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Meetup 28: Use an MVVM Framework with Xamarin.Forms

Use an MVVM Framework with Xamarin.Forms
April 21st, 2016
Location: Object Partners
Sponsor: MobileComposer

Join us for our April event hosted by Object Partners in Northeast Minneapolis and sponsored by MobileComposer. This is a FREE event and a great opportunity for networking and the latest insights in mobile development.

April Topic – Use an MVVM Framework with Xamarin.Forms
Why would you use an MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel) Framework with Xamarin.Forms when Xamarin.Forms already supports MVVM?

Let’s attempt to answer that question over a quick review of MVVM, how Xamarin.Forms implements MVVM, and what MVVM Frameworks can bring to the table. We’ll also a take a closer look at FreshMVVM, one of several MVVM framework options for Xamarin.Forms.

Presented By John Hunter
John Hunter is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer who has specialized in mobile development with Xamarin technologies for nearly 6 years. He’s coded with C# since .NET 1.0 Beta and was developing software in other languages long before that.

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 21st
6:00-6:30pm: Social time featuring good food and beverages
6:30–8:00pm: Presentation and discussion

Location
Object Partners
1515 Central Avenue NE Suite 100
Minneapolis MN 55413

Parking
Object Partners has parking available in the front and the side of the building.

Hosted by Object Partners and sponsored by MobileComposer.

Meetup 27: Developing iOS Apps With Swift: A C# Developer’s Perspective

Developing iOS Apps With Swift: A C# Developer’s Perspective
March 17th, 2016
Location: Doherty Career Solutions

March Topic – Developing iOS Apps With Swift: A C# Developer’s Perspective
It’s been less than 2 years since Apple surprised us by announcing Swift, a brand new programming language for development on platforms including iOS, OS X and Linux (and later watchOS and tvOS). Since then it has evolved quickly, gone open source and surged in popularity. It will likely run on Windows and Android someday soon.

Why did we need another programming language? In this talk we’ll investigate that question and find out what all the hype is about. We’ll compare Swift to C# and its predecessor at Apple, Objective-C.

Presented By Dan Lamppa
Dan Lamppa has developed software professionally for 20+ years, but his love of computers started long before that. He’s worked on web sites, web services, desktop applications and mobile apps. Dan’s first experience with Mobile development was in 2008 with Windows Mobile 6. He’s focused on mobile development ever since.

Dan has developed primarily in C# since 2002 when .NET 1.0 was released. In the fall of 2015 he began using Swift and Objective C for iOS development.

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 17th
6:00-6:30pm: Social time featuring good food and beverages
6:30–8:00pm: Presentation and discussion

Location
Doherty Career Solutions
7645 Metro Boulevard
Edina MN 55439

Meetup 26: Cross-Platform Mobile Development with React Native

Cross-Platform Mobile Development with React Native
February 18th, 2016
Location: Object Partners
Sponsor: MobileComposer

February Topic – Cross-Platform Mobile Development with React Native
In January of 2015, Facebook launched a framework for building cross-platform native mobile apps built on top of their React.js framework called React Native.

React Native allows you to use your knowledge of JavaScript and the popular React framework to build native mobile applications that work across multiple platforms.

First, we’ll compare React Native to a few other popular cross-platform tools, then we’ll run through a quick recap of React to get everybody up to speed and then do a deep-dive into the React Native framework to see how to make use of React to easily create great, cross-platform mobile applications.

Presented By Vince Bullinger
Vince has been a passionate developer and consultant since 2005. He is currently an independent contractor. He received his MCSD for .NET with C# back in 2008. In recent years, he’s immersed himself in front end technologies. Even more recently, he’s developed a passion for mobile development, specifically of the cross-platform variety. Outside of work, he’s a husband and father and enjoys sports, games and learning everything about everything.

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 18th
6:00-6:30pm: Social time featuring good food and beverages
6:30–8:00pm: Presentation and discussion

Location
Object Partners
1515 Central Avenue NE Suite 100
Minneapolis MN 55413

Meetup 25: Xamarin 4! Everything you need to Build Great Mobile Apps

Xamarin 4! Everything you need to Build Great Mobile Apps
January 21, 2016
Location: RBA

January Topic – Xamarin 4! Everything you need to Build Great Mobile Apps
Come celebrate Xamarin 4 with cake, pizza, and learning how to build, test, monitor, and accelerate native iOS and Android mobile app development in C#. Xamarin 4 was just announced including some amazing new features and enhancements including the all new Xamarin Mac Agent and Xamarin.Forms 2.0 for enterprise grade mobile development, the brand new Test Recorder, and free crash reporting with the General Availability of Xamarin Insights. This month we will take a look at all the new enhancements into iOS and Android Development in C# with Xamarin and all of the latest features that were just released. There will be something for everyone in this content packed meetup no matter if you are new or have been developing with Xamarin for some time.

** Each attendee will receive Xamarin swag, a code for Xamarin Test Cloud hours, and ONE lucky attendee will be chosen for the Xamarin Business License giveaway! **

Here are just a few topics that we will cover:

Xamarin.Forms 2.0
Xamarin developers have taken advantage of a shared business logic backend for years, but with the introduction of Xamarin.Forms it accelerate their cross-platform development introducing a shared user interface library and full MVVM Framework. Xamarin.Forms 2.0 takes advantage of the latest iOS 9 and Android Marshmallow features including material design, introduces several new gestures such as pull-to-refresh, rotate, pinch, and panning, as well as significant performance enhancements.

Xamarin Test Cloud & the Test Recorder
Xamarin developers are able to take advantage of their free Test Cloud time to test their applications on over 2,000 iOS and Android devices. We will take a look at the Test Cloud and see how the brand new Test Recorder simplifies the creation of complex tests to get you testing faster.

Xamarin Insights
Now Generally available with completely free crash reporting for Xamarin developers giving you full native and managed crash reports and stack traces with just a single line of code! With a full cross-platform SDK you can easily report exceptions, track events, and gather additional information about the devices your app is running on.

So Much More
That is just the start! Xamarin 4 is packed full of even more features and enhancements that we will cover.

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 21st
6:00-6:30pm: Social time featuring good food and beverages
6:30–8:00pm: Presentation and discussion

Location
RBA Consulting
294 Grove Lane East
2nd Floor – RBA Boardroom
Wayzata, MN 55391

Meetup 24: Xamarin UITest in the Real World

Xamarin.Forms: Xamarin UITest in the Real World
November 19, 2015
Location: Object Partners

November Topic – Xamarin UITest in the Real World
Easy to learn and hard to master certainly pertains to building Xamarin UITests. It’s very easy to pick up the basics and point it at sample apps, but real tests have to deal with a myriad of “undocumented features” in the platforms and tools. It’s also relatively new so there aren’t well established best practices and Google is not it’s usual helpful self.

In this session I’ll be showing examples of challenges that I’ve run into and what I did to make it work. I’ll explain some basic best practices I use and also share some hard-earned lessons.

Presented By Frank Markovich
Frank Markovich is the Owner and Principle Consultant at FrankoSystems. He’s a lifelong developer who, for some reason, really enjoys writing automated UI tests for mobile apps.

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 19th
6:00-6:30pm: Social time featuring good food and beverages
6:30–8:00pm: Presentation and discussion

Location
Object Partners
1515 Central Avenue Northeast Minneapolis MN

Meetup 23: Xamarin.Forms: Cross Platform Beyond the Generic Buttons and Text Boxes

Xamarin.Forms: Cross Platform Beyond the Generic Buttons and Text Boxes
October 15, 2015
Location: MentorMate

October Topic – Xamarin.Forms: Cross Platform Beyond the Generic Buttons and Text Boxes
Xamarin is a fantastic cross platform mobile option and Xamarin Forms creates tremendous opportunity to increase cross platform code sharing above 90%. However, what if we want our UI to look better than your run-of-the-mill app? In this session will discuss how to use Xamarin Forms and how to go beyond today’s mobile equivalent of “Battleship Gray”. See how the mobile game QONQR used Xamarin Forms to build UI that looks nothing like your typical cross-platform application.

Presented By Scott Davis
Scott Davis is the CEO and lead developer of QONQR, the geo-social game of world domination on Windows Phone, iPhone and Android. First released in March of 2012, QONQR players have now captured over 850,000 towns and cities in nearly every country in the world. Today, QONQR’s influence covers 30% of the populated earth.

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, October 15th
6:00-6:30pm: Social time featuring good food and beverages
6:30–8:00pm: Presentation and discussion

Location
MentorMate
3036 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Meetup 22: Fundamentals of Code Portability

Fundamentals of Code Portability
September 17th; 6:00 PM
Location: RBA

September Topic – Fundamentals of Code Portability
A mature codebase can have extreme value given the amount of time, effort, and money which is poured into the typical enterprise business system. Code portability is a common problem dating back to the roots of C and incompatible CPUs. We’ll look at how the compiler is fundamental to code portability and how libraries unleash the developer to solve business problems quickly. The discussion is general to software development, but applies specifically to C and Java, and arrives at a summary of the portability of C#.

Presented By Ben Horgen
Ben Horgen works for Zebra Technologies Corporation and is an experienced technologist with a strong background in hardware and software engineering. Coupling his 15+ years of hands on engineering experience with a degree in Organizational Leadership, Ben focuses on helping teams deliver software in a solution focused and time effective manner.

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, September 17th
6:00-6:30pm: Social time featuring good food and beverages
6:30–8:00pm: Presentation and discussion

Location
RBA
294 Grove Lane East
2nd Floor – RBA Boardroom
Wayzata, MN 55391

Free parking available at the Boatworks building.
** If you are having problems finding free parking in the lot, valet parking is available via the 6Smith restaurant valet service for $5.00 **

If you need help, text us at 612-709-6515.

meetup
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RSVP HERE: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Enterprise-Mobile/

Sponsored by RBA
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Meetup 21: Apple Watch Development with Xamarin’s Watch Kit

Apple Watch Development with Xamarin’s Watch Kit
August 20th; 6:00 PM
Location: American Academy of Neurology

August Topic – Apple Watch Development with Xamarin’s Watch Kit
Dick Tracy ain’t got nothin’ on us. The Apple Watch is out in the wild and there’s never been a better time to start playing with the newest, and smallest iOS platform, WatchOS. Xamarin’s Watch Kit support was released in March of this year, and we’re going to spend some time looking at all the capabilities, what you need to know to start developing, and a glimpse at new features promised in the next release.

Presented By Tom Soderling
Tom Soderling is a .NET developer and consultant with a background in web and desktop applications. Two years ago he jumped at the opportunity to switch his focus to the mobile space and now builds enterprise cross-platform mobile apps for Fortune 500 clients at ITR Mobility using C#, Xamarin, and the iFactr platform. Tom is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer, has recently released his first personal app to the iOS App Store, and can’t believe he gets to read MacRumors as part of his job.

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, August 20th
6:00-6:30pm: Social time featuring good food and beverages
6:30–8:00pm: Presentation and discussion

American Academy of Neurology
201 Chicago Avenue South, Training Room A
Minneapolis, MN 55401

If you need help, text us at 612-280-0710.

meetup
Join our Meetup Group to connect with other members and be the first to know about upcoming events and speakers.

RSVP HERE: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Enterprise-Mobile/

Sponsored by RBA and Xamarin
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Meetup 20: Authenticating with Google, Facebook and Azure in Xamarin.Forms

Authenticating with Google, Facebook and Azure in Xamarin.Forms
July 16, 2015; 6:00 pm
Location: StoneArch Creative

July Topic – Authenticating with Google, Facebook and Azure in Xamarin.Forms
Authentication can be a challenging endeavor that comes with many risks. Instead of trying to create your own solution you can use one of many third party solutions. Lee Olsen will show us how to authenticate with Google, Facebook and Azure using OAuth 2.0.

Presented By Lee Olsen
Lee Olsen has been a software developer for 4 years and currently works at C.H. Robinson. He is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and has worked on Xamarin mobile apps and XAML based frameworks for both agricultural and financial apps.

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 16
6:00-6:30pm: Social time featuring good food, craft beer and other beverages
6:30–8:00pm: Presentation and discussion

StoneArch Creative
710 South 2nd Street #7
Minneapolis, MN

If you need help, text us at 612-280-0710.

meetup
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RSVP HERE: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Enterprise-Mobile/

Sponsored by RBA and Xamarin
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Meetup 19: Advanced Debugging Tools and Techniques For Mobile Development

Advanced Debugging Tools and Techniques For Mobile Development
June 18, 2015; 6:00 pm
MentorMate in Uptown Minneapolis

June Topic – Advanced Debugging Tools and Techniques For Mobile Development
In today’s world of software development, we are always wanting to install that latest and greatest development IDE, or get our designs pixel perfect on the device, but one item many developers forget about or don’t pay much attention to that can drastically improve development time is advanced debugging techniques. Tools such as Reveal, Charles, and WireShark are a great place to start! Please feel free to install these tools prior to the meeting if you would like to follow along.

Presented By Steve Killingbeck
Steve is a longtime Freelance Developer and newly Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer who has had the great fortune of working with top brands and cutting edge projects ranging from medical software, product configurators, games, simulations, websites, touchscreen kiosks, mobile apps, VJing / live performance visuals and projection mapping for live music events.

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 18
6:00-6:30pm: Social time featuring good food, craft beer and other beverages
6:30–8:00pm: Presentation and discussion

Location
MentorMate
3036 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55408

Parking
It is recommended to park in the Calhoun Square Ramp. Street parking is also available.

If you need help, text us at 612-280-0710.

meetup
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RSVP HERE: http://www.meetup.com/Minnesota-Enterprise-Mobile/

Sponsored by RBA and Xamarin
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