April 22nd – David Fekke Presents OWIN, the Open Web Interface for .NET

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image_thumb726David Fekke runs the node.js usergroup here in Jacksonville and will be discussing the benefits of the OWIN and the Katana Project.
Read below for some background and resources for getting up to speed if you’re not already familiar with this open source technology.

OWIN defines a standard interface between .NET web servers and web applications. The goal of the OWIN interface is to decouple server and application, encourage the development of simple modules for .NET web development, and, by being an open standard, stimulate the open source ecosystem of .NET web development tools.

The OWIN website can be found here –
And the Katana Project can be found on CodePlex here –
And there’s a great video on Channel9 here –

March 25th – Dust.JS with perhaps a touch of Glass with Mirek Chowaniok

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Dust is a JavaScript templating engine designed to provide a clean separation between presentation and logic that follows DRY Architecture patterns without sacrificing ease of use. It is particularly well-suited for asynchronous and streaming applications and companies such as Paypal, Linkedin and others have popularized it in the last several years.

Mirek Chowaniok will be presenting and is a mobile technologies architect at BCBSFL and an early participant of Google Glass (r). Please submit a comment when you RSVP if you would like Mirek to spend some time at the meeting showing off Google Glass and the Mirror API and The Glass Development Kit (GDK).

February 25th – Node.JS and Native apps Utilizing Node-Webkit

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While David is out of town this week, Scott Roycraft has accepted the presentation torch and nod-webkitwill be presenting tonight on node.js together with the node-webkit which lev
erages Chromium and node.js and lets you call node.js modules directly from the DOM using familiar technologies (HTML\JavaScript) that runs in a modern HTML5 browser and JavaScript engine to create native web applications.

Scott’s presentation is based on a real world proof-of-concept app for one of his projects and will include: Basic setup, creation, build and execution of a web-app. As well as the parsing of a CSV file and presenting the data in a KendoUI grid. For fun he downloaded a food violation dataset for Jacksonville to import — there certainly some restaurants to avoid!

Also I would like to introduce O’Reilly Publishing to our group of sponsors. Upon discovering our presenter David (now Scott) and his topic, The community team at O’Reilly are donating pre-publication JavaScript, Node.JS, and HTML5 Mobile books that we will be giving away at our meetings.  They also have provided all of our attendees with 40% off discount vouchers and an invitation to our future and past presenters to receive their choice of pre-publication books so they might provide reviews!

January 28 – Enterprise Javascript and the Future of Javascript

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Javascript is no longer the fledgling scripting language introduced in Netscape Navigator back in the 90’s. JavaScript can now be found not just in the browser, but also on the server, and even micro-controllers. It is even being used to control robots. Find out about the proper patterns and features that you can use in your enterprise to take advantage of the functional and asynchronous features of Javascript.

Speaker; David Fekke David is a software engineer here is Jacksonville, and a frequent presenter at JaxDUG, JaxMUG and Jax-JS user groups. He is also the co-founder of the JaxNode user group and the creator JaxTechMeetups.com.

Big thanks to TEK Systems once again for sponsoring pizza at our event. Reminder: The meeting begins at 6:00 PM (networking), 6:30 PM (presentation) For a list of past speakers and presentation over the last 2 years, please visit

November 26th – Web Application Framework using the JetBrains WebStorm Node.js IDE

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This months meeting will be joint JaxNode User Group and Jax ARC Sig meeting. The presentation will cover how to build a web application using the Express Web Application Framework using the JetBrains WebStorm Node.js IDE.

Node.js provides a way of writing server software using Javascript. Node is built on top of the V8 javascript engine from Chrome, and can be used for everything including web application to controlling robots.

David Fekke is a software engineer based here in Jacksonville, FL and is the co-founder of the JaxNode User Group. He has experience building web applications built with PHP, ColdFusion, ASP.NET MVC and Node.js. He also develops mobile applications for iOS and Android devices.

September 24th – Luis Casillas presents his Architect toolset

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Tuesday evening, Luis will be presenting his preferred toolset for the scary fast creation of Screen mockups, XSD documentation, XML sample data, Process Diagrams, Class Diagrams, Sequence Diagrams, Use Case Diagrams, Database Sample Data, ER Diagrams, Test Cases. You know, what people other than architects consider real work. He hopes these tools will assist architects and technologists to “Tell the Story” of the application to their respective audiences and project sponsors. Oh, and he’ll be doing demos (and demos… and more demos).

Bio:Luis Casillas is passionate about delivering quality software. He loves delighting the customer and sharing ways to help them do what they do better and faster. Some of these ways ( Continuous Integration, Automated Testing, Unit Testing, Source Control, etc.) may be obvious to IT Professionals, but Luis enjoys communicating the benefits of these choices to key stakeholders located outside of Engineering.

He’s been building software for over 15 years and is a little wild about technology and automation.
He currently works at Fortegra Financial where he is their Manager of Application Integration Architecture. When he’s not building software you can find him at Food Truck Rodeos, User Group meetups, or at home hanging with his family. Pretty much anywhere good food and great conversations are found.

His presentation PDF is available here at Software Development Tools Reference-LuisCasillas-10012013

August 27th – Team Foundation Service with Sean Mackey

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Fresh from the Code on the Beach conference earlier this month we welcome Sean Mackey!

His presentation on TFS will include:

A summary of TFS offline and online Overview of TFService functional areas Identification of TFService documentation and help resources Walk through of the TFService interface Review of an inprogress real-world project in TFS Insight into the pain-points of transitioning from a waterfall-based team to an agile team using TFS.

Sean Mackey is a senior .NET developer working at The Energy Authority in Jacksonville, FL USA. Sean has over 10-years of real world experience building software; all with companies in the energy sector. Sean has in B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota; he is actively pursing his M.S. in Software Engineering at the University of North Florida. Through education and experience, Sean has developed a special skill set across development, architecture, testing, and project management functional areas. In his spare time, Sean enjoys spending time with friends and family, enjoying hoppy beers, and investing in his Xbox live reputation.

As an additional incentive to join us on August 27th, Telerik has provided use additional SWAG including new T-Shirts and licenses to KendoUI, and thank you again TEK Systems  for sponsoring pizza and drinks. Reminder: The meeting begins at 6:00 PM (networking), 6:30 PM (presentation)

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