February 2018 Meetup!

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The February 2018 Meetup of Columbus App Dev User Group is scheduled for February 19th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
.NET IL: Into the Marianas Trench!

Abstract:
Are you interested in writing compilers, targeting Web Assembly, finding security issues automatically, binary analysis, or understanding performance at a low level? While it’s always good to know how your language works, the benefits of understanding the intermediate language extend to metaprogramming and analysis across multiple source languages. Learning how to work with intermediate languages allows you to write programs which would seem unattainable otherwise. You will learn not only how IL works but how it compares with LLVM IR, Java Bytecode, and other intermediate representations. No mere “deep dive,” you’ll leave this talk really understanding how C# turns into microcode and how to use that information to do “impossible” things.

Speaker Bio:
Craig Stuntz is a software engineer and a lifelong student of computer science, with specific interests in programming languages, type theory, compilers, and math. He is the Technical Director for Improving in Columbus, Ohio, and cofounded the Columbus branch of Papers We Love, a reading group for people interested in academic computer science research. In the past year he has presented talks at CodeMash, Dog Food Conference, Stir Trek, and many user groups.

When not at work or playing with his kids, he is usually studying math or playing Irish traditional music on the tin whistle and wooden flute.

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

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November 2017 Meetup!!

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The November 2017 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for November 20th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Alexa – Come Work for Me!

Abstract:
Talk to me Alexa. Let’s get stuff done Alexa. Yes, you can join in on all the Alexa fun and make it work for your apps/services. Join Alexa evangelist Jeff as he shares the vision for Alexa, and talk about how you too can create voice enabled interfaces for your users with Alexa. Amazon Alexa, the cloud based voice service that powers Amazon Echo, provides access to thousands of skills that enable customers to voice control their world, whether it’s listening to music hands free, controlling their smart home devices with a simple ask of “turn on the lights,” setting timers when their hands are busy in the kitchen, listening to the news in the morning as they get ready for work, or even ordering a pizza. You don’t need to have a background in natural language understanding (NLU) or speech recognition to build great voice experiences for Alexa. Through a series of free, self-service, public APIs like the Alexa Skills Kit and Alexa Voice Service, developers can build new skills for Alexa and integrate Alexa into their products and services.

Speaker Bio:
Jeff Blankenburg spent the early part of his career in digital advertising, building websites for Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Ford Motor Company, among others. He also spent 8 years at Microsoft, primarily as an evangelist for any new technology he could get his hands on. Today, he works on the Amazon Alexa team helping developers make Alexa even smarter. Jeff has also spoken at conferences all over the world, including London, Munich, Seattle, Chicago, and New York, covering topics ranging from software development technologies to soft skill techniques. He also serves as an organizer for the Stir Trek conference.

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

October 2017 Meetup!!

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The October 2017 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for October 16th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Machine Learning for Fun: Finding Bigfoot with Nexosis API!

Abstract:
Bigfoot has been a staple of American folklore since the 19th century. The stories originate from Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest and likely go back centuries or more. The term sasquatch itself is an Anglicized derivative of the Halkomelem word sásq’ets. Many people are convinced that Bigfoot is real. Others suggest that he is a cultural phenomenon. Some just want to believe. There is even a group, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, that tracks Bigfoot sightings. They have data— thousands of reports—available on the Internet. And, where there is data, we can apply the power of machine learning.

Let’s get to the bottom of this mystery! To do it, we are going to use the Nexosis Machine Learning API which makes it easy for developers to focus on their applications instead of the details of data science. With the API, we’ll forecast the predicted number of sightings for the coming months and years. We’ll also measure the impact of key cultural phenomena—primarily the airing of the X-Files—on Bigfoot sightings.

So, come and learn how easy it is to use our API, the types of problems you can solve with it, and how to use it in your application over HTTP or from your favorite programming language. There will even be a live demo.
The truth is out there.

Speaker Bio:
Guy Royse (@guyroyse) works for Nexosis in Columbus, Ohio as a Developer Evangelist. Combining his decades of experience in building software with a history of sharing what he has learned, Guy goes out into developer communities and teaches others how to use the Nexosis API. Guy has programmed in numerous languages over the years—many of them semicolon delimited—including C++, C#, and Java. More recently he has worked with dynamic and more functional languages like JavaScript and Ruby.

Teaching and community have long been a focus for Guy. He is President of the Columbus JavaScript Usergroup and has been part of the session selection committee for CodeMash for the last five years. When given an opportunity, he teaches programming at a prison in central Ohio. In past lives, Guy has worked as a consultant in a broad range of industries including healthcare, retail, and utilities. He spent several years as a consultant for Pillar Technology and several more years working for a major insurance provider. This has given him a broad view of technology application and business problems.

In his personal life, Guy is a hardboiled-geek interested in role-playing games, science fiction, and technology. He also has a slightly less geeky interest in history and linguistics. He lives in central Ohio with his wife and three sons. In his spare time, he is a leader in his neighborhood Cub Scout Pack and goes camping a lot.

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September 2017 Meetup!!

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The September 2017 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for September 18th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
I have a NoSQL toaster!

Abstract:
My toaster stores data without SQL and without tables. But making a choice based on what something doesn’t have isn’t terribly useful. “NoSQL” is an increasingly inaccurate catch-all term that covers a lot of different types of data storage. Let’s make more sense of this new breed of database management systems and go beyond the buzzword. In this session, the four main data models that make up the NoSQL movement will be covered: key-value, document, columnar and graph. How they differ and when you might want to use each one will be discussed.

Speaker Bio:
Matthew D. Groves (@mgroves) is a guy who loves to code. It doesn’t matter if it’s C#, jQuery, or PHP: he’ll submit pull requests for anything. He has been coding professionally ever since he wrote a QuickBASIC point-of-sale app for his parent’s pizza shop back in the 90s. He currently works as a Developer Advocate for Couchbase. His free time is spent with his family, watching the Reds, and getting involved in the developer community. He is the author of AOP in .NET (published by Manning), and is also a Microsoft MVP.

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Aug 2017 Meetup!!

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The August 2017 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for Aug 21st from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Introduction to Bot Frameworks!

Abstract:
Ever interact with a chat bot? Chances are you have, from fancy virtual assistants to simple helpers within chat apps. This session will give a brief overview of bots and their advantages as a form of user interaction. Then we’ll talk about the Microsoft Bot Framework and how it makes it easier than ever to develop useful bots for a wide variety of platforms. You’ll learn about how to get started and where to go to learn more – gaining a little exposure to advanced concepts that facilitate evolutionary improvements over bots you might have used before. When we’re done, you’ll have a good idea of what it will take to build a bot of your own and share it with the world.

Speaker Bio:
Mark has been programming since his grandfather presented him with a TRS 80 but went pro in 1996 after teaching himself web development instead of assigned studies in college. After building sites for major banks and global consumer product brands he became webmaster for a global corporation. After three years of JAVA he opted to finish his degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University. Since then he’s built software in the real-estate, online education, and telecommunications sectors while running for public office at local, state, and federal levels. When he’s not coding he enjoys model railroading, amateur radio, and riding a wind-powered electric bike to work.

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