Past

Meet Lincoln.Code()

1/27/2016 6:00:00 PM

Location: Assurity Life Insurance Headquarters

Dear loyal and wonderful members of our local developer community,

Can you believe it has been over 7 years since our first Lincoln .NET Users Group meeting? So many things have changed since then. Silverlight has come and gone. .NET has gone open source. Internet traffic from mobile devices has surpassed desktop devices. With this in mind, we felt it was time to refactor LDNUG.  If you’ve never been to a Lincoln .NET Users Group meeting, but enjoyed your experience at Nebraska.Code(), now is a great time to take another look at our group.

What is Changing?

Our first change is a rebranding of the group. We were looking over our sessions for the past year and came to the realization that .NET specific talks make up a very small percentage of our topics. Since our founding, we've moved into a world where various technologies work very well together. We felt changing the name to reflect our true focus was in order. 

Let me be the first to introduce you to Lincoln.Code(). You may notice some similarities to the local software development conference, Nebraska.Code(). That is intentional. Since we are rebranding it made sense to bring them in line. We see the monthly group as an extension of the yearly conference and the change in name reflects that. 

 Our second change is we are moving to the MeetUp platform for organizing the group, members, and meetings. MeetUp has grown-up quite a bit and implements all the features we were planning on adding to our website. On top of that, MeetUp does a very nice job of advertising the group to people with similar interests. It allows us to reach a much broader audience than before. What this does mean is that if you would like to continue to receive email messages you will need to join our group on MeetUp. The link is:

 http://www.meetup.com/Lincoln-Code/

It’s free to sign up and join the group.  From here on out, messages sent through MeetUp will be the sole method of communication from the group to you.  If you don’t want to miss out on the great things we have planned this year, make sure to join the MeetUp group now.

 What is Not Changing?

 We are still meeting the last Wednesday of each month. TEKSystems is still buying us pizza (Thanks Alex!). We are still meeting at Assurity. We are still bringing in great speakers and interesting topics. Pretty much everything you loved about the group. 

 Lastly, we wanted to say Thank You to everyone who has supported us all these years. We are proud of the community in Lincoln and are grateful for the opportunity to meet with all of you each month. 

 Best Regards,

 

Ken And Adam  

Microsoft SQL Server 2016 – What’s New

12/16/2015 6:00:00 PM

Location: Don't Panic Labs

Come see what’s new in SQL Server 2016! This session will be an overview into some of the new features such as temporal tables, query store, live query statistics, managed backups, JSON output, encryption enhancements, data masking, stretch databases, and much more! We will move through quite a few features with demos along the way. Come see how SQL Server 2016 can help you develop new ways of working with data!

Speaker

Phil Brammer (@PhilBrammer) is nine-year and running Microsoft MVP awardee with a specialization of SQL Server.

He has over 15 years data warehousing experience in various technologies from reporting through ETL. Including Ralph Kimball’s Red Brick data warehousing software, SQL Server, Oracle, SAP, Teradata, MySQL, etc… Over the last six years, he has spent his time focused on operational database administration as well as leading the Omaha SQL Server user group.

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.NET Application Performance Monitoring using New Relic

11/18/2015 6:00:00 PM

Location: Assurity Life Insurance Headquarters

Building awesome .NET applications that business owners/users rave about is something our development teams strive for.  But when you start getting calls about your application being "slow" and angry mobs are assembling at your cubicle, you start to wonder where things went wrong. Sean will show us how his development and operations teams are fighting back against slow performance using Application Performance Monitoring with New Relic.  New Relic provides SaaS-based performance monitoring for your .NET applications and helps pinpoint performance problems down to a very granular level, letting you know which method call or stored procedure is causing slowness in your application.  We will review real world performance problems that have occurred in our environment and show how New Relic has helped us resolve those issue and become more proactive about identifying potential performance bottlenecks.

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Enterprise Architecture with Jeff Bramwell

10/28/2015 6:00:00 PM

Location: Assurity Life Insurance Headquarters

As the size of your development shop and organization grows, being able to align the needs of the business with technology grows ever-important. Having been involved with our company’s Enterprise Architecture practice since the early days of its inception I have had the opportunity to grow with the team, which I now lead, and have seen what works – and what doesn’t – for our organization. Regardless of whether you are part of a small startup shop or a 20,000 employee organization, there is a need for a focus on Enterprise Architecture.

Speaker: Jeff Bramwell

As the size of your development shop and organization grows, being able to align the needs of the business with technology grows ever-important. Having been involved with our company’s Enterprise Architecture practice since the early days of its inception I have had the opportunity to grow with the team, which I now lead, and have seen what works – and what doesn’t – for our organization. Regardless of whether you are part of a small startup shop or a 20,000 employee organization, there is a need for a focus on Enterprise Architecture. Jeff Bramwell is Director of Enterprise Architecture with Farm Credit Services of America.  He has over 20 years of software development experience and strives to follow the mantra of start simple and work your way up from there. He has been working with .NET technologies since the early pre-release days and taught C# at a local university for several years.  Having a focus on Enterprise Architecture, Jeff co-leads the Omaha Enterprise Architects User Group and has presented at multiple user groups and conferences as well as co-authored the book Extending Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online. Jeff is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP and makes every attempt to post useful information on his blog at http://blog.devmatter.com/. You can follow him on twitter at twitter.com/jbramwell.

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Lightning Talks

9/30/2015 6:00:00 PM

Location: Assurity Life Insurance Headquarters

Do you use something interesting in your development process that you could talk about for a short period (say 10-20 minutes)? As developers, we tend to think that things we do/use may not be interesting to others. That's SO not true.  I bet you use something every day that other developers could benefit from hearing about. Maybe it's a specific tool, or pattern, or technology. For instance,  maybe you love C# extension methods and are willing to share your wisdom about them. Or maybe you're using something new like ASP.NET 5, Entity Framework 7, or Visual Studio Code - - and are willing to simply share your experience with it. You can have slides, or better yet, you can do a demonstration. I bet you know something that other developers could benefit from hearing about.

If you plan to code or demonstrate or present your idea, bring your laptop.  The room is equipped with Wi-Fi and most major visual and audio interfaces including VGA, HDMI, Display Port/Mini Display Port.

Here is what we have planned so far - but this isn't set in stone!  If you have something you want to present, show up, raise your hand and drop some knowledge on your fellow geeks.

  • Azure Service Bus - Andy Unterseher

  • Ionic Framework - Jason Norris

  • What's New in C# - Jason Williams

  • Release Management - Steve Kennedy

  • Mockingbot - Steve Kennedy

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