The latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for August 2015: DevOps with VSO and TFS, Blend Conference, and Community Calendar.

Developer Community News

August 2015 Edition

DevOps with VSO and TFS

Join us and TEKsystems on Tuesday, August 25, at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) of the Microsoft Charlotte Office. We'll take a look at the build automation and release management capabilities of Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server. You'll learn how you can use those in your DevOps workflows. Please RSVP so we know how much food to order.

Blend Conference

Join us for the 2015 Blend Conference: The Final Edition on September 2–4 in Charlotte, NC. Blend Conference is a generalist conference featuring 60+ diverse speakers sharing ideas and conversations about user experience, design, front-end and back-end development. We had amazing conferences in 2013 and 2014 and are grateful for the incredible support you’ve given us. Join us again in 2015 and enjoy conversations about user experience, design, front-end and back-end development. To learn more, please visit the event website at To save 10%, use Discount Code "DEVGUILD".

Community Calendar

Atmel IoT Extravaganza Night

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte Internet of Things
Venue: SnapAV Corp Office

Join us for Atmel IoT extravaganza night! Brian Hammill is a Senior Staff Field Applications Engineer at Atmel Corporation and is traveling from Raleigh for the meeting. Brian has been with Atmel for 14 years and is an expert in microcontrollers, firmware and embedded systems in general. Brian will be presenting the following: Security for IoT; Cloud Services; Zigbee, Bluetooth, WiFi, which one's best; Low power MCU; Arduino to Production; Bluetooth Applications; NC IoT; What's new with Atmel; and more!

Shell & Tell

Thursday, August 6, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte PowerShell Users Group
Venue: Charlotte Microsoft Office

Bring your PowerShell code for some Shell & Tell action as we spend the evening telling each other about our code and PowerShell experiences.

Prepping up for 70-534 certification: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte Microsoft Cloud
Venue: Charlotte Microsoft Office

This meetup is for aspirants looking to take up Azure certification exam.

Azure App Service - Building Modern Enterprise Applications in the Cloud

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 @ 11:30 AM
Cost: Free
Host: Logical Advantage Charlotte Tech Talks
Venue: Logical Advantage

Don't miss Sr. Software Developer, Richard Taylor as he digs into the Azure App Service for our August Lunch and Learn! Azure App Service is a one-of-a kind solution that brings together the tools you need for building enterprise-ready apps around a common development, management and billing model. You can choose from a rich ecosystem of pre-built apps and API services as well as a unified set of enterprise capabilities including mobile backend services, turnkey connectivity to SaaS and enterprise systems, and workflow-based creation of business processes.

Azure App Service frees developers to focus on delivering great business value instead of needing to worry about repetitive tasks such as stitching disparate data sources together or dealing with operational and compliance overhead. This unified approach lets you take full advantage of the service while helping you meet your company’s concerns about security, reliability, and scalability.

In this session, we will create an enterprise class web application and deploy it using Azure App Service. Once deployed, we will explore extending our application by integrating third party services and automating business processes.

One More Thing

"TakeNote of This" Newsletter

We’d like to let you know about a new, free, email newsletter being offered by Jim Duffy and TakeNote Technologies. Jim is the Microsoft Regional Director for our area. As a Regional Director, Jim is appointed by Microsoft as one of the top 130 advocates worldwide with an independent external advisory role in the Regional Director program. Regional Directors maintain a privileged two-way relationship and communication channel with the regional office, product teams, and senior Microsoft HQ personnel. Jim has also presented to our group a number of times including the recent Spark Conference and our monthly meetings. By subscribing to his “TakeNote of This” newsletter, you will gain insights on relevant topics such as:

  • Up to date and trending Microsoft news
  • Upcoming developer and I.T. events across the region
  • Web development trends
  • Software development tips & tricks

If this is the kind of valuable information that would benefit you and your organization, please take a minute right now to subscribe.


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August 10–12, 2015
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Music City Code
August 29, 2015
Nashville, TN
Blend Conference
September 2–4, 2015
Charlotte, NC
Sharepoint Saturday
September 19, 2015
Charlotte, NC
September 26–27, 2015
Raleigh, NC
AWS re:Invent
October 6–9, 2015
Las Vegas, NV
October 9–10, 2015
Huntsville, AL
October 16–17, 2015
Atlanta, GA
October 17, 2015
Charlotte, NC
Raleigh Code Camp
October 17, 2015
Raleigh, NC
All Things Open
October 19–20, 2015
Raleigh, NC
Atlanta Code Camp
October 24, 2015
Atlanta, GA
.NET Unboxed
October 25–27, 2015
Dallas, TX
October 26–29, 2015
Las Vegas, NV


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