Arkansas User Group Meetings–February 2012

Here is the listing of all the User Group meeting in February 2012 that I know of.  If you know of a User Group meeting in the area please add to the comments.

Little Rock .NET User Group

Exploring iOS Development - Chris Varn

Mobile development is a necessity to stay relevant in today’s day and age. iOS, along with Android, is the leading platform for mobile development. Join us as we discuss the mobile landscape and where iOS fits. We will explore the differences between Objective-C and C# and what it takes to get started in iOS development. We will then go through the process of writing an app.

When: February 9, 2012 – 6:00 PM
Where:  Pulaski Technical College - Lecture Room B Campus Center - 3000 West Scenic Drive North Little Rock, AR 72118

Fort Smith .NET User Group 

Ruby on Rails on Windows – Taylor Otwell

If you're a Windows person, getting started with Rails hasn't always been easy. Thankfully, that has changed! We'll quickly walk through installing Ruby, Rails, and Git on your machine. Then, we'll take a look at some of the slick features of the Ruby on Rails web framework while making a few comparisons to ASP.NET MVC. Finally, we'll deploy a simple application to the cloud using Git and Heroku!

New Location: ABF General Office
When: February 13, 2012 – 6:00 PM
Where: ABF General Office - 3801 Old Greenwood Rd Fort Smith, AR 72903

Northwest Arkansas Project Management Institute

The Art of Stakeholder Management – James T. Brown Ph.D, PMP, PE, CSP, President SEBA Solutions Inc.

Great project managers know that success goes beyond the triple constraint deliverables and includes managing stakeholder expectations. Three aspects of managing stakeholder expectations are:

  1. Know your stakeholders
  2. Know what you are supposed to deliver from the perspective of the stakeholder
  3. Hold your stakeholders accountable to the realities of the project (regardless of the position of the stakeholder, the attitude of the stakeholder, or the availability of the stakeholder).

This presentation provides tactics to identify, herd and lead stakeholders to ensure a successful project deliverable with minimum project manager stress level.

When: February 20, 2012 – 6:00 PM
Where: NWACC Jack Shewmaker Center – 1100 SE Eagle Way Bentonville, AR 72712

Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group

Model-View Patterns: Making Sense of MVC, MVP and MVVM – Rob Vetter

The separation enforced by 'Model View' patterns can quickly transform your application into a maintainable, modular and rapidly developed package. New features are easily added, new screens are a snap, testing is enhanced and developers and designers can more easily work simultaneously.

Come compare the Model-View-Controller (MVC), Model-View-Presenter (MVP) and Model-View-View-Model (MVVM) patterns. In this session, we'll...

  • Explore the foundation, benefits and drawbacks of each pattern at an architectural level
  • Contrast differences between each pointing out applicable situations where each may apply
  • Walk through a variety of examples on the Microsoft platform, including Microsoft MVC, ASP.Net, Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation

    You'll walk away with a clear understanding of each pattern, with examples that you can implement in your projects.

    When: February 28, 2012 – 6:00 PM
    Where:  University of Phoenix -  1800 S. 52nd St, Suite 100 Rogers, AR 72758

    Northwest Arkansas SQL Server User Group

    Entity Framework for DBA’s – Rob Vetter

    While most enterprise applications are object-oriented, the data upon which they depend is not. Often, binding these two platforms together can result in significant amounts of lost productivity and a less than optimal solution.

    To resolve these shortcomings, Microsoft has created the ADO.NET Entity Framework and is now strongly recommending that development teams implement it in their applications.

    As a DBA, you’ll need to understand how the Entity Framework works and how it affects your role as a DBA.
    In this session, we’ll…

    • Explore the Entity Framework 4.0, its related components and show how it all works
    • Demonstrate the various ways to build a business object model (Entity Data Model) and map it to an underlying database
    • Walk through a variety of examples of how to interact with the model, including LINQ, Entity SQL and Stored Procedures
    • Show how the Entity Framework can generate select, insert, update and delete SQL statements on the fly
    • Explore the Entity Framework’s impact on permissions, connections, transactions, performance, security and concurrency

    You’ll walk-away with a clear understanding of how the Entity Framework 4.0 works, why developers and architects want to implement it and how it affects your role as a DBA.

    When: February 29, 2012 - 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    Where: University of Phoenix - 1800 S. 52nd St, Suite 100 Rogers, AR 72758

    Northwest Arkansas User Group Meetings for May

    I am going to start posting information at the beginning of the month about User Group meetings going on in the area. Here is the current list I have.

    Date Group Topic
    5/9/2011 6:00 PM Ft. Smith .NET User Group How to be a rock star web developer!
    5/12/2011 8:00 PM Nwa CocoaHeads Basic Controls – UITableView and iOS development
    5/10/2011 6:00 PM Nwa .NET User Group Improving Software Maintenance
    5/11/2011 11:30 AM Nwa SQL User Group SQL Server Isolation Transaction Levels

    If you have a user group that meets on a regular basis please let me know the schedule and how I can get your meeting information and I will add it to the post.

    Get out there and get involved!

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