Meeting Notice - Tuesday November 12, 2013 

"Specflow for Developers" by Rudy Lacovara

Ever heard it said that written documentation is outdated as soon as it's written and automated tests are the real documentation for a system? Executable specifications are an attempt to make that statement a reality. Specflow is a tool that lets you write automated tests in natural language that can be understood and written by anybody. It actually reads like documentation.
By the end of this presentation you'll have everything you need to add Specflow to your testing toolbox. You'll know what executable specifications are, what the difference is between Cucumber, Gherkin, and Specflow, plus you'll know how to set up Specflow, what it's different components are, and how to use it to write executable specifications in (almost) natural language .

Bio: Rudy Lacovara [blog] [twitter] [linkedin]

Rudy writes code, likes startups and hates nHibernate.

This meeting will be held in the Team USA Swimming building at the Olympic Training Center at our normal meeting time of 5:30 PM - CLICK here TO GET THE LOCATION AND TIME DETAILS.
There is a new security policy at the OTC. We are now entering through the side door (in the loading dock) around the corner from the main entrance. So, if you are facing the main entrance go around the building to the left. There are signs that point to the Carolyn Dirks room. That is where you want to go.

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Meeting Notice - Tuesday October 8, 2013

"How to Build a REST API using ASP.NET Web API" by Fernando Cardenas

Wondering about the whole API craze sweeping developerdom? Come find out what REST is, why it’s useful, how it fits into an HTTP world, and how to build an API using ASP.NET Web API in C# in no time. We’ll build a quick API for my CD collection, showing basic Create-Read-Update-Delete functionality and cover standard REST practices and messaging in JSON/XML.

Bio: Fernando Cardenas [blog] [twitter] [linkedin]

Fernando Cardenas has been helping companies solve business problems with technology for over 14 years in various technical roles. He speaks at user groups around Colorado on improving software outcomes through better software design using approaches borrowed from TDD, BDD, DDD, and Agile. Fernando enjoys three letter acronyms, playing soccer, golfing badly, and losing money playing poker.

This meeting will be held in the Team USA Swimming building at the Olympic Training Center at our normal meeting time of 5:30 PM - CLICK here TO GET THE LOCATION AND TIME DETAILS.
There is a new security policy at the OTC. We are now entering through the side door (in the loading dock) around the corner from the main entrance. So, if you are facing the main entrance go around the building to the left. There are signs that point to the Carolyn Dirks room. That is where you want to go.

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 9:14PM by Registered CommenterSouthColorado.NET | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References

Meeting Notice - Tuesday September 10, 2013

"JavaScript Patterns for the C# Developer" by Ben Hoelting

One of the biggest learning curves for C# developers trying to learn JavaScript is getting over the lack of language features available in JavaScript. Simple keywords like Namespace, Class and Interface are not currently available in JavaScript. So how do you create these things and do inheritance in JavaScript? After you attend this session you will know how. We will discuss some of the key differences between JavaScript and C#. Then we will discuss the Design Patterns used by experienced JavaScript developers to write large, maintainable and scalable applications.

Bio: Ben Hoelting [blog] [twitter] [linkedin]

Software Architect for Aspenware, C# MVP and Telerik Insider. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1997 with a BS in Computer Information Systems and a Minor in Computer Science. Ben joined the IT industry in 1996 as an intern and has worked with .NET since its inception back in 2002. Over the last few years he has done some work for the Department of Defense. He left the government world and now works for Aspenware in Denver. His most recent projects include a XAML line of business application that uses the ADO.NET Entity Framework to access the backend data store. He also is working on an MS Office automation project as well as geospatial ASP.NET MVC website. Ben is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) for Web and Windows .NET 4.0. Finally, Ben is very involved in the local .NET community and is the leader of the South Colorado .NET User Group.

This meeting will be held in the Team USA Swimming building at the Olympic Training Center at our normal meeting time of 5:30 PM - CLICK here TO GET THE LOCATION AND TIME DETAILS.
There is a new security policy at the OTC. We are now entering through the side door (in the loading dock) around the corner from the main entrance. So, if you are facing the main entrance go around the building to the left. There are signs that point to the Carolyn Dirks room. That is where you want to go.

Posted on Monday, September 2, 2013 at 10:07PM by Registered CommenterSouthColorado.NET | CommentsPost a Comment

Meeting Notice - Tuesday August 13, 2013

"Building Sensor-based apps for the Windows Phone and the Windows Store" by Tim Binkley-Jones

A variety of sensors come standard on most Windows 8 based phones, tablets, and ultra books. Applications can use data provided by an accelerometer, compass, or gyroscope as an input mechanism or to augment reality with computer generated information. These sensors are accessed via the Sensors API found in the Windows Runtime, Microsoft's new application platform. In this talk, we will look at the Windows Runtime Sensor APIs you can use to build Windows Store and Windows Phone applications.

Bio: Timothy Binkley-Jones [blog] [twitter] [linkedin] [books]

Tim Binkley-Jones is the author of the book Windows Phone 8 in Action, by Manning Publications. Tim is a Windows Phone enthusiast and a staff engineer in the Enterprise Management group of VMware, Inc.

This meeting will be held in the Team USA Swimming building at the Olympic Training Center at our normal meeting time of 5:30 PM - CLICK here TO GET THE LOCATION AND TIME DETAILS.
There is a new security policy at the OTC. We are now entering through the side door (in the loading dock) around the corner from the main entrance. So, if you are facing the main entrance go around the building to the left. There are signs that point to the Carolyn Dirks room. That is where you want to go.

Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 5:55AM by Registered CommenterSouthColorado.NET | CommentsPost a Comment | References13 References

Meeting Notice - Tuesday July 9th, 2013

"What’s new in Windows 8.1 for Developers" by Jerry Nixon

On June 27th, at Build, Microsoft released the preview bits to Windows 8.1, the free update to Windows 8.0. Although it was only 8 months from the launch of Windows 8.0, Windows 8.1 introduces hundreds of new APIs, controls, and core features to let developers build a broad range of modern and desktop apps. Come get a high-level “What’s happening” and “What’s new”; drill into specific updates that unlock real opportunities to developers like you. Don’t fall behind while change gets poured on!

Bio: Jerry Nixon [e-mail] [blog] [twitter] [linkedin]

Jerry Nixon is a Microsoft Developer Evangelist in Colorado. He has been developing and designing on the Microsoft platform for 15 years. He speaks at universities, events and groups on Kinect, XAML, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. Most of Jerry’s days are spent teaching his three daughters Star Trek character backstories and episode plots.

This meeting will be held in the Team USA Swimming building at the Olympic Training Center at our normal meeting time of 5:30 PM - CLICK here TO GET THE LOCATION AND TIME DETAILS.

Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:41AM by Registered CommenterSouthColorado.NET | CommentsPost a Comment | References48 References