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 C# 5.0 Programmer's Reference
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Speaking JavaScript
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Introduction to Visual Studio Technologies
New! Developers: "How Not To Get Hacked" --
from Mon. Mar. 23: Blog & Slides
from Aaron's terrific eye-opening talk!
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User Group Meeting - "a professional developer's association"
Monday, April 27, 2015
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 Southwest District, Denver, Directions and Bing Maps Limited Seats
7595 Technology Way, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80237, Phone: 720-528-1700
 Feature Presentation     
  ASPNET Sites Services
ASP.NET 5: Bringing MVC, Web API, and Web Pages Together
with Dave Rael, Educator and Software Solutions Provider
     The independent evolution of MVC and Web API led to a lot of duplication of functionality and a lack of cohesion and reusability among the pieces of the ASP.NET tech stack, requiring a lot of duplication of code and effort.
     This has been resolved in ASP.NET 5, where the new ASP.NET MVC is a sum of three parts: MVC, Web API, and Web Pages. Unifying and optimizing both the runtime operation and the developer experience of these three parts has largely been the focus of the "vNext" movement.

     Join us to see how you can work with MVC, Web API, and Web Pages together in Visual Studio 2015 to build your web applications and integrations quickly and effectively.
FMI: ASP.NET 5 Overview   ASP.NET MVC 5   ASP.NET Web API  
 Dave Rael     
  Dave Rael      Dave Rael is a dedicated father and husband, a seasoned software architect and developer, and passionate human performance optimizer.
      He likes building distributed systems, playing with kids, playing basketball, lifting weights, and attempting to get more from his body and mind.
     His thoughts and content can be found at
The Optimized Programmer.
Contact: Dave Rael   The Optimized Programmer  

 Meeting Sponsor      
  The Spitfire Group
How to Manage Your Project Manager
with Michael Stratton, Technical Solution Manager, Author, Consultant
     Successful product and project deployments are rooted in a strong relationship between the developer and the project manager. Michael will share an insider view on how to manage project managers so your project succeeds.
 Michael Stratton      
  Michael Stratton

     Michael Stratton has 15 years of experience as a business analyst, project manager and business owner and is currently a Technical Solutions Manager at The Spitfire Group.

     Over the years, Michael has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, Big 4 consulting firms, mid-size companies and many startups. He is a strong advocate for the clear identification of problems, requirements and processes before the purchase and implementation of technology solutions.
     Michael has an M.S. in Technology Management from the University of Denver (2005) and a B.S. in Anthropology from the Missouri State University (1998).
 The Spitfire Group     
       Founded in 2004, The Spitfire Group is a business-oriented technology-consulting firm headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The Spitfire Group helps clients achieve alignment between business objectives and technology initiatives using the latest technology, tools and expertise. With its Force Multiplier concept, The Spitfire Group specializes in architecture services, development and integration and project management services for mid-to-large-sized companies.
Contact: The Spitfire Group
Andrea Kupfer, Chief Marketing Officer, 720-256-6175 office, mobile

 Pregame Show      

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Denver Study Group
Location: Aspenware, just south of downtown Denver
Format: 'Video Club,' watch at home, then discuss at meeting
Course: Next New Courses Posted! - FMI

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

 Ongoing: Denver Visual Studio User Group - Denver Study Group

 Fri., Apr 24, 6pm-11pm - Sat., Apr. 25, 7am-11pm   Denver Kinect Hackathon
Register FREE! Colorado Game Developers - attend! Food, hardware, prizes and more. Join the Colorado IGDA (International Game Developers Association), Denver Unity Developers, Denver Microsoft Developers, Denver Game Developers, The Colorado Game Developers Group, and more at this unique event. Register ASAP (seats limited) first-come, first-served. Live in Denver at Microsoft DTC.

 Mon., Apr. 27, Denver Visual Studio User Group Meeting
Topic - ASP.NET 5: Bringing MVC, Web API, and Web Pages Together
David Rael
Sponsor - The Spitfire Group, How to Manage Your Project Manager
        with Michael Stratton
and Rebecca Oliva
Pregame Show -

 Wed.- Fri., April 29 - May 1, San Francisco, Build 2015     Watch Online
Microsoft will enable developers to do some amazing things in 2015. Our shift to a mobile-first, cloud-first company is in full swing. You can already see a new developer opportunity emerging from the changes we’ve announced for Windows, Azure and our developer tools, including Open sourcing .NET to make our tools more powerful in today’s heterogeneous ecosystem. And that’s just the beginning. This year’s Build will lay out how you can be the most productive and creative developer you can be and showcase the latest tools and technologies you’ll be using to get it done. You can expect some fun surprises along the way as well. Three days of immersive presentations delivered by the engineers behind our devices and services. Catch it online live and later recorded.

 Mon.- Fri., May 4-8, Chicago Microsoft Ignite     Register
The best and brightest minds will be all in one place to talk cloud infrastructure and management, productivity, big data and the internet of things, unified communications, mobility and more. So welcome, thinkers. And get ready for a glimpse at what’s possible today and in the future. Live in Chicago.

 Thu.- Fri., May 14-15, 9 am - 7pm MT     FMI & Register
Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference, Free Global Community Tech Event - Online
The MVP Virtual Conference (MVP V-Conf) is a new, virtual, 2-day event that showcases how the best and brightest independent technology experts are using Microsoft technologies today. Tune in and see what the community of power users are saying.

 Mon., May 18, Denver Visual Studio User Group Meeting
        (note: date is one week earlier than usual, due to Memorial Day holiday)

Topic - A Lap Around Windows 10 for Developers
        with Jerry Nixon
Sponsor - Thomson Reuters
Atticus Ellena
Pregame Show -

 Tue.-Thu., May 19-21, 10 am ‒ 6 pm MT     FMI & Register
 A Developers Guide to Windows 10, MVA - Microsoft Virtual Academy
Live online and recorded for later viewing.
Want an in-depth look at the Universal Windows Platform? Engaging experts Jerry Nixon and Andy Wigley, of the Developer’s Guide to Windows 10 Preview, return to show you how Windows capabilities and social integration can help you create amazing experiences on devices running Windows 10, including phones, tablets, PCs, and even (coming soon) Xbox! Jerry and Andy host three demo-rich days of Windows 10 goodness, explore cool new features, and offer practical guidance. Each session lasts about 30 minutes, so you can join us for the topics that interest you most.

 Fri., Jun 5, 8:30am-1:30pm, Welcome Time 8:00am Denver Dev Day
Denver Dev Day, Friday, June 5, 2015 - Call for Speakers
Note: This message is a Call for Speakers only.
Attendee registration for this event will open soon.
Live in Denver at Microsoft DTC (more details coming soon)
             Denver Dev Day is a great opportunity to meet and network with your local developer community. How often do you get a chance to nerd-out with like-minded people on topics you love. It is a terrific time to meet talented peers; a terrific time to learn more about the technologies you work on and the topics you hope to work on someday. Denver Dev Day is a free community event -- driven by community supporters just like you! See the Keynote and lots of sessions in multiple rooms with a dozen speakers!

 Mon., Jun. 22, Denver Visual Studio User Group Meeting
Topic -
Sponsor - Swiftpage
        with Kassi Harris

Pregame Show -

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