March 2014 Meeting

We hope you will join us for our March 4th meeting at AMN Healthcare. Here is the schedule:

  • Speed up your day, get more done without working harder, improve your geek skills, enjoy working more, and the science behind, ‘Working, In-The-Zone’ – (Steve Kohlenberger) Your brain is the one essential key piece of technology you must use each time you perform any development activity. You learned how to walk, talk, think, and code. If your want to be an Olympic Runner, World Class Speaker, or White Hat Hacker, you know it takes a lot more time, commitment, focused learning, sometimes coaching, than just learning the basics. But what kind of training can you get for your brain? While there are many different strategies we could discuss, I’ll introduce you to the art and science, as well as ongoing research into, ‘In-The-Zone’, as experienced in the work environment.
    Please take the following survey before the meeting: fluidsurveys.com/surveys/s2s/in-the-zone-for-it-pros/
    When you leave, you will know:

    ·Five very different types of ‘In-The-Zone ‘, their causes, and the two types commonly found among software engineers.

    ·What conditions must be met before you can enter the Zone.

    ·What events will likely pull you out of the Zone.

    ·You will also be able to better identify when you or someone else is in the Zone.

    ·Things you can do to develop more control of your own Zone further.
    Steve Kohlenberger started, and hasn’t stopped coding since before Microsoft was formed. Over his career, he has written operating system kernels, LAN drivers, storage drivers, games, high speed communication systems, complex medical database conversion systems (SQL 2008 R2), and much more. He has worked with most Microsoft technologies and enjoys VB.
    Through Steve’s companies, he has provided software and consulting services directly to: IBM, Seagate Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, Cisco Systems, Novell/Suse, National Semiconductor, Network Products, Ball Corp., Computer Associates, and Allscripts, among others.
    Today, Steve applies himself as a consultant, coach, and trainer, with clients focused in the fields of software engineering and IT professionals, for individuals and organizations, facilitating the acceleration of those wanting to get beyond present challenges and achieve greater levels of accomplishment, faster, and easier. Steve has a M.A. Degree in Psychology, a B.S. Degree in Computer Information Systems, is a Project Management Professional, and is a Success Coach, Small Business Coach, ADHD Coach,and Life Coach.
    He can be reached at Steve@Strategies2Succeed.com.

  • Obama, JQuery, & ASP.NET SignalR. Getting Started with the Real-Time Web – (Michael Ossou) This session is intended for the everyday developer who is interested in a more traditional implementation of the (non-game-related) Real-Time Web. While primarily an introduction to ASP.NET SignalR, we will also be discussing some fundamental HTML 5/JavaScript concepts relevant to our sample application.
    If you are a typical web developer that spends most of your day working on business applications and would like to see what it would take to get started with the Real-Time Web and discuss where and when it’s applicable to your application, this session is for you. All skill levels are welcome – no gymnastics required.
    Michael Ossou is a second generation software developer who has spent the last 7 years working at DiscountASP.NET, one of the largest web hosting companies in the world that cater specifically to ASP.NET developers. In addition to working on the provisioning systems that make the DiscountASP.NET platform the most feature-rich in the industry, he has spent the last several years working on Snapphq.com, a newly announced service that uses the latest cloud-based technologies Microsoft has to offer.
  • Please send any pictures and videos you might have taken at the group to David at: davidm@sddotnetdg.org
  • Our 20th anniversary is on April 1st. Take a video of yourself wishing our group a happy 20th birthday! Send to David at davidm@sddotnetdg.org
  • Location: AMN Healthcare
  • Sponsor: DISCOUNT ASP.NET
  • Register for San Diego .NET Developers Group Meeting - 2012 in San Diego, CA  on Eventbrite

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February 2014 Meeting

We hope you will join us for our February 4th meeting at AMN Healthcare. Here is the schedule:

  • Introduction to Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP) Using the PostSharp Framework (Jonathan Bachelor) -Level-up your software development skills by learning about aspect oriented programming with the PostSharp AOP framework. In a large project, you can save literally thousands of lines of repetitive, “boilerplate” code, which means powerfully fast results. We’ll talk about what AOP is, where it might be used best, and how the PostSharp framework can help.
  • Please send any pictures and videos you might have taken at the group to David at: davidm@sddotnetdg.org
  • Our 20th anniversary is on April 1st. Take a video of yourself wishing our group a happy 20th birthday! Send to David at davidm@sddotnetdg.org
  • Location: AMN Healthcare
  • Sponsor: DISCOUNT ASP.NET
  • Register for San Diego .NET Developers Group Meeting - 2012 in San Diego, CA  on Eventbrite

January 2014 Meeting

We hope you will join us for our January 7th meeting at AMN Healthcare. Here is the schedule:

  • Practical Reflection in .NET (Jeremy Clark) – Reflection is an extremely powerful feature of .NET. But there is a big difference between what we can do and what we should do. Several of these features are useful to the everyday developer. We’ll take a quick look at what reflection is capable of and then narrow our focus to practical uses — balancing flexibility, safety, and performance.
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  • Please send any pictures and videos you might have taken at the group to David at: davidm@sddotnetdg.org
  • Our 20th anniversary is on April 1st. Take a video of yourself wishing our group a happy 20th birthday! Send to David at davidm@sddotnetdg.org
  • Location: AMN Healthcare
  • Sponsor: DISCOUNT ASP.NET
  • Register for San Diego .NET Developers Group Meeting - 2012 in San Diego, CA  on Eventbrite

October 2013 Meeting

We hope you will join us for our October 1st meeting at AMN Healthcare. Here is the schedule:

  • Super-Charged Debugging for the New Developer (Jonathan Bachelor): You’ve officially leveled-up in the world of software development with Visual Studio, and you now find yourself working on projects that are infinitely larger and far more complex than anything you’ve worked on before. Time to beef up your debugging skills not only to debug, but sometimes just to learn the flow of a given process! Plain old break-points have always gotten you by, but now you quickly run into trickier situations that come close to making your head explode. Come and learn some new debugging tricks & tips to bring your debugging skills to new heights.
  • Windows Azure Mobile Services (Bret Stateham): Windows Azure Mobile Services allows app developers to focus on the app, rather than the back end. With a FREE Windows Azure Mobile Service, within just minutes you can have fully functional cloud based data storage, authentication, push notifications, scripts and more. In this session I’ll show you how to create a Windows Azure Mobile Service, and consume it from apps on a variety of platforms.
    My name is Bret Stateham, and I’m a Microsoft Technical Evangelist based in San Diego, CA. As an Evangelist for Microsoft I am passionate about Microsoft technologies like Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Azure and my long term favorite Microsoft SQL Server. However, I am a lover of technology in general, and the impact that it can have on peoples lives. if you would like to learn more about me, you can read my blog, visit me during my office hours, or find me at one of the many meetups I attend regularly.
  • Answer Man Woody Zuill (6pm – 7pm)
  • Sponsor: DISCOUNT ASP.NET

September 2013 Meeting

We hope you will join us for our September 7th meeting at AMN Healthcare. Here is the schedule:

  • Hands-on workshop for Better Unit Testing (Llewellyn Falco) Bring your laptop to try out a koan (puzzles for learning). A Koan is a set of failing unit tests. Learning by doing with koan puzzles is fun, engaging, and produces remarkably quick results. Koans can be used to learn a variety of programming skills including languages and APIs. This session will challenge you in group and individual settings to complete these puzzles to get the unit tests to pass. After you decode the puzzle, we will reflect on what and how you have learned. Finally we will look into how to create your own koans for your particular testing needs.
    This is a unique session will explore the use of the open source library Approval Tests to facilitate better unit testing verification in a collaborative fun workshop.
    Llewellyn Falco is an Instructor for DevelopMentor. He is a international speaker and the creator of the open source testing tool ApprovalTests( http://www.approvaltests.com ). He spends most of his time programing in Java and C#. He also volunteers creating courseware and teaching kids to program ( http://www.teachingkidsprogramming.org ). Find his blog at llewellynfalco.blogspot.com
  • Answer Man Woody Zuill (6pm – 7pm)
  • Sponsor: DISCOUNT ASP.NET

August 2013 Meeting

We hope you will join us for our August 6th meeting at AMN Healthcare. Here is the schedule:

  • Clean Code: Homicidal Maniacs Read Code, Too! (Jeremy Clark) There’s no such thing as a write-once application. The world is constantly changing, and our code needs to change with it. We’ll think in small pieces and take a look at some techniques to keep our code manageable and understandable. Think about the developer who will come after you. Now, imagine he’s a homicidal maniac who knows where you live.
    Jeremy Clark is an application developer, Pluralsight author, and Microsoft MVP with over 13 years of experience in all aspects of the development lifecycle. After hours, he puts together demos and technical articles for JeremyBytes.com, a website focusing on .NET technologies. Other times he can be found shredding on a plastic guitar (or playing a real guitar fairly badly). He lives in Anaheim, CA with a seedling redwood tree and his cats, Amanda and Toby.
  • Answer Man Woody Zuill (6pm – 7pm)
  • Sponsor: DISCOUNT ASP.NET

May 2013 Meeting

We hope you will join us for our May 7th meeting at AMN Healthcare. Here is the schedule:

  • .NET Fundamentals Using ksoap2 to connect Android to .Net (Andrew Champagne) This will be an demo of how to use ksoap2 to connect an android app to a .NET website. I’ll go over on how to set it up, debug and use. I’ll also talk about some of the benefits and problems I’ve run into when using it.
    I’m Andrew Champagne. I’m an ATM programmer for Symitar. I write code in Android and .Net in my spare time.
  • jQuery Mobile, Backbone, and ASP.NET Web API – A Framework for Making Mobile Web Applications (Troy Miles) – Websites designed for smart phones are one of the fastest growing segments of the internet. jQuery Mobile makes it easy to create sites for mobile devices, but it is mostly about UI. It doesn’t address the needs of an enterprise application. Things like how to load data from and persist data to the server, how to tie the JavaScript and HTML together, and minimize the amount of data transmitted. In this session I will show how to combine jQuery Mobile with Backbone.js and a ASP.NET Web API back-end. The end result is a website which is fast, efficient, and easy to enhance and maintain.
  • Answer Man Woody Zuill (6pm – 7pm)
  • Sponsor: DISCOUNT ASP.NET

April 2013 Meeting

We hope you will join us for our April 2nd meeting at AMN Healthcare. Here is the schedule:

  • .NET Fundamentals
  • Object Oriented Programming for Everyone (Paul Sheriff) – Are you still confused by Classes, Properties, Methods, Inheritance, Overloading, Events, Enumerations, “lions and tigers and bears oh my!” If so, then you need to attend this seminar where you will find the answers. You will be exposed to a step-by-step approach on how to make your traditional applications more object-oriented. You will learn how to re-factor your code to be more reusable, more scalable and more maintainable. Find out why adopting a purely OOP approach to your application development will make your applications easier to test and debug.
    Paul D. Sheriff is the President of PDSA, Inc. (www.pdsa.com), a Microsoft Partner in Southern California. Paul acts as the Microsoft Regional Director for Southern California assisting the local Microsoft offices with several of their events each year and being an evangelist for them. Paul has authored literally hundreds of books, webcasts, videos and articles on .NET, WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone and SQL Server. Check out Paul’s new code generator ‘Haystack’ at http://www.CodeHaystack.com.
  • Answer Man Woody Zuill (6pm – 7pm)
  • Sponsor: DISCOUNT ASP.NET

February 2013 Meeting

We hope you will join us for our Feb 5th meeting at AMN Healthcare. Here is the schedule:

  • .NET Fundamentals
  • Dependency Injection: A Practical Introduction (Jeremy Clark) – What is Dependency Injection? The answers to the question seem to cause more confusion than help. We’ll take a look at what Dependency Injection (DI) is, when we should use it, and what design patterns we can use to help us implement it. Benefits range from extensibility to late binding to testability. We can implement DI with or without a container (such as Unity, Ninject, or StructureMap), but we’ll see how a container can do a lot of the work for us.

    Jeremy Clark is an application developer and technical speaker with over 12 years of experience in all aspects of the development lifecycle. After hours, he puts together demos and technical articles for JeremyBytes.com, a website focusing on .NET technologies. Other times he can be found shredding on a plastic guitar to Guitar Hero. He lives in Anaheim, CA with a seedling redwood tree and his cats, Amanda and Toby.

  • Answer Man Woody Zuill (6pm – 7pm)
  • Sponsor: DISCOUNT ASP.NET

November 2012 Meeting

We hope you will join us for our Nov 6th meeting at AMN Healthcare. Here is the schedule:

  • .NET Fundamentals
  • Building Connected Business Applications in Light Speed (Beth Massi) – Visual Studio LightSwitch is the easiest way to create modern line of business applications for the enterprise. In this session you will learn how LightSwitch helps you focus your time on what makes your application unique, allowing you to easily implement common business application scenarios—such as integrating multiple data sources, data validation, authentication, and access control. See how LightSwitch in Visual Studio 2012 has embraced OData making it easy to consume as well as create interoperable data services. Then see how LightSwitch makes it easy to deploy these services to the Azure cloud and consume them from other client applications and platforms. You will also see how the LightSwitch team is enabling mobile scenarios making it easy to create HTML5/JavaScript companion clients for modern mobile devices.

    Beth Massi is a Senior Program Manager on the Visual Studio team at Microsoft. Beth is a community champion for business application developers and has over 15 years of industry experience building business apps. She is a frequent speaker at various software development events and you can find her on a variety of developer sites including MSDN Developer Centers, Channel 9, and her bloghttp://www.bethmassi.com/. Follow her on twitter @BethMassi

  • Answer Man Woody Zuill (6pm – 7pm)
  • Sponsor: SoCalTechRecruiter
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