- Coding games using the Unity Framework
Thomas Eaton from T4G will be giving a presentation on coding games using the Unity Framework. We’ll be doing a code along session on making a beginner Space Invaders game in Unity. This will go over the basics such as Transforms, Collisions and Unity C# Scripting. Feel free to bring your laptop and follow along. This will require a basic knowledge of C#. If you would like to follow along, download Unity beforehand ( https://store.unity.com/ ). The personal edition works great! Thomas Eaton is a developer from T4G Limited in Nova Scotia. He’s a Unity Enthusiast who participates in both local and online Game Jams like Global Game Jam and Ludum Dare.
- Maybe it is time to take up acting…Darryl Dutton
The pressure is on to keep up with customer demands on functionality and performance, while data sizes are growing at unprecedented rate. The standard n-tier style architecture is starting to show its age in handling these pressuring demands on scaling. Today’s architectures needs to be more ‘distributed’ in nature, but this is not an easy ask to a developer to build a distributed ‘business’ application. What’s a developer to do? Why not try the ‘acting’. In this session we will introduce the Actor Model and how it can simplify and solve issues building a distributed application. To make it real, we show some simple code examples from an Akka framework that can become the building blocks to building your new distributed application. Warning: there is mind shift here, so you will likely feel one of two things at the end of the session…..acceptance or a total rejection to ‘acting’. Bio As a principal consultant at T4G with over 20 years’ experience, he believes that ‘better delivery is achieved through better design’ on IT projects. This experience in design and delivery of software solutions cuts across a variety of industries including the retail, insurance, manufacturing, financial, and government sectors. He specializes in application design with focus on data science platforms. Events like this one helps Darryl get out of the office and talk to real developers who are often smarter then himself.
- Make Web Not War – Live from Montreal (Online Web Conference)
Make Web Not War Montreal is a full day conference about web standards, open source and open data. World-class speakers from Montreal's premiere Open Source Community will speak about all aspects of web standards, open source, open data and open government and so much more. You'll learn about the latest IETF & ECMA web standards, how to run and contribute to an open source project, the importance of open data for the world of journalism, open government and so much more. Reserve your virtual seat and see the speaker line-up! https://aka.ms/mwugp Looking forward to seeing you all online! Best Regards, Your Microsoft Community! “
- Building Accessible Apps
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a new model not-for-profit multimedia organization that creates advocates, collaborates and enables accessibility to all media. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, they offer an accessible broadcast experience and online service. Offering one-of-a-kind unique broadcast services that are fully captioned and described, the organization has exemplified a policy for the provision of full accessibility in every aspect of the business model. From the built environment to employment policies to web accessibility and the development of best practices, the organization has become both an advocate for all persons with a disability, but also an industry leader and standards bearer for an understanding of the practice. Pizza and pop will be served. Join Robert Pearson for this session to gain an understanding of AMI as it moves forward into the future. Bio: Robert is the Accessibility Officer for Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) in Canada and has been functioning, influencing, and engaging in the accessibility industry since 1999. Robert joined AMI in 2011 as Director, Accessible Digital Media responsible for leading AMI’s efforts to improve the accessibility of digital media, develop AMI’s relationships with accessibility focused organizations and to liaise with the CRTC. In his role as Accessibility Officer, Robert’s focus is on maintaining AMI as a leader on media accessibility by setting accessibility standards, shaping organization policies and encouraging the development of industry solutions that contribute to creating an inclusive environment. AMI: http://www.ami.ca/ Blog: http://g3ict.org/resource_center/newsletter/articles_written_by_author/p/authorId_104146 Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/technica11y
- PowerShell V5.0 ships with Windows 10!
Doug Finke takes you through the newest version of PowerShell. You’ll experience the wide range of PowerShell’s power for automating tasks, making your life easier. Come see the game changing features in PowerShell v5. Learn why the REPL at command line makes you create things faster and with more quality. Learn how to integrate/debug PowerShell from and to C# code, how to use reflection at the command line, object pipelining, and much, much more. As with our sessions, pizza will be provided. Thursday, 27 August 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (ADT) Goldberg Faculty of Computer Science - Jacob Slonim Room (430) 6050 University Avenue Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada Presenter Bio Doug Finke is author of “PowerShell for Developers (http://www.amazon.com/Windows-PowerShell-Developers-Douglas-Finke/dp/1449322700/)”, a 7 time Microsoft MVP recipient, and international speaker. He’s teamed up at Start-Automating, a company specializing in PowerShell, building advanced tools, providing consulting, training and more. You can catch up with Doug at his blog http://dougfinke.com/blog .
- Introducing the Universal Windows Platform on Windows 10
The launch of Windows 10 is fast approaching, targeting 1 billion devices in its first year. From the Internet of Things to the Xbox the Universal Windows Platform allows one binary to run across all of those device families. Come and find out more about Windows 10 along with how to develop one app for one store across all device families with responsive controls, adaptive layout, tailored UI and adaptive code. SUBWAY® box lunches and drinks will be provided (Thanks to our sponsor - Microsoft Technical Community (https://www.technicalcommunity.com/default.aspx)) Presentation is by Colin Melia (http://www.meetup.com/Deveast/members/4099554/), Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft MVP (http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-US/findanmvp/Pages/profile.aspx?MVPID=db56bf29-83c7-4e46-be1f-bef5569f8e82), & Microsoft Build Developer Conference (http://www.buildwindows.com/) participant.
- The State of Entity Framework
Entity Framework 6 introduced significant improvements to the point that Entity Framework is now the ORM of choice for most .NET developers. In this fast paced session, we will use a sample application to demonstrate some common pitfalls and explore solutions that illustrate how we can support real world scenarios and build high performance, scalable web applications. Topics covered will include database initialization, async queries, performance profiling, performance tuning and connection pooling. Finally, we will wrap things up with an overview the big changes coming in Entity Framework 7. As with our sessions, pizza will be provided. Wednesday, 15 April 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (ADT) Goldberg Faculty of Computer Science - Jacob Slonim Room (430) 6050 University Avenue Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada Presenter Bio David Paquette (http://www.davepaquette.com/about-me) is a passionate, hands-on software developer who enjoys engaging others in striving for quality software that solves real-world business problems. David has many years of experience in developing software for financial, agricultural and energy companies where he has specialized in .NET and web development. He has led the development of both commercial products and internal systems. David enjoys staying on top of the latest technologies, and in his spare time has built and published a number of web applications and phone apps. David is a Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET/IIS (http://www.asp.net/web-forms/videos/iis) and has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan. He is active the software community, presenting at local events and international conferences
- Meet Microsoft and the Cloud
Next week Microsoft is holding a Cloud Summit daytime event in Halifax for those interested in learning more about moving their business to the cloud. There will also be a social gathering afterwards. To register and get more information on the daytime event go here:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/microsoft-cloud-summit-atlantic-canada-roadshow-tickets-14142210733 (http://bluetango.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=1943d0d1e94dd93473363bc90&id=371cf3e24d&e=ff46de2689) If you would like to meet Microsoft Canada DX Canada start-up advisor Marc Gagne (http://bluetango.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=1943d0d1e94dd93473363bc90&id=cb854a0909&e=ff46de2689)and Microsoft Regional Director Colin Melia (http://bluetango.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=1943d0d1e94dd93473363bc90&id=e666b1a8a6&e=ff46de2689), please meet them from 5:30 to 7:00 atGahan House (http://bluetango.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1943d0d1e94dd93473363bc90&id=6672bd6f8e&e=ff46de2689)
- Cloud Camp Halifax
Cloud Camp HalifaxThis is possibly our last event for 2014... Enhance your technical skills and take advantage of cloud capabilities in your work. The Microsoft Azure DevCamp is a great placed to get started with Microsoft Azure development and to learn what's new with the latest Microsoft Azure features. This full day (10:30 am - 530pm) Could DevCamp will highlight creating scalable web applications using your language of choice, building cloud applications that can connect with your existing applications or on-premises environments and demonstrating the flexibility of Virtual Machines for both Windows and Linux operating systems. The sections will be led by our own Colin Melia (http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/colin%20melia-4029125) and Alexandre Brisebois (https://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Alexandre%20Brisebois-5000215). Topics are yet to be finalized. Please read more and register here (https://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-CA&EventID=1032598690&IO=E4NVJvsiwmRqlA%2bb2Di6kw%3d%3d). Please plan to make it to the whole camp or some of it. Thanks Jude