November Meeting - Building Games for Windows and Windows Phone

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, 6:30pm

There are a variety of platforms and frameworks which can be used to build games on both Windows and Windows Phone depending on the complexity of the game and the developer's skill level. In this session, we will delve into the many options available to developers, including DirectX, Unity, MonoGame, and more!

You will learn:
  • Overview of game development on Windows and Windows Phone
  • Examples using a variety of game frameworks and platforms
  • Game development strategies and tips
Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.

Inventor, maverick, Flag Football League Coach.  That is Brian Peek and he will be bringing his presentation tour to TVUG once more.  As Ricky Jay once said, "I don't know Brian Peek".  When Brian is not coding or speaking about coding, he can be found behind the bar at The Dirty Wombat, conducting social psychology experiments while trying save a simple marsupial from extinction.  After finding success on the outskirts of Schenectady, Brian will be opening a second Dirty Wombat in the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas.  You'll be able to book your dinner reservation in the spring of 2015.  Once again, Brian has discovered the perils of not submitting a bio.

"Brian Peek. He's better than bad." - Jeremiah Morrill

October Meeting - Cloud Enabling your Apps

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, 6:30pm

Cloud Enabling your Apps. From games to app to web sites, learn how Microsoft Azure can bring your application to the next level. With services like push notifications, media, data storage to virtual machine and networks, you can have a cloud enabled app in no time.

Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.

Joshua Drew is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft where he is responsible for promoting the development across the Windows ecosystem all over New England. Joshua focuses on Windows 8 and Windows Phone application and gaming development using native languages, such as C# or hybrid development using HTML5/JavaScript. As an evangelist, Joshua works with professional developers and students at workshops and on-premise events to help develop apps and games along with providing guidance on user experience design, marketing and promotion.

Joshua has made his slide deck available here.

September Meeting - Diving into AngularJS with Francis Spor

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 6:30pm

As javascript has grown up, it's started to become more of a serious contender as a way to develop applications.   I'm not, by any means, claiming to be an expert on AngularJS; but, what I plan to discuss today are my thoughts as I have been learning this framework.  I'll run through a build of an app with you and try to show you some of the neat points that I have found.  I also have some resources that I can share with you that I have found to be extremely helpful in my learning process.

Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.

Francis Spor is a 30-something year old guy who is used to spending most of his days in his pajama pants in his Duanesburg fortress of solitude, working as a software developer for He enjoys hanging out and enjoying geeky activities with his wife, four-year-old daughter, two-year-old son, and dog (who will be 6 on Saturday!) More specifically, he enjoys geocaching, board and card games, video games, watching TV, and collecting t-shirts and dust bunnies.  Follow Francis on that Twitter thing @fspOr

Early bird tickets available for Level Up conference through June 27th

Level Up is a creative tech conference that explores the process of creating and shipping modern software products. The conference will feature practical experience by industry experts, over two days, covering four themes; ideate, design, build, and launch. Join us to meet interesting people, make new friends, and learn new skills you can show off at home.  The conference will be in Saratoga, NY on October 8th and 9th.

Early bird tickets are available, starting today (June 25th) and going through the 27th.  Click here to register.

June Meeting - Deep Dive into the Visual Studio 2013 Performance and Diagnostics Hub

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 6:30pm

Visual Studio 2013 has introduced a new Performance and Diagnostics hub which encompasses a variety of new and old tools to profile your Windows Store and desktop applications. In this session, we will take a detailed look at all of the tools that the Performance and Diagnostics Hub has to offer with both XAML and HTML/JavaScript Windows Store apps, as well as some of the older profiling tools that can be used with standard desktop and web applications.

Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.

Please note: Due to an error with a previous edition of this post, certain details have been corrected.  Brian will not be teaching advanced fire breathing techniques.

Amateur sleuth, hat enthusiast, and local historian, Brian Peek has been slinging code and cracking wise for many decades. Brian is back in the Albany area with his gold plated Sony ECM-51 after a long tour as the lighting director for touring company of "P90-X: The Musical". A skilled amateur inventor, Brian has applied for (and lost) a patent for the USB Pet Rock. Brian was part of team that created the Goldfish Walker, the only ASPA approved device for taking fish out for a stroll. Once again, Brian made the mistake of letting someone else write his bio.

Special May Event - Attend a Microsoft //publish/ event to get your app published

Where: New Horizions, Albany NY, 15 Cornell Rd, Latham NY 12110
When: Saturday, May 17th, 2014, 9:00am-1:00PM
Who: TVUG, Microsoft

IMPORTANT: Please note that we will be meeting at New Horizons Albany for this event.  Also note that ideally you will bring a laptop (see details below) for a hands-on opportunity.  New Horizons is moving to a new location and will be at 15 Cornell Rd, Latham NY 12110 by May 17th.

Your unfinished passion project.
The game that’s missing a final level.
The app in need of a few testers.
Join your peers for that final mile.

Publish it.

Bring your existing app and game projects to Microsoft's //publish/ event to code with developers from around the world. Collaborate and get help with app design, performance, testing, publishing, porting from Unity - you name it. It's a Microsoft sponsored event devoted to getting your app up and running smoothly on Windows phones, tablets, and PCs.

Receive onsite support from Microsoft and community experts to remove blockers and add the finishing touches to your project. Join a testing group of your peers and try your app out on a range of devices. Connect online with developers and Microsoft product specialists from all over the globe in simultaneous worldwide events. Show off your completed project at the App Showcase.

Prizes will be awarded to showcase winners and there are special incentives to submit your app for publishing while at the event. Don't forget - apps published to the Windows or Windows Phone Store before June 1st, 2014 are eligible for even more great prizes through the //publish/ Developer Contest.

Register for the Albany //publish/ event here.  The Albany event will be Saturday morning, May 17th, from 9:00am to 1:00 pm.  All registered attendees will receive a t-shirt and other gifts, courtesy of Microsoft.  Not ready to build that app? Register for //publish and come on down and we'll show how easy it is to write and publish apps for Windows Store and Windows Phone.

May Meeting - Cross-Platform Mobile Development Using C# with Mike Bluestein (Xamarin)

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, May 13th, 2013, 6:30pm

TVUG welcomes Mike Bluestein from Xamarin for our May user group presentation.

This session will present Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android, showing how they can be used to do native iOS and Android development respectively using C#. We'll discuss how each product works to expose native APIs from Apple and Google and present strategies for building applications leveraging .NET for code sharing across platforms. We'll then walk through how to build such an application targeting both iOS and Android using Visual Studio.

Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.

Mike Bluestein is a developer evangelist for Xamarin. He is one of the first users of Xamarin.iOS, dating back to the pre-Xamarin days when the product was called MonoTouch. He is also the author of the book Learning MonoTouch: A Hands-On Guide to Building iOS Applications with C# and .NET. Previously Mike was a Principal Engineer at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks where he worked on a variety engineering applications.

April Meeting - Advanced LINQ with Michael Phipps

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, April 8th, 2013, 6:30pm

Everything that you never wanted to know about LINQ but were afraid to ask.

Do you ever need to build line of business apps quickly? Would you like to be able to whip up a full web based app in an hour From "What is LINQ?" and "Why would I want to use THAT" all the way to the use of multi-cast lambda expressions, we will make a quick tour through all things LINQ including some corners that you may never have heard of.


Michael Phipps will be our presenter for another April evening.  A bio will be coming soon.

March Meeting - IIS Administration: Tricks, Tips and Pitfalls

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY
When: Tuesday, March 11th, 2014, 6:30pm

Internet Information Services (or IIS) is the platform on which ASP.NET applications along with other types of web frameworks run.  There are many facets to configuration of IIS and the applications that run under it and a lot changed in the transition from IIS 6 to IIS 7.  This session will look at how IIS and the applications running on it are configured, some of the tips and tricks to running an effective site and some of the pitfalls and gotchas one might encounter when working with IIS.  Be sure to bring along any questions you have specific to IIS app configuration or generally about Windows web application hosting.



Local mushroom expert (the marginally poisonous Boletus Lanoie is named after him) Peter Lanoie brings his skills to TVUG.  As a skilled amateur forensic hair stylist, Peter has helped state and local police identify bodies by remnants of hair products left on the deceased. Peter is an expert Flugelhorn player and hopes to bring his musical stylings to SPAC this year. In his free time, Peter enjoys candlepin bowling, knitting turtle sweaters, and turning the beat around.  And to think, Peter wrote his own bio but wanted this instead.

February Meeting - Talk to the Hardware with Windows 8.1

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, 6:30pm

Windows 8.1 allows developers to communicate with a variety of devices through several interfaces. In this session, we will look at how to talk to hardware connected via USB and Bluetooth, as well as some of the new APIs which allow Windows 8.1 to talk to Point of Sale (POS) devices, scanners, and even 3D printers using real examples with real hardware!  
As a bonus, though it isn't Windows 8.1 specific, we will also take a quick look at the new Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK!

Please note: Due to an error with a previous edition of this post, certain details have been corrected.  Brian will show how to talk to devices, not to animals.

Founder of the Mohawk Glow Bocci League (and resident DJ at the Opulent Temple), Brian Peek has been mixing his love of software development with animal husbandry for the last 30 years. Accused of being the mastermind of the Laser Guided Scissor, Brian is currently working with Jimmy Dee on the lyrics to the Tarrytown production of "I dream of Jeanie: The Musical". Brian frequently pitches new show ideas to GSN and has a gold plated Sony ECM-51 for the day his show is picked. Once again, Brian has made the tactical error of not including a bio with the presentation description.