April 2019 Meetup!

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The April 2019 Meetup of Columbus App Dev User Group is scheduled for April 15th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Making a Successful Component Library: Digital Brand Style Guides

Abstract:
Creating a component library is not a new piece of the development and design process,  but with the growth of responsive and contextual factors, it has become a requirement for complex systems. Digital Style Guides bring alignment of teams and solve complexities by providing quality tested code that is fully reusable across all projects. Within this presentation, we will discuss the variations of different style guides, toolkits, and frameworks that exist today and identify the right solution for your team to create a successful component library.

Speaker Bio:
With over 20 years of digital experience, Kevin Mack has worked along other industry leaders to make creative and innovative experiences that scale and meet customer demands, needs and visions. His background includes designing and developing user experiences for large-scaling websites and applications. Kevin is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of BYBE where he focuses on the evolution of the BYBE brand and creating integrated experiences for retailers and consumers. He is the co-founder and organizer of The Columbus Web Group (http://columbuswebgroup.com) where he actively participates in growing and educating the community around design, development, best practices and standards for the web. You can find him on Twitter (@nicetransition), YouTube (https://goo.gl/jrHuQH), CodePen (http://codepen.io/nicetransition), or GitHub (https://github.com/kevinmack18). His passions are “all things web” and mentoring others. Also, check out his Nicetransition Series: http://webseries.nicetransition.com

Please RSVP on our Meetup site @ https://www.meetup.com/columbusappdevug/. Come geek out with us over pizza & tech!

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March 2019 Meetup!

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The March 2019 Meetup of Columbus App Dev User Group is scheduled for March 18th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Flutter for Android Developers

Abstract:
Mobile users expect their applications to have beautiful designs, smooth animations, and exceptional performance. Accomplishing all three tasks at the same time using conventional Android development tools has traditionally been difficult. But not with Flutter, Google’s unique mobile UI Framework which helps developers quickly and efficiently build native apps for both IOS and Android. In this talk, we will examine Flutter from an Android developer’s perspective. I will showcase the differences in architecture when building applications in Flutter verses traditional Android. I’ll showcase Flutter’s UI Widgets and how they differ from Android Views. Lastly, we will talk about when and why you would choose Flutter over the Android SDK.

Speaker Bio:
Michael Yotive is an Android Developer for Big Nerd Ranch and currently resides in Columbus, OH. He has over a decade of experience crafting solutions for companies both large and small. He is very passionate about speaking and teaching. He loves staying engaged in the community and is a co-organizer of the Columbus GDG Android User Group. When he is not programming, he can be found playing music, woodworking, or reading.

Please RSVP on our Meetup site @ https://www.meetup.com/columbusappdevug/. Come geek out with us over pizza & tech!

February 2019 Meetup!

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The February 2019 Meetup of Columbus App Dev User Group is scheduled for February 18th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Xamarin.Forms Takes You Places!

Abstract:
You’ve heard the buzz – target every mobile platform from a single C#/XAML codebase. Sounds too good to be true? The story is actually even better – let’s unpack the promise of Xamarin.Forms. The reach goes beyond just mobile platforms of iOS, Android & Windows – did you know your Xamarin.Forms apps could target MacOS, Tizen, Smart Watches, Smart TVs, Refrigerators & Hololens? And it’s not just futuristic devices or platforms, you could take Xamarin.Forms goodness back to WPF & even Web! Yes, we’re talking XAML being back in the browser – just done right this time. All this isn’t utopia, but an absolute reality today. Let’s dive into Xamarin.Forms and unearth the magic behind the cross-platform development democratization for .NET developers.

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

Please RSVP on our Meetup site @ https://www.meetup.com/columbusappdevug/. Come join us!

January 2019 Meetup!

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The January 2019 Meetup of Columbus App Dev User Group is scheduled for January 21st from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Unraveling Realities: Building HoloLens Apps With Unity & C#

Abstract:
As the universe of immersive technologies expands, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and sometimes confused not only by device choice and experience, but also by terminology. In this session, as we discuss virtual, augmented, and mixed realities — what they mean, how they’re used, and where they overlap — you’ll discover how to build your own personal reality for HoloLens, the wearable, self-contained, holographic computer. You don’t even need a device to get started! Create an experience in the Unity 3D engine, which supports C# for programmatic manipulation of objects. We’ll then step through the process for building Unity projects as Universal Windows Platform (UWP) solutions, maintaining them in version control, and deploying them for testing to the HoloLens emulator in Visual Studio.

Speaker Bio:
Jeff McKenzie has worked in software development for nearly twenty years, in both freelance and full-time capacities, as a developer and team leader. He enjoys helping others solve problems through technology, whether it’s the small business getting on the web for the first time, or a Fortune 500 company expanding its enterprise. Although he started his career using BASIC on an Atari 800, he took a big detour, getting Biology and English degrees before rediscovering programming, with a new thing called the World Wide Web. He is currently Principal Consultant at Cardinal Solutions Group in Columbus Ohio.

Please RSVP on our Meetup site @ https://www.meetup.com/columbusappdevug/. Come join us!

December 2018 Meetup – Holiday Party!!

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The December 2018 Meetup of the Columbus App Dev User Group is scheduled for December 10th – This is a special one!

What:
2018 Holiday Party + Epic Game night!

Where:
Improving Enterprises
One Easton Oval, Suite # 175
Columbus, OH 43219.

When:
December 10th, 6PM to …

Who’s Coming:
We’re joining forces with several other Columbus tech user groups, namely – Central Ohio .NET User Group, Central Ohio Azure User Group & the Buckeye SharePoint User Group. It will be an epic combined holiday party.

What are we doing:
Good times with fellow geeks – think Ping Pong, Board Games & more.

Any Giveaways:
Yes, thanks to our sponsors, we’ll have some pretty awesome tech raffle prizes.

What’s the purpose:
Aside from simply hanging out with friends, there is a bigger purpose to our Holiday party – a little social help to support some local charities. A $5 ticket is required for attendance – funds raised from ticket sales help support TechCorps.  Additionally, you can bring a toy (or two, or three) to support OSU’s Toy Adaption Program. You can also bring food to donate to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Each item you donate earns you another ticket towards the prize raffles.  For example, if you have a $5 entry ticket + one toy + one food item –  you earn three tickets in total.  The more toys and food you bring, the more tickets you earn – and have better chance of winning.

Anything to Eat/Drink:
Glad you asked. Good food & beer .. it’s the Holidays after all.

Where do I sign up:
Simply register on EventBrite – you can also learn about Toy & Food donations details.