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The latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for August 2014: Business Apps using AngularJS, Azure Partner Boot Camp, & Blue Diamond Awards.

Developer Community News

August 2014 Edition

Business Apps using AngularJS

Join us and Signature Consultants on Tuesday, August 26, at 6:00 PM in the Mt. Kilimanjaro/Mt. Everest rooms of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus. Who says writing Line of Business applications are a pain? Who says you can't have compile-time exceptions? Gone are the days of slinging spaghetti JavaScript code in order to satisfy business requirements. We will look at what it takes to build a simple Line of Business application using TypeScript, HTML5, CSS3, and AngularJS. We will also cover project structure, Bootstrap 3, NodeJS and ExpressJS, GulpJS, and WebAPI for CRUD. Learn more at www.developersguild.org.

Azure Partner Boot Camp

Join us for a one-day, Azure Partner Boot Camp on Saturday, September 6, at the Microsoft Campus in Charlotte. This free, engaging and informative learning session features an all-star line-up of speakers which includes Microsoft Azure Program Managers, Microsoft Azure technical experts, and Azure MVPs. This is an exciting way to learn about the business benefits of Azure, and also gain deep technical direction and tips from Microsoft, RDA, and Aditi cloud experts. Learn more at cltazurebootcamp.eventday.com.

Blue Diamond Awards

The Blue Diamond Awards have celebrated the best in technology in the Greater Charlotte region for 20 years. In 2015, the celebration begins again. Now accepting nominations in Human Capital, IT Entrepreneur, Community Outreach, Cool Innovator, Student Innovator, Business Value - Small/Medium, Business Value - Corporate, and Business Value - Non-Profit. Learn more at www.bluediamondawards.com.


Community Calendar

Inter-usergroup Scripting Game Planning and Shell & Tell

Thursday, August 7, 2014 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte PowerShell Users Group
Venue: Microsoft Charlotte Office

We have two goals for August. First I want to give members the chance to get help with the work they're doing. If you're stuck, curious, or just want to get feedback on something you're working on, bring it to the group and be prepared to share. Second, our regular Scripting Games are starting to gain attention from other user groups. After a recent Scripting Guy! article outlining the process, I've been getting queries into ways we can host games across user groups. I want to bring this discussion to the group, collect ideas about game management, scoring, bracketing, etc.

Introduction to Construct 2 & more...

Monday, August 11, 2014 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte Game Dev
Venue: Microsoft Charlotte Office

We are in for two great presentations! The first presentation: Creating Awesome Graphics for your Apps and Games with PowerPoint. Seriously! There are tons of graphics programs out there, some very expensive and complicated, some cheap and complicated, and some just worthless. One program almost every has access to is Microsoft Powerpoint. In this presentation you will learn how to easily make great graphics with PowerPoint and take advantage of the "secret" drawing features. The second presentation: Introduction to Construct 2. Construct 2 is cross-platform game creation tool. It is extremely powerful, easy to learn, and constantly improving. This presentation will provide an introduction and demo of Construct 2. Steve has created all his Windows and Windows Phone apps with Construct 2.

Introduction to Twilio API

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte ALT.NET
Venue: Microsoft Charlotte Office

The topic covers introduction to Twilio API. Twilio allows developers to programmatically make and receive phone calls and send and receive text messages using its Twilio service API. This presentation will walk you through building touch tone and SMS operated system using Twilio. Some of the feature that will be part of the demo includes accessing database information over phone and SMS, sending automated (phone and SMS) notification to users, validating (over phone) users calling in to access application, controlled access to application database over phone and so on. The demo uses ASP.NET MVC, SQL Server 2008 R2, Windows Azure, Twilio API.

PencilBlue

Thursday, August 21, 2014 @ 6:30 PM
Cost: Free
Host: CharlotteJS
Venue: Skookum Digital Works

PencilBlue CTO, Brian Hyder, will give a guided tutorial of PencilBlue and how to create your first plugin for it. PencilBlue is the first full featured CMS and blogging platform for Node.js. It's built upon an MVC architecture and utilizes a plugin system that allows for complete override of the core platform. PencilBlue comes with MongoDB and Redis out of the box, but it abstracts its data providers and services, making it's possible to implement the database of your choosing.

Monthly Hack Night

Monday, August 25, 2014 @ 6:30 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Code For Charlotte
Venue: Packard Place

Let's get to hacking. This will be the monthly Hacking Night meeting for Code for Charlotte. Giving us all a chance to get together, talk, work on our respective projects and get updates on other projects.

Intros + Coupon Quest: A TME Hackathon Retrospective

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 6:30 PM
Cost: Free
Host: CLT Mobile Ninjas User Group
Venue: Cardinal Solutions (Packard Place)

Come join us for our first meeting! We're lining up a really solid presentation, and will be doing introductions. In addition to the presentation, we'll do some introductions, and discuss the vision and direction of the group. We'd like this to be interactive and engaging so come prepared to talk a little about what you're doing.

Automated Unit Testing

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 @ 11:30 AM
Cost: Free
Host: Logical Advantage Charlotte Tech Talks
Venue: Logical Advantage

Wondering about automated unit testing based on Test Driven Development, but not convinced it’s worth the effort? Join .NET Developer Syl Walker for an Automated Unit Testing 101 discussion, using TDD coding techniques. We’ll look at writing unit tests, after writing the code, to confirm that the code meets requirements and that can be easily rerun when you're refactoring or extending code to make sure you don’t break previous code.

Digging into the Grunt work of Development

Thursday, August 28, 2014 @ 6:30 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte Front-End Developers
Venue: Cardinal Solutions (Packard Place)

Ever take a moment to look at your development process and realize there's a lot of rote, repetitive tasks you have to perform in order to shape your code up to run? Things like pre-processing files, minification, bundling, tagging releases in source control, deploying the application, etc. Sure you can do it manually, but do you remember all the steps every single time? How about if there's multiple developers on the team who don't always do those tasks? That's where a tool like Grunt comes in useful as it can automate a lot of things from the NodeJS environment and it lives with your source code so the entire team benefits. If you can perform the task from the command line or with some server-side Javascript, you very likely can automate the process. This presentation assumes at least a familiarity with Javascript & NodeJS, and will get you up and running with Grunt.

Azure Partner Boot Camp

Saturday, September 6, 2014 @ 8:00 AM
Cost: Free
Host: Microsoft/Aditi/RDA
Venue: Microsoft Charlotte Office

Are you a key business decision maker, Developer, or IT Ops professional and don't have time to understand Microsoft Azure? Well, can you spare just one day to learn from the top Microsoft Azure experts? Attend the no-cost one-day Charlotte Azure Boot Camp (Saturday, September 6 at the Microsoft Campus in Charlotte / #cltazurebootcamp). Quickly learn how Microsoft Azure can help you minimize cost, reduce time to delivery, provide simple global deployment, and support your applications and servers with leading edge technology. Learn the business benefits and gain deep technical direction and tips as you listen to a star-studded lineup of speakers - actual Microsoft Azure Program Managers, Microsoft Azure technical experts, and Azure MVPs share their real-world experiences and technical expertise. Talk 1:1 with Microsoft, RDA, and Aditi Cloud experts about your questions and needs around Microsoft Azure. Network with other Cloud professionals and companies in the Southeast that can help meet your Cloud staffing and project requirements. A special speaker all-hands Q&A session is a featured event in the conference where any and all questions you have about Azure will be answered by the Microsoft/Aditi/RDA expert speaker panel. So if you ever considered Microsoft Azure before this is your chance to jump start your knowledge and transform those thought into actions! In addition to great Azure contacts and information, an Xbox system and other nice prizes will be given away to lucky attendees!

ON YOUR CALENDAR

Blue Diamond Awards
Nominations Open Aug 1
Charlotte, NC
That Conference
August 11 - 13, 2014
Wisconsin Dells, WI
devLink 2014
August 27 - 29, 2014
Chattanooga, TN
Azure Partner Boot Camp
September 6, 2014
Charlotte, NC
BlendConf
September 11 – 13, 2014
Charlotte, NC
Atlanta Code Camp 2014
October 11, 2014
Marietta, GA
SQL Saturday BI Edition
October 4, 2014
Charlotte, NC
Raleigh Code Camp 2014
November 8, 2014
Raleigh, NC
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November 10 – 13, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
AWS re:Invent
November 11 – 14, 2014
Las Begas, NV

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