The latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for April 2015: #JavaScript of Tomorrow, Carolina Code Camp, Spark Conference, and Community Calendar.

Developer Community News

April 2015 Edition

JavaScript of Tomorrow Is Already Here

Join us and TekPartners on Tuesday, April 28, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Microsoft Charlotte Office. We will take a look at the landscape for creating rich single page applications and how ECMAScript 6 is becoming popular now. We will evaluate what it means to write an application in ES6 and also look at some features of ES7 that are being targeted now as well. We will also look at automation tools like GulpJS and, the new kid on the block, JSPM. This will be an introduction to all that is coming at Mach speed. You can decide to jump in and learn now or wait until your are forced to. We hope you will see some advantages of taking a look now and how some tooling, like Microsoft's TypeScript, is trying to help in the transition. Please RSVP so we know how much food to order.

When is the next code camp?

The Enterprise Developers Guild hosted the first code camp in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, April 30, 2005. When asked what spurred the camp’s creation, Bill Jones, Co-Founder of the Guild stated, “We saw a lot of change coming and no easy way for contract developers to get training.” The daylong event was the first of its kind locally. Mark Wilson, the Guild's First Vice President, described it as having “more than 20 hours of hard-hitting technical content.”

As the program evolved, user groups from around the region took interest. This prompted the name change from Charlotte Code Camp to Carolina Code Camp. With the added diversification, the Enterprise Developers Guild had created one of the most influential training platforms for IT talent in the Carolinas.

Since its pilot, the trademark event experienced monumental growth. The initial event only had around 100 in attendance. Last year, almost 400 attended with many more on a wait list. The amount of content also grew with a total of 60 hours of training offered last year. Additionally, the agenda has seen many upgrades. Attendees have enjoyed the integration of hands-on labs and informal “Chalk Talks” hosted by Microsoft MVPs, authors, and of course, local developers.

Over the course of ten years, the Enterprise Developers Guild hosted a total of 14 events. While no one kept official statistics, it's safe to say thousands of attendees across the region have benefited from hundreds of hours of training. But despite the overwhelming success of the event, the 2014 Carolina Code Camp was the last one.

What happened to code camp? In short, it grew! Due to an overwhelming attendance, we've outgrown the previous venue. This presented an opportunity to shake things up…and we couldn't resist!

This year, Wilson, Syl Walker, the Guild's Vice President, and UNC Charlotte's College of Computing and Informatics, along with others, are introducing Spark Conference. This all new event will become the premier, must-attend event for technology enthusiasts in the South Atlantic region. But rest assured that our goal for Spark Conference is to not just match the rich success of Carolina Code Camp but to make it better than ever for our attendees, speakers, and sponsors.

Spark Conference

Join us for the 2015 Spark Conference on Saturday, June 6, at the UNC Charlotte Center City campus in uptown Charlotte, NC. Connect with up to 600 members of the regional developer community. Thoughts will be sparked. Questions will be answered. And fun will be had. To learn more, please visit the event website at

The Call for Participation is open and the deadline for submitting sessions is Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 24:00 EDT. Speaker selection will be announced toward the end of April. Attendee registration will begin on May 1, 2015. If you or your company would like to become a sponsor of this incredible networking opportunity, please view our Sponsorship Prospectus.

Community Calendar

Flappy Bird/Angry Birds Hands On Lab

Monday, April 6, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte Game Dev
Venue: Charlotte Microsoft Office

Building games hasn't been more exciting. Ever wanted to know how hard it would be to build a game like Flappy Birds or Angry Birds? Well, look no further...We will walk you through building these games and getting you setup on your device for testing! If you have no experience with Unity, no problem, we will walk you through the editor and get you comfortable. This will be an all day event.

Learn to Build Cool IoT Products & Services with Bluetooth Beacon

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte Internet of Things
Venue: SnapAV Corp Office

Raymond Fosdick will talk about Bluetooth beacon! Bluetooth beacons are low-powered, low-cost transmitters that can notify nearby devices of their presence. The technology enables a smart phone or other device to perform actions when in close proximity to the beacon.

Introduction to Azure's NoSQL DocumentDB

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte Microsoft Cloud
Venue: Charlotte Microsoft Office

The data landscape for modern web and mobile applications is constantly changing. The need for elasticity, speed, and schema flexibility has grown significantly in recent years and has led to the increasing popularity of NoSQL databases. In this session we will introduce Microsoft's latest entry to the NoSQL database offerings, Azure DocumentDB.

New Meetup: Charlotte Software Engineering

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 @ 6:30 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte Software Engineering Meetup
Venue: TBA

We will discuss what the community as a whole would like to see from this group. You should bring ideas for topics that you would like to present or see presented.

Unity 5 Roadshow Charlotte!

Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 8:30 AM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte Game Dev
Venue: UNC Charlotte

Want the scoop on what's new in Unity 5 including how to use Unity 5 vs using Unity 4? Want to learn how to make a simple game using Unity 5? Join us at the Unity 5 Roadshow to receive FREE hands-on help. Coffee and goodies will be provided in the morning and lunch in the afternoon to keep you fueled. One lucky attendee will win a Unity 5 Pro license!

Hosted by ACM's Women in Computing. Please forward this opportunity to any women interested in game design as one of our goals is to increase the number of females in this field.

Introducing Visual Studio 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte ALT.NET
Venue: Charlotte Microsoft Office

Visual Studio is continuing to evolve and the latest bits show no sign of slowing down. We will examine the new features that are coming for Visual Studio 2015.

React Native

Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ 6:30 PM
Cost: Free
Host: CharlotteJS
Venue: Skookum Digital Works

Currently accepting speakers for the topic.

Everyday PowerShell – My Favourite PowerShell Hacks with Lee Holmes

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte PowerShell Users Group
Venue: Charlotte Microsoft Office

In this highly interactive session, Principle PowerShell developer Lee Holmes shares some of his favorite PowerShell tips and tricks. Attendees are encouraged to share their favorite PowerShell tricks as well, and so the session should be both fun and educational. This is a remarkably unique opportunity to interact with one of the cornerstone developers of PowerShell.

Azure Global Bootcamp 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015 @ 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte Microsoft Cloud
Venue: Charlotte Microsoft Office

In April of 2013 we held the first Global Windows Azure Bootcamp in Charlotte along with more than 90 locations around the globe! In March 2014 we topped that with 136 locations including Charlotte! This year we are again doing a one day deep dive class to help thousands of people get up to speed on developing Cloud Computing Applications for Azure. In addition to this great learning opportunity we will have another set of hands on labs.


.NET Fringe
April 12–14, 2015
Portland, OR
April 14–15, 2015
Columbia, SC
April 15–18, 2015
Columbia, SC
O'Reilly Fluent
April 20–22, 2015
San Francisco, CA
Code PaLOUsa
April 27–30, 2015
Louisville, KY
Microsoft Build
April 29–May 1, 2015
San Francisco, CA
Greenville GROK
April 29–May 1, 2015
Greenville, SC
May 3–5, 2015
Boston, MA
Microsoft Ignite
May 4–8, 2015
Chicago, IL
May 18–21, 2015
Scottsdale, AZ
May 18–21, 2015
Scottsdale, AZ
Spark Conference
June 6, 2015
Charlotte, NC
GIANT Conference
June 14–17, 2015
Charleston, SC
Blend Conference
September 2–4, 2015
Charlotte, NC


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