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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Steve Albers: Building Web Clients with React + Redux

    March 01, 2018

    March 01, 2018

    Steve Albers: Building Web Clients with React + Redux

    Get an introduction to the ES6+ language features, functional programming principles, libraries, and build tools you can use to become a React/Redux programmer.

    Steve Albers is a software developer and technology fan focused on web technology, system integration and performance. By day he is a Senior Innovator at Cleverspeck.

    Street: 1327 Grandin Road SW
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  5. James Dalton: Docker Stack & Docker Swarm

    February 01, 2018

    February 01, 2018

    James Dalton: Docker Stack & Docker Swarm

    Docker is a great way to run Linux apps on a Windows machine without having to have multiple VMs floating around. And now that Windows has native containers you can Windows apps for a test drive without bloating your hard drive. But what if you want to mix and match? Enter Docker Stack and Docker Swarm. This talk will go over how to set up a Swarm and how to deploy services in a Docker Stack to both Linux and Windows containers.

    James Dalton is a Staff Software Architect with GE Digital. Basically he gets paid to play with all the cool new toys to see how they can be used to make Asset Performance Management software better.

    Street: 1327 Grandin Rd SW
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  6. Game Development on the Unity Framework

    January 04, 2018

    January 04, 2018

    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
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