December 2018 Meetup – Holiday Party!!


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

2018 Holiday Party + Epic Game night!

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

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.

October 2018 Meetup!


The October 2018 Meetup of Columbus App Dev User Group is scheduled for October 15th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

What’s Special?
Double Whammy – Two awesome short talks this month!

Christopher Sauer
Automated SMS with Twilio

Would you like to communicate with your users faster and more efficiently than through email? Need to drive engagement back to your app during an event? Join this session and learn how to send automated text messages through your code. Expect to learn the basics of integrating Twilio into an API (Web API 2) and publishing that API to Azure to handle and push SMS messages.

Bill Horvath
Secrets of the Swarm

Docker is the go-to solution for containers, and Docker Swarm makes clustering for redundancy and load-balancing easy. But what about managing keys, passwords, and other source repository no-no’s that need to be accessible to your services at runtime? In this talk, you’ll learn about Docker Secrets, and how you can use them to make private data available to particular containers in a secure and simple way. You’ll also see how to use Secrets with Docker Compose to automate the distribution of secrets to services on deployment.

Please RSVP on our Meetup site @ Come join us!

September 2018 Meetup!


The September 2018 Meetup of Columbus App Dev User Group is scheduled for September 17th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

MAKE-ing Virtual Reality Experiences more Immersive!

MAKERS use technology and creativity to build and share amazing things. We will apply this Maker mentality to the already amazing world of Consumer Virtual Reality (VR). This presentation will explore joining maker culture with VR technology using live demos of 3D printing, electronics, and old fashioned tinkering. We can fuse Maker attitude with VR technology to create compelling and impactful user experiences.

Educators and Entertainment professionals will certainly benefit from these approaches, but your imagination is the limit. Featuring the HTC Vive and the Vive Tracker, this presentation will demonstrate real-world techniques that can be applied towards immersive experiences.

Speaker Bio:
Chris Ellis is a consultant with Fast Switch, Inc. located in Columbus, Ohio. In a career that spans over 25 years, he has had clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to one person startups. With the resurgence of consumer Virtual Reality, he is spending more time developing Virtual Reality experiences and helping others by co-leading the VR Columbus User Group. He considers himself lucky to wake up every day and develop software.

Please RSVP on our Meetup site @ Come join us!

August 2018 Meetup!


The August 2018 Meetup of Columbus App Dev User Group is scheduled for August 20th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

NativeScript Beyond the Basics!

NativeScript is a free and open source framework to develop native Android and iOS mobile apps from a single code base. This session will go through the fundamentals of building cross platform mobile apps using NativeScript, while leveraging the power of frameworks like VueJS or Angular, and Typescript or JavaScript as language. We will focus on using vanilla JavaScript and look at supporting tools which can be used for truly native cross platform mobile app development.

Speaker Bio:
Baskar Rao Dandlamudi is a Senior .NET Consultant with over 10 plus years of work experience in enterprise software solutions, design, development, implementation support and performance monitoring using Microsoft stack of technologies. His passion is to explore Cloud technologies and learn /share new trends with the developer community. Baskar’s areas of interest include Azure, Kubernetes and NativeScript.

Please RSVP on our Meetup site @ Come join us!

July 2018 Meetup!


The July 2018 Meetup of Columbus App Dev User Group is scheduled for July 16th from 6-8 PM @ Improving Ohio Office. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Accelerating Application Development with 3rd Party Libraries!

Let’s have an honest discussion about professional application development and recreational game development using Angular 2-5 and the triumphs/pitfalls of incorporating third party libraries/controls. We’ll talk about when to build a component versus when to use open source or commercial component, how to evaluate component options against one another and how to reduce risk when working with third-party code.

This will not be a code-heavy session, but one of practical experience talking about a handful of applications projects done either in a professional or recreational context. That said, there will be a few deep dives into concrete examples to illustrate some key points and techniques. We’ll focus on two project management applications and two hobbyist game projects, the different challenges of each project, and the way that third-party libraries helped (and hindered) these ultimately successful projects. Also on offer will be some cautionary tales from some less fortunate projects that helped cement these lessons learned.

This talk will highlight examples working with the following libraries as simple conceptual examples and touch upon a bunch more, like:

  • NLP Compromise
  • Ng-drag-drop
  • The Field / Wally FOV
  • HandsOnTable
  • Sortable.JS
  • Angular Material
  • Materialize CSS
  • Prime NG
  • Pixi.JS
  • Chromatism
  • Showdown
  • Kendo UI
  • Telerik UI for WPF/Silverlight

This is not a talk to learn how to program in Angular or even about how to write better code. This is a talk about learning how to do more of what matters and manage the risks/rewards when bringing on external components/libraries in any programming language.

Speaker Bio:
Matt Eland has been programming professionally for 12 years in various sectors of the Consumer Software and SaaS industries. Matt has been referred to at various points in his career as a WPF Client Expert, a XAML Specialist, a Full Stack .NET Developer, an Applications Developer and as a Lead Software Engineer.

Matt has been working with C# and .NET since its infancy in Beta 2 and Angular since the early betas of Angular 2. In addition to applications development, Matt has enjoyed dabbling in game development in various languages/ platforms since 1987, ranging from QBasic to Turbo Pascal to Direct Draw in C++ to Unity to Angular / TypeScript. You can connect with Matt as @Integerman.

Please RSVP on our Meetup site @ Come join us!