Recent Events

  1. October Meeting: Kevin Hazzard - Mobile Data Sync for Everyone

    October 02, 2014

    October 02, 2014


    Synchronizing data between a central database and mobile devices is difficult, especially if you have a mix of Android, iOS and Windows clients to support. Microsoft SQL Server has some great tools to make this problem much easier to solve. In this session, we'll look at SQL Change Tracking, a lightweight feature that adds versioning capability to your databases. We'll do a deep dive on how Change Tracking works internally and how you can use it to generate diff-grams that support any type of mobile client. The discussion will be code-focused, highly-interactive, fun and enlightening.

    Kevin Hazzard owns and manages Developer Journey LLC, a training and consulting firm specializing in software architecture and development. He's also a Group Principal at Linchpin People LLC, leaders in the data integration and wellness space. He's a long-time C# MVP and the author of a book entitled Metaprogramming in .NET. Kevin also serves as an elected member of his local School Board and dedicates most of his non-professional time promoting public education.


    Street: 1327 Grandin Rd. SW
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  2. September meeting: Intro to Graph databases with Neo4J

    September 04, 2014

    September 04, 2014

    Presented by: Brian Lanham

    There are many flavors of databases and contrary to popular conception, we use multiple types in every application. Hierarchical, document, and relational are all relatively commonly well-known. The property graph database is gaining increasing popularity as a replacement for relational databases. They promise increased performance, improved scalability, and greater extensibility than relational databases. In this session we will learn about property graph databases, how they are more semantic in data modeling, and how to get started using Neo4j in your application development efforts.

    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 the President of Lotic Factor, Inc., a full-service technology consultancy and micro-ISV.  Brian spends most of his time writing Web applications using MVC, JavaScript, jQuery, KnockoutJS, Twitter Bootstrap, and a host of other Web tools.  He is also an iOS developer using C# and Xamarin.iOS.  His Twitter handle is @codesailor.

    Street: 1327 Grandin Rd. SW
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  3. August Meeting: Laying Out Responsive Web Pages with Bootstrap 3

    August 07, 2014

    August 07, 2014

    Presented by Joel Cochran

    Bootstrap 3 is a very popular web UI framework that takes advantage of CSS Media Queries, JavaScript, and LESS.  With Bootstrap you can rapidly develop sites that are fluid and responsive. In this session, we will focus on using Bootstrap 3’s multi-faceted grid system to construct page layouts that work on virtually all display sizes. We’ll also discuss breaking changes from Bootstrap 2.

    Please note, this will be our first meeting at our new location at the Grandin CoLab!  Please don't show up at the wrong building!!!

    Street: 1327 Grandin Rd. SW
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  4. July: No meeting

    July 03, 2014

    July 03, 2014

    There will be no meeting in July, due to the Independence Day holiday.

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  5. June Meeting: A Gentle Slap in the Node

    June 05, 2014

    June 05, 2014

    Presented by Kevin Griffin

    Node.js is really taking the world by storm.  Major businesses such as PayPal, Walmart, and Groupon are moving on from other platforms such as Java, .NET, and Ruby.  What is the allure?  Should you be preparing yourself for the next evolution in software development?  In this presentation, Kevin Griffin will provide you facts and heavy bias about usingnode.js for your next software project.  We will discuss the basic framework of a node.js application, including package management and deployment options.  The ability to spell "JavaScript" is helpful, but definitely not a requirement.  Come on out!

    Kevin Griffin has been working as a professional developer since 2006, where his first job was working on components for the Symantec security suites. Kevin is the owner of Griffin Consulting, Inc, CTO of Winsitter, and always looking for new challenges. As an Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and ASPInsider, Kevin spends a lot of time teaching and mentoring developers to learn new technologies and to be better developers. Over four years ago, Kevin started the Hampton Roads .NET Users Group. He serves as the Director of Membership for INETA. You can find Kevin speaking at conferences, code camps, and user groups across the country.

    Street: 207 Bullitt Ave SE
    City: Roanoke
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
  6. May 17th - Roanoke Code Camp

    May 17, 2014

    May 17, 2014

    Join us for our 8th annual Roanoke Code Camp at American National University!  Please visit roanokecodecamp.org for details.  Registration is required, so claim your spot, now!

    Street: 1813 E Main St
    City: Salem
    Country: USA
    State: Virginia
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