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April 2014 Meeting – Power Up Productivity with Visual Studio Extensions

Speaker: Eric Greene
Topic: Power Up Productivity with Visual Studio Extensions

RSVP: Meetup

Location:System Source
338 Clubhouse Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21031

Date: Wednesday, April 23rd, networking begins at 6:30pm

Abstract:
Visual Studio Extensions are a great way to enhance Visual Studio to perform useful, frequently executed tasks thereby saving time, reducing the risk of human error and contributing to a more efficient and enjoyable software development experience. Extensions are quite simple to create, publish and distribute to other members of your team. The demonstration tonight will show the basics of code and debug an extension, how to interact with the Visual Studio API as well as how to distribute it via a private Extension Gallery.

Bio :
Eric is the founder and chief software developer for Sarnata Corporation. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the Virginia Military Institute and numerous software certifications to include the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer certification. Mr. Greene has experience programming mobile, web-based, and desktop applications using a variety of commercial and open-source platorms including .NET, PHP, Node.js, Linux, Windows, SQL Server, SQLite, MySQL, Postgresql and MongoDB. He has worked with large and small companies, on-site and off-site to help his customer’s meet their software development needs.

Specialties: Mobile & web application software development using ASP.Net 4.5 MVC, HTML 5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, KnockoutJS, KendoUI HTML, Telerik & DevExpress Controls, Bootstrap, LessCSS, CoffeeScript, PHP, Node.js, MS Test, QUnit, SQL Server, SQLite, MySQL, Postgresql, MongoDB, Windows Server & Linux. Also, Mr. Greene has some experience with MonoTouch and Protoshare Wireframes.

www.linkedin.com/in/ericwgreene

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March 2014 Meeting – Member Driven Meeting

Speaker: Open Mike
Topic:Member Driven meeting

RSVP: Meetup

Location:Green Turtle Hunt Valley
Hunt Valley Town Center
118 Shawan Rd,
Hunt Valley, MD 21030

Date: Wednesday, March19th, networking begins at 6:30

Abstract:
This month we are focused BaltoMSDN member driven conversations about anything technical and non-technical. It might be a good opportunity to talk about tech trends, companies that are hiring in the area, new management for this user group and topics for future meetings.

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February 2014 Meeting – User Interface Design and Development

Speaker: Katie Hirsch
Topic: User Interface (UX) Design and Development

RSVP: Meetup

Location:UMBC Training Center in Columbia
6996 Columbia Gateway Drive
Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21046

Date: Wednesday, February 19th, networking begins at 6:30

Abstract:
This talk will be an overview of the many considerations involved in developing user interfaces for software. Initially the talk will focus on examples and lessons learned from user interface (UX) development in the gaming industry and then will discuss how those lessons are applicable and transferable into the world of corporate software development.

Bio :
Katie has developed software and technologies for companies including Day 1 Studios, Firaxis Games and Breakaway Ltd. where most of her work has been focused on User Interface development and design. She has both a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelors of Arts in Visual Arts concentrating in Animation from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where she graduated magna cum laude in 2004. Over the course of her career she has shipped such titles as F.E.A.R.3, Civilization V, Command & Conquer 3 Expansion: Kane’s Wrath, and The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II – The Rise of the Witch-King and worked with platforms including the Xbox360, PS3 and PC. Katie also returns regularly to her alma mater to teach courses on Game Development, guest speak, and mentor.

www.linkedin.com/pub/katie-hirsch/1/12/680

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January 2014 Meeting – Double Header

Speaker: Brian Harnish & Seth Goldberg

Topic: Microsoft Stuff and Databases


RSVP: Meetup

Location:Videology
1500 Whetstone Way
Suite 500
Baltimore, MD 21230

Date: Wednesday, January 15, networking begins at 6:30

Abstract:
Brian’s Presentation :
As software development problems become more and more complicated, solutions frequently follow suit in complexity. We need a common set of vocabulary and building blocks to assist in simplifying communications, application structure and flow.

Seth’s Presentation :
As competition among businesses grows more fierce amid economic uncertainty, data is emerging as a key way to stay profitable. While managing the growing volume of data can seem like a daunting task, there are techniques that can make it more bearable. The answer to this voluminous problem is the data warehouse. This presentation will explore the different components of data warehousing and the way to structure a functional warehouse that will meet the needs of a variety of users.

Bio :
Brian Harnish has over 15 years of development experience in a range of industries, advertising, banking, logistics and retail. works for Videology more ..

Seth Goldberg is an ETL developer with experience in the financial services and federal contracting sectors. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors of Science in Information Sciences & Technology. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the city, going to concerts, traveling, and tinkering with technology. more …

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November 2013 Meeting – An Agile Approach for Business-As-Usual Projects

Speaker: Phillip Manketo
Topic: An Agile Approach for Business-As-Usual Projects

RSVP: Meetup

Location:Red Brick Station
8149 Honeygo Blvd
White Marsh, MD 21236

Date: Wednesday, November 20th, networking begins at 6:30

Abstract:
An Agile Approach for Business-As-Usual Projects: Whether providing dedicated production support or dividing time between new development and maintenance activities, a framework for managing business as usual (BAU) / maintenance projects is required to insure a Team(s) can balance competing mandates from stakeholders across the Portfolio as well as the technical enterprise. This session will propose agile strategies for managing an Enhancement Backlog, System Support Backlog and Defect Backlog independently or as a single prioritized consolidated pipeline. Thereafter Agile BAU Models used successfully in the financial services industry will be shown to further exemplify these approaches.

Bio :
Phillip Manketo, the Mid-Atlantic Agile Delivery Leader for the ELIASSEN GROUP, is an multi-disciplined agile practitioner with a proven track record leveraging agile practices to consistently deliver exceptional results on behalf of Fortune 500 clients, start-ups and Federal Government entities.

Prior to joining Eliassen Group, Mr. Manketo was an Agile Coach with AGILEX, during which time he facilitated the implementation of Agile and Scrum development methodologies by technical teams, as part of an effort to deliver a major client-facing greenfield product initiative, having both strategic and revenue implications, for the United States Postal Service (USPS). Additionally, he served as the Deputy Program Manager on a greenfield project to drive the adoption of the Scrum Methodology across the national technical enterprise of the USPS.

Prior to joining Agilex, Mr. Manketo was a Scrum Master with COMCAST, during which time he facilitated an agile development effort responsible for creating industry leading video search, recommendations and discovery applications.

Mr. Manketo is also a Certified Kanban Practitioner as well as actively involved in the Agile Community having served as an Organizing Board Member of AgileDC (www.agiledc.org) for the last three years.

www.linkedin.com/in/pimanketomba/

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October 2013 Meeting – EF Migrations

Speaker: Shahed Chowdhuri
Topic: EF Migrations

RSVP: Meetup

Location:DoublePositive
1501 S. Clinton Street, Suite 1520
Baltimore, Maryland 21224

Date: Wednesday, October 23th, networking begins at 6:30

Abstract:
When modeling your data for an enterprise web application, you may have conflicts within your development team, with other development teams, and also with enterprise architects at your organization. With Code First Migrations, you will have the opportunity to get everyone on the same page by synchronizing your database across various environments.

Bio :
Shahed Chowdhuri is a software professional in the DC Metro area. By day, he works for Excella Consulting, building enterprise web/software applications. In his spare time, he builds indie games and dev tools under the banner OnekSoft Games and OnekSoft Labs. You can find him blogging at http://WakeUpAndCode.com

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August 2013 Meeting – Windows 8 Mashups

Speaker: Ben Davis
Topic: Windows 8 Mashups

RSVP: Meetup

Location:Red Brick Station
8149 Honeygo Blvd
White Marsh, MD 21236

Date: Wednesday, August 28th, networking begins at 6:30

Abstract:
Working with Bing Maps API and SharePoint Online can be magical. Benjamin will show some of the magic that can be used to put together a Windows 8 app that can leverage the SharePoint online instance included in Office 365 and the Bing Maps API and show off data in a meaningful way. Just going over the basics of SharePoint online authentication and using the Bing maps API in and C#/XAML Windows 8 app.

Bio :
Benjamin Davis joins LCG Technologies as an application developer to primarily focus on the Microsoft Mobile strategy. With a growing knowledge of Microsoft technologies, Benjamin is not only helping to create LCG’s presence in the Windows store but also help their clients with Microsoft centric mobile solutions.

Prior to LCG, Benjamin studied computer science at Morgan State University and has work independently on Windows phone applications.

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July 2013 Meeting – Peaks and Pitfalls in Creating Commercial Software

Kendall Miller
Speaker: Kendall Miller
Topic: Peaks and Pitfalls in Creating Commercial Software

RSVP: Meetup

Location:Heavy Seas Alehouse
1300 Bank St‎
Baltimore, Maryland 21231

Date: Wednesday, July 17th, networking begins at 6:30

Abstract:
Kendall Miller, Co-founder of Gibraltar Software (A Baltimore-based Independent Software Vendor) pulls back the curtain and talks about the challenges and difficult decisions that come along with creating a business around commercial software.
• Creating Product Strategy – One of these three doors is the path to greatness, the other two go nowhere. Guess which.
• Connecting with Customers – Trying to not be the best product no one ever heard of.
• Finding the Right Talent – Collecting the team to knock it out of the park
We’ll go through real examples from the history of our software products – things that have worked out and things that have gone awry. Sometimes comical, sometimes tragic – it’s never boring when you’re building your reputation and your company.

Bio :
Kendall Miller is one of the founding partners of Gibraltar Software, an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) that develops & markets commercial applications for .NET developers Before starting Gibraltar Software, Kendall worked for multiple startups leading their technology development from beginning through profitability.

Kendall has a B.S in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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March 2013 Meeting – Build Great Apps and Games for Win 8

G. Andrew Duthie
Speaker: G. Andrew Duthie

Topic: Build Great Apps and Games for Windows 8

RSVP: Meetup

Location: DoublePositive
1501 S. Clinton Street, Suite 1520
Baltimore, Maryland 21224

Date: THURSDAY, March 28th, networking begins at 6:30

Abstract:
Join Microsoft Technical Evangelist G. Andrew Duthie for a tour of the new Windows Store app platform that you can use to build great apps and games for Windows 8 and Windows RT. Andrew will provide an overview of the platform, focusing on the HTML and JavaScript app support, and how you can leverage skills you already have to make great apps, including leveraging existing script libraries like jQuery.

Andrew will also show off some of the frameworks, such as Construct 2, that are available for quickly building fun games for Windows 8, and easily targeting those same games at other platforms including Windows Phone 8, iOS, the web, and more.

Bio :
G. Andrew Duthie, aka devhammer, is a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft’s Mid-Atlantic States district, where he provides support and education for developers working with the Microsoft development platform. In addition to his work with Microsoft, Andrew is the author of several books on ASP.NET and web development, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences from VSLive! and ASP.NET Connections, to Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference (PDC) and Tech-Ed. Andrew has been participating in the user group community since way back in 1997, when one of his co-workers dragged him out to the Internet Developers User Group in Tyson’s Corner, VA, and he’s been hooked ever since.

Andrew is also the creator and developer of Community Megaphone, a site designed for promoting and finding developer community events.

In addition to his work in software development, Andrew has enjoyed some recent forays into the world of hardware experimentation, including developing for Kinect and .NET Gadgeteer, using his newly-formed hardware chops to do everything from blinking LEDs and making strange noises, to flying a helicopter with his bare hands.

Andrew can be reached through his blog at http://devhammer.net/. You can also follow Andrew on twitter at https://twitter.com/devhammer/

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February 2013 Meeting – Teach Your Kid to Code

Steve Michelotti
Speaker: Steve Michelotti

Topic: Teach Your Kid to Code

RSVP: Meetup

Location: CalVert Hall High School
8102 La Salle Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21286
http://www.calverthall.com

Date: WEDNESDAY, February 27th, networking begins at 6:30

Abstract:
Have you ever wanted a way to teach your kid to code? For that matter, have you ever wanted to simply be able to explain to your kid what you do for a living? Putting things in a context that a kid can understand is not as easy as it sounds. If you are someone curious about these concepts, this is a “can’t miss” presentation that will be co-presented by Justin Michelotti (5th grader) and his father. Bring your kid with you to BaltoMSDN for this fun and educational session. We will show tools you may not have been aware of like SmallBasic and Kodu – we’ll even throw in a little Visual Studio. Concepts such as variables, conditionals, loops, and functions will be covered while we introduce object oriented concepts without any of the confusing words. Kids are not required for entry!

Bio :
Steve Michelotti is a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and a contributing author for Pluralsight training. In addition, Steve is a frequent presenter at developer user groups and Code Camps along the East Coast and holds the MCSD, MCPD, and MCT certifications. Steve is an avid blogger (http:/geekswithblogs.net/michelotti), has contributed articles to Visual Studio Magazine, and his work on high performance web solutions was featured on Channel 9. Currently he is serving as an Architect/Developer for Applied Information Sciences (AIS) where he is leading a multi-year effort to modernize the business systems of a major insurance carrier. Previously he was the Chief Technologist at e.magination where he consulted with clients including Advertising.com/AOL where he was the Tech Lead for one of the highest volume .NET applications in the world.

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