Recent Events

  1. September Meeting: Brian Lanham - GatsbyJS

    September 06, 2018

    September 06, 2018

    Stay tuned for details!

    Street: 1327 Grandin Ave SW
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  2. Sidney Andrews: I Didn't Know You Can Do That With GitHub!

    August 02, 2018

    August 02, 2018

    Many people and companies throw some code on GitHub, blog about their code and announce that they open-source. There are thousands of .NET developers out there who "threw" a C# library on GitHub and wondered what to do next. For awhile, even Microsoft had a problem. In reality, hosting code to GitHub only represents a fraction of what the platform offers to developers and companies whether they open-source their code or not. Even if your company doesn't use OSS by rule, it will be hard to avoid GitHub as more libraries and .NET components are open-source than ever.

    Sidney has been working with Microsoft Learning for the last couple of years to begin using GitHub as a collaboration platform for their documentation, labs and print materials as opposed to simply a code-hosting website. In this talk, Sidney will show you a lot of the features of GitHub that his team uses daily that has very little to do with code, but can greatly expand your project's reach or your team's ability to collaborate. You will learn how to create websites from a GitHub repository, gate documentation using an integrated build process like you would with code, make it easier for the community to contribute to your projects, suggest changes to the product team of the docs.microsoft.com website, and finally use the "GitHub Flow" like the GitHub project team uses on a daily basis.

    Sidney Andrews is an Azure MVP and a Microsoft Certified Training Regional Lead. Sidney has authored multiple developer and Azure courses available on http://edx.org and has also been featured as a presenter on Channel 9, Ignite and Build. His specialties include Azure, XAML, C# and TypeScript. Sidney is a native of Richmond.

    Street: 1327 Grandin Ave SW
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  3. Kevin Feasel - R for the SQL Developer

    June 07, 2018

    June 07, 2018

    R is the premiere language for data analysis. If the world of data science sounds fun and exciting, now is the time to get into R. We will walk through the core constructs of R, learn how to retrieve data from flat files and databases, and get a peek at the power behind R. This session will also give resources on where to go in order to become more familiar with statistics, R the language, and the R package ecosystem.

    Kevin Feasel is a Data Platform MVP and Engineering Manager of the Predictive Analytics team at ChannelAdvisor, where he specializes in T-SQL and R development, fighting with Kafka, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL (https://curatedsql.com), a contributing author to Tribal SQL (http://www.tribalsql.com), and one of the contributors behind We Speak Linux (https://wespeaklinux.com). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

    Street: 1327 Grandin Ave SW
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  4. Jared Lotti - Universal React with ASP.NET MVC

    May 03, 2018

    May 03, 2018

    There are plenty of examples where your web app can be rendered more efficiently on the server-side than on the client side.  ASP.NET makes this possible using C#, VB, etc.  However, some may find it more efficient to use a single language across the entire web stack.

    Enter Universal JavaScript.

    In this meeting, we will discuss the creation of a Universal React app using ASP.NET MVC.

    Jared has been Technical Leader for the Online Systems Team at CarMax since 2015. Previously working as a Senior Developer at JP Morgan Chase, and HP. He is a supporter and contributor to the open-source community (see https://github.com/Jarlotee), and always hungry for memes and learning\sharing new ideas in technology.

    Street: 1327 Grandin Ave SW
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  5. Kevin Griffin: What's New In SignalR Core 2

    April 05, 2018

    April 05, 2018

    Kevin Griffin: What's New In SignalR Core 2

    Hey! That title kinda rhymes doesn't it. Very many years ago, the good folks on the ASP.NET team released this little library called SignalR, which made it possible to easily do real-time communication between a web server and clients of all kinds (web, mobile, and more).

    Then this ASP.NET Core thing popped up, and really screwed up the story for SignalR. Meaning, you couldn't use SignalR anymore because it wasn't supported. That is, until last September when SignalR Core 2 dropped into alpha!

    In this presentation, attendees will take a whirlwind tour of all the changes between SignalR old and SignalR new! Hub changes! TypeScript! MessagePack! Binary streaming! Even if you've never used SignalR before, you're sure to learn something new.

    Kevin Griffin is an author, teacher, mentor, and consultant focusing in software development. He is the author of the Twilio Blueprint (http://twilioblueprint.com). As the owner of Swift Kick, a software training and services company, Kevin specializes in helping businesses push their technology stacks into the 21st century. You can often find Kevin speaking at conferences and user groups across the country or blogging at http://kevgriffin.com.

    Street: 1327 Grandin Ave SW
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  6. Blacksburg Open Source Dev Conf '18

    March 24, 2018

    March 24, 2018


    Our friends in Blacksburg are hosting an Open Source conference on Saturday, March 24th at Virginia Tech in Room 120 of the New Class Room Building.  For details, please see the link below:


    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blacksburg-open-source-dev-conf-18-tickets-42464145402

    Street: 1455 Perry St
    City: Blacksburg
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
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