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!

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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.

October 2018 Meetup!

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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!

Speaker:
Christopher Sauer
Topic:
Automated SMS with Twilio

Abstract:
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.

Speaker:
Bill Horvath
Topic:
Secrets of the Swarm

Abstract:
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 @ https://www.meetup.com/columbusappdevug/. Come join us!

September 2018 Meetup!

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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.

Topic:
MAKE-ing Virtual Reality Experiences more Immersive!

Abstract:
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 @ https://www.meetup.com/columbusappdevug/. Come join us!