June 2013 Meeting

F# from a C# developer's point of view

In this talk we will take a look at F# from the perspecive of someone that knows C#.

We will be introduced to F# features that aren't present in C# and what sorts of problems they help solving. F# is not without its pitfalls, so we will also discuss them.

This month we are sharing our meeting and welcoming the Chicago F# Users meetup group. If you like F# or want to continue learning F#, this is a new meetup that you should consider joining.

Fawad Halim is a developer at ADP who loves playing with random programming languages in his spare time.

When: 2013-06-12 18:00:00

Where: SPR/Redpoint Technologies, 233 South Wacker Dr, 33rd floor, Chicago (map)

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May 2013 Meeting

Cross Platform Push with Azure

The way users use smartphones is changing. Where before we had a limited number of social services (mostly Facebook) we could rely on the user to check their feeds and see if there were important changes. But now, especially with the proliferation of social services this is no longer practical.

Enter Push Notifications, a way to send the data the user deems important to them. While the idea of Push is not new, it is coming to the forefront after Microsoft built their entire platform around it. Its importance cannot be understated and has made other platforms look at how they can better utilize it.

This talk will focus on the user experience aspects of Push and why its important. We will then dive into a full example utilizing iOS, Android, .NET and Azure as we explore how Push is/can be handled on these various platforms.

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Jason Farrell works for the Centare Group in Chicago. Formally from Michigan, Jason moved to Chicago in April of 2012 to help build the Centare office in Chicago.

Jason focuses primarily on client facing solution involving mobile, web, and client side across many verticals. In his spare time Jason enjoys learning cutting edge technologies (currently SignalR and AngularJS) as well as video games and running.

Outside of technology Jason is an avid traveler having lived in Japan and summited Mt. Fuji. Jason also enjoys biking and cooking

When: 2013-05-08 18:00:00

Where: SPR/Redpoint Technologies, 233 South Wacker Dr, 33rd floor, Chicago (map)

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April 2013 Meeting

Erlang for C# Developers

A team of C# and Erlang developers is a force to be reckoned with because Erlang and .NET are pure complements — each excels at what the other sucks at. Many C# developers write both JavaScript and SQL; adding Erlang to the mix can (and should) be just as natural.

But wait, what is Erlang? Erlang is an industry-proven, open-source, cross-platform, functional programming language and runtime. Facebook's chat, CouchDB, RabbitMQ, GitHub's pages, Opscode Chef, Riak, and Amazon's SimpleDB are all written in Erlang for good reason — Erlang simplifies writing highly-reliable, concurrent, distributed systems.

How does a C# developer even get started? What are the development tools? Can it all be done on Windows? What is similar, and what is truly foreign? What baggage does a good C# developer bring to Erlang? How do you begin to lose your C# accent? When is Erlang the right tool for the job? How should a .NET shop pilot Erlang? Come learn the "what", "why" and "how" of Erlang and get started!

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Bryan Hunter is a geek, a partner at Firefly Logic, founder of Nashville Functional Programmers, and a Microsoft MVP in C#. Bryan is obsessed with Lean, Erlang, and CQRS. He speaks on each of these subjects tirelessly at conferences, user groups and bars.

You can say hi to Bryan on Twitter (@bryan_hunter), and see what Firefly Logic is all about here: www.fireflylogic.com.

When: 2013-04-10 18:00:00

Where: SPR/Redpoint Technologies, 233 South Wacker Dr, 33rd floor, Chicago (map)

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