Summertime Fun with 15 Minutes of Fame


Our monthly meeting will be held at the Microsoft Greater PA Office in Malvern, PA on Wednesday, July 23 from 5:30-8:00. We have a special format planned. There will be 10 presenters each doing a 15 minute session covering one of their favorite .NET topics. There will be no break this night, but food and drink will be available throughout the evening. Refreshments are provided courtesy of TEK Systems.

First Look At Xamarin

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Nick Berardi

We are going to take a quick look at developing your first Xamarin app for the iPhone. I will be dispelling some myths and providing you some helpful guidance on getting started.

Getting started with the Office Developer Platform

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 5:45 pm
Rich RossMS

coming this weekend…

From Code First to Database First

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Ken Lovely

In 15 minutes we will program 3 different code first applications and 1 database first. We will do this using my base class that handles 90% of the code for us.

This Ain’t Your Pappa’s WCF!

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 6:15 pm
Michael MontgomeryMVP

In 15 minutes (and 395 lines of code) Michael ‘Monty’ Montgomery will show you a very different WCF. One that gives ServiceStack’s simplicity a run for its money. All built from simple techniques that you can easily employ yourself. Oh, and did I mentioned it’s easy to test as well? Heck we might even have time to explain why WCF’s as relevant as ever and how all this goodness hints at a Service-oriented Programming Model.

Fun With Math – abridged

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Dov Trietsch

A little bit of math can go a long way, especially in programming. I will take a simple problem and demonstrate how math makes a program more efficient and more accurate. I wrote this for my wife’s math class and to make sure that it runs on her – shudder of shudders – apple computer, I wrote it in JavaScript, which is the topic covered in our next few labs. Those of us who want to see how it was done, may simply go to the site, start the program and view its source. At the time that I built the game, I was a JavaScript beginner so the code is simple and straight forward.

Next: In the old days of Datamation there is a column called “Herding Cats”. http://www.datamation.com/news/tech-comics-herding-cats-or-developers-1.html The idea is that managing developers is as hard if not harder than herding cats. Well, we will play a game together in which the room will be divided to 3 groups, each performing a different simple task and each starting with a number of their own choice. To the envy of all the project managers present, I will guide all the cats into the same answer. I will then explain how this was done.

Visual Studio and the Azure SDK – making the cloud easy

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 6:45 pm
Brian MinisiMVP

Using cloud in your development strategy? Using Visual Studio with Azure is awesome and integrated to make things easy so you can get your job done. Let’s get an overview of the integration between Visual Studio and Azure.

Playing with fire! Getting started with ASP.NET vNext

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Jeffrey FritzMS

In this talk, Jeff is going to show you what you need to get started with the next version of ASP.NET. We’ll get a workspace up and running on Azure and configure a next-generation ASP.NET MVC web application with a web API running. We’ll talk about the changes, and what you should be considering as we approach the release of the next ASP.NET in 2015.

Web.Config and App.Config XML Transforms

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 7:15 pm
Rob KeiserMVP

Config transforms in Visual Studio ease the deployment problems associated with large multi-tier projects. We will go over how to setup multiple config files and how to create some simple transforms.

Responsive Bootstrap Menus

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Bill WolffMVP

Add responsive navigation to an MVC site in minutes using HTML markup and CSS classes. Learn how Bootstrap takes advantage of jQuery and JavaScript libraries combined with HTML data attributes to render drop-down menus that also work well on smartphones.

SignalR Jumpstart Lightning Round

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 7:45 pm
Chris GomezMVP
In this talk, we’ll see how easy it is to add SignalR to your application and:
  • start calling javascript methods in the client browser from your server (what?!)
  • start calling server methods on your server from the client (whoa!!),
  • stop embedding all your business logic in SignalR hubs for use in the real-world (phew!!),
  • create cross platform clients that work together in ways you haven’t thought of before (WOW!)