Gulf Coast .NET User Group  

Well, hello! It’s certainly been a while, hasn’t it? We’re sorry about that. It’s been a rather busy past few months here at the ‘ol GCDNUG Building & Loan and sadly our communications have fell to the wayside. Here’s to changing that and getting back on track!
Here's a turtle on a skateboard to make up for it...

With that, let’s talk about what’s new. There’s certainly been a lot of activity in the .NET world over the past few months. Windows Phone 8.1 is starting to roll out phones. Azure is getting a facelift with a swank, new portal. Tack on a bunch of great conferences and events and it all makes for a great summer so far!

Windows Phone 8.1
Last week Microsoft started releasing the latest version of the Windows Phone OS to devices. Developers have had their hands on it for a while (myself included) but now it’s being released to carriers. The new version brings a ton of great features, most notably a digital girlfriend your significant other can inappropriately be jealous of for talking to you.  She is always there to help and really trumps other mobile assistants in that Cortana actually understands what you are asking and provides contextual feedback. It will be very interesting to see what devs do with that functionality and the apps that are going to be coming out. Other great features are more tile options, improvements to Store updates, and general improvements to stability and functionality.
Windows Phone 8.1
Windows Phone 8.1

Check out more in on Windows Phone 8.1 here.

Azure Portal (2.0?)
In keeping with tradition, Microsoft is continually updating the Azure platform on what seems to be a nightly basis. One of the newest enhancements is a new portal and UI for managing your systems. Much more UI focused and graphical, the site is a fresh take on an already capable interface. I think admins and devs will really enjoy using the new portal and being able to “pin” what matters to them most.

Check out the new portal here. (if you have an Azure account)

There definitely are a lot of great conferences and events coming up in the development community. Most notably is Code On The Beach, which is a short week away! Come join yours truly, as well as a slew of other great speakers for a weekend of learning .NET, coding practices, and seeing how far you can push the limits of “conference” attire while enjoying the sunshine.

Other upcoming events are the App Camp Day - JAX (8/2014), Tally Code Camp (11/2014), and Florida .NET (11/2014). Combine those with our GCDNUG Meetings (which we promise to get back on a regular schedule) and there is no shortage of opportunities to learn some new skills and hear about awesome development topics.

That’s it for now. We’re going to kick back up our events and newsletters so get ready for some local speakers to check it out.  Hope to see you at the next GCDNUG and around the community!


Next GCDNUG Meeting

August 2014
Intro to AngularJS / Connecting Apps with Azure VM
8/20/2014 6:00PM
Bit-Wizards Corporate Office - 13 Memorial Parkway Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 (map)
This 2 part meeting will cover an Intro to Angular (for you JS types) and Connecting Applications With Azure VMs.

Past Meetings

May 2014
Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 Development / Microsoft Visual Studio Test Manager
This meeting lineup included two very interesting items for all developers. Duffy presented on using Microsoft's web based application to create a cross platform app. Alex helped us learn more of how to properly test and manage our code using TFS.

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.

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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