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  • Programming Live Dashboards in Power BI. At scale.

    Online event

    There is a “hidden” resource in Power BI that allow developers to feed data into the system and allows for near-real-time live dashboards and reports. In this session, Armando Lacerda will present and demo on how to tap into this feature and what other Azure services would be needed to have it working at scale. You will learn: The basics of Power BI workspace and datasets How to set up a live dashboard How to feed data into the live dashboard How to scale up the solution Presenter: Armando Lacerda, Senior BI & Azure Architect, Microsoft MVP, and Microsoft Certified Trainer With 35 years in the IT industry and about 30 in love with data processing, Armando Lacerda started as a developer for Z80 assembly in the early ’80s in his hometown in Brasil. From there he found his passion in the data platform and has helped dozens of companies in the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East as an independent consultant, focused on Microsoft cloud solution for the past 10 years and in particular on data engineering and development around it. He also holds the Microsoft Certified Trainer for 25 years and he is in his first year as a Microsoft MVP. Aside from computing he loves to surf, scuba dive, and ride his bicycle on the hill trails in Northern California. After the session, we'll have an open discussion for the July topic or anything else. Agenda 6:00 pm - Welcome to TVUG, user group announcements 6:10 pm - Session start 7:10 pm - Session wrap-up, open Q&A Due to work from home and social distancing rules now in place, TVUG will be holding meetings online for the next few months. We look forward to seeing everyone in person, but for right now let's stay safe. This session will be held online, via Microsoft Teams. We'll be starting at a slightly earlier time, 6:00 PM. If your company already uses Teams, you should be able to use your installed copy of Teams, otherwise, just use the web version. When you register for the event, you'll see the link to the event.

  • Building Event-Driven Microservices with Azure Cosmos DB Change Feed

    Due to work from home and social distancing rules now in place, TVUG will be holding meetings online for the next few months. We look forward to seeing everyone in person, but for right now let's stay safe. This session will be held online, via Microsoft Teams. We'll be starting at an earlier time, 5:30 PM. If your company already uses Teams, you should be able to use your installed copy of Teams, otherwise, just use the web version. When you register for the event, you'll see the link to the event. Azure Cosmos DB is rapidly growing in popularity, and for good reason. Microsoft’s globally distributed, multi-model database service is massively scalable, fully indexed, and exposes multiple APIs. Throw in tunable consistency, a server-side programming model, along with[masked]% SLAs, and it’s easy to see why Cosmos DB is winning the hearts of developers and solution architects alike. Yet still, the change feed is one of the most overlooked features in Cosmos DB. This little gem maintains a persistent record of changes as they occur, and provides a reliable mechanism to consume a continuous and incremental feed of changes, as documents are actively written or modified to the database. In this session, learn how the change feed paves an easy path to build advanced event-driven solutions for replication, denormalization, microservices, real-time stream processing, and data archival. Presenter: Leonard Lobel, CTO of Sleek Technologies, Inc Leonard Lobel (Microsoft MVP, Data Platform) is the chief technology officer and co-founder of Sleek Technologies, Inc., a New York-based development shop with an early adopter philosophy toward new technologies. He is also a principal consultant at Tallan, Inc., a Microsoft National Systems Integrator and Gold Competency Partner. Programming since 1979, Lenni specializes in Microsoft-based solutions, with experience that spans a variety of business domains, including publishing, financial, wholesale/retail, health care, and e-commerce. Lenni has served as chief architect and lead developer for various organizations, ranging from small shops to high-profile clients. He is also a consultant, trainer, and frequent speaker at local usergroup meetings, VSLive, SQL PASS, and other industry conferences. Lenni has also authored several MS Press books and Pluralsight courses on database programming. After the session, we'll have an open discussion for the June topic or anything else. Agenda 5:30 pm - Welcome to TVUG, user group announcements 5:35 pm - Session start 7:00 pm - Session wrap-up, open Q&A

  • May Virtual Meetup - Supporting Dark Mode with Xamarin.Forms

    Due to work from home and social distancing rules now in place, TVUG will be holding meetings online for the next few months. We look forward to seeing everyone in person, but for right now let's stay safe. This session will be held online, via Microsoft Teams. We'll be starting at an earlier time, 5:30 PM. If your company already uses Teams, you should be able to use your installed copy of Teams, otherwise, just use the web version. When you register for the event, you'll see the link to the event. This session will be Susan Lundberg's last session as TVUG's sponsor. Please join to thank Susan for her many years of support. Our new sponsor is Alaant and they will be part of the meeting to introduce themselves. Tonight's session will be on supporting "dark mode" with Xamarin.Forms. Both iOS and Android now have options for running in dark mode. With a small amount of code and use of styles, you can set your apps to look good in both dark and light mode. Presenter: Chris Miller, Tyler Technologies After the session, we'll have an open discussion for the May topic or anything else. Agenda 5:30 pm - Welcome to TVUG 5:35 pm - Thank you to Susan, introducing Alaant 5:45 pm - Session start, meetup announcements 6:30 pm - Session wrap-up, open Q&A

  • March Meetup - Learn the basics of TensorFlow.js with Russell Kirkwood

    Intro to Machine Learning using TensorFlow.js NOTE: Due to a scheduling conflict, this event has been moved up one week. Learn the basics of TensorFlow.js, a browser based Machine Learning Library using JavaScript. Machine Learning Applications include Risk Assessment Scoring, Product Recommendations, Virtual Personal Assistants, Traffic Predictions, Face Detection, image Classifications, Email Spam and Malware Filtering, Product Recommendations, and Online Fraud Detection. You can develop ML models in JavaScript, and use ML directly in the browser or in Node.js. During our session, we will build a Driver Risk Assessment application that runs in the browser. Presenter Profile: Russell Kirkwood, Programmer/Developer specializing in .Net, C#, AI, Machine Learning, Alexa Skills, SQL, Azure, AWS & Google Cloud Technologies. 6:00 pm - Doors open and refreshments will be served 6:30 pm - Session start, meetup announcements 7:30 pm - Session wrap-up, closing comments Please register through the TVUG Meetup site so we can plan for the refreshments. Please note: The doors at the Tyler Technologies office are always locked. When you come in, there will be a door bell to the right of the inside doors. Press that button and you will be buzzed in.

  • February Meetup - Microsoft Graph Up Close and Personal with Jim O'Neil

    TVUG will be welcoming back Jim O'Neil for his "Microsoft Graph Up Close and Personal" session. Microsoft Graph is the gateway to data and intelligence in Microsoft 365. For developers, the Microsoft Graph provides RESTful, authenticated access to users profile and activities within the Microsoft 365 ecosystem including Office, Window s 10, Azure Active Directory, and more. When you integrate with Graph you are able to provide end-users a more personalized (if not prescient) experience by melding the vast amounts of utilization data in Microsoft 365 with your application’s own unique business value. In this talk we’ll outline the Graph ecosystem and API surface, experiment with low-barrier to entry tools (like Graph Explorer), and build a simple, single-page application that leverages a few of the Graph APIs. Jim is a Microsoft Azure MVP and a Senior Architect at the Digital Innovation division of Insight where he focuses on cloud-first applications with particular emphasis on IoT solutions for a wide variety of clients. As a member of the great(er) Boston tech community, he’s a perennial volunteer and coordinator of Boston Code Camp, New England GiveCamp, and Global Azure Bootcamp. When not geeking out with the cloud, he’s geeking out discovering his own roots via DNA and traditional genealogy and exploring craft brews (sometimes simultaneously). 6:00 pm - Doors open and refreshments will be served 6:30 pm - Session start, meetup announcements 7:30 pm - Session wrap-up, closing comments Please register through the TVUG Meetup site so we can plan for the refreshments. Please note: The doors at the Tyler Technologies office are always locked. When you come in, there will be a door bell to the right of the inside doors. Press that button and you will be buzzed in.

  • Resumes and Interviews, how to crush your competition and get your next job

    Let's start off the new year with a new résumé! Join us for a talk about how to prepare a résumé and what to expect in a job interview. We'll talk about the do's and don'ts for crafting a great résumé. We'll discuss what to expect in an interview and how to prepare for one. We'll also talk about the other factors that go on during the interview process. Need to update your résumé? Bring it in and we'll give you an honest appraisal. Even if you are not not looking for a new job opportunity, it's useful to keep your résumé current. This will be an open forum and ask us anything. Presenters Susan Lundberg from Capital Tech Search.and NY Tech Loop Susan is an experienced recruiter for Capital District tech market. Chris Miller from Tyler Technologies Chris is a software architect who sits on the other side of the tech interview 6:00 pm - Doors open and refreshments will be served 6:30 pm - Session start, meetup announcements 7:30 pm - Session wrap-up, closing comments Please register through the TVUG Meetup site so we can plan for the refreshments. This will be our January session. TVUG will not be meeting in December Please note: The doors at the Tyler Technologies office are always locked. When you come in, there will be a door bell to the right of the inside doors. Press that button and you will be buzzed in.

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  • Scale your API quickly using Message Queues on AWS

    Tyler Technologies

    APIs are easy enough to build, but making sure they can scale without breaking the bank can be difficult. While there are ways to auto-scale your API through containers/VMs with load balancers, it might be better to use a message queue. In this session, you'll learn how to build an .NET Core API that sends data to a message queue for processing through a .NET core console application with the .NET AWS SDK, rather just connecting straight to a database. Presenter: Nathan Westfall Nathan is the host of the "The Engineer of What?" podcast and makes his own XLR cables. 6:00 pm - Doors open and refreshments will be served 6:30 pm - Session start, meetup announcements 7:30 pm - Session wrap-up, closing comments Please note: For this session we will be meeting our usual meeting space at the Tyler offices.

  • Introduction to Xamarin Forms Shell

    TEKSystems

    We'll cover a new way of creating Xamarin.Forms apps using Shell, which was introduced this Spring with Xamarin.Forms 4.0 . Shell provides an easy way to scaffold your application and adds URI navigation from page to page. We'll show how to take advantage of new Search Handler that comes with Shell. Some knowledge of Xamarin.Forms is suggested. Presenter: Chris Miller A retired Division 3 substitute shooting guard, Chris toured as part of Santana's lighting crew in the late '90s. He believes that in respect to rules, there are no rules. He was pleasantly surprised to learn that dbx is still a thing, 6:00 pm - Doors open and refreshments will be served 6:30 pm - Session start, meetup announcements 7:30 pm - Session wrap-up, closing comments Please note: For this session we will be meeting at the TEKsystems office at 15 British American Blvd, Latham 12159. Our usual meeting space undergoing renovations and that location will not be ready for September. The good people at TEKsystems will be our sponsor and host this month. NOTE: Due to schedule complications, the previously scheduled "Scale your API quickly using Message Queues on AWS" has been moved to October.

  • Intro to MongoDB with Jason Mimick

    Tyler Technologies

    Come in for an introduction to MongoDB, a cross-platform document-oriented database. MongoDB is a NoSQL database that uses JSON-like documents with schemata. Learn how to use MongoDB with Kubernetes to create an on-prem, cloud-ready database. 6:00 pm - Doors open and refreshments will be served 6:30 pm - Session start, meetup announcements 7:30 pm - Session wrap-up, closing comments The doors to Tyler Technologies will be unlocked from 5:45 pm to 7:05 pm. Presenter: Jason Mimick Jason Mimick is the Technical Director for Partners at MongoDB developing new product and technical innovations with a number of companies. He's been at MongoDB nearly 4 years and previously spent the last 20-odd years building enterprise products and holding various engineering positions at Intersystems, Microsoft, and other companies. NOTE: Doing to scheduling conflicts, this session will be held on Monday, June 3rd.

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