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Visual Studio 2017 - Best of Launch - Downers Grove on April 17th

by Angela 6. April 2017 03:13

In case you hadn’t seen the announcements, there is a great, free event coming to the Chicagoland area to celebrate the launch of Visual Studio 2017! Details and registration link below…

 

Since Visual Studio launched 20 years ago it has evolved to become a favorite IDE of the casual to professional developer. With the launch of Visual Studio 2017 Microsoft has stepped up their game with improvements to make it easier to work with Cloud, Mobile and Web, as well as a number of productivity improvements.

Join us for a morning of exploring the possible with Mike Benkovich (@mbenko) and Mitch Muenster (@mobileRez) as we take a look the latest tools and technologies with Visual Studio, Xamarin and the Mobile Center, and DevOps with Team Services. The day starts at 8:30 and ends with a hackfest/install pizza party.

 

Tentative agenda:

  • 8:30 – Hello Visual Studio
  • 9:45 – Exploring Mobile Stack
  • 11:00 – DevOps, .NET Core, Docker and more
  • 12:00 – Pizza & Hackfest
 

When: Mon, April 17, 2017

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM CDT

 

Where: Microsoft Office - Downers Grove

3025 Highland Pkwy

Suite 300

Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Register today!

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Visual Studio 2017 | Visual Studio | Visual Studio Team Services | DevOps | Xamarin | VS2017 | xa

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Chicago Coder Conference is Next Week! Hope to see you there

by Angela 1. June 2016 16:41

There are a lot of conferences in Chicago this summer, well I suppose technically it’s still spring but from these temps you’d never know it! Anyway, I was invited to speak at Chicago Coder Conference this year (not to be confused with the awesome CCC = Chicago Code Camp conference), and I’d never really considered it before.  With all of the other conferences I am involved in and speaking at, it just hadn’t made the cut. I recently checked out their session list and holy cow are there some great people speaking, including a few of my coworkers. There is even a full day of hands-on sessions where you can dig in deep. It’s an seriously action-lacked 3 days. A few of the bigger names you might recognize are Doc Norton, Uncle Bob Martin, and Joel Tosi.

Now I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring up the great topics being presented by some of the folks at Polaris Solutions, including yours truly:

 

Steven Contos

June 7, 2016 - Session 1 – Coding the Most Complex “Hello World” Program Ever Written and More Hyperbole

Room 600 from 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM

Florin Ciobanu

June 6, 2016 - Session 1 – Xamarin! The Babel Fish in the Developer’s Guide to the Mobile Apps

Room 621 from 10:00 AM  -  11:00 PM

Kevin Fitzpatrick

June 6, 2016 - Session 4 – Dear Coder: The Problem is Over Here!

Room 600 from 2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM

Angela Dugan

June 7, 2016 - Lunch & Learn – Improve your Retrospectives with Agile Kaizen!

Room 621 from 12:15 PM  -  1:15 PM

June 7, 2016  - Session 4 – Deconstructing the Scaled Agile Framework

Room 404 from 2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM

 

It’s not too late to sign up, and I may still have some discount codes I can share if you want to get in on it.  If you are interested, hit me up through the contact link on my blog for more info!

And while you’re in the mood to check out AMAZING local conferences, be sure to check out ThatConference!  I wrote a blog post about it here, including a great overview and some pictures. Check it out.  Hope to see you at Chicago Coder Conference next week, and at ThatConference in August!

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Chicagoland IT Community - January Events

by Angela 13. January 2016 11:55

It’s a busy month for the Chicagoland IT community. I’ve seen a lot of really great talks just in the next week, and wanted to spread the word! If you’ve never attended events with LCNUG, CNUG, or the Fox Valley Computing Professionals, I highly recommend checking them out.  No matter where you work or live, one of them is bound to be nearby Smile

I’ll be adding to this list as I uncover more, so feel free to let me know if there are some great events that I missed!

Windows 10, IoT, Raspberry Pi 2 with Greg Levenhagen

Lake County .NET Users Group

College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL - Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM

The Internet of Things has been buzzing for a while. Let's get a little hands on with devices and take away some of the mystery about IoT and Windows 10 IoT Core. We will get a Rasberry Pi 2 running Windows 10 IoT Core and running a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app to do something that we desire.

We want you to bring your Rasberry Pi 2's and let's get them working with Windows 10 IoT Core. Don't have a device, no problem. Greg will be going through things for everyone and you can follow along or maybe join up with another attendee. If you want to follow along on your own hardware instead of observing,

  • Required: Windows 10 on a laptop/surface
  • Required: Visual Studio 2015 on that laptop/surface
  • Required: An ethernet cable to connect the Pi directly to your laptop/surface. You may need to have an adapter to plug the ethernet cable into your laptop.
  • Optional: An HDMI cable and a Monitor if you want to display the UWP app. You don't need this to get things working.

The other pieces are not time consuming to download/install and they will be available on USB sticks.

Greg Levenhagen

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/windows-10-iot-raspberry-pi-2-greg-levenhagen-tickets-20542021740

 

Microsoft 10 Universal Apps

Fox Valley Computing Professionals

201 W State St, Geneva, IL (map) - Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Our first presentation will be an Overview of Windows 10 Universal Apps - presented by Robin Schroeder

• Windows 10 Universal Apps (UWP) apps are designed to run on all Windows devices, from IoT (Internet of Things), Mobile, PC, Xbox to Surface Hub. They can be authored in a number of different programming languages, including Visual C++ with DirectX or XAML, C# or VB with XAML, or JavaScript with HTML.

• Brief History

• High level introduction to Windows 10 Universal Apps

• Device Families

• Data Storage

• Adaptive UI

• Windows Store

• MVVM

• A demo of a UWP written in C#/XAML with short code tour

Following intermission, Paul Schroeder will present Agile process basics and detail how motivated and collaborative individuals are the true key to project success.

Social hour starts at 6pm, presentations start at 7pm and should end about 9pm.

Be gracious and buy dinner and drinks, Old Towne let's us use this place for free so it's only right!

http://www.meetup.com/foxvalleycp/events/227841439/

 

An Introduction to mobile development using Xamarin 4

CNUG 

Microsoft, Downers Grove - Thursday, January 21st, 2016 @ 7PM

The Xamarin platform enables you to build and create native cross-platform mobile apps. Recently, Xamarin released a set of new features and major enhancements collectively known as Xamarin 4. Join Florin Ciobanu to find out what this popular mobile development platform has to offer. Florin will go over the major enhancements and new features in the recently released Xamarin 4, some of which include Xamarin.Forms 2.0, Xamarin.UITest 1.0, Xamarin Test Recorder (preview), and Xamarin Insights (real-time app monitoring service). He will also cover everything you need to know in order to start building your own mobile apps today.

http://www.meetup.com/The-Chicago-NET-Users-Group/events/227506041/

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Xamarin | Agile | Windows 10 | Raspberry Pi | IoT

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CNUG January - An Introduction to mobile development using Xamarin 4 with Polaris Solutions

by Angela 4. January 2016 11:49

Happy New Year everyone! It’s hard to believe it’s already 2016, and that I’ve been at Polaris Solutions for 4 years already! ::throws confetti::

Our company has grown a lot since I joined, and not just in sheer numbers – it’s almost doubled in size since I joined in 2012! We’ve also started doing some exciting stuff in the mobile space lately as well, and wanted to share some knowledge with the community.

Florin Ciobanu, one of our awesome senior consultants, will be presenting an intro to mobile development using Xamarin​ 4 to the Chicago .NET Users Group. Yeah, remember that group? It’s back and on Meetup.com! Polaris is sponsoring the meetup, so come on out and meet some of us Smile

Topic: An introduction to mobile development using Xamarin 4

The Xamarin platform enables you to build and create native cross-platform mobile apps. Recently, Xamarin released a set of new features and major enhancements collectively known as Xamarin 4. Join Florin Ciobanu to find out what this popular mobile development platform has to offer. Florin will go over the major enhancements and new features in the recently released Xamarin 4, some of which include Xamarin.Forms 2.0, Xamarin.UITest 1.0, Xamarin Test Recorder (preview), and Xamarin Insights (real-time app monitoring service). He will also cover everything you need to know in order to start building your own mobile apps today.

When: Thursday, January 21st, 2016 @ 7PM

Where: Microsoft, Downers Grove

More details and RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/The-Chicago-NET-Users-Group/events/227506041/

Refreshments will be provided. Please share this information with anyone that may be interested.

Florin Ciobanu

Florin is a consultant at Polaris Solutions. He has been involved in software development using Microsoft technologies since 2002. He enjoys building web applications and is currently focused on mobile cross-platform development. Florin is certified as MSCD – Web Applications and is a certified Scrum Master. In his spare time (limited by his 2 year old twins) he likes to experiment with new technologies. His hobbies include photography, sports, and remote controlled airplanes.

 

Hope to see you there!

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Mobile | Mobile development | Xamarin

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Free eBooks on Azure From Microsoft Virtual Academy

by Angela 18. May 2015 08:10

I was just lamenting that I needed to get caught up on Azure stuff, and then saw this amazing tweet from Scott Guthrie:

@scottgu: I just realized there are a bunch of *free* Azure eBooks now available to download through Amazon or online: http://t.co/g5ofSNUWJg

Whoa! It’s like they HEARD me. Creepers.  Anyway, there are a ton of free eBooks available, and some also have Kindle downloads too.  And not just Azure!  You’ll find books on System Center, Windows 10 Preview, Xamarin, SQL Server 2014, and lots more!

You can find the entire catalog of free books here, but below are the ones I am most excited about:

Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure: The “Microsoft Azure Essentials” series helps you advance your technical skills with Microsoft Azure. “Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure” introduces developers and IT professionals to the wide range of capabilities in Azure. The authors—both Microsoft MVPs in Azure—present conceptual and how-to content for seven key areas and describe management tools and business cases.

Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model: Discover how a hybrid cloud model—combining cloud storage services with traditional on-premise storage—can solve multiple storage challenges cost-effectively, all under a single data management system. Focusing on the Microsoft hybrid cloud storage solution, this book offers concise insights on technical, strategic, and practical considerations—so you can begin evaluating potential benefits to your organization.

Managing Agile Open-Source Software Projects with Microsoft Visual Studio Online: With this ebook, the ALM Rangers share their best practices in managing solution requirements and shipping solutions in an agile environment, an environment where transparency, simplicity, and trust prevail. The ebook is for Agile development teams and their Scrum Masters who want to explore and learn from the authors’ “dogfooding” experiences and their continuous adaptation of software requirements management.

Get them while they are still free!

 

Tags:

Azure | Application Lifecycle Management | .NET | Cloud Computing | Mobile | Microsoft | SQL Server | System Center | Xamarin | SQL Server 2014

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