Author Archives: Joe Wirtley

March 25, 2020, 6PM: [CANCELLED] What Pair Wins? – Keith Callis

Due to ongoing events, we are cancelling this meeting. Stay tuned for future updates.

A look at pair programming over the years, Extreme Programming (XP) to agile.  Some of my experiences with different results while pairing.  What items can help the pair programming experience from simple to more complex.  Some of these can lead to better code and happy developers.

Bio:  Keith Callis is a Principal Consultant at Strategic Data Systems currently based in Cincinnati with many years of experience developing software across multiple environments using different databases and programming languages based on customer requirements.  Also he is a Certified Scrum Master (Scrum Alliance 2008). His current agile projects: (DevOps) SQL Server Integration Services.  When not writing software, he is amateur photographer or chef in his kitchen.

January 22, 2020, 6 PM: Creating Windows Services with .NET Core – Chris Brown

Want to further automate your Windows system? Come learn how by creating Windows services with the best of the .NET trio: Core. Bend the system to your will and further automate your life. The power is yours.

Bio: Chris Brown is a .NET developer for Smart Data. Chris has worked on a variety of .NET projects mostly in the healthcare space. Past lives include careers in the Navy and NSA before transitions to software development.

October 23, 2019, 6PM: A Tour of Azure Monitor – Mike Wood

Meeting Location: The meeting will be at Smart Data this month.

If an application throws exceptions and no logger is around to hear it, are you really violating your SLA? Sadly, in the rush to move to the cloud sometimes the decisions are mostly about how to get an application to live there, how to migrate existing critical servers, or, let’s face it, what JavaScript framework to use. Only once the change is well underway does someone finally asks the question, “so, why is my app crashing?”, or “what do you mean by logging?” Azure Monitor provides a wealth of services and information about your resources without having to do much more than toggle some switches, even if the developers didn’t think to include logging.  Come learn about which switches you can toggle, but more importantly, about how to really leverage the wealth of data the Azure Platform can gather for you.

Bio: Mike is the Lead Cloud Engineer for SentryOne working on cloud based products, services and related technologies.  Mike has over 20 years’ experience in the industry and has focused heavily on cloud technologies. He was one of the first Microsoft Azure MVPs recognized in 2010, and has been awarded an MVP each year since. You can follow Mike on Twitter under the handle @mikewo and check out his blog at

September 25, 2019, 6PM: .NET Core 3.0 and C# 8.0 – Mike Smith

Let’s recap all of the announcements from .NET Conf as well as look at the just released .NET Core 3.0.

Bio: Mike Smith is a SharePoint MVP, MCT and senior instructor at MAX Technical Training Computer professional (computer nut) since 1980. Author of three SharePoint books. Courseware author – 12 in the Microsoft Community Courseware collection and 160 since my first DOS course! Specializing in SharePoint, Office 365, .NET (since 1.0) and .NET Core, Web Development, Azure, Microsoft SQL Server and PowerShell.

August 28, 2019, 6PM: Command Pattern Deep Dive – Ken Baum

The command pattern is one of the most versatile and useful of all the Gang-of-Four design patterns, but surprisingly it’s not used much. Or is it? I think you’ll find you’ve used it more often than you think you have, maybe without even knowing it had a name!

Sometimes called the transaction pattern, it can be applied to a large variety of application domains from UI menu structures, command-line applications, logging systems, and just about any system required a transaction to be stored and executed at a later time. In this talk we’ll take an in-depth look at the pattern, discussing why it’s useful, when you might use it, and how to implement it. 

Bio: Ken Baum is a senior consultant for Ingage Partners, a certified B-Corp seeking to use consulting as a force for good. He is a software developer with over 25 years of experience, predominately on the Microsoft stack in C++ and C#. He is currently working as an SDET, mentoring apprentices and writing functional tests for a Vue.js front-end and a Java/AWS back-end. He’s an experienced teacher, presenter and mentor. When he’s not learning new technology or volunteering, he loves reading and watching Netflix shows. He loves The Tick (cartoon and live action), Firesign Theater, all things Monty Python, and Call the Midwife. He considers Fringe the greatest TV show ever, and when he saw Stranger Things, he felt like he was finally home.