• 5 Popular Choices for NoSQL on a Microsoft Platform

    "5 Popular Choices for NoSQL on a Microsoft Platform"
    Presented by Matthew D Groves

    Details: If you are thinking of trying out a NoSQL document database, there are many good options available to Microsoft-oriented developers. In this session, we’ll compare some of the more popular databases, including: CosmosDb, Couchbase, MongoDb, CouchDb, and RavenDb. We’ll look at the strengths and weaknesses of each system. Querying, scaling, usability, speed, deployment, support and flexibility will all be covered. This session will include a discussion about when NoSQL is right for your project and give you an idea of which technology to pursue for your use case.


    Speaker Bio: Matthew D. Groves is a guy who loves to code. It doesn't matter if it's C#, jQuery, or PHP: he'll submit pull requests for anything. He has been coding professionally ever since he wrote a QuickBASIC point-of-sale app for his parent's pizza shop back in the 90s. He currently works as a Developer Advocate for Couchbase. His free time is spent with his family, watching the Reds, and getting involved in the developer community. He is the author of AOP in .NET (published by Manning), and is also a Microsoft MVP.


  • Beer City Code

    Calvin College - Covenant Fine Arts Center

    YOU MUST REGISTER AT http://beercitycode.com !

    DevDay is Now Beer City Code

    As a previous attendee of DevDay, we'd like to invited you to join us on June 9-10 in Grand Rapids, MI for Beer City Code. We're very excited about some changes to the event including the optional workshop day on Friday, a add-on VIP beer tour option, and an excellent line-up of speakers for the Saturday conference, including Jon Galloway from the ASP.NET team at Microsoft and director of the open-source .NET Foundation.

    About Beer City Code

    Beer City Code is an annual conference for software developers held in Grands Rapids, MI, also known as Beer City, USA (https://www.experiencegr.com/things-to-do/beer-city/). Software creators of all types are welcome, even those who don't care for beer!

    The main conference is held Saturday, June 10, with optional day-long workshops the day before, Friday, June 9. You can attend the conference for just $40, or do the conference plus an all-day workshop on Friday for just $200. There's even a ticket that includes a VIP micro-brewery tour with our speakers and organizers. How cool is that?!

    The Beer City Code conference grew our of the success of its predecessor, Grand Rapids DevDay, but was renamed in 2017 to embrace its much more broad appeal outside the Grand Rapids area.

    We hope you can make it!

  • Visual Studio 2017 Launch Party

    Founders Brewery Co.

    Join us to learn about what's new with VS2017. Appetizers and your first beer will be provided, cash bar after.

  • Meetup of Meetups

    OST - Open Systems Technologies, Inc - Grand Rapids

    ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER AT: http://grdevnight.org/

    Join us February 8, 2017 as GR DevNight and SoftwareGR team up to bring you a "meetup of meetups". We've invited 30 local user groups, meetups, and software events to come share about their events and give you a chance to meet others with similar interests, and maybe even create a few new groups. The evening will be a networking event and will include a light dinner (included with price of admission). A few organizers may speak briefly about their events, but there will be no hour-long sessions like at a typical DevNight. Come, network, meet new members of the local software community, and help make Grand Rapids an even better technology hub.

  • TBD (Azure, Blockchain, Service Fabric)

    GVSU Loosemore Auditorium

    Eric Maino from Microsoft will be in town and could speak on a few topics. Please comment which one you're interested in.

    Blockchain 101 - Leveraging Azure to help accelerate Blockchain development. What's Blockchain? What's a smart contract? How do I get started?

    Service Fabric 101. Building Micro Services in Azure - this topic will cover how to get started with Azure Service Fabric. Building your first micro service, exploring reliable dictionaries, and health monitoring.

  • GR DevNight - Fall 2016

    Davenport University

    REGISTER AT http://grdevnight.org

    "The Future of JavaScript"

  • GR DevNight - DevOps for Devs

    Davenport University

    Register at http://grdevnight.org

  • GR DevDay

    Calvin College - Covenant Fine Arts Center

    Register at http://grdevday.org/

    GR DevDay is a one-day software development conference in Grand Rapids, MI. It is completely volunteer-run and organized by developers with other developers in mind. GR DevDay is proud to offer all this at a very low cost to professionals and students.

    GR DevDay grew out of the rapid growth and popularity of the GR Day of .NET conference organized by the West Michigan .NET User Group. These historical ties remain strong, but the scope of topics will reflect the diverse nature of modern software development. A wide range of technology topics will be explored and developers of all backgrounds are welcome.

  • Cloud for Developers

    Cornerstone University Gainey Center

    Must Register Separately at: http://bit.ly/1KqFgbv

    Join us on December 10th as GR DevNight takes you into the cloud. We'll have four speakers talking about two of the biggest cloud platforms: Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. The evening begins with a networking time and light dinner (included with price of admission). Still foggy on how to use the cloud? No worries, we'll have some beginner talks for you, as well as some deep dives into specific features. It should be a fun and interesting evening you won't want to miss!

  • GR DevNight - What's New in .NET?

    Davenport University

    Register at http://grdevnight.org