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Meetup 42: Microsoft Build 2017 Recap for Xamarin Developers

Microsoft Build 2017 Recap for Xamarin Developers
July 20th, 2017
Host & Sponsor: ILM Professional Services

*** ATTENTION: We have shifted the start time for this meeting! We will now start our social time at 5:30 and presentations will begin at 6:00! This is our plan for this meeting and all other meetings moving forward. Please let us know if you have questions/concerns. Thanks! ***

Join us for our July event sponsored and hosted by ILM Professional Services in Edina. This is a FREE event and a great opportunity for networking and the latest insights in mobile development.

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July Topic – Microsoft Build 2017 Recap for Xamarin Developers

This year’s Microsoft Build conference was nothing short of amazing.  It’s hard to stay on top of all the new and exciting announcements from Xamarin so we’d like to show off a few favorites.  We’ll take a look at the announcement of general availability of Visual Studio for Mac, the Xamarin Live Player, SkiaSharp, Xamarin.Forms for Mac, UrhoSharp, Workbooks, and much more!

Presented by John Hunter
John Hunter is an Assistant Organizer for the Minnesota Enterprise Mobility group and the Xamarin Practice Lead at Spōk where he is busily working on a secure medical texting application.  He has worked professionally with Xamarin and cross-platform projects since the Novell days.  When he’s not coding or binging superhero shows on NetFlix, he can be found creating piles of sawdust on his woodturning lathe.

Presented by Adam Zucchi
Adam Zucchi is a co-founder/organizer of the Minnesota Enterprise Mobile user group and is also a Xamarin certified mobile developer working at Mobile Composer in Minneapolis.  He has been working in the mobile space since the introduction of the iOS SDK.  Adam is also part owner of the Green Bay Packers.

Presented by Steve Killingbeck
Steve Killingbeck is one of the group Co-Founders and has been a professional developer for ~20 years with ~4 years in the mobile dev space. Steve has been a consultant for most of his career and has traveled extensively. Besides mobile, his interests also include multimedia development, audio/music/video production, VJ-ing live music events, Security & Privacy, Inventing/Making things.

About the Group
Led by local developers, the Minnesota Enterprise Mobile User Group is a place to come together to share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned with the development community regarding enterprise mobile development, with a focus on mobile cross-platform application development and the Xamarin toolset. Our goal is to cover all areas of the Enterprise Mobile landscape.

Thursday, July 20th
5:30 – 6:00pm: Social time featuring good food and beverages
6:00 – ~7:30pm: Presentation and discussion

Location
ILM Professional Services
5221 Viking Drive
Edina, MN 55435

** Free on-site parking is available **

Hosted and sponsored by ILM Professional Services.

Meetup 41: Xamarin 101 – What I Wish I Had Been Told

Xamarin 101 – What I Wish I Had Been Told
June 15th, 2017
Host & Sponsor: ILM Professional Services

*** ATTENTION: We have shifted the start time for this meeting! We will now start our social time at 5:30 and presentations will begin at 6:00! This is our plan for this meeting and all other meetings moving forward. Please let us know if you have questions/concerns. Thanks! ***

Join us for our June event sponsored and hosted by ILM Professional Services in Edina. This is a FREE event and a great opportunity for networking and the latest insights in mobile development.

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June Topic – Xamarin 101 – What I Wish I Had Been Told

Xamarin in one form or another has been around for a long time.  But with the recent acquisition of Xamarin by Microsoft, it has become a critical piece in the Microsoft .NET platform.  The ability to write mobile applications for IOS/Android and Windows is now as easy as File..New Project.  Or is it?  Come join me and learn just what Xamarin is, how to get started developing applications with it in VS 2017, and how to overcome some common obstacles you may face.

Presented by William Austin
William Austin is a Senior Consultant with Improving – Twin Cities where he works with clients to help them overcome their business challenges.  He has been a .NET developer since the Beta 1.0 days and has made most of the ‘big mistakes’ during his career.  He is also the current President of the TechMasters group and a Co-organizer of NServiceBus Twin Cities.

About the Group
Led by local developers, the Minnesota Enterprise Mobile User Group is a place to come together to share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned with the development community regarding enterprise mobile development, with a focus on mobile cross-platform application development and the Xamarin toolset. Our goal is to cover all areas of the Enterprise Mobile landscape.

Thursday, June 15th
5:30 – 6:00pm: Social time featuring good food and beverages
6:00 – ~7:30pm: Presentation and discussion

Location
ILM Professional Services
5221 Viking Drive
Edina, MN 55435

** Free on-site parking is available **

Hosted and sponsored by ILM Professional Services.

Meetup 40: MVVM and Prism in Xamarin Forms

MVVM and Prism in Xamarin Forms
May 18th, 2017
Host & Sponsor: ILM Professional Services

*** ATTENTION: We have shifted the start time for this meeting! We will now start our social time at 5:30 and presentations will begin at 6:00! This is our plan for this meeting and all other meetings moving forward. Please let us know if you have questions/concerns. Thanks! ***

Join us for our May event sponsored and hosted by ILM Professional Services in Edina. This is a FREE event and a great opportunity for networking and the latest insights in mobile development.

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May Topic – MVVM and Prism in Xamarin Forms

MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel) is a popular design pattern for cross-platform applications, taking advantage of XAML binding to decouple UI and application logic. Although Xamarin Forms supports some facets of MVVM out of the box, a mature framework like Prism – first developed by Microsoft for WPF applications – facilitates development and gets you closer to true separation of concerns.

This talk will cover the basics of MVVM, how Prism implements it and how it differs from Xamarin Forms, and major changes in the recent 6.3 release.

Presented by Katy Shimizu
Katy Shimizu is a Consultant for Improving Twin Cities who loves well-architected systems and the patterns that make them so. She specializes in mobile and cloud development and has been working with Xamarin since 2015. Prior to software development she performed chemical research and trained falcons, though not at the same time.

About the Group
Led by local developers, the Minnesota Enterprise Mobile User Group is a place to come together to share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned with the development community regarding enterprise mobile development, with a focus on mobile cross-platform application development and the Xamarin toolset. Our goal is to cover all areas of the Enterprise Mobile landscape.

Thursday, May 18th
5:30 – 6:00pm: Social time featuring good food and beverages
6:00 – ~7:30pm: Presentation and discussion

Location
ILM Professional Services
5221 Viking Drive
Edina, MN 55435

** Free on-site parking is available **

Hosted and sponsored by ILM Professional Services.

Meetup 39: Tool Chains for API Design

Tool Chains for API Design
April 20th, 2017
Host & Sponsor: ILM Professional Services

*** ATTENTION: We have shifted the start time for this meeting! We will now start our social time at 5:30 and presentations will begin at 6:00! This is our plan for this meeting and all other meetings moving forward. Please let us know if you have questions/concerns. Thanks! ***

Join us for our April event sponsored and hosted by ILM Professional Services in Edina. This is a FREE event and a great opportunity for networking and the latest insights in mobile development.

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April Topic – Tool Chains for API Design

Do you find that your teams don’t create consumable APIs…so much as private handshakes between mobile apps and a server tier?  When you look to have other teams consume your services, are you challenged by the documentation you have – or the fuzziness of the contracts in place?   This talk will focus on how to address that, and how to target first-class APIs versus “yet another endpoint” to support.  We’ll look at tools to help you accomplish this at the design, build, test, and operational phases.

Presented by Scott Colestock
Scott Colestock is a long-time independent contractor in the Twin Cities.  He focuses on mobile and cloud architecture with startups and enterprises alike, with companies including LiquidSpace, AgriSync, Riptide, and Polaris Industries.

About the Group
Led by local developers, the Minnesota Enterprise Mobile User Group is a place to come together to share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned with the development community regarding enterprise mobile development, with a focus on mobile cross-platform application development and the Xamarin toolset. Our goal is to cover all areas of the Enterprise Mobile landscape.

Thursday, April 20th
5:30 – 6:00pm: Social time featuring good food and beverages
6:00 – ~7:30pm: Presentation and discussion

Location
ILM Professional Services
5221 Viking Drive
Edina, MN 55435

** Free on-site parking is available **

Hosted and sponsored by ILM Professional Services.

Meetup 38: Introduction to Mobile App Security

Introduction to Mobile App Security
March 16th, 2017
Host & Sponsor: ILM Professional Services

Join us for our March event sponsored and hosted by ILM Professional Services in Edina. This is a FREE event and a great opportunity for networking and the latest insights in mobile development.

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March Topic – Introduction to Mobile App Security

This talk will introduce and cover common mobile application security flaws. This includes iOS and Android fundamentals, some common vulnerabilities, testing techniques, and how to fix these issues. We will also discuss both targeting mobile devices and using mobile devices as an attack platform.

Presented by Jake Bernier
Jake is a Red Teamer at a local Fortune 500 company where he tinkers and challenges security practices. He also enjoys his time after hours as an adjunct teacher at a local college teaching the techniques of penetration testing.

About the Group
Led by local developers, the Minnesota Enterprise Mobile User Group is a place to come together to share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned with the development community regarding enterprise mobile development, with a focus on mobile cross-platform application development and the Xamarin toolset. Our goal is to cover all areas of the Enterprise Mobile landscape.

Thursday, March 16th
6:00 – 6:30pm: Social time featuring good food and beverages
6:30 – ~8:00pm: Presentation and discussion

Location
ILM Professional Services
5221 Viking Drive
Edina, MN 55435

** Free on-site parking is available **

Hosted and sponsored by ILM Professional Services.

Meetup 37: Push Notifications using AWS Lambda and Urban Airship

Push Notifications using AWS Lambda and Urban Airship
February 16th, 2017
Host & Sponsor: ILM Professional Services

Join us for our February event sponsored and hosted by ILM Professional Services in Edina. This is a FREE event and a great opportunity for networking and the latest insights in mobile development.

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February Topic – Push Notifications using AWS Lambda and Urban Airship

In this presentation we will walkthrough the use of AWS Lambda to bridge a web service and Urban Airship to create user customizable article rich notifications for Barron’s for iOS.

Presented by Dan Edgar
Dan Edgar is a Principal Consultant with ILM Professional Services in Edina, MN. His primary experience is in native front end development for Windows and iOS using C#, XAML, Objective-C and Swift. He is currently working for Dow Jones on Barron’s for iOS. When you don’t find him out fixing someone’s computer, you can find him at the back of the pack at a half-marathon event near you.

About the Group
Led by local developers, the Minnesota Enterprise Mobile User Group is a place to come together to share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned with the development community regarding enterprise mobile development, with a focus on mobile cross-platform application development and the Xamarin toolset. Our goal is to cover all areas of the Enterprise Mobile landscape.

Thursday, February 16th
6:00 – 6:30pm: Social time featuring good food and beverages
6:30 – ~8:00pm: Presentation and discussion

Location
ILM Professional Services
5221 Viking Drive
Edina, MN 55435

** Free on-site parking is available **

Hosted and sponsored by ILM Professional Services.

Meetup 36: Mobile Localization Strategies and General Q&A

Mobile Localization Strategies and General Q&A
January 19th, 2017
Host & Sponsor: ILM Professional Services

Join us for our January event sponsored and hosted by ILM Professional Services in Edina.  This is a FREE event and a great opportunity for networking and the latest insights in mobile development.

RSVP Here:  Minnesota Enterprise Mobile on Meetup

January Topic – Mobile Localization Strategies and General Q&A

QONQR (pronounced Conquer) is a mobile game built using Xamarin. This 2 developer company supports applications on Windows Phone, Android and iPhone with a complex Azure cloud platform. QONQR is now available in 7 languages, with translations crowdsourced from the players. In this talk we’ll discuss the challenges of supporting an application in multiple languages, UI design, translator coordination, and the unexpected technical challenges.  Out of the box solutions available in .Net can cause significant negative side effects. We’ll discuss how to avoid them and will demo how to integrate the Microsoft Multilingual App Toolkit into your cross platform solution.  Finally, there will be plenty of opportunity to ask any question on this 2.5 year Xamarin Forms project.  The application interface is so custom, not a single Xamarin Forms Button control exists in the application.  Nearly every control has been custom built from raw UI elements or extended to allow for maximum control of both style and performance.  Come prepared for a candid Q&A discussion of what works well and what doesn’t, when you push Xamarin Forms to the maximum limit of its capabilities.

Presented by Scott Davis
Scott is the CEO and lead cloud + mobile developer for QONQR, a 2-person mobile gaming company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. QONQR (pronounced Conquer) is the GeoSocial game of World Domination. Players battle to capture and control their home towns and surrounding cities. Today QONQR players have captured over a million towns and cities in every country in the world. QONQR players now control over 35% of the populated earth. Prior to QONQR, Scott spent over a decade as a software consultant, business analyst, and project manager, including time as a district manager overseeing 50 direct reports. Scott holds an MBA with an emphasis in Venture management and is a former adjunct professor in the Information Technology Management master’s program at St Mary’s University.

About the Group
Led by local developers, the Minnesota Enterprise Mobile User Group is a place to come together to share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned with the development community regarding enterprise mobile development, with a focus on mobile cross-platform application development and the Xamarin toolset. Our goal is to cover all areas of the Enterprise Mobile landscape.

Thursday, January 19th
6:00 – 6:30pm: Social time featuring good food and beverages
6:30 – ~8:00pm: Presentation and discussion

Location
ILM Professional Services
5221 Viking Drive
Edina, MN 55435

** Free on-site parking is available **

Hosted and sponsored by ILM Professional Services.

Meetup 35: Encryption Fundamentals and Mobile Code Signing

Encryption Fundamentals and Mobile Code Signing
November 17th, 2016
Host & Sponsor: Frank Markovich of FrankoSystems
Venue: Bald Man Brewing

Join us for our November event sponsored and hosted by Frank Markovich of FrankoSystems at Bald Man Brewing in Eagan.  This is a FREE event and a great opportunity for networking and the latest insights in mobile development.

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November Topic – Encryption Fundamentals and Mobile Code Signing

Mobile Software development introduces code signing concepts that many developers have never had to deal with: developer certificates, provisioning profiles, signed applications, etc. Just how does all this work?  At the heart of it all is encryption and in this session we’ll:

Explore conceptually what’s really going on behind the scenes.

Go over encryption basics.

What are Public/Private keys and how they work.

How the app stores use digital signing.

Presented by Kyle Estes
Kyle Estes is a long time software developer and former race car driver.  He was on the original team that developed the Polaris Ride Command mobile app written in Xamarin and currently is the Lead Data Architect at Polaris.

About the Group
Led by local developers, the Minnesota Enterprise Mobile User Group is a place to come together to share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned with the development community regarding enterprise mobile development, with a focus on mobile cross-platform application development and the Xamarin toolset. Our goal is to cover all areas of the Enterprise Mobile landscape.

Thursday, November 17th
6:00 – 6:30pm: Social time featuring catered in food and drink token
6:30 – ~8:00pm: Presentation and Discussion

Location
Bald Man Brewing
2020 Silver Bell Rd #25
Eagan, MN 55122

** Free on-site parking is available **

Hosted and sponsored by Frank Markovich of FrankoSystems at Bald Man Brewing.

Xamarin Dev Days Twin Cities

We are excited to announce that the Minnesota Enterprise Mobile user group will be hosting a local Xamarin Dev Days event in October!  Xamarin Dev Days Twin Cities will be hosted and sponsored by ILM Professional Services in Edina.  This is a FREE event and a great opportunity for networking and the latest insights in mobile development.  Xamarin Dev Days provide attendees with an intense, hands-on learning experience. Spend the morning exploring mobile development with sessions from Xamarin, our technology partners, and members of your local developer community, then roll up your sleeves for an afternoon dedicated to diving into code.

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When: Saturday, October 22nd 2016
Where: ILM Professional Services
5221 Viking Drive
Edina, MN 55435

Agenda
9:00 AM – Registration
9:30 – 10:10 AM – Intro to Xamarin
10:20 – 11:00 AM – Xamarin Forms
11:10 – 11:50 AM – Xamarin + Azure
12:00 – 1:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 PM – Hands on Lab

FAQ

  • What should I bring?
    • We encourage you to bring your personal computer to the local Xamarin Dev Days event with Xamarin fully installed to participate in the live coding activities. We have a full guide for both Mac OS X and Windows to help get you started.
    • Xamarin experts will be around to help you with any setup, but it is highly encouraged to preconfigure your machines in advance.
    • In order to test the part of iOS, for those who do not have a MAC, you can use one of the weekly plans MacInCloud (Europe Server, OS El Capitain) with the option Enable Remote Build Port enabled.
  • Will food be provided?
    • A complimentary lunch will be provided by sponsors during the event. Food and beverages are determined on a venue-by-venue- basis, but feel free to contact us with any questions.
  • Parking?
    • Free parking is available in the ILM parking lot

About the Group
Led by local developers, the Minnesota Enterprise Mobile User Group is a place to come together to share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned with the development community regarding enterprise mobile development, with a focus on mobile cross-platform application development and the Xamarin toolset. Our goal is to cover all areas of the Enterprise Mobile landscape.

* Note * – This event is in place of our regularly scheduled 3rd Thursday meeting, so we will NOT be having a meeting on Thursday, October 20th.

MNEM at MDC!

As many of you know, Minnesota Developers Conference (MDC) is tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th.  This year Minnesota Enterprise Mobile will be there as one of the community sponsors and we’d love for you to come check us out at our booth!

But before the event, we wanted to give you a sneak peek on some awesome giveaways we will be doing at MDC!  Tomorrow we will be giving away some awesome software/subscriptions at the event:
 
PaintCode
PaintCode allows you to draw vector based graphics (or import existing SVG file art) and turn those drawings into code!  You can export your code as Objective-C, Swift, or C# for Xamarin.iOS.

PaintCode

Reveal
Reveal makes you superhuman, okay not really, but it does make debugging your iOS applications much simpler.  Reveal is an app that allows iOS developers to visually debug their applications in 3D space and get the entire visual hierarchy of their views and debug and tweak those views in real time.

Reveal 

Paw
Paw is a Mac desktop application that allows developers to test all of their REST web services with ease!  A must have for any developer that integrates web services into their apps!

Paw 

O’Reilly – Safari Books Online
Safari Books Online is a subscription to all O’Reilly and many other publisher’s books in different electronic formats that can be read both on and offline.  There is also a ton of online video training available as well!

O'Reilly - Safari Books Online

JetBrains
JetBrains is a software company that offers a variety of different IDEs for many different programming languages.

JetBrains 

Charles Proxy
Charles Proxy is a web debugging proxy tool used to monitor and debug all traffic between client and server.

Charles Proxy

We hope to see you tomorrow at MDC!