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Ahoy, friends!

Well, I think we’ve had enough rain over the past month to eradicate a drought for next century. Hopefully all your castles stayed dry and you just enjoyed watching the Ford Fiestas trying to drive through class 5 rapids, otherwise known as Pensacola.


It’s been a good month in the .NET world. The rollout of Windows Phone 8.1 and the all-knowing (well, kind of) Cortana was definitely a big hit with developers. Apparently she doesn’t know Siri, her dad is Bill Gates, and she doesn’t like to talk about her romantic relationships. It is a very big deal for the Win Phone marketplace and I think a lot of great apps are headed our way. Hopefully it’s something you are looking into.

Ask me about Clippy...

If by some chance you managed to miss every .NET news article in the last couple weeks, you can get the Windows Phone Preview for Developers here:

May will continue our “meeting-a-month” streak, bringing us up to 4 in a row! In this session we will cover two very different topics. Chris Duffy (your trusty VP) will be telling us all about developing Windows Phone apps using App Studio. Also that night, Alex Morrow (Bit-Wizards Director of Solution Sales) will get us all excited about testing using Visual Studio. Both sessions should be really interesting so I’m looking forward it.

Hope to see you at the next meeting and as always, thanks for supporting your local .NET user group! Also, be sure to check out the upcoming developer events in our area to see some great speakers and content!

- Bryan

Next GCDNUG Meeting

May 2014
Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 Development / Microsoft Visual Studio Test Manager
5/14/2014 6:00PM
Bit-Wizards Corporate Office - 13 Memorial Parkway Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 (map)
This meeting line up includes two very interesting items for all developers. Duffy will be present on using Microsoft's web based application to create a cross platform app. He will show how anyone of any skill level can get started with app developement through this application. Alex will follow helping us learn more of how to properly test and manage our code. She will show that in Visual Studio Ultimate, Visual Studio Premium, and Test Professional there is Microsoft Test Manager there to help you define and manage your test plans for manual and automated system tests.

Past Meetings

April 2014
Kentico CMS v8 / RFID & Windows Phone
The April 2014 meeting featured 2 sessions on widely different topics. Bryan Soltis presented on Kentico CMS v8, the latest platform update from Kentico. Dave Perkins discussed RFID development with Windows Phone OS.

March 2014
CSS Tips & Tricks doe Developers / Intro to MVC5
The March 2014 was a return to our "dual-topic" format with 2 speakers on separate topics. Bryan Soltis provided the group an intro to MVC 5 and how the architecture works for web applications. In addition, Todd Ladner will gave us some cool tips and tricks on how to effectively write CSS.

February 2014
SQL Server 2012 Best Practices (with video!)
SQL Guru Matt Parry-Hill covered some great SQL Server development best practices, along with some demos and tips and tricks to help you get rocking with SQL Server. Be sure to check out the videos in case you missed it.

Recently Announced Events: (click the links for more info)

Code on the Beach
Atlantic Beach, Fl (Jacksonville)
August 8-10, 2014

Tallahassee Code Camp 10
Tallahassee Fl.
November 1, 2014

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