• DeFi vs CeFi Cryptocurrency: A Programmers Perspective by Joe Homnick, CPA

    There is an interesting competition and interaction between decentralized finance (DeFi) and centralized finance (CeFi) currently occurring in the cryptocurrency industry. There is also a hybrid environment called CeDeFi.

    In this session we will look at, from a software developer perspective, how CeFi and DeFi are similar and different. DeFi and CeFi share similarities in the sense that they both involve the same financial services and promote the adoption of decentralized ledger technologies (DLTs). However, several significant differences split DeFi and CeFi into two different worlds. We will drill into how both CeFi and DeFi are implemented differently regarding Decentralized Apps (DAPP), Controllability, Risk and Profitability.

    We will also be looking at how some of the publicly posted DAPP code is structured.

    The last 10 months of GCUG in-person and remote meetings have been a safe and resounding success, so we will keep up this format for this meeting. The in-person portion will be limited to 20 attendees in an outdoor Boca/Delray location that allows for social distancing. Safely prepared and packaged food and libations will be provided. Contact [masked] if you would like to join the limited in-person portion of meeting.

    **This session is not in any way giving financial advice, investing entails risk and is the sole responsibility of the investor**

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  • Interplanetary File System(IPFS)-Developing a Decentralized Web-Joe Homnick,CPA

    IPFS brings the freedom and independent spirit of the web in full force — and can help you deliver your content at a much lower cost efficiently, prevent destruction of history, be free from corporate control and is resistant to censorship. Regardless of what planet you are on!

    Joe takes you on a demo heavy presentation of what IPFS is and how you take advantage of it to deliver censor resistant web apps. We'll also look at how you can profit from hosting IPFS nodes.

    The last eight months of GCUG in-person and remote meetings have been a safe and resounding successes, so we will keep up this format for this meeting. The in-person portion will be limited to 10 attendees in an outdoor Boca/Delray location that allows for social distancing. Safely prepared and packaged food and libations will be provided. Contact [masked] if you would like to join the limited in-person portion of meeting.

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  • DeFi (Decentralized Finance) Programming Architecture by Joe Homnick, CPA

    **In-person and remote meeting**

    DeFi or decentralized finance is a movement that aims at making a new financial system that is open to everyone and does not require trusting intermediaries like banks. To achieve that DeFi relies heavily on cryptography, blockchain and smart contracts. Smart contracts are the main building blocks of DeFi.

    Joe takes you on a journey that results in understanding the programming architecture behind the DeFi movement. He will show how Ethereum Smart Contracts form the basis for financial activities of lending, borrowing, derivatives, margin trading and insurance through the use of Stable coins, Decentralized Exchanges and Oracles.

    Attend this in-person and remote meeting to learn how you can be part of this new exciting arena of programmatic free trade that cannot be assimilated by a centralized empire.

    The last six months of GCUG in-person and remote meetings have been a safe and resounding successes, so we will keep up this format for this meeting. The in-person portion will be limited to 10 attendees in an outdoor Boca/Delray location that allows for social distancing. Safely prepared and packaged food and libations will be provided. Contact [masked] if you would like to join the limited in-person portion of meeting.

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  • Power BI Learn and DA-100 Test Prep. In-person and Remote Meeting

    Join co-presenters David Cobb and Joe Homnick for their final installment of a unique way to learn Power BI while preparing for Microsoft Certification Exam DA-100: Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI. This session will go through practice exam questions and then analyze the answers.

    The GCUG has held many meetings in this format in the past and the consensus is that it is a great learning process for attendees regardless of whether you are planning on taking the test or not.

    We will be doing a series of meetings that follow the Microsoft published Skills Measured for the DA-100 test as follows:

    Prepare the data (20-25%)
    Model the data (25-30%)
    Visualize the data (20-25%)
    Analyze the data, deploy and maintain deliverables (20-30%) ** Current meeting topic **

    The last four GCUG in-person and remote meetings have been safe and resounding successes, so we will keep up this format for this series of meetings. The in-person portion will be limited to 10 attendees in an outdoor Boca/Delray location that allows for social distancing. Safely prepared and packaged food and libations will be provided. Contact [masked] if you would like to join the limited in-person portion of meeting.

    ** SPECIAL OFFER TO DA-100 TEST TAKERS FROM HOMNICK SYSTEMS **
    For qualified test takers (whether you are taking the exam or have already taken it) Homnick Systems is offering the following for DA-100 Certified professionals who associate with Homnick Systems.
    - Pay for passed DA-100 exam
    - Visual Studio Enterprise subscription, a $6k value, see https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/vs/pricing-details/ for more details
    - supplying access to Power BI Premium features, see https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/ for more details

    This offer is for DA-100 certified persons who associate with Homnick Systems. Contact [masked] if you would like to hear more about this offer.

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  • Power BI Learn and DA-100 Test Prep. In-person and Remote Meeting

    Join co-presenters David Cobb and Joe Homnick for a unique way to learn Power BI while preparing for Microsoft Certification Exam DA-100: Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI. This session will go through practice exam questions and then analyze the answers.

    The GCUG has held many meetings in this format in the past and the consensus is that it is a great learning process for attendees regardless of whether you are planning on taking the test or not.

    We will be doing a series of meetings that follow the Microsoft published Skills Measured for the DA-100 test as follows:

    Prepare the data (20-25%)
    Model the data (25-30%)
    Visualize the data (20-25%) ** Current meeting topic **
    Analyze the data, deploy and maintain deliverables (20-30%)

    The last three GCUG in-person and remote meetings have been safe and resounding successes, so we will keep up this format for this series of meetings. The in-person portion will be limited to 10 attendees in an outdoor Boca/Delray location that allows for social distancing. Safely prepared and packaged food and libations will be provided. Contact [masked] if you would like to join the limited in-person portion of meeting.

    ** SPECIAL OFFER TO DA-100 TEST TAKERS FROM HOMNICK SYSTEMS **
    For qualified test takers (whether you are taking the exam or have already taken it) Homnick Systems is offering the following for DA-100 Certified professionals who associate with Homnick Systems.
    - Pay for passed DA-100 exam
    - Visual Studio Enterprise subscription, a $6k value, see https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/vs/pricing-details/ for more details
    - supplying access to Power BI Premium features, see https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/ for more details

    This offer is for DA-100 certified persons who associate with Homnick Systems. Contact [masked] if you would like to hear more about this offer.

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  • Power BI Learn and DA-100 Test Prep. In-person and Remote Meeting

    Join co-presenters David Cobb and Joe Homnick for a unique way to learn Power BI while preparing for Microsoft Certification Exam DA-100: Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI. This session will go through practice exam questions and then analyze the answers.

    The GCUG has held many meetings in this format in the past and the consensus is that it is a great learning process for attendees regardless of whether you are planning on taking the test or not.

    We will be doing a series of meetings that follow the Microsoft published Skills Measured for the DA-100 test as follows:

    Prepare the data (20-25%)
    Model the data (25-30%) ** Current meeting topic **
    Visualize the data (20-25%)
    Analyze the data, deploy and maintain deliverables (20-30%)

    The last two GCUG in-person and remote meetings have been safe and resounding successes, so we will keep up this format for this series of meetings. The in-person portion will be limited to 10 attendees in an outdoor Boca/Delray location that allows for social distancing. Safely prepared and packaged food and libations will be provided. Contact [masked] if you would like to join the limited in-person portion of meeting.

    ** SPECIAL OFFER TO DA-100 TEST TAKERS FROM HOMNICK SYSTEMS **
    For qualified test takers (whether you are taking the exam or have already taken it) Homnick Systems is offering the following for DA-100 Certified professionals who associate with Homnick Systems.
    - Pay for passed DA-100 exam
    - Visual Studio Enterprise subscription, a $6k value, see https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/vs/pricing-details/ for more details
    - supplying access to Power BI Premium features, see https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/ for more details

    This offer is for DA-100 certified persons who associate with Homnick Systems. Contact [masked] if you would like to hear more about this offer.

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  • Power BI Learn and DA-100 Test Prep. In-person and Remote Meeting

    Join us for a unique way to learn Power BI while preparing for Microsoft Certification Exam DA-100: Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI. This session will go through practice exam questions and then analyze the answers.

    The GCUG has held many meetings in this format in the past and the consensus is that it is a great learning process for attendees regardless of whether you are planning on taking the test or not.

    We will be doing a series of meetings that follow the Microsoft published Skills Measured for the DA-100 test as follows:

    Prepare the data (20-25%) ** Current meeting topic **
    Model the data (25-30%)
    Visualize the data (20-25%)
    Analyze the data, deploy and maintain deliverables (20-30%)

    The first GCUG in-person and remote meeting on August 20th was a safe and resounding success, so we will keep up this format for this series of meetings. The in-person portion will be limited to 10 attendees in an outdoor Boca/Delray location that allows for social distancing. Safely prepared and packaged food and libations will be provided. Contact [masked] if you would like to join the limited in-person portion of meeting.

    ** SPECIAL OFFER TO DA-100 TEST TAKERS FROM HOMNICK SYSTEMS **
    For qualified test takers (whether you are taking the exam or have already taken it) Homnick Systems is offering vouchers for the exam, supplying you a subscription to Power BI Pro along with Azure credits and many more benefits. This is for DA-100 certified persons who associate with Homnick Systems. Contact [masked] if you would like to hear more about this offer.

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  • Azure Synapse Analytics Drill Down-RESTART of In Person Mtgs with Remote Session

    Joe Homnick takes you on a demo packed drill down into the capabilities of Azure Synapse Analytics.

    Azure Synapse is a limitless analytics service, that brings together enterprise data warehousing and big data analytics. It gives you the freedom to query data on your terms, using either server-less on-demand or provisioned resources—at scale. Azure Synapse brings these two worlds together with a unified experience to ingest, prepare, manage, and serve data for immediate BI and machine learning needs.

    This session will be delivered with an in-person audience and broadcast through a MS Teams remote meeting. The in-person audience is going to be limited to governmental size guidelines and will meet all social distancing requirements. Food and beverage (light libations) will be served in a safe isolated packaging method. If you want to attend the in-person portion of the event, contact [masked].

    Virtual part of meetup will be delivered through Microsoft Teams. You do not have to have the Teams client installed to join; you can attend through a web browser session. Contact [masked] with any Teams Meeting questions.

    NOTE: The GCUG #RESTART committee met in-person 7/16 and has decided to move the meeting to 8/20 to accommodate in-person attendance schedules. We will be watching the pandemic spread closely in Florida and will be complying with all governmental guidance for the outdoor in-person part of the meeting.

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  • RESTART of In-Person UG Meetings - Online Planning Session

    Hope all GCUG members have been staying safe and healthy during this trying pandemic.

    Please join us for a online planning meeting (will not be recorded) to discuss the RESTART of in-person Gold Coast Users Group Meetings. The GCUG was there when the South Florida UG community started back in the 90's and being part of RESTARTING in-person meetings keeps up this tradition.

    Here are some of the topics to discuss:

    Reasonable time frame for first meeting.
    Private vs Public meeting.
    Number of attendees.
    Outdoor vs indoor.
    PPE requirements for attendees.
    Meeting governmental social distancing legal requirements.
    Keeping the GCUG non-libel.

    Even if you aren’t interested in RESTARTING in-person meetings, please join us to catch up on what has been happening the last few months within our GCUG community.

    ** RSVP here or email [masked] to receive a remote link to the meeting prior to its start. This meeting will not be recorded and the results of the meeting discussion will be posted. **

    Virtual meetup will be delivered through Microsoft Teams. You do not have to have the Teams client installed to join; you can attend through a web browser session. Contact [masked] with any Teams Meeting questions.

  • Democratizing AI at South Florida Software Developer Conference

    Nova Southeastern University

    GCUG supports the South Florida Software Developer Conference, be sure to sign up at http://sfsdc.com

    11:10AM-12:20PM, Auditorium - Room 1124
    Joe Homnick is presenting on Democratizing Artificial Intelligence (AI) with the Power Platform.

    The Power Platform has new features that democratizes, or makes accessible to all, AI capabilities to Tech Professionals. You don’t need to be a Data Scientist or write complicated Machine Learning scripts/routines to take advantage of AI anymore.

    Joe Homnick takes you on a demo rich learning experience of how all IT Professionals can implement AI capabilities through PowerApps AI Builder, Power BI AI Insights, Power Automate and Data Flow Cloud services. These demos will include how to integrate Microsoft Azure Machine Learning packaged APIs into your BI projects.

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