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Happy New Year, GCDNUG members!

OK, so that intro requires a little back story. Since taking over the group last year I have tried to keep up the communication and meetings on a regular basis. Part of that is sending out a newsletter every month to keep the group informed of upcoming meetings, events, and anything I find funny at that moment in time. That being said, things always come up and sometimes a newsletter that you spent a few hours writing and proofing may not get sent and just sit in the queue of the website for over a month until you log in to write this issue and find it again. Yep, I totally had prepared a riveting dissertation of information for you reading pleasure only to have it sit on the bench, waiting pathetically to go in like Michael Jordan’s backup. Alas, it’s time never came and it’s been cast of the island of misfit newsletters with the rest of the old timers.

You check out the castaway here in the archives:

Gulf Coast .NET User Group - January 2014 Newsletter

"How is this not the scariest thing every shown on TV?"

So, that brings us to today. This is our first newsletter in a while (thanks to above malady) so I wanted to catch up everyone up on happenings and events in the .NET world. It’s been a pretty good few months for Microsoft. New CEO, the VS 2013 release, and Windows Phone is gaining ever more market share. All in all, I’m glad the trends are finally starting to move in their favor. I think Nadella is a good choice for the helm and will bring some great ideas on reposition the company for success and innovation.

A little closer to home, the GCNDUG is looking forward to our next meeting on Feb. 19, 2014. Matt Parry-Hill will show off his SQL skills and give us all some great guidance on best practices when working with SQL Server. He has a ton of experience with nearly every version of SQL Server and enough certifications to kill a donkey so it should be a great event for anyone wanting to learn some great database skills. Hope to see you there!

Alright, folks. That’s it for this round. Hope to see you at the next meeting and keep on coding. Now, how do I send this thing……..

-Bryan

Next GCDNUG Meeting
SQL Server 2012 Best Practices
2/19/2014 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Bit-Wizards Corporate Office 13 Memorial Parkway Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 (map) * New Location!

Our next meeting will feature Bit-Wizards's SQL Guru Matt Parry-Hill. In this session Matt will be covering some great SQL Server development best practices, along with some demos and tips and tricks to help you get rocking with SQL Server!

Past Meetings

December 2013
Unit Testing with VS 2012 / JS for Developers (with video!)
Jerry Cox covered the different frameworks that are available for performing unit testing within Visual Studio; focusing mainly on NUnit. Tyler shared his methods and experience to help you go from a complete newbie to being able to implement basic but useful JavaScript in any front-end web development project. He covered basic programming structures and how to use them with vanilla JavaScript and jQuery.

September 2013
Back to Basics / Big Data in Windows Azure (with video!)
Bryan covered lots of topics and common mistakes, from string manipulation to inline SQL, as well as discussed any other ideas with the group as we all go back to Programming 101 and freshen our skills. Mark presented an overview of "Big Data" then delve into HDInsight, Microsoft Windows Azure’s "Big Data" solution.

July 2013
Designing for Windows 8
Taking inspirational cues from Bauhaus design, International Typographic Style, and cinematography, the Windows 8 UI design style brings an application to life while presenting content clearly and beautifully. This session is intended to help developers and designers understand the design concepts and basic building blocks of the Windows 8 user interface.  In this session, you will be introduced to the principles behind this design style and learn how to effectively apply these principles in your applications.

Bit-Wizards is hiring!
Bit-Wizards is currently looking for several members to join our team. Interested? Check out the postings here for more details!

New Windows Phone Apps by GCDNUG Members!
We recently had 2 GCDNUG members publish apps to the Windows Phone Store. If you have a WP device, be sure to check out these great apps:

Cross Check
Published by: Dave Perkins

Ekoboard
Published by: Chris Duffy

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