• All aboard the AI train! Last meetup of 2018, be there or be square!

    The last Meetup of the year and it's another one you don't want to miss! For the first session, we have a great session by AI Microsoft MVP Henk Boelman. Henk speaks at many conferences all around the world, but we managed to book him for our lovely Meetup in Heerlen! The second session of the evening is by Roelant Dieben, Senior Software Engineer at Ordina. He will also have an AI and Machine Learning related talk, all about making out databases more intelligent. Session 1: AI on the Microsoft Stack - Henk Boelman The need to jump on the AI track is more relevant than ever. With the commodity of hardware and the computing power of the Azure Cloud, Artificial Intelligence is at our fingertips and waiting to be implemented in new innovative solutions. In this session, we do a deep dive into the AI stack that Microsoft has to offer. We start with pre-trained Cognitive services like Computer Vision, Anomaly Detection and Speaker recognition. And move on to the more advanced tooling like Machine Learning Studio and Azure Machine Learning Services. At the end of this session, you have a good grasp of the technological building blocks that make AI happen. Just waiting to be used in your own projects afterward. The AI revolution is coming and you can be part of it! Session 2: How to put the R in Azure - Roelant Dieben With SQL Server 2017 we got to go wild with SQL Server Machine Learning Services supporting both R and Python in-database analytics. With the technology maturing it is now time to take a closer look at what the fuss is about. We will explore the possibilities of embedding machine learning code in SQL stored procedures, learn what limits you most likely run into with Azure SQL databases and how even your legacy solutions can get a little smarter by implementing this technology. In addition, we will look at other ways of easily consuming machine learning models when you perhaps have already decided to skip all the awesomeness the recent versions of SQL Server have to offer.

  • Take the red pill and get lost in virtual reality (on the... web?!)

    This meetup is all about virtual reality! We have Timmy Kokke who will tell us everything there is to know about virtual reality on the web. On the web?! Yes! You can use your VR headset with websites! --8<------------------------------------------------------------------------ Virtual Reality on the Web by Timmy Kokke The web has come a long way and is growing more powerful by the day. Did you know the web can do Virtual Reality as well? Not only on the desktop or phone, but also on headsets like the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and even Microsoft Mixed Reality. During the evening, we‘ll have a look at what the web is capable of when it comes to WebVR. Together we get started building our first WebVR application using HTML and JavaScript.

  • Tech all around! A trip down memory lane and mobile apps with Flutter!

    Oh boy, have we got another great meetup for you! This edition, we will learn everything on .NET's memory management. Expect a full deep dive and craving to go home and optimize your applications. In the other session, everything you need to know on how to get started with Flutter. Flutter is the new cross-platform app development solution by Google based on their programming language Dart. --- Exploring .NET’s memory management – a trip down memory lane by Maarten Balliauw The .NET Garbage Collector (GC) is really cool. It helps providing our applications with virtually unlimited memory, so we can focus on writing code instead of manually freeing up memory. But how does .NET manage that memory? What are hidden allocations? Are strings evil? It still matters to understand when and where memory is allocated. In this talk, we’ll go over the base concepts of .NET memory management and explore how .NET helps us and how we can help .NET – making our apps better. Expect profiling, Intermediate Language (IL), ClrMD and more! About Maarten Maarten Balliauw loves building web and cloud apps. His main interests are in .NET web technologies, C#, Microsoft Azure and application performance. He co-founded MyGet and is Developer Advocate at JetBrains. He's an ASP Insider and former Microsoft MVP. Maarten is a frequent speaker at various national and international events and organizes Azure User Group events in Belgium. In his free time, he brews his own beer. Maarten's blog can be found at http://blog.maartenballiauw.be. --- Cross-Platform Mobile Apps with Flutter - by John Gorter Introduction to building mobile applications for Android and IOS using Dart and Flutter. In this session, some specific Dart programming language characteristics and the basis for Flutter development are discussed. The session will mainly be a demonstration of building an actual application.

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  • Performant JavaScript & Azure Secrets what's not to like?! Another great Meetup!

    It is time for another Meetup! This time, two speakers from abroad (well almost...) the first one is Benjamin all the way from the UK to teach us everything about performance in JavaScript. But also, we have Henry from Texel who will talk for about an hour - probably more if we don't stop him - about secrets.. Find all the details below and RSVP away! --- Session #1: Performance in the Javascript Era by Benjamin Howarth More than just tips, tricks, metrics and clicks, from code to cloud and back again - performance on the web has gone way beyond "oh just put your CSS in the header and your Javascript in the footer". More often approached as an afterthought, this primer will cover some essential ground on how to approach measuring website and web app performance, along with some quick wins, through to some more lower-level technical nuances with HTTP2, compression, and header management, and finally putting all our tools together to comprehensively and continuously keep a watchful eye on your performance metrics. Topic will include ASP.NET and NodeJS samples, and slides & code will be made available on Github well in advance. Session #2: Secure development: Keeping your application secrets private by Henry Been Do you still store secrets in source control? Are your secrets safely stored, but are you struggling to distribute them to your applications? Do you feel this should be easy, but you can't just find out how? In this session, Henry will take you on a journey that starts with passwords in source control. From there he will quickly take you along on a series of improvements to make both local development and production deployments more and more secure with every change. Along the way, you will learn how to use Azure Key Vault, Azure Active Directory (AAD) and App Service Managed Instance to get everyone on a need to know basis. Finally, you will see how forgetting about keys, certificates and passwords completely and just using AAD could solve all your problems. That is.., if everyone would just use AAD! --- About the speakers: Benjamin Howarth is a freelance ASP.NET architect & senior developer, specialising in open-source content management systems. His experience in high-scale high-performance websites has been a strength over the past 5 years, working for Tesco, FIA Formula E, Universal Music Group, and Manchester Airport Group. He can be found https://twitter.com/benjaminhowarth on Twitter. Henry Been is an independent architect and developer from The Netherlands. He works with development teams to create great software. Henry's interests include the Azure cloud, DevOps, software architecture and the design and implementation of testable and maintainable software. You can follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/henry_been or read his blog at http://www.henrybeen.nl/

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  • Limburg Developers Meetup May 17th, with AzureBarry and XamarinGlenn!

    Dear Meetup Friends! With great pleasure we would like to announce that Barry Luijbregts will be doing his "A Lap Around the .NET Ecosystem" session on our next Limburg Developer Meetup on May 17th! :) We were just as disappointed as you were that Barry had to cancel his talk on our previous meetup, but we're very glad we managed to offer you a second chance to watch @AzureBarry in real life! :) Barry A Lap Around the .NET Ecosystem .NET is evolving - and that's a good thing! Because of this evolution, the .NET Ecosystem has become large and sometimes confusing. There are lots of things out there. .NET Core is out there, but should you use it for every project? Is it going to replace the .NET (full) Framework? Wasn't Xamarin supposed to make everything cross-platform? And what is .NET Standard? Is that part of .NET Core? Do you need to install it? And what about Portable Class Libraries? This session will answer all of these questions and more. Afterwards, you will be able to pick the right runtime and tools for your project AND explain the .NET ecosystem to your confused colleagues. Glenn Thinking outside of the box with Xamarin Forms Platform dependant code can be a live saver with Xamarin Forms to tweak your design. But this means that you'll need to be fluent in that area too... So let's think outside the box and try to tackle several common UI problems Xamarin Forms devs face with only a minimal use of Custom Renderers. Tips on handling custom toolbar items, page titles, FAB buttons, popups and more... About Glenn Glenn Versweyveld is a passionate developer with interest in everything surrounding Microsoft and .NET in particular, currently working as a Xamarin mobile software engineer at Bank J. Van Breda & C°. He has some knowledge of asp.net MVC, jquery and HTML/CSS, but focusses on XAML development like Xamarin, UWP and WPF. Besides that, he's also a Windows Development MVP ( Microsoft Most Valuable Professional ), Xamarin MVP ( Most Valuable Professional ), board member of the MADN user group and a Belgium MEET ( Microsoft Extended Experts Team ) member, with that he tries to help out in several community endeavours. When there is some spare time left, Glenn likes to do Eskrima (a martial arts form of the Philippines). About Barry Barry Luijbregts is an independent architect and software developer focused on preparing business applications and solutions for the cloud. A Microsoft Azure MVP, Barry is a skilled educator and active member of the community providing Pluralsight cloud and developer-focused courses, on-sight private training sessions for corporate groups, records podcasts, founded an active .NET User Group and leads technology bootcamps. Barry has a lifelong passion for technology and for IT in particular. Technology drives his curiosity as he stays current and gains unique access to new technology through Microsoft early adoption programs. Understanding that software is an investment, Barry uses his knowledge of cloud direction to advise clients on forward looking and sustainable long-term solutions. You can reach Barry on Twitter @AzureBarry (https://twitter.com/AzureBarry) and through his website at https://www.azurebarry.com/.

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  • Join another awesome Limburg Developers Meetup!

    Thirty Tree Event Space

    Whoa! So much nice responses to our first Meetup, so we're quickly looking forward to the next one: Thursday the 15th of March. In this edition we have Microsoft MVP Barry Luijbregts and Belgian friend Peter Derwa who is a freelance software magician. You can read the details of their sessions below. Please note that we could decide to change the venue since the setting at Servaas was a bit intimate. Depending on the number of attendees and alignment of the moon we could decide to host it somewhere else, but still in Maastricht! --- Barry A Lap Around the .NET Ecosystem .NET is evolving - and that's a good thing! Because of this evolution, the .NET Ecosystem has become large and sometimes confusing. There are lots of things out there. .NET Core is out there, but should you use it for every project? Is it going to replace the .NET (full) Framework? Wasn't Xamarin supposed to make everything cross-platform? And what is .NET Standard? Is that part of .NET Core? Do you need to install it? And what about Portable Class Libraries? This session will answer all of these questions and more. Afterwards, you will be able to pick the right runtime and tools for your project AND explain the .NET ecosystem to your confused colleagues. About Barry Barry Luijbregts is an independent architect and software developer focused on preparing business applications and solutions for the cloud. A Microsoft Azure MVP, Barry is a skilled educator and active member of the community providing Pluralsight cloud and developer-focused courses, on-sight private training sessions for corporate groups, records podcasts, founded an active .NET User Group and leads technology bootcamps. Barry has a lifelong passion for technology and for IT in particular. Technology drives his curiosity as he stays current and gains unique access to new technology through Microsoft early adoption programs. Understanding that software is an investment, Barry uses his knowledge of cloud direction to advise clients on forward looking and sustainable long-term solutions. You can reach Barry on Twitter @AzureBarry (https://twitter.com/AzureBarry) and through his website at https://www.azurebarry.com/. --- Peter Testing with Storyteller Storyteller is a solution to build and visualize flexible acceptance tests. Use Storyteller to describe what your system is supposed to do before you develop features and later act as living documentation about your system. Storyteller is designed with the express goal of making the rendered specification output as human readable and understandable to developers, testers and non-technical team members as possible In this session we will - have a quick lap around the possibilities of Storyteller - build our first storyteller project - share experiences and learned practices

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  • Join the First Limburg.NET Developers Meetup, January 25th 2018

    On Thursday January 25th you will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the first ever Limburg.NET Developer Meetup... Microsoft MVP and best selling Xamarin author Gerald will host a session on Xamarin.Forms Essentials: All aboard! If you haven't touched Xamarin.Forms just yet, you're in for a treat! In this session I will introduce you into the wonderful world of cross-platform development. In line with my new book Xamarin.Forms Essentials I will walk you through the concept of ‘Forms’. What is it? What problem is it trying to solve? And most importantly; how does it work! When you walk out you will feel like a true Xamarin.Forms master and can’t wait to dig in yourself. But wait, there’s more..! You will be able to win a (signed) copy of Xamarin.Forms Essentials to read all about everything in this session and more! Our second MVP Speaker will be none other than the (in)famous) Fanie Reynders! ASP.NET Core hidden gems for your next API Welcome to the all-you-can-eat menu of exciting topics about APIs in ASP.NET Core. This interactive session is completely driven by the attendees and has minimal slides, with plenty of live coding demos on some of the hidden features of ASP.NET Core. Think Dependency Injection, custom HTTP servers, hosted services, custom conventions, application parts, data protection, rate-limiting, HATEOAS, GraphQL, and many more. Take your pick and enjoy the delicacies. Originally from South Africa, Fanie Reynders is a Software Engineer living in The Netherlands with over a decade experience in the software industry. He is the coolest dad, Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft MVP and secretly a Cloud Technology Evangelist obsessed with code, architecture and shiny new tech; sharing knowledge wherever to whoever will listen. He likes teaching, writing, and vlogging about the things that make him happy. Happy Coding and looking forward to meeting you all in person! Gerald & Rutger PS: Some organizational notes: Drinks and some small bites will be taken care of. How to get there? Cafe Servaas is located on Cörversplein 5 in Maastricht (Wyck). Public Transport: A beautiful and healthy 7 min walk from Maastricht Central Station Parking: Q-Park Plein 1992 or Q-Park De Griend http://confcodeofconduct.com * This is our first Limburg.NET meetup, so please give us some slack... program is tentative and subject to change if we feel like it ;-)

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  • Xamarin Dev Days Rotterdam

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