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)

.NET .BEER .FOOD networking event this evening sponsored by TekSystems

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TekSystems would like to invite everyone for some free food and adult beverages this evening 🙂 . . .

You are cordially invited to attend the 1st annual .NET .BEER .FOOD networking event!

·  Wednesday August 14, 2013 from 5-7pm

·  Sneakers Sports grill 8133 Pointe Meadows Dr. Jax, FL 32256 (9A and Baymeadows)

·  Account representatives for some of the biggest companies in Jacksonville will be giving valuable insight on the .NET market

We will have door prizes, great food, fun and a special guest speaker to give valuable tips on networking!

July 23rd – The Unified Modeling Language by José Zouain

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I would love to invite everyone to join us Tuesday July 23rd from 6-8 pm to welcome José Zouain as he presents a follow-up to his previous discussion on the Unified Modeling Language UML and tools available to Software Architects and Developers.

José Zouain is an Information System Professional with more than fifteen years of experience in different phases of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), managing advance programming, system maintenance and problem determination where he fulfilled a number of roles.

He has been an UML evangelist since 1998, experienced in Use Cases, Activity Diagrams, Class Diagrams, Sequence Diagrams, User Interfaces and Data Modeling.

Among his responsibilities he held different titles such as Senior Business Analysts, Project Manager, User Acceptance Manager, OOP (Object Oriented Programming) Developer, and System Analyst.

Please join us on the 4th Tuesday of this and every month at 6pm on the Bank of America campus on Southside, building 500 on the second floor all the way in the back on the right.

The wonderful crew at TekSystems will be providing drinks and pizza, and drawings for software licenses from JetBrains, MindScape, and Telerik will be presented at the conclusion of the meeting by random drawing.

Thursday June 13th-Guest Speaker Eric Roch Discusses Architecture Modernization

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Architecture Modernization using SOA, BPM, Cloud, and Event Processing

Eric Roch, The Principal for Perficient’s SOA, Mobile, and Cloud practice will be speaking June 13th.

This session examines practical approaches to modernize business applications including legacy systems, cloud integration, and business process optimization. The session includes solution architecture and approaches to using SOA, Business Process Management, Cloud Integration and Complex Event Processing to create Enterprise Architecture that achieves business objectives.

Eric is a published author on SOA and has 30+ years of experience in various aspects of Information Technology including technical architecture and application development. Eric heads the SOA Special Interest Group on LinkedIn, comprised of 28,000 members. Perficient has agreed to lend us Eric for the evening. For those of you who don’t know Perficient [NASDAQ: PRFT], they are based in St. Louis, have 2,000 employees and $300M+ in revenue. Perficient is a premier partner of Oracle, IBM, TIBCO, EMC, and Informatica.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ericroch

Eric Roch, Principle Architect SOA and Integration

– Industry author, speaker and though leader for Business Integration (SOA, BPM, Event Driven Architecture, Complex Event Processing)

– Consultant with over 20 years of IT strategy and Enterprise Architecture experience

– Principal author of Perficient’s Business Integration Methodology and chief-architect responsible for SOA utility product design

– Established Enterprise Architecture and Strategy or Fortune 500 companies for the transformation to SOA and Event Driven Architecture

Massive thanks to Perficient for highlighting this months meeting and to TEK Systems once again for sponsoring pizza and drinks at our event. We will also have drawings for JetBrains, Mindscape and Telerik software and Pluralsight access passes!!!

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 https://jaxarcsig.wordpress.com

UPDATE: The team at Perficient wanted to insure this meetup was one of their best, so they are graciously giving away a iPad Mini at the conclusion of the meeting!

Don’t forget to register, you must be present to win. 🙂

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