Developer Community Newsletter: December Edition


The latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for December 2015: #TechThanksCLT, National Computer Science Education Week, and Community Calendar – Developer Community Newsletter: December Edition.

Around the first of every month, I collate the latest Enterprise Developers Guild news, events, and developer community announcements into an awesome little newsletter. I call it the Developer Community Newsletter (hence the ingenious name, don’t you think?). If you subscribe (to the Guild mailing list), I’ll hand-deliver it to your inbox too!

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Developer Community Newsletter: November Edition


The latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for November 2015: From Difficult to Delighted, 2016 Conference & Event Lineup, and Community Calendar – Developer Community Newsletter: November Edition.

Around the first of every month, I collate the latest Enterprise Developers Guild news, events, and developer community announcements into an awesome little newsletter. I call it the Developer Community Newsletter (hence the ingenious name, don’t you think?). If you subscribe (to the Guild mailing list), I’ll hand-deliver it to your inbox too!

Developer Community Newsletter: August Edition


The latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for August 2015: DevOps with VSO and TFS, Blend Conference, and Community Calendar – Developer Community Newsletter: August Edition.

Around the first of every month, I collate the latest Enterprise Developers Guild news, events, and developer community announcements into an awesome little newsletter. I call it the Developer Community Newsletter (hence the ingenious name, don’t you think?). If you subscribe (to the Guild mailing list), I’ll hand-deliver it to your inbox too!

Developer Community Newsletter: July Edition


The latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for July 2015: SQL Server Replication, Blend Conference, and Community Calendar – Developer Community Newsletter: July Edition.

Around the first of every month, I collate the latest Enterprise Developers Guild news, events, and developer community announcements into an awesome little newsletter. I call it the Developer Community Newsletter (hence the ingenious name, don’t you think?). If you subscribe (to the Guild mailing list), I’ll hand-deliver it to your inbox too!

The Universal Windows Platform – A Developer’s Guide for Windows 10 with Matt Duffield


Join me and the Enterprise Developers Guild on Tuesday, May 26, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Microsoft Charlotte Office. In this meeting we are going to take a look at all the new bells and whistles that make up Windows 10 development. We will focus primarily on building universal Windows apps using XAML and C#. We will take a look at the single platform running one Windows on multiple devices concept. We will take a look at the developer experience with Windows 10 and review the Windows tooling as well as discuss .NET Native. Finally, we will take a look at Template 10 and discus how we can get started.

Come out and get ready for an awesome talk on Microsoft’s latest version of Windows 10!

The meeting presenter is Matt Duffield.

Matt Duffield has over 15 years working in IT. He enjoys building rich user centric applications. Matt is very active in the community speaking at user groups and code camps. He is the leader of the Charlotte ALT.NET user group. He is an INETA speaker member and has been a Microsoft MVP in Client Application Development. He started working in .NET as soon as it was available to the development community and was also an early adopter of both WPF and Silverlight. He believes good business intelligence (BI) architecture is the formula for a successful software package that looks beyond just data and provides insightful information. He is the co-author of the book: Silverlight 5: Building Rich Enterprise Dashboards. You can read his blog at mattduffield.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter at @mattduffield.

The meeting is sponsored by www.teksystems.com.

JavaScript of Tomorrow Is Already Here with Matt Duffield


Join me and the Enterprise Developers Guild on Tuesday, April 28, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Microsoft Charlotte Office. We will take a look at the landscape for creating rich single page applications and how ECMAScript 6 is becoming popular now. We will evaluate what it means to write an application in ES6 and also look at some features of ES7 that are being targeted now as well. We will also look at automation tools like GulpJS and, the new kid on the block, JSPM. This will be an introduction to all that is coming at Mach speed. You can decide to jump in and learn now or wait until your are forced to. We hope you will see some advantages of taking a look now and how some tooling, like Microsoft’s TypeScript, is trying to help in the transition.

The meeting presenter is Matt Duffield.

Matt Duffield has over 15 years working in IT. He enjoys building rich user centric applications. Matt is very active in the community speaking at user groups and code camps. He is the leader of the Charlotte ALT.NET user group. He is an INETA speaker member and has been a Microsoft MVP in Client Application Development. He started working in .NET as soon as it was available to the development community and was also an early adopter of both WPF and Silverlight. He believes good business intelligence (BI) architecture is the formula for a successful software package that looks beyond just data and provides insightful information. He is the co-author of the book: Silverlight 5: Building Rich Enterprise Dashboards. You can read his blog at mattduffield.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter at @mattduffield.

The meeting is sponsored by TekPartners.

Have you submitted your Spark Conference session yet?


Spark Conference

Call for Participation Ends April 12

There are just a few days left to share your spark with the community. We will be closing the session submission window this Sunday night. If you have already submitted your sessions, rest assured we are processing them and will begin voting on them soon. If you haven’t, block part of your day off to give yourself time to submit your sessions.

As a reminder, we are looking for topics in the following general tracks:

  • Design — Sessions focused on UI/UX design principals, tools, and techniques.
  • Developer — Sessions for software developers, testers, architects, or project managers.
  • Internet of Things — Sessions around the network of physical objects or embedded “things”.
  • IT Professional — Sessions for server, database, or network administrators.
  • Startup — Sessions around founding a technology startup or running a technology company.
  • STEM — Sessions for K-12 students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Panel Discussion — Discussions that you will be organizing to discuss one of the tracks above.

The deadline for submitting sessions is Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 24:00 EDT. Speaker selection will be announced toward the end of April, before tickets go on sale. To learn more about becoming a speaker at the 2015 Spark Conference, please visit www.sparkconf.org/session.

Developer Community Newsletter: April Edition


The latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for April 2015: #JavaScript of Tomorrow, Carolina Code Camp, Spark Conference, and Community Calendar – Developer Community Newsletter: April Edition.

Around the first of every month, I collate the latest Enterprise Developers Guild news, events, and developer community announcements into an awesome little newsletter. I call it the Developer Community Newsletter (hence the ingenious name, don’t you think?). If you subscribe (to the Guild mailing list), I’ll hand-deliver it to your inbox too!

Kendo <3 Angular with Jonathan "J." Tower


Join me and the Enterprise Developers Guild on Tuesday, March 24, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Microsoft Charlotte Office. Telerik’s Kendo UI framework provides everything you need to create great JavaScript applications. It includes a world-class widget library. But in recent years, AngularJS has exploded onto the scene. It has become a popular and elegant framework for creating web applications. Yet, Angular lacks its own built-in widget library. This could have created a nearly perfect match, but when Angular first came along, using it with Kendo UI wasn’t easy. That all changed recently when Telerik added support for AngularJS into Kendo UI, and now the two can finally be together! Jonathan “J” Tower will walk us through an introduction to both frameworks. He will show us how you too can make amazing web applications with AngularJS + Kendo UI.

The meeting presenter is Jonathan “J.” Tower

Jonathan “J.” Tower is a Microsoft MVP, Telerik Developer Expert, and Senior Software Architect with over fifteen years of software development experience in many different industries. He loves the creative and problem-solving aspects of his work, sharing what he’s learned, and building community.

J’s current technology interests include web technologies–ASP.NET MVC, various JavaScript frameworks like Kendo and Angular– as well as cross-platform mobile development technologies like Xamarin or hybrid mobile apps.

Normally you would find J. near his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he organizes a user group, four annual developer conferences, and a GiveCamp. This year, however, he and his family are on a one-year-long road trip around the country visiting the 48 contiguous states.

The meeting is sponsored by Signature Consultants.

Introducing Spark Conference


Spark Conference

Spark Conference will offer unparalleled training for developers.

Join me at the 2015 Spark Conference on Saturday, June 6, at the UNC Charlotte Center City campus in uptown Charlotte, NC. Connect with up to 600 members of the regional developer community. Thoughts will be sparked. Questions will be answered. And fun will be had.

To learn more, please visit the event website at www.sparkconf.org.

Call for Participation

A small fiery particle of curiosity, passion, and motivation can ignite great things within us all. It only takes a spark for an idea to create new and innovative things. Please consider sharing your spark with the community. The only thing missing is you! To learn more about becoming a speaker at the 2015 Spark Conference, please visit www.sparkconf.org/session.