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Mon., May 23, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm  (FMI)
  Build a Bot - Introduction to the Microsoft Bot Framework (FMI)
  How To Future Proof Your Apps (FMI)
  What’s happening to C# (FMI)
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  Wed., Jun 15, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  HTML5 & CSS3 Fundamentals:
Development for Absolute Beginners
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  Denver Dev Day
  Denver Dev Day
, June 24, 2016
  7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Welcome Time
  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sessions with Lunch
  Location: Microsoft, Denver  Map  Limited Seats
7595 Technology Way, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80237, Phone: 720-528-1700

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User Group Meeting - "mobile first, cloud first" - "any developer, any app, any platform"
Monday, May 23, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pregame Show
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Networking and Refreshments
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Meeting
Location: Microsoft, Denver  Map 
7595 Technology Way, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80237, Phone: 720-528-1700
  to ensure entry, arrive in our room before 6:00 p.m. -
   for later arrival, security guard will open doors/elevators until at least 7:00 p.m.
 Feature Presentation     
Special Guest Microsoft Bot Framework
Build a Bot -
Introduction to the Microsoft Bot Framework

with Joe Mayo, Author, Consultant, Instructor, Microsoft .NET MVP
Developers, like you, are increasingly adding intelligence to their applications and tools for enabling this are getting better. One of these new tools is the Microsoft Bot Framework.
Learn how these tools can help you add more intelligent interaction directly into your applications. You'll learn how to write your own bot to communicate with a user as well as managing conversation state. Along the way, you'll see how to debug bot apps and use other Bot Framework tools. Finally, you'll learn how to publish and register your bot. After this presentation, you'll have enough information to get started coding your own bot – cool!
What’s a Bot?
Bots (or conversation agents) are rapidly becoming an integral part of one’s digital experience – they are as vital a way for users to interact with a service or application as is a web site or a mobile experience. Developers writing bots all face the same problems: bots require basic I/O; they must have language and dialog skills; and they must connect to users – preferably in any conversation experience and language the user chooses. The Bot Framework provides tools to easily solve these problems and more for developers.
FMI: Microsoft Bot Framework
Building a Conversational Bot: From 0 to 60 (from Build 2016)

Proper Bot Behavior - Botiquette
 Joe Mayo     

Joe Mayo

Joe Mayo is an author and independent software consultant, specializing in Microsoft technologies.
Joe has written 7 books, many magazine articles, and taught numerous on-line and in-person courses. His experience spans multiple technologies for desktop, cloud, and device. He is also author of the LINQ to Twitter open source project. Joe is a long-time MVP with several years of awards. Joe has been a long-time valuable community contributor and presenter.
Contact: Joe Mayo, Blog, Twitter, Facebook

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  The Spitfire Group
How To Future Proof Your Apps
Doug Gregory,
Practice Director, Architecture Services, The Spitfire Group
Q: With the multitude of clients available, how do you make sure your apps are secure, stable, user-friendly and able to withstand future shifts in technology and business?
A: By making sure you start from the very beginning with a service first architecture.
Doug Gregory, Practice Director, Architectures Services, at The Spitfire Group, will share his most recent strategies, plans and advice for how to “future proof” your applications. With more than 30 years experience in technology consulting, Doug will bring a hands-on, very real world perspective to how you should avoid silos within your architecture, focus on security, and understand the pitfalls that happen when you do not have a common set of services.
 Doug Gregory      
  Doug Gregory Doug Gregory is a strategic, business-oriented, Principal Architect and Director with more than 30 years of experience in the technology sector.
He specializes in applying technology solutions to business and product development problems. Solutions include complete enterprise technology assessments and roadmaps, complex custom applications, service APIs, and infrastructure, as well as commercial software selections and deployments. As the Architecture Services Practice Director, Doug created the methodology used on all customer assessments. He has served as Technical Lead delivering solutions on multiple projects.
His core competencies include: Enterprise Architecture Services, Integration Frameworks, Software Development, Agile Methodologies, and Custom Application Development.
FYI: State of the Microsoft Union: Should you Care?
 The Spitfire Group      

The Spitfire Group is a business and technology consulting firm that specializes in helping clients achieve alignment between business objectives and technology initiatives.
Utilizing the “force multiplier” concept, the Spitfire Group is a highly trained and experienced team of professionals who help your technologies, and your team, perform at higher levels. Whether it’s technology architecture assessment, custom development and integration projects or project management (or all three), Spitfire uses only the most up-to-date technologies to tackle your biggest business challenges.
Contact: Andrea Kupfer, 720-256-6715, The Spitfire Group

 Bonus Presentation     
What's Happening to C#
with Jerry Nixon, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft
The landscape of software languages is at a tipping point; the language guardians of C# have a lot of decisions to make and we developers are the recipients of their careful wisdom.
Come see what marvels are coming to C#7 and learn about the tenuous crossroads the language team is navigating for us.
FMI: The Future of C#
 Jerry Nixon     

Jerry Nixon

A Developer Evangelist for Microsoft from Colorado, Jerry Nixon, teaches and speaks on Windows, Phone, and Desktop development. His career launched with Microsoft SQL Server 6.5, delivering data-centric solutions while “database developer” was a novel term.
He received a civilian Naval Commendation for security work, preceding his work for the startup that would become Microsoft CRM. For 20 years, Jerry built Microsoft-centric, mobile solutions. Today, he speaks on XAML, mobility and Kinect at events, communities, universities, and online. The bulk of Jerry’s free time is spent teaching his three daughters Star Trek character backstories and episode plots.
Contact: Jerry Nixon  Meetup  Twitter   Blog  Channel9  Microsoft Virtual Academy

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 Events Coming Soon - Calendar Summary      - check back for updates -

Wed., May 18,
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Denver Study Group
Slalom,   Map   Details
Course - HTML5 & CSS3 Fundamentals:
Development for Absolute Beginners
Parts 1 – 11

Mon., May 23, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Denver Visual Studio User Group Meeting
Microsoft, Denver   Map   Details
Topic - Build a Bot - Introduction to the Microsoft Bot Framework
with Joe Mayo, Author, Consultant
  Sponsor - Spitfire Group
  Pregame Show -

Wed., Jun. 15,
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Denver Study Group
Slalom,   Map   Details
Course - HTML5 & CSS3 Fundamentals:
Development for Absolute Beginners
Parts 12 – 21

Wed., Jun. 22, 6
:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Special Event - Hello World Road Trip!
Registration and Details -- GET A FREE TICKET
Microsoft, Denver   Map   Details
  Hello World Podcast Live -
     We'll record the Hello World Podcast with a special guest!
  Technical Talk -
     Shawn Wildermuth will be giving a talk:
     Building Apps with ASP.NET Core 1.0 (previously named ASP.NET 5)
  Prizes, Fun, Food, and Drinks -
     Include over $7,500 in prizes from our sponsors!

Fri., Jun. 24, 8
:00 am - 5:00 pm
Special Event - Denver Dev Day
Registration and Details -- open soon
Attendee registration begins June 1.
Microsoft, Denver   Map   Details
  Denver Dev Day, details coming soon -

Mon., Jun. 27 *
Denver Visual Studio User Group Meeting
* CANCELED, go to the two events above:
Hello World Road Trip and Denver Dev Day

Mon., JuL. 25,
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Denver Visual Studio User Group Meeting
Microsoft, Denver   Map   Details
Topic - Cryptography
with Daniel Larson, Cryptography Specialist

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