also look at impacts of newer technologies like Bluetooth LE.

    Come with the android development pre loaded and we will provide some sample code that can be used to follow along.

    Previous attendance at Android Labs I through III is not required but will be helpful to have basic android knowledge.

    Here is an article explaining fragments: http://developer.android.com/guide/components/fragments.html and one explaining storage http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/data/data-storage.html

    RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/All-Things-Mobile-Cincinnati/events/140681562/

    Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM at Max Technical Training in Mason, OH.

    Cincy PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server)

    Tuesday October 8th, 6:30pm, Microsoft Office, 4605 Duke Drive, Suite 800, Mason, OH

    CincyPASS is a professional organization/user group dedicated to all aspects of SQL Server from database administration to application development and business intelligence.

    Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesdsay of the Month at 6:30PM at the Microsoft Office in Mason.

    For more information and to register please visit http://cincypass.sqlpass.org/Home.aspx.

    Southwest Ohio GiveCamp

    Who: Developers, Designers, Database Administrators, and anyone else willing to help.
    What: Volunteers spend the weekend creating software projects for non-profit organizations.
    When: October 18, 5:00PM - October 20 4:00 PM
    Where: Miami University Voice of America Learning Center, West Chester, Ohio.
    Why: Weekend of learning, networking, and doing good.
    How: Sign up at http://southwestohiogivecamp.org/

    Upcoming Regional Conferences

    Columbus, OH

    Central Ohio Day of .NET - November 2nd

    Sandusky, OH

    CodeMash - Tuesday January 7th through Friday January 10th, 2014
    • Alumni registration opens October 22nd
    • General public registration opens October 29th
    • For more information see http://codemash.org/

    Apress UG Program

    Apress is offering 30% discount for all eBooks for all User Group Members!
    Use the code UGC30 during checkout at http://www.apress.com.

  • August CINNUG Newsletter

    Greetings

    Here's what's coming soon.

    CINNUG

    Tuesday August 27th,
    Max Technical Training in Mason, OH

    August 27th, 6pm at our monthly CINNUG meeting, we welcome James Bender with a talk on Web API.

    Bio:
    James has been involved in software development and architecture for 18 years. He has worked as a developer and architect on everything from small, single-user applications to Enterprise-scale, multi-user systems. His specialties are .NET development and architecture, TDD, SOA, WCF, Web Development, cloud computing, and agile development methodologies. He is an experienced mentor and author. James is a Microsoft MVP and former President of the Central Ohio .NET Developers Group. James book "Professional Test Driven Development with C#: Developing Real World Applications with TDD" was released in May of 2011. His second book "JavaScript and HTML 5 for Windows 8 Development" will be available soon.

    This month there will be no GROK talk. Immediately following the main speaker and pizza we will be holding another CINARC (Cincinnati Software Architecture Group). This session will feature more discussion on topics chosen the night of the meeting. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss issues of software architecture relevant to the members of the community.

    Pizza and drinks will be provided by our sponsors.

    Is Your Company Looking for Trained Developers in .NET?

    Join us to meet our Apprentice Developers available for Hire
    Tuesday, August 13 - 3:30pm .Net Developers for Hire Event!
    MAX Technical Training - 4900 Parkway Drive Suite 160 Mason, OH 45040

    For years, MAX Technical training has heard clients lament over the shortage of skilled developers in the Greater Cincinnati area. To help answer this need, MAX Technical Training has launched a Developer Apprentice .NET training program. As part of a collaborative effort with the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board, Partners for a Competitive Workforce, the Greater Cincinnati CIO Roundtable, and IT employers, individuals looking for a career change were identified and passed through a rigorous application and selection process including assessments, a programmer aptitude test, and interviews with local IT employers. Previous IT knowledge was not required. Details of the training curriculum are included on the attached document.

    We have 5 Qualified, Trained, Apprentice Developers who are currently available for interviews and employment as part of your team as soon as September 3, 2013. You are invited to attend our .NET Developers for Hire Event to meet these candidates, review their career experience and find your next team member! Managers who have had success with apprentices in our program will be in attendance to share their experience from the company perspective.

    Please Confirm your Attendance by contacting Becky Wilson, Becky@maxtrain.com or 513.322.8888 x 209.

    All Things Mobile - Android Lab 2

    Thursday August 8th, 6:30pm, Max Technical Training in Mason, OH
    via Parag Joshi

    Abstract:
    At our last session we learnt about the android environment and what is involved in packaging and running your app on a device. This session we will visit the listview by popular demand as showing data in a list is an essential part of any application. We will also continue down the path of android labs so we can eventually build the perfect app.

    Bring your laptop with android tools installed. Installation can take a while so we recommend installing the 2.2 android and google sdk's and the latest sdk for jelly bean.

    RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/All-Things-Mobile-Cincinnati/events/130506692/

    Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM at Max Technical Training in Mason, OH.

    Cincy PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server)

    Wednesday August 13th, 6:30pm, Microsoft Office, 4605 Duke Drive, Suite 800, Mason, OH

    CincyPASS is a professional organization/user group dedicated to all aspects of SQL Server from database administration to application development and business intelligence.

    Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesdsay of the Month at 6:30PM at the Microsoft Office in Mason.

    For more information and to register please visit http://cincypass.sqlpass.org/Home.aspx.

    Southwest Ohio GiveCamp

    Who: Developers, Designers, Database Administrators, and anyone else willing to help.
    What: Volunteers spend the weekend creating software projects for non-profit organizations.
    When: October 18, 5:00PM - October 20 4:00 PM
    Where: Miami University Voice of America Learning Center, West Chester, Ohio.
    Why: Weekend of learning, networking, and doing good.
    How: Sign up at http://southwestohiogivecamp.org/

    Cloud Develop Conference

    When: August 30th
    Where: Columbus, OH
    For More information see http://clouddevelop.org/

    Upcoming Regional Conferences

    Chattanooga, TN

    devLink - August 28th - 30th

    Apress UG Program

    Apress is offering 30% discount for all eBooks for all User Group Members!
    Use the code UGC30 during checkout at http://www.apress.com.

  • July CINNUG Newsletter

    Greetings

    Here's what's coming soon.

    CINNUG

    Tuesday July 23rd,
    Max Technical Training in Mason, OH

    July 23rd, 6pm at our monthly CINNUG meeting, we welcome Brian H Prince with a talk on Gamification of our World.

    Abstract:
    Brian freely admits that he will do anything for an achievement on his Xbox; after all he has four of them at home. One day Brian wondered if he could get achievements for just putting on pants going to this place called ‘outside.’ This thinking has led to the gamification of our world, where achievements, game design elements, and game theory have leapt from gaming across the wall to everyday life. Learn the how’s and why of gamification. Everyone is using it to build wanted behavior, from enterprise developer teams, to sales teams, and to kids with diabetes. Being a gamer is not required, but we can’t guarantee you won’t become one when you are done.

    Bio:
    Brian will write a bio as soon as he finishes this boss fight ...

    This month there will be no GROK talk. Immediately following the main speaker and pizza we will be holding another CINARC (Cincinnati Software Architecture Group). This session will feature more discussion on topics chosen the night of the meeting. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss issues of software architecture relevant to the members of the community.

    Pizza and drinks will be provided by our sponsors.

    On deck for the August 27th CINNUG is James Bender with a talk on Web API.

    All Things Mobile - Android Lab 2

    Thursday August 8th, 6:30pm, Max Technical Training in Mason, OH
    via Parag Joshi

    Abstract:
    At our last session we learnt about the android environment and what is involved in packaging and running your app on a device. This session we will visit the listview by popular demand as showing data in a list is an essential part of any application. We will also continue down the path of android labs so we can eventually build the perfect app.

    Bring your laptop with android tools installed. Installation can take a while so we recommend installing the 2.2 android and google sdk’s and the latest sdk for jelly bean.

    RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/All-Things-Mobile-Cincinnati/events/130506692/

    Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM at Max Technical Training in Mason, OH.

    Cincy PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server)

    Wednesday August 13th, 6:30pm, Microsoft Office, 4605 Duke Drive, Suite 800, Mason, OH

    CincyPASS is a professional organization/user group dedicated to all aspects of SQL Server from database administration to application development and business intelligence.

    Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesdsay of the Month at 6:30PM at the Microsoft Office in Mason.

    For more information and to register please visit http://cincypass.sqlpass.org/Home.aspx.

    Southwest Ohio GiveCamp

    Who: Developers, Designers, Database Administrators, and anyone else willing to help.
    What: Volunteers spend the weekend creating software projects for non-profit organizations.
    When: October 18, 5:00PM - October 20 4:00 PM
    Where: Miami University Voice of America Learning Center, West Chester, Ohio.
    Why: Weekend of learning, networking, and doing good.
    How: Sign up at http://southwestohiogivecamp.org/

    Cloud Develop Conference

    When: August 30th
    Where: Columbus, OH
    For More information see http://clouddevelop.org/

    Upcoming Regional Conferences

    Chattanooga, TN

    devLink - August 28th - 30th

    Apress UG Program

    Apress is offering 30% discount for all eBooks for all User Group Members!
    Use the code UGC30 during checkout at http://www.apress.com.

  • June CINNUG Newsletter

    Greetings

    Here's what's coming soon.

    CINNUG

    Tuesday June 25th,
    Max Technical Training in Mason, OH

    June 25th, 6pm at our monthly CINNUG meeting, we welcome Mark Haskamp with an Overview of Visual Studio Tools for Git.

    Abstract:
    Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 supports git integration with the Visual Studio Tools for Git extension. So, what? In this presentation we'll combine a little bit of git, a little bit of Visual Studio, and a little bit of TFS to outline some of the whats, whys, and wherefores of leveraging git in your Visual Studio solutions.

    Bio:
    Mark Haskamp is a Curious Geek. He is also a Principal Consultant at Pinnacle Solutions Group, Inc. He can be reached at mark.haskamp@pinnsg.com or on Twitter @markhaskamp.

    This month there will be no GROK talk. Immediately following the main speaker and pizza we will be holding another CINARC (Cincinnati Software Architecture Group). This session will feature more discussion on topics chosen the night of the meeting. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss issues of software architecture relevant to the members of the community.

    Pizza and drinks will be provided by our sponsors.

    On deck for the July 23rd CINNUG is Brian H Prince with a talk on Gamification of our World.

    All Things Mobile - Introduction to iOS (LAB) - Bill Steele

    Thursday June 13th, 6:30pm, Max Technical Training in Mason, OH
    via Parag Joshi

    Abstract:
    You asked and we have arranged for our first lab! Many Many thanks for Bill Steele and MaxTrain for making this happen.

    This lab is a basic introduction to Xcode and iOS programming. We have had several sessions on iOS but not a hands on. In this session, Bill will walk you through XCode and creating a sample iOS project. Due to time constraints this will be a basic lab but you will be able to understand and get used to the mac environment and be able to create your first project.

    Oh and No Macs required. If you have your own bring it by all means. 

    Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM at Max Technical Training in Mason, OH.

    Cincy PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server)

    Wednesday July 9th, 6:30pm, Microsoft Office, 4605 Duke Drive, Suite 800, Mason, OH

    CincyPASS is a professional organization/user group dedicated to all aspects of SQL Server from database administration to application development and business intelligence.

    Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesdsay of the Month at 6:30PM at the Microsoft Office in Mason.

    For more information and to register please visit http://cincypass.sqlpass.org/Home.aspx.

    Southwest Ohio GiveCamp

    Who: Developers, Designers, Database Administrators, and anyone else willing to help.
    What: Volunteers spend the weekend creating software projects for non-profit organizations.
    When: October 18, 5:00PM - October 20 4:00 PM
    Where: Miami University Voice of America Learning Center, West Chester, Ohio.
    Why: Weekend of learning, networking, and doing good.
    How: Sign up at http://southwestohiogivecamp.org/

    Upcoming Regional Conferences

    Columbus, OH

    Cloud Develop Conference - August 30th

    Knoxville, TN

    Code Stock Conference - July 12th and 13th

    Chattanooga, TN

    devLink - August 28th - 30th

    Apress UG Program

    Apress is offering 30% discount for all eBooks for all User Group Members!
    Use the code UGC30 during checkout at http://www.apress.com.

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  • May 2013 Newsletter

    CINNUG

    Tuesday May 28th,
    Max Technical Training in Mason, OH

    May 28th, 6pm at our monthly CINNUG meeting, we welcome Michael Levy with a talk on The future is Futures.

    Abstract:
    If you're a [web] developer, the next couple of years will prove to be interesting times. A November 2012 survey [1] confirms that Internet users, at least shoppers, are expecting instant gratification in their online experiences. The survey reports that 61% of the surveyed shoppers abandoned a web page after waiting at least 30 seconds [2].

    What is a [web] developer to do? After all, we have multiple sources of data that must be accessed to render a page: profiles, catalogs, metrics, comments, and histories just to name a few. Accessing all these data sources takes time. Let's also not forget about the latency of making the round-trip from the browser to the server.

    Now be honest. As developers we always have a solution even before we completely understand the problem. Weren't you thinking "obviously asynchronous processing" as you read the above paragraphs? Asynchronous processing would be my first thought and in this presentation, I'd like to look at using a technique called Futures and explore how using them allows us to write asynchronous code that parallels the synchronous solution [3].

    [1] http://blog.monitis.com/index.php/2012/11/21/monitis-survey-finds-more-than-half-of-frequent-online-shoppers-have-cancelled-an-order-due-to-slow-response-time/"
    [2] I'll admit that, in general, 30 seconds it really a long time so, maybe, picture all this happening on a mobile browser and play along for the moment.
    [3] With some caveats of course.

    Bio:
    Michael Levy is the Microsoft Practice Director for Strategic Data Systems (SDS). Mike has been delivering software solutions to clients, in a variety of industries, for over 20 years. He is an active participate in the software community and, through the years, has spoken on a variety of topics at multiple conferences and user groups. As you read this, Mike is probably in front of a computer practicing the ancient art of Sleeping with Your Eyes Open when he should be working on the presentation.

    This month there will be no GROK talk. Immediately following the main speaker and pizza we will be holding another CINARC (Cincinnati Software Architecture Group). This session will feature more discussion on topics chosen the night of the meeting. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss issues of software architecture relevant to the members of the community.

    Pizza and drinks will be provided by our sponsors.

    On deck for the June 25th CINNUG is Mark Haskamp on An Overview of Visual Studio Tools for Git.

    All Things Mobile – RubyMotion – Bill Klos

    Thursday May 9th, 6:30pm, Max Technical Training in Mason, OH
    via Parag Joshi

    Abstract:
    RubyMotion is an alternate way of building iOS apps for when you really don't want to be saddled with learning Objective-C. We will talk about the pros and cons of this approach, and look at what is really gained or lost versus developing iOS apps on other platforms. Additionally, we will walk through building a RubyMotion app so you can see for yourself how completely awesome it can be to be a command line jockey.

    Bio:
    Bill’s career has spanned many aspects of computing and at times has architected solutions from the perspective of data, networking, enterprise, and security – but is primarily an application architect. Most recent experience has Bill providing solutions around Mobility, Cloud, and Big Data architectures as well as API design and development.
    Bill Klos has been involved with technology since abandoning his desire to be an architect and stumbling into his first computer science class in 1985. Since then he has typically pushed companies into “what’s next”

    Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM at Max Technical Training in Mason, OH.

    Queen City Merge Conference

    When: May 9th and 10th
    Where: Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

    It's a two-day conference without cubicle divisions — where developers, marketers, designers and social media types share what they know. It all starts this May 9th & 10th, 2013.

    For more in formation and tickets go to http://qcmerge.com/

    Bitslingers / Clean Coders

    Wednesday June 5th, 11:30am, Gaslight Offices, 11126 Kenwood Road, Suite C, Blue Ash
    via Ryan Cromwell

    Join us for an informal interest group in Clean Coding. The core tenants of the interest group will focus on helping people write better more maintainable, testable, and manageable code and understanding the patterns and practices to help achieve it consistently.

    Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the Month from 11:30AM – 1PM at the Gaslight Offices. Topic suggestions, or general questions can be emailed to cromwellryan@hotmail.com

    South West Ohio Give Camp

    When: October 19th - 21st
    Where: Miami University Voice of America Learning Center, West Chester Ohio

    Signups are open for both volunteers and charities. Anyone interested in helping organize can contact Ryan Cromwell at ryan@southwestohiogivecamp.org.

    For more information or to signup visit http://southwestohiogivecamp.org/

    Upcoming Regional Conferences

    Columbus, OH

    Cloud Develop Conference – August 30th

    Knoxville, TN

    Code Stock Conference – July 12th and 13th

    Chattanooga, TN

    devLink – August 28th - 30th

    Apress UG Program

    Apress is offering 30% discount for all eBooks for all User Group Members!
    Use the code UGC30 during checkout at http://www.apress.com.

  • April 2013 Newsletter and Training Opportunity for the Unemployed

    Fully Subsidized Developer Apprentice Training Program in .NET for the Unemployed

    What: A recruitment fair for a Developer Apprentice Program in .NET
    When: Monday April 8th – 1 PM to 4 PM
    Where: Super Jobs Center, 1916 Central Parkway, Cincinnati 45214

    Details:
    With the goal of providing skilled workers to companies that need .NET developers, the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board, Partners for a Competitive Workforce, the Greater Cincinnati CIO Roundtable, and IT employers have joined to fund a Developer Apprentice Program in .NET. They have selected locally owned and operated MAX Technical Training to provide the instruction.

    Who should consider this program? Residents of Hamilton County who were laid off from their previous jobs and are not now working, or residents of other counties who were laid off by Hamilton County employers and are not now working, may be eligible for this training. Good candidates include those with a background in IT who want to update their programming skills or those who enjoy math, problem solving and/or puzzles. Musicians and those who enjoy learning foreign languages tend to make good programmers. Previous participants from a variety of backgrounds and experiences have transitioned to programming successfully. Applicants will go through a number of assessments before the class is selected, including an aptitude test for programming, a drug screen and background check.

    Minimum requirements & prerequisites:
    • High school diploma or GED
    • Fundamental PC & Microsoft Windows skills, basic typing
    • Work Keys - National Career Readiness Assessments in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information; minimum scores of 4 required to maintain eligibility and be considered for enrollment
    • Programmer Aptitude Test - Minimum score of 80%
    • Interview with panel which will include company sponsors
    • Drug screen and background checks
    Important Dates:
    • April 8: Recruitment Fair - Attend to learn more & apply! Bring: Photo ID and resume
    • April 8-23: WIA eligibility determination, Work Keys assessments, & aptitude testing processes
    • April 24-May 14: Interviews with sponsoring companies and participant selections
    • May 14-15: Participant confirmation
    • May 20 - August 31: Classes and Certification
    For more information visit http://conta.cc/17brSVi, and contact Super Jobs at 513-946-7200

    CINNUG

    Tuesday April 23rd,
    Max Technical Training in Mason, OH

    April 23rd, 6pm at our monthly CINNUG meeting, we welcome Doug Rohrer with a talk on AOP - You're Probably Already Doing it.

    Abstract:
    Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP for short) is a powerful tool for DRYing up your code and focusing on your business domain instead of plumbing. Using AOP, you can apply wrappers around methods that take care of your typical logging, exception handling, caching, instrumentation, and many times even some security concerns with little to no additional "per-method" coding.

    AOP can seem magical, and many people shy away from it due to concerns over performance or lack of understanding of how AOP works. However, I bet anyone writing a modern .Net web application, among many others, is already using some form of AOP without thinking about it. From classic techniques like the Decorator Pattern to ASP.NET MVC Action Filters, AOP is all around your code already.

    In this talk, we'll briefly explore some of those familiar use cases, and then dive in to refactoring an existing service class to leverage AOP for several of the above-mentioned concerns. Finally, if time permits, we'll look into how the Unity framework does its interception by digging through some of their code.

    Bio:
    Doug has over 20 years of software development experience in complex business and scientific systems. He has worked in government research and IT consulting, with much of his consulting career focused in financial services. After almost a decade in consulting, he took several years to work with product companies, including what might have been the first application monitoring system for cloud computing applications that itself ran in the cloud. In late 2012, he returned to the consulting world as a Software Artisan at Neo, focusing on Ruby on Rails and iOS development.

    This month there will be no GROK talk. Immediately following the main speaker and pizza we will be holding another CINARC (Cincinnati Software Architecture Group). This session will feature more discussion on topics chosen the night of the meeting. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss issues of software architecture relevant to the members of the community.

    Pizza and drinks will be provided by our sponsors.

    On deck for the May 28th CINNUG is Mike Levy with a talk tentatively titled The future is Futures.

    All Things Mobile – Windows Azure Mobile Services

    Thursday April 11th, 6:30pm, Max Technical Training in Mason, OH
    via Parag Joshi

    Abstract:
    Windows Azure Mobile Services makes it incredibly easy to connect a scalable cloud backend to your client and mobile applications. It allows you to easily store structured data in the cloud that can span both devices and users, integrate it with user authentication, as well as send out updates to clients via push notifications. With client support for iOS, Android, Windows 8, Windows Phone, and HTML, you're covered on all the major mobile platforms.

    We'll take a tour through everything that Windows Azure Mobile Services offers as well as look at some examples of apps that go 'beyond the Quick Start'.

    Bio:
    Brett Samblanet is a Software Design Engineer in Test at Microsoft. He has worked on several projects during his eleven years at the company, including MSBuild, Silverlight, WCF RIA Services, and Windows Azure Mobile Services.

    Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM at Max Technical Training in Mason, OH.

    Bitsligners / Clean Coders

    Thursday May 1st, 11:30am, Gaslight Offices, 11126 Kenwood Road, Suite C, Blue Ash
    via Ryan Cromwell

    Join us for an informal interest group in Clean Coding. The core tenants of the interest group will focus on helping people write better more maintainable, testable, and manageable code and understanding the patterns and practices to help achieve it consistently.

    Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the Month from 11:30AM – 1PM at the Gaslight Offices. Topic suggestions, or general questions can be emailed to cromwellryan@hotmail.com

    Cincinnati Code Retreat 2013

    When: Saturday April 13th – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    Where: Pinnacle World HQ in Montgomery (9122 Montgomery Rd, Suite 201, Cincinnati, OH 45242)

    Code Retreat, espoused by Corey Haines, et al. and explained in detail at coderetreat.org
    Register at http://cincycoderetreat2013.eventbrite.com/

    Release Cadence Report

    Release Cadence Report is an effort by Ryan Cromwell to provide the software development community with information about the importance of release frequency for organizations, employees and customers.

    Please take a moment to fill out the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/releasecadence and ask your team members to do the same. Sign up for a partner code to be included in the published report.

    For more information visit http://releasecadencereport.com or contact Ryan Cromwell (ryan@echelontouch.com)

    A description of the origins can also be found at http://cromwellhaus.com/2013/03/

    Queen City Merge Conference

    When: May 9th and 10th
    Where: Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

    It's a two-day conference without cubicle divisions — where developers, marketers, designers and social media types share what they know. It all starts this May 9th & 10th, 2013.

    For more in formation and tickets go to http://qcmerge.com/

    Upcoming Regional Conferences

    Columbus, OH

    Global Windows Azure Bootcamp – April 27th Cloud Develop Conference – August 30th

    Louisville, KY

    Code PaLouza Conference – April 25th – 27th

    Knoxville, TN

    Code Stock Conference – July 12th and 13th

    Apress UG Program

    Apress is offering 30% discount for all eBooks for all User Group Members!
    Use the code UGC30 during checkout at http://www.apress.com.

  • March 2013 Newsletter

    CINNUG

    Tuesday March 26th,
    Max Technical Training in Mason, OH

    March 26th, 6pm at our monthly CINNUG meeting, we welcome Travis Smith with a talk on Enterprise Messaging in .NET.

    Abstract:
    Using messaging to hook together different systems or distribute existing complex systems is a common practice to help get a handle on complexity. We will go over some examples of systems using messaging and why they might have taken that approach. Then dig into how one might construct a system based upon messaging and show some simple code example. Primary messaging systems discussed will be MSMQ and RabbitMQ, but many of the topics will apply to other message queues as well.

    Bio:
    Travis is a polyglot developer with a physics background, who has had the chance to build some really cool things and some not so cool other things. He is mostly focusing on building mobile applications for healthcare right now. Travis spends his time speaking at events, teaching about technology, watching his cat chase a laser pointer, and playing board games. Follow Travis at @legomasternet on twitter.

    This month there will be no GROK talk. Immediately following the main speaker and pizza we will be holding another CINARC (Cincinnati Software Architecture Group). This session will feature more discussion on topics chosen the night of the meeting. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss issues of software architecture relevant to the members of the community.

    Pizza and drinks will be provided by our sponsors.

    On deck for the April 23rd CINNUG is Doug Rohrer with a talk on AOP (Aspect Oriented Programming) - You're Probably Already Doing it.

    CINNUG Special Event - Node.JS Workshop and Hackathon with Microsoft's Glenn Block - Saturday, March 23

    When: Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (ET)
    Where: Microsoft Offices in Mason, OH (4605 Duke Drive, Suite 800, Mason, OH 45040)

    Node.js offers a powerful and fresh platform for building server side (and cloud based) applications in Javascript which are highly scalable. It also offers a really rich modularity story with a fantastic selection of modules for you to choose from. So why should a .NET group be interested in Node? It's a great back end platform to host your API on for your web based applications and your mobile apps whether they be Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOS or Android.

    This workshop will cover:

    • An overview of node.js
    • Hands-on experience working with developing node.js applications whether you are using a Mac, Windows or Linux.
    • Using common npm modules, and taking them to the cloud with Windows Azure at ultrasonic speed using git or github based deployment.
    • Building node powered mobile backends using Windows Azure Mobile Services.

    After we learn about Node and Windows Azure Mobile Services we’ll put our new skills to the test with a Hackathon. Attendees can group together or work alone to create a project using Node. At the end of the day all hackathon participants will have a chance to win some prizes with the top prize being an AR Drone 2.0 provided by GitHub.

    If you want to participate in the hands on labs, please bring your laptop!

    Lunch will be provided.

    CINNUG Welcomes Glenn Block, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft!

    Glenn is based in Seattle, and currently working as Senior Program Manager for the Windows Azure SDK for Node.js. Prior to that, he was a Senior Program Manager for WCF - Windows Communication Foundation

    This great event is made possible by our Annual Sponsors

    Also, our grand prize for the hackathon is being provided by GitHub!

    All Things Mobile

    Thursday March 14th, 6:30pm, Max Technical Training in Mason, OH
    via Parag Joshi

    For March, we are going to continue down the path set by the Feb meeting on notifications and cover Push Notifications and OpenId integration with Windows Azure Mobile Services.Windows Azure mobile services allows us to easily add OpenId Integration and a cloud backend as well as gives us the ability to do push notifications. We will create an app and add OpenId integration as well as a basic cloud backend and then we will explore how to send push notifications to the users. See http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/mobile for more information.

    Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM at Max Technical Training in Mason, OH.

    Bitsligners / Clean Coders

    Thursday April 3rd, 11:30am, Gaslight Offices
    via Ryan Cromwell

    Join us for an informal interest group in Clean Coding. The core tenants of the interest group will focus on helping people write better more maintainable, testable, and manageable code and understanding the patterns and practices to help achieve it consistently.

    Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the Month from 11:30AM – 1PM at the Gaslight Offices. Topic suggestions, or general questions can be emailed to cromwellryan@hotmail.com

    Cincinnati Code Retreat 2013

    When: Saturday April 13th – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    Where: Pinnacle World HQ in Montgomery

    Code Retreat, espoused by Corey Haines, et al. and explained in detail at coderetreat.org
    Register at http://cincycoderetreat2013.eventbrite.com/

    Windows Azure Event - Cincinnati and Dayton

    Dayton - March 21st, Event Code 9371604
    Cincinnati - March 26th, Event Code 5131605

    Keith Mayer, IT Pro Technical Evangelist (http://KeithMayer.com) will be hosting See and Do: Build Virtual Machines in the Cloud with Windows Azure for IT Pros. Folks can register at http://nhcomputerlearning.com/seminars using the event codes listed above.

    Stir Trek - Darkness Edition

    When: Friday May 17th
    Registration: PI Day, Thursday 3/14 at 1:59 PM
    Where: Marcus Crosswoods Theater, in Columbus, Ohio

    Stir Trek is a one-day conference focused on teaching software developers, and others in the industry, the latest and greatest in technologies, techniques, and tools. The full day of content is always concluded with a private screening of a blockbuster film on its opening day.

    For more information see http://stirtrek.com/

    Apress UG Program

    Apress is offering 30% discount for all eBooks for all User Group Members!
    Use the code UGC30 during checkout at http://www.apress.com.

  • February 2013 Newsletter

    CINNUG

    Tuesday February 26th,
    Max Technical Training in Mason, OH

    February 26th, 6pm at our monthly CINNUG meeting, we welcome Samidip Basu with his talk on SignalR across Web, Windows Phone & Windows 8 Apps.

    Abstract:
    SignalR is a very cool piece of (now ASP.NET) technology that provides async signaling library to build real-time, multi-user interactive applications connecting disparate systems. On the other hand, Windows Phone & Windows 8 brings together what you care about most, and lays it out to you in an innovative and simple Modern UI interface. Such smartphone/tablet platforms feed our mobile lifestyle. Could SignalR and Mobile be combined?

    We start slow by introducing & using SignalR for web applications. Next, what do you get when we take SignalR to mobile platforms? We get instant real-time communication between phone/tablet & backend server. We get location service applications. Chat. Stocks. Alerts. Endless possibilities! Would non-MSFT mobile platforms be left in the dark in this fun? Come join us as we explore some of these new opportunities through demos & code samples.

    Bio:
    Samidip Basu (@samidip) is a technologist, author, speaker, gadget-lover and MSFT Mobility Solutions Lead for Sogeti USA working out of Columbus OH. With a strong developer background in Microsoft technology stack, he now spends much of his time evangelizing Windows 8/ Windows Phone platforms & cloud-supported mobile solutions in general. He passionately helps run The Windows Developer User Group (http://thewindowsdeveloperusergroup.com/), labors in M3 Conf (http://m3conf.com/) organization and can be found with at-least a couple of hobbyist projects at any time. His spare times call for travel and culinary adventures with the wife. Find out more at http://samidipbasu.com.

    This month there will be no GROK talk. Immediately following the main speaker and pizza we will be holding another CINARC (Cincinnati Software Architecture Group). This session will feature more discussion on topics chosen the night of the meeting. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss issues of software architecture relevant to the members of the community.

    Pizza and drinks will be provided by our sponsors.

    On deck for the March 26th CINNUG is Travis Smith with a talk on Enterprise Integration and Messaging.

    Apress UG Program

    Apress is offering 30% discount for all eBooks for all User Group Members!
    Use the code UGC30 during checkout at http://www.apress.com.

    All Things Mobile

    Thursday February 21st, 6:30pm, Max Technical Training in Mason, OH
    via Parag Joshi

    We will cover notifications on IOS , android and Windows Phone. Notifications are a key component of many apps. Matthew Sheets will be on hand to explain how notifications work.

    Also by popular vote, the developer(s) of the best CodeMash conference app will get their pick out of the raffle box!

    Remember it must be a new or modified app for CodeMash 2013.

    Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 6:30 PM at Max Technical Training in Mason, OH.

    Bitsligners / Clean Coders

    Thursday March 6th, 11:30am, Gaslight Offices
    via Ryan Cromwell

    Join us for an informal interest group in Clean Coding. The core tenants of the interest group will focus on helping people write better more maintainable, testable, and manageable code and understanding the patterns and practices to help achieve it consistently.

    Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the Month from 11:30AM – 1PM at the Gaslight Offices. Topic suggestions, or general questions can be emailed to cromwellryan@hotmail.com

    Windows Azure Event - Cincinnati and Dayton

    Dayton - March 21st, Event Code 9371604
    Cincinnati - March 26th, Event Code 5131605

    Keith Mayer, IT Pro Technical Evangelist (http://KeithMayer.com) will be hosting See and Do: Build Virtual Machines in the Cloud with Windows Azure for IT Pros. Folks can register at http://nhcomputerlearning.com/seminars using the event codes listed above.

    CINNUG Special Event

    Keep a eyes peeled and your ears to the ground for more information about special events sponsored by CINNUG that we hope to announce in the near future.

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