Recent Events

  1. NRV Container Day

    September 02, 2017

    September 02, 2017

    At Torgersen Hall, Room 3100 on the Virginia Tech campus.

    This one-day event is designed to help you get up and running with Docker. Come in knowing nothing and leave knowing what it takes to run containerized applications. If you bring an app, we can even help containerize it!

    This ContainerDay is being run by the Docker Blacksburg Meetup group. While this first event is targeting developers, we hope to have events for ContainerDay Ops and ContainerDay Students in the future. Stay tuned!

    Go to https://nrvcontainerday.io/ to learn more.

    Street: Torgersen Hall
    City: Blacksburg
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  2. August Meeting: What's the Hype with Docker?

    August 03, 2017

    August 03, 2017

    Presented By: Michael Irwin

    Docker is the latest “buzzword” floating around the industry and there’s certainly a lot of hype! But, is it really worth your time? Why should you even care about Docker? What is an image? What is a container? How are containers different than VMs? How does Docker change my organization’s culture? If any of these questions sound familiar, you don’t want to miss this presentation! Michael Irwin, a Docker Captain, will explain answers to each of these questions, as well as talk about how and why Docker is truly changing the software industry. 

    Michael Irwin is an Application Architect at Virginia Tech who spends 80% of his time as a developer and 20% of his time evangelizing current DevOps practices through the use of CI/CD pipelines, Docker, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). He is active in the community, running the Docker Blacksburg Meetup, and was recognized by Docker as a Docker Captain in March 2017. He’s a passionate instructor and learner, always striving to better himself and others. 

    Street: 1327 Grandin Ave
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  3. June Meeting: Get a Handle on Your Smart Home and IoT Data With Azure

    June 01, 2017

    June 01, 2017

    Presented By: Ben Crouse

    Smart Homes and IoT devices produce heaps of data, but most systems don't capture that data in a way you can use it. Come to this presentation to see some ideas of how you can aggregate all the data your devices are producing and make some sense of it. In this presentation you will learn how to use Azure to create a dashboard that will let you save and view the data from your devices. We will discuss some of the features in Azure that are well suited to building a custom solution for monitoring Smart Home and IoT devices. You will see demonstrations using Azure Functions, Table Storage, App Services, Event Hub, and more. We will also discuss some of the reasons you might choose one Azure product over another for your application.

    Ben has been a software developer for since 2007 working in a variety of industries. He focuses on full stack web application development on the .NET platform, but has also worked with thick client and mobile applications. He is always interested in trying out new technologies to improve his development toolbox. He is a Senior Consultant at SingleStone Consulting in Richmond, VA.

    Street: 1327 Grandin Ave
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  4. May Meeting: Kafka For .NET Developers

    May 04, 2017

    May 04, 2017

    Presented By: Kevin Feasel

    Apache Kafka is a distributed publish-subscribe messaging system which can scale out to handle millions of messages per second. In this talk, we will cover the basics of this powerful system, including general architectural and design principles. We will also build a .NET project which uses Kafka to produce and consume messages quickly and efficiently.

    Kevin Feasel is a Data Platform MVP and database engineer with Catallaxy Services, where he specializes in T-SQL and SSIS development, performance tuning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL (curatedsql.com) and a contributing author to Tribal SQL (www.tribalsql.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
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  5. April Meeting: Browser Security for Web Developers

    April 06, 2017

    April 06, 2017

    Presented By: Steve Albers

    Modern browsers offer a host of features for securing your web application. In this talk we take a look at ten browser features that help you write secure web applications.

    Steve Albers is a software developer and technology fan focused on web technology, system integration and performance. By day he looks at clouds for Applied Information Sciences.

    Street: 1327 Grandin Ave
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  6. March Meeting: Event-Driven Serverless Azure Functions

    March 02, 2017

    March 02, 2017

    Presented By: Sidney Andrews

    Azure Functions is the newest way to write code without managing server instances, runtimes or the other boring stuff. Do you need a GitHub webhook right now? Azure Functions can do it! Need a test HTTP API? Azure Functions got your back! Are you evil and want to run PowerShell code when someone issues a PUT request? I don’t know what’s wrong with you, but Azure Functions can do that (and Bash too)!

    Come to this talk where we will explore Azure Functions, what it can do and what you can build using it. If you bring your laptop, you can get going authoring your own functions before the talk is done.

    Sidney Andrews is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Azure MVP with SeeSharpRun.NET. He has a background in ASP.NET web development along with extensive experience developing applications using XAML. Sidney has driven efforts to develop and deliver Azure readiness training through channels such as the Ignite Conference, Microsoft Virtual Academy, Microsoft Official Courseware, internal Microsoft training and even public whitepapers. Sidney is the author of multiple free, online courses on XAML, Cloud and Web development on edX.org. Sidney also leads efforts to open-source traditional classroom training for Azure using GitHub.

    Street: 1327 Grandin Ave
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
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