February Meeting - Top 10 Ways to Go from Good to Great Scrum Master with Ben Day

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, 6:30pm

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Top 10 Ways to Go from Good to Great Scrum Master

The Scrum Master role in an organization can be difficult.  You live between a rock and a hard place.  You're influential but you probably don't have any real power.  You're not a project manager but you're on the hook for delivering.  You're asked to promise dates when the best you can give is a forecast.  You're long on responsibility and short on power.  (Awesome.) But you do it because it's a great job, right?  There's nothing like helping your team come together and deliver actual working software. 

 It takes a special kind of person to be Scrum Master -- Nerves of steel, a lot of finesse, and some ridiculously great people skills.  It's a lot of knowing what to look for and knowing how to fix it.  Even better if you can anticipate issues and get in front of them.  What can you do to help keep everything on track?  How do you have the difficult conversations when things are 'sub-optimal'?  From that lazy guy on your team, to the Product Owner who doesn't like to estimate, to you losing your mind because you're always picking up the slack.  How do you help your team to solve problems and really sing?  You're a good Scrum Master.  Come find out how to be great. 

Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.
Bio: Ben Day
Benjamin Day is a consultant and trainer specializing in software development best practices using Scrum with Microsoft’s ALM tools.  Ben’s main areas of emphasis include Team Foundation Server, Scrum, software testing, and software architecture.  He is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP, a certified Scrum trainer via Scrum.org, and a speaker at conferences such as TechEd and VSLive.  When not developing software, Ben’s been known to go running and kayaking in order to balance out his love of cheese, cured meats, and champagne.  His online courses are available at Pluralsight and he can be contacted by email at info@benday.com.

January Meeting - Threat Modeling with Robert Hurbut

here: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, 6:30pm

How To Make Threat Modeling Work For You
Threat modeling is a way of thinking about what could go wrong and how to prevent it. Instinctively, we all think this way in regards to our own personal security and safety. When it comes to building software, some software shops either skip the important step of threat modeling in secure software design or, they have tried threat modeling before but haven't quite figured out how to connect the threat models to real world software development and its priorities. In this session, you will learn practical strategies in using threat modeling in secure software design and how to apply risk management in dealing with the threats
Please register for this event on the TVUG Meetup Site, so that we can have an accurate count for seating and refreshments.
Bio: Robert Hurlbut
Robert Hurlbut is an independent software security consultant, architect, developer, and trainer through Robert Hurlbut Consulting Services. Robert is a Microsoft MVP for Developer Security and holds the (ISC)2 CSSLP certification. Robert has over 20+ years of industry experience in secure coding, software architecture, and software development and has served at times as a project manager, chief architect, and director of software development for several clients. Robert blogs at https://roberthurlbut.com/blog and shares links and other information on Twitter at @RobertHurlbut.
This presentation is sponsored in part by Aspose, helping developers working with .NET, Java, and in the cloud to create, manage and convert documents and files.

December Meeting - Debugging Web and Mobile Sites with Vorlon.js

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 6:30pm

Debugging Web and Mobile Sites with Vorlon.js

Vorlon.js is a debugging tool for webpages. It's sort of like the F12 tools built into your favorite browser, but it has one big advantage - it works remotely.

With Vorlon.js, you put a single script reference on your web page and then install the vorlon npm package on your local machine (or in the cloud) and you're ready to go.

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 10 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.

Slide deck from the presentation: Website Debugging with Vorlon.pdf (2.5MB)

November Meeting - Migrating .Net Applications to the Cloud with Mark Abrams

here: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, 6:30pm

Migrating .Net Applications to the Cloud
Focusing on brownfield development, this talk is intended to engage participants in how and why legacy applications get moved to the cloud. We will look at architectural patterns and delve into some code at the beginner or intermediate level. In addition, we will consider methods for redesign and the goals to target a cloud based application. Based on audience interest, the conversation will address one or more of the topics of SaaS enablement, multi-tenancy, continuous integration, cloud fundamentals and what to expect from a PaaS. 

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

Bio: Mark Abrams
Mark Abrams is a Sr. Solutions Architect with Apprenda - a private cloud platform. Mark primarily employs the iDesign Method of Software Architecture and has been actively working with Juval Lowy and other seasoned Architects to learn the craft. Mark has been developing software for over 17 years. He has worked in the video game industry, healthcare, financial services, e-commerce and cloud. As an entrepreneur, Mark built an online marketplace for services business.

October Meeting - SQLTips that saved my Bacon with Greg Moore

here: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 6:30pm

Tips that saved my Bacon
In this session, I propose to share some of the tricks I've used on the operational side of being a DBA. There's saying, never perform small miracles, people to rely on them, but isn't it useful to have a few in your back-pocket. Everyone knows log-shipping is great for DR recovery, but what about using it for minor issues, like a delete or update gone bad? Want to move a large table someplace else (like that "oh it'll just be a small audit table, it won't grow large because we'll write the functionality later to keep it small" and they never do? UNC backups... an often overlooked but useful option for making a backup AND getting it off your server. Run a small operation where too many fingers have access to the operational DB and you want to catch them? These are some of the tricks I've picked up over the years and used more than once to perform small miracles and have saved my bacon or the bacon of others

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

Bio: Greg Moore
Greg Moore is a graduate of RPI. There, he majored in CompSci, but probably spent as much time hiking, canoeing, caving and rock-climbing as he did studying. Since 1990, Greg founded a consulting business: Green Mountain Software and worked for startups including PowerOne Media, TownNews and Traffiq and now consults. These days, when he's not busy with playing with SQL Server or spending time with his family , he can often be found underground caving or teaching cave rescue with the NCRC

AzureCon is coming up on September 29th, a free virtual conference

September 29th, starting at Noon (EST)

AzureCon is a free, virtual, one day event where experts from Microsoft and the community will present the latest in Azure innovation and easy-to-adopt solution

Unleashed possibilities

Be the first to hear about the latest Azure innovation. Find new ways to address your IT challenges and enable scenarios only possible with the cloud.

Access to the experts

Get unfiltered access to top Azure engineers and community members. And hear the latest from Scott Guthrie, Jason Zander, Bill Staples, Mark Russinovich, Scott Hanselman, and others.

Customers take the stage

Hear from startups and enterprises who are accelerating, differentiating, and transforming their business with the cloud. See what they’re up to with Azure. And see what you can do next.

Customizable learning

Choose from more than 50 technical videos and learn about new Azure features and existing capabilities. Whether you’re just getting started or want to dive deep, we’ve got you covered.

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Breakout sessions


Be the first to see what’s next. Attend the free, virtual event.

Hear from the experts about the latest Azure innovation and easy-to-adopt solutions. Listen as customers take the stage to share their stories. Join live Q&As and interact with the architects and engineers who are building the latest features. Choose from more than 50 technical sessions—and accelerate your journey to the cloud.

Register here

End of the Summer link roundup

We are just a couple of weeks away from the start of the Fall TVUG season and we would like to share some development related links.

Tools for Every Developer and Every App

Visit www.visualstudio.com to learn more and to download any of the Visual Studio products.

What’s new for developers in Windows 10

Windows 10 and new developer tools provide the tools, features, and experiences powered by the new Universal Windows Platform.  Click here to get started.

Get started with Windows apps
Build Windows apps now. Windows 10 makes it easier than ever to develop apps for the Universal Windows Platform with just one API set and one app package to reach all Windows 10 devices – PCs, tablets, phones, and more.  Get started here.

Microsoft Virtual Academy
A great source of online training, like "Getting Started with Windows 10 for IT Professionals", a course for IT Administrators to learn more about the benefits that Windows 10 can bring to their organizations.

Channel 9

Another great online resource for Windows 10 related videos.

Using Microsoft datacenters as an integral part of your Disaster Recovery Plan: Free, hands-on event

Using Microsoft datacenters as an integral part of your Disaster Recovery Plan: Free, hands-on event

Please join us for a free, interactive event led by Microsoft experts.

  • Do you want to learn about new disaster recovery options from Microsoft experts?
  • Have you been putting off trying new technology due to time pressures or not knowing where to start?
  • Do you think your disaster recovery strategy would benefit from a refresh?
  • Have you considered refreshing your servers in the cloud instead of doing a hardware refresh?
If you answer yes to any of the questions above we may be able to help.
Your Microsoft IT Pro subject matter experts are coming to a city near you over the next couple of months to provide education on disaster recovery. You will see demos and walk through hands-on labs on the elements Microsoft provides to support a disaster recovery strategy. 

The content is delivered in a fun, educational way, and we will even provide a free Azure pass to ensure it’s not costing you to learn with Azure.

Attend the event and you will learn:
  • Replicate virtualized workloads to Microsoft's global data centers
  • Back up data and protect workloads with nearly infinite scalability
  • Implement a hybrid replication using both cloud and on-premises solutions
  • Create a backup without needing to buy more tape
  • Back up your Windows clients (including Windows 10) to remote storage
Looking forward to seeing you at an upcoming event.
Click here to find an event close to you.  For TVUG members, the NYC event on October 8th would be the closest one.

September Meeting : Advanced Debugging techniques

Where: Tyler Technologies, Latham, NY 
When: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, 6:30pm

Bugs. Ugh. Who likes 'em? NOBODY. But they are a fact of life. Everyone makes mistakes. Tracking them down is part of our lives as developers. This session will fill your tool kit with methods, ideas and techniques for finding and crushing bugs. This presentation is (mostly) not .Net and Visual Studio specific and would be a great fit for developers who work in any language.

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

Bio: Michael Phipps
Coming from a long line of litigious sheep herders, Michael is a well known presence in the local developer community.  Michael is a professional skee baller and has traveled to both Austin and Wilmington to compete in tournament play under the name “Space Wolf”.  During the late 1990’s, Michael owned and managed a Laser Guided Scissor Kiosk in Mohawk Mall.  Michael is currently working on a mobile app, Fotomat Map Maker, an app that will display the locations of long removed Fotomats from shopping center parking lots.  Inexplicably, Michael decided to roll the dice to see what happens when he fails to submit bio for his presentation.

TVUG is on summer break

Due to circumstances beyond our control, TVUG will not be meeting in June.  We plan on starting back up in September.  Stay tuned...