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  1. Game Development on the Unity Framework

    November 15, 2017

    November 15, 2017

    Presented by: Will Ashley

    Join us for a walkthrough of Unity, and explore the world of 3D gaming. We will go over the interface and build a 3D game. Then I will show you some of the other things you can do with Unity.

    Let's make some games!


    Street: 1327 Grandin Rd SW
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  2. Build Your 1st iOS App with React Native

    November 02, 2017

    November 02, 2017

    React Native is a popular framework created by Facebook for building native iOS and Android apps using Javascript.  It's a fantastic way to get started building mobile apps, especially if you already have some experience with web development.  In addition, it is possible to build and prototype an iOS app using a Windows or Linux machine, so everyone can join in the fun!

    This talk will focus on the basic building blocks of a typical React Native app.  We will build the app together, so please feel free to bring your own mobile device and laptop to the talk so that you can follow along.

    Bret Shawn is a Senior Software Engineer for GE Digital.  He spends his days supporting Asset Performance Management software on the company's Predix platform.  A long-time resident of the Roanoke Valley, he has volunteered with the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group since 2005, and loves to learn and tinker with the latest / greatest platforms and tools.

    Street: 1327 Grandin Ave
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  3. 0 to 100% - Build & Deploy a Website in an Hour

    October 05, 2017

    October 05, 2017

    0 to 100% - Build & Deploy a Website in an Hour

    Presented by Tolga Balci @tolgabalci


    We will build from scratch a website using Angular and Firebase which includes:
    • Database
    • User Authentication
    • SSL/TLS (https)
    • Bootstrap Styling
    • (Limited Free) Hosting
    • Custom Domain Name
       

    Angular provides a fast way to start building well architected websites.

       

    Google Firebase provides the core services most websites need to get up and running. This includes a database, user authentication, functions, file storage, free website hosting (with some generous limits) and more.

       

    In this session we will use Angular CLI and Firebase CLI to build a site from scratch.  This will give you a template you can use to create a real website that you can later start building on top of incrementally.  Fantastic for learning and experimenting with web technologies.

       

    Tolga Balci is a senior developer for Advance Auto Parts, a fortune 500 company and the largest retailer of automotive parts and accessories in the United States.  He has been professionally developing software for over two decades and remembers creating his first Javascript apps back in the 90’s.

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  4. September Meeting: Introduction to building iOS Apps with Swift

    September 07, 2017

    September 07, 2017

    Presented By: Brian Lanham

    In this presentation we will build an iOS app using Swift 3. The app will consume a REST endpoint for displaying a list of items and provide the ability to look at an item’s details. 
    ​ You’ll learn: 
    ​ * Getting started in iOS app development with Swift 
    ​ * Consuming a REST endpoint 
    ​ * Displaying a list of items 
    ​ * Showing a detailed item view 
    ​ Want to follow along? Install XCode on your Mac to get started!

    About Brian Lanham: 
    After serving as a nuclear-qualified electrician for six years in the United States Navy, Brian earned a Computer Science degree from Penn State University. While attending university, Brian developed C applications for UNIX and DOS. He then moved on to Microsoft Windows and Web applications. After a brief stint dabbling in Java, he moved to .NET as his development stack of choice. Brian is a Solutions Architect for Capital One and spends most of his time writing full-stack applications using Angular/Typescript, C#, and Java with Vert.x and a host of other tools. At heart Brian is a process geek. His Twitter handle is @codesailor.

    Street: 1327 Grandin Ave
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  5. 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
  6. 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
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