Thanks to Lance Larson for dropping down on April 1st from his MadDotNet duties in Madison to give a great presentation on using PostSharp for Aspect Oriented Programming in .Net. Check out Lance’s blog for presentation details and lots of other wholesome goodness!
Sam from Design Mill stopped by the lab last night and gave a great overview on Augmented Reality and some nice example and demos to look at. A good crowd was present and excited to try things out. Unity3D came up as a technology that probably would be interesting for a future meeting…maybe we can have a volunteer or maybe pressure Sam into it.
Sam provided a link to his slides for anyone interested:
Cody Sand dropped by last night to a full house crowd at the Decker Computer Science lab of Clarke University. With 22 in attendance for the presentation Cody covered building a Single Page Application (SPA) with AngularJS, ASP.NET and the Web API for RESTful services. (That’s a whole lot to say in one sentence…)
Here’s some links to Cody’s presentation and sample that he left for everyone:
Blake Niemyjski, a Vice President at CodeSmith tools, stopped by on the 3rd to talk about Exception Driven Development. Along with some comparing and contrasting of different diagnostics and feedback tools, Blake showed off the flashy looking Exceptionless product offered by CodeSmith. It looks like a slick and easy way to plug in some non-obtrusive feedback about your application at runtime.
If you weren’t at the meeting you missed out on some great door prizes! There continues to be a table of surplus goodies that anyone can grab from. But in addition some great new giveaways from this years sponsors including InterTech, Telerik, and Apress make it fun in the end. At least one flying monkey is set free each meeting. This meeting also included a free e-book of choice for attendees from Apress and some Kendo UI subscriptions. And more!
Mark Oppedahl came by for a great presentation on Mapping in development from the “old days” to now, and gave some great first hand examples if the Cartegraph OMS products of using the Google Maps API. Many of the mapping issues discussed cross over to mapping in development in general, including licensing and geocoding. We also discussed mapping in the mobile context with some audience participation.
Here is a link to Mark’s presentation: http://dbqineta.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/maps.pptx
Sean Murphy gave a nice presentation on UX last night to the group. Sean is the Vision Architect at Cartegraph and he talked about his background and how he arrived at UX as a career focus. The discussion covered an explanation of UX, how a problem is approached, what makes a good UX, what tools are involved, terminology, artifacts, etc. We also discussed the workflow of design artifacts from the designer to the developer. And of course Greg brought pizza.
Unfortunately a snowstorm targeted March 5 and with it the INETA meeting. We’ll be rescheduling Sean Murphy and the UX discussion probably for the April event instead.
Had a great last minute speaker drop by last night, Keith Dahlby, to talk about good meaty coding nuggets. Here’s the topic summary:
Topic: Year in Preview – Advice From the 2013 Software Craftsmanship Calendar
Abstract: Now in its third year, the Software Craftsmanship Calendar this year features a dozen development practices and principles to help you craft better code, from SOLID and DRY to YAGNI and SoC. Come participate in (or simply observe) what’s sure to be an entertaining if not educational discussion on what these topics mean to me, to you, and to other local developers.
Speaker: Keith Dahlby (@dahlbyk)
And here’s the link to Keith’s slides: https://github.com/dahlbyk/Presentations/tree/master/2013