Author Archives: Joe Wirtley

October 25, 2017, 6PM: Rebooting the ASP.NET Franchise – Jay Harris

Are you an ASP.NET developer that is tired of the baggage and cruft within the framework? Do you wish you could use OS X for developing ASP.NET apps? Are you new to ASP.NET, but are adverse to installing Windows and Visual Studio? Everything has changed: ASP.NET isn’t just for Visual Studio, anymore. Learn how ASP.NET has broken free from Windows and has turned into a fresh, cross-platform, OS-agnostic framework. Develop ASP.NET applications on your OS, with your editor, in your way. No more compromises, no VMs, no workarounds. Grab some popcorn an experience the reboot of the ASP.NET Franchise.

Bio:
Jay is a code wrangler, software consultant, and co-owner of Arana Software. He has been developing on the web since 1995, when the Blink tag lured him away from Visual Basic 3, and has been awarded as a Microsoft Regional Director, ASPInsider, and Microsoft MVP. Recognizing that the greatest application performance bottleneck is a developer’s time, Jay’s continuing quest is for frameworks, modules, tools, and practices that make developers stronger, fitter, happier, and more productive.

Originally from Rochester, New York, Jay resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Follow him on Twitter at @jayharris.

September 27, 2017, 6PM: Digital Payments in a Mobile World – Parag Joshi

Apple Pay and Android Pay are now here as are several other methods to pay electronically rather than using conventional means such as check or cash. How do we integrate these in our app and what are our options? In this session, we will look at at an Android app that uses Android Pay to process payments using Stripe. We will take a look at the Stripe backend and also the android pay development do’s and do not’s. We will also look at an iOS app that uses Square to accept credit card payments. No doubt, if you have walked into a store or rented a car, you have seen the Square terminals. We will take a look at the Square reader and walk through the code to interact with a Square app. You will leave this session with an understanding of what it takes to integrate Stripe and Square into your apps.

Bio: Parag Joshi (@ilovethexbox ) is a Co Lead for Digital , Mobile, Portal and Outsourcing for Cincinnati Business Unit of Centric Consulting LLC and has over 19 years software development experience working on various technologies. He is co director of the Cincinnati DotNet User Group (CINNUG.org) and also director of the Cincinnati All Things Mobile User Group (Catmug.org). He spends his time writing apps and staying current on technology. He loves playing tennis with his 13 year old son and singing with his 7 year old daughter.

August 23, 2017, 6PM: Dealing with Database Sprawl in Azure – Mike Wood

“Move your database to the cloud they said! Shard your databases for scale they said! Now how do I deal with all these databases when it’s time to update them? How can I run queries again each of them? And where’s my SQL Agent?!”

These statements aren’t uncommon when databases are moved to the cloud. Come hear about how Azure Elastic Database Jobs can help alleviate some of the pains of managing and updating multiple databases in Azure SQL DB deployments. Don’t let the name fool you: you don’t need to be using Elastic Database Pools to use this tool. You can use this tool to roll out schema changes across databases, execute TSQL across them or even use it as a SQL Agent replacement. Best of all, learn about how this tool is going to be a hosted service from Microsoft and see how you can get in on the preview!

Bio:
Mike Wood is a Product Manager for SentryOne where he works on cloud related products and services. He describes himself as a problem solving, outdoorsy, user group founding, dog-loving, blog writing, solution creating, event planning, married, technology speaking, father of one kind of guy. When he’s not living up to that title he’s an avid reader, (horrible) violinist and gamer. Michael is one of the Founding Directors of the Cincinnati .NET User Group as well as the founder of the Cincinnati Software Architecture Special Interest Group. He is also a Microsoft MVP in Windows Azure. You can catch up with Mike on his blog at http://mvwood.com/blog and on twitter under the handle @mikewo.

July 26, 2017, 6PM: Flying High with Xamarin! – Sam Basu

Cross-platform mobile development has been democratized for .NET developers – thanks to Xamarin & Microsoft. Let’s build a cool aviation app together – targeting all platforms from the comforts of Visual Studio on Windows or Mac. Real world apps need cloud data connectivity, navigation, storage, lifecycle management and polished UI – let’s do all that. Let’s look at some tooling for professional Xamarin developers. Let’s dip into device capabilities, reuse libraries and elevate the user experience. Oh, and we will throw in some passion for aviation in the app, like private jets and supersonic possibilities. Loads of fun while learning cutting-edge mobile development – you in?

Bio:
Sam Basu is a technologist, author, speaker, Microsoft MVP, gadget-lover and Progress Developer Advocate for Telerik products. With a long developer background, he now spends much of his time advocating modern web/mobile/cloud development platforms on Microsoft/Telerik technology stacks. His spare times call for travel, fast cars, cricket and culinary adventures with the family. You can find him on the internet.

May 24, 2017, 6PM: Being More Productive with VS2017 and C#7 – Brian Sherwin

Every day, developers are faced with new challenges for assimilating, developing and deploying applications with ever newer technologies and architectural approaches. Visual Studio 2017 looks to streamline the flow of code to deployment from fundamental tasks like unit tests to challenging deployments in the cloud. Along with improvements in tools, simplifying your code by using powerful new language features can make your code more readable and get more done with less code. In this talk, you will learn how to sharpen the tools in your toolbox and new ways to take advantage of the improvements to way you work.

Bio:
Brian Sherwin is a Sr. Technical Evangelist with Microsoft from Columbus, Ohio. He has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years. One of his core passions is helping companies make decisions based on value and not a particular technology. When he’s not trying to figure out some new technology, he spends time reading, Scouting, and drinking enough coffee to keep up with his five kids.

April 26, 2017, 6PM: Dockerize Your .NET Development Environment – Lee Brandt

Location: IDCAST/UDRI, TechTown, 711 East Monument Avenue, Suite 101 in downtown Dayton. Google Map

It works on my machine. We’ve all heard it. Most of us have said it. It’s been impossible to get around it… until now. Not only can Docker-izing your .NET development environment solve that issue, but it can make it drop-dead simple to onboard new developers, keep a team working forward and allow everyone on the team use their desired tools!

I will show you how to get Docker set up to use as the run environment for your .NET projects, how to maintain the docker environment, and even how easy it will be to deploy the whole environment to production in a way that you are actually developing in an environment that isn’t just “like” production. It IS the production environment!
You will learn the basics of Docker, how to use it to develop and how deploy your “development” environment as the production environment!

Bio: After almost two decades writing software professionally (and a few years unprofessionally before that), Lee Brandt still continues to learn every day. He has led teams in small and large companies and always manages to keep the business needs at the forefront of software development efforts. He speaks internationally about software development, from both a technical and business perspective, and loves to teach others what he learns. Lee writes software in Objective-C, JavaScript and C#… mostly. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Visual C# and one of the directors of the Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC). Lee is a decorated Gulf War veteran, a husband, a proud pet parent and loves to play the drums whenever he gets any spare time.

March 22, 2017, 6PM: Take Your Site From Ugh to OOH with Bootstrap – Phil Japikse

Location: IDCAST/UDRI, TechTown, 711 East Monument Avenue, Suite 101 in downtown Dayton. Google Map

I’ll admit. I’m a developer. More than once, I’ve said “The heck with it. I’m using a table!”. In this session I show you my favorite features in Bootstrap that can quickly make your user interface stand out from ordinary websites.

  • Learn what Bootstrap has to offer
  • Explore the CSS capabilities in Bootstrap
  • Explore the JS capabilities in Bootstrap

 

Bio: An international speaker, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, 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 is co-author of best selling “C# and the .NET 4.6 Framework” (http://bit.ly/pro_csharp), the Lead Director for the Cincinnati .NET User’s Group (http://www.cinnug.org) and the Cincinnati Software Architect Group, co-hosts the Hallway Conversations podcast (http://www.hallwayconversations.com), founded the Cincinnati Day of Agile (http://www.dayofagile.org), and volunteers for the National Ski Patrol. Phil is also a published author with LinkedIn Learning (https://www.lynda.com/Phil-Japikse/7908546-1.html). During the day, Phil works as a Principal Consultant and the Agile Practice Director with Strategic Data Systems (http://www.sds-consulting.com). Phil enjoys to learn new tech and is always striving to improve his craft. You can follow Phil on twitter via http://www.twitter.com/skimedic and read his blog at http://www.skimedic.com/blog.

February 22, 2017, 6PM: Bitcoin, Merkle Trees, and the Block Chain – Ken Baum

Location: IDCAST/UDRI, TechTown, 711 East Monument Avenue, Suite 101 in downtown Dayton. Google Map

In this talk, Ken will introduce us to the block chain, the foundational technology for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. While Bitcoin itself has had its share of problems, the block chain has emerged as a fascinating and potentially revolutionary way to store data in a secure, decentralized, trustless, and tamper-evident manner. Organizations all over the world are considering the block chain as a possible solution to many of the problems that currently exist with such diverse application domains as online voting, securities trading, distribution of governmental benefits, Internet domain names, smart contracts, and even that poster-child for combinatorial explosion, the Internet of Things. Whether or not any of this promise pans out, we would do well to understand the underlying technology and the clever techniques that make it work. The talk is not about Bitcoin, per se, but Ken will explain the cryptocurrency to the extent that is necessary to understand the block chain. Ken will also walk through several bits of C# code that explore the Bitcoin block chain and the cryptographic technology it uses.

Bio: Ken Baum is a Senior Consultant for Ingage Partners. He began his technology career in 1976 where, as a member of the U.S. Air Force, his duties consisted of troubleshooting and restoring service to communications circuits, adjusting levels on channel multiplexers when maintenance wasn’t looking, and creating a daily report for headquarters using a paper tape punch. Thankfully it was all uphill from there and he eventually made his way into the software development world, earning a computer science degree from the University of Maryland and a masters in computer science from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He has been developing on the Microsoft stack since 1994, long before it was referred to as the ‘Microsoft stack.’ Currently he is working on .NET web applications. He is the father of 4 grown children, none of whom live at home, and is ‘Grandpa’ to 9 grandchildren. He loves cats, golf, Fringe, and The Tick.

January 25, 2017, 6PM: Creating Eloquent Code – Joe Wirtley

Location: IDCAST/UDRI, TechTown, 711 East Monument Avenue, Suite 101 in downtown Dayton. Google Map

If you’ve been programming long, you’ve had the experience of looking at your own code and struggling to understand it. Worse yet is trying to understand other people’s code. Every piece of code you write not only instructs the computer, it also informs human readers. What is it telling them? In this session, you will learn to listen to what your code is saying. You will see how choices about scope, visibility, coupling, and cohesion reveal themselves in your code. You will learn principles and practices for creating eloquent code. Examples will be in C#, but will be applicable to any object oriented language. You will come away with new ideas to make your code speak clearly and inspiration to be more mindful while writing code.

Bio: Joe Wirtley is an independent consultant who has been creating software for over twenty-five years. He works with .NET development teams on both desktop (WPF) and web (ASP.NET, JavaScript, Web API) applications. He is an active member of the developer community in southwest Ohio and helps lead the Dayton .NET Developer Group. He has presented at many user groups and conferences including CodeMash, devLink, Code PaLOUsa, and CodeStock. He is the author of the Generics in .NET screencast for O’Reilly. You can check out his site at http://WirtleyConsulting.com or follow him on Twitter: @JoeWirtley.


Grok Talk: Topic detection in unstructured text using Microsoft Cognitive Services – Steve Daum

A large amount of unstructured text data is stored in the world. Just think of emails, tweets, forum posts, and the many ’Notes’ columns found in our databases. More tools are becoming available to extract value from this data. A recent presentation introduced the Dayton .NET group to the Microsoft Cognitive Services API which include text analysis tools. This talk will demonstrate a real world use case of one of these APIs to do Topic Detection from unstructured text data.

Bio: Steve Daum is a software Developer with PQ Systems, Inc. In his current role, he develops thick client Windows software using the .NET platform. He has been developing software for almost 30 years.