The Swift Kick Show

Andy Leonard started writing Motorola 6800 machine code and BASIC in 1975. Software was a hobby until it intersected Andy’s day job as an electrician in a manufacturing plant. It was in manufacturing that Andy encountered Programmable Logic Controllers – or PLCs – based on Motorola 68000 controllers. Most of his 6800 experience was applicable to the 68000’s. Andy started writing in Visual Basic…


Being a Geek Leader

06/27/2018 at 06:00pm EST

Being a Geek Leader We all have potential to be leaders. What is a leader? My young daughter says it’s the person in front of you in line. She’s right… in a way. A leader is just someone we follow. This talk will explore how we can lead those to our right and to our left. How to lead from any level, not only as the “boss.” Many people in technical leadership roles were placed there because they…


Speed and Stability in Mobile and Web

06/13/2018 at 06:00pm EST

Speed and stability have real impacts on your user base. From things like user retention to monetization, the speed at which your app loads and the percent of sessions that don't crash make a real, meaningful impact on your user base. In this talk we explore what metrics you should aim for as well as talk about a few use-cases of companies speeding up and stabilizing their app and how that…


Leadership for the Reluctant Leader

05/23/2018 at 06:00pm EST

Regardless of the technology you know, regardless of the job title you have, you have amazing potential to impact your family, workplace, community, and beyond. I've had to come to terms with what it means to be a leader, and want to share some of the lessons I've learned along the way.


Believe in the Power of CSS

04/25/2018 at 06:00pm EST

You know that song by Huey Lewis and the News, The Power of Love? "First time you feel it, it might make you sad." Might be how you feel about CSS right? What about the power of CSS? CSS has received a bad name as of late, but the truth of the matter is that CSS is such a powerful piece of the front-end puzzle and you should really be excited for what's already here and what's to come! Who would…


NoSQL Shouldn’t Mean NoSecurity

04/11/2018 at 06:00pm EST

As NoSQL databases increase in popularity, they also increase in popularity with hackers. NoSQL databases are vulnerable to traditional attacks like SQL injection (yes, really). Further, the rush to productivity leaves some of these databases insecure-by-design. As a result, ransom notes have plagued databases like MongoDB, ElasticSearch, Hadoop, and CouchDB. This session demonstrates security…


“UX” is too often avoided by developers and other members of the product team, when often they are the last check on what goes to production. In many cases, there’s not enough staff to address the issues. We’ll touch on some of the most common pain points in app design and how solving the experience issues is not just for designers to address. We’ll also cover some basic tools you can use with…


As a technologist, it's an exciting time to be alive. Recent publications have revealed truly unbelievable results in machine learning, some of which raise interesting and complex ethical questions. In this talk, Ankur will walk through some recent papers that are both technically impressive as well as ethically complex. Though this talk is geared towards people with some minimal technical…


Azure Functions are the cornerstone of Azure's Serverless offerings and should be a part of every cloud developer’s tool belt! With Azure Functions, you simply concentrate on the code you need to get the job done and let Azure Functions take care of the scaling and availability for you. To sweeten the deal you only pay for what you use and never pay for idle time making Azure Functions one of the…


Serverless applications are the future of lightweight, scalable, and performant application development. Developers are breaking apart their monolith applications into smaller, purpose-focused microservices. They are quickly and purposefully prototyping application ideas. Moving to a “Serverless” environment really mean to migrating a fully-hosted environment to using a fully-managed compute or…


What's New In SignalR Core 2

01/31/2018 at 07:00pm EST

Hey! That title kinda rhymes doesn't it. Very many years ago, the good folks on the ASP.NET team released this little library called SignalR, which made it possible to easily do real-time communication between a web server and clients of all kinds (web, mobile, and more). Then this ASP.NET Core thing popped up, and really screwed up the story for SignalR. Meaning, you couldn't use SignalR anymore…


Shared IP, SMTP, and DNS, Oh My!

01/17/2018 at 07:00pm EST

Holy abbreviations, Batman! We take email for granted. We type some word vomit into Gmail, press send and poof! Google magically delivers it to our recipient. But it's significantly more complicated than that. Email is one of the oldest protocols of the interwebs. We'll dive into how it works and why you should care. This webinar is beginner friendly and loads of fun. About Emily After many years…


Do you want to know what the deal is with going serverless? Let's take a quick look at what it means to break up your monolith applications to use event-driven serverless architecture. In this short webinar, we will go over some of the ways you start making your web apps become cloud-native. In our example, we will show off a serverless chatbot with Slack integration! About Paul Hi, I’m Paul Chin…


Home assistant devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa are fun and useful, but also have the potential to reshape the lives of their users. In this webinar we'll look at the basics of creating custom interactions with the Google Assistant platform, including how to use the Dialogflow service to create conversational interfaces and create more natural voice experiences. About Greg Greg Norman is…


Intro to Azure Data Lake

11/15/2017 at 07:00pm EST

Dealing with big data presents specific challenges around storage and analytics. Azure Data Lake (ADL) is an enterprise-grade, massively parallel, cloud based solution built to handle immense workloads. In creating ADL, Microsoft leveraged its experiences hosting some of the largest services in the world, such as Xbox Live, Office 365, Yammer, and more. In this presentation you will learn the…


Live to Code, Don't Code to Live

11/02/2017 at 06:00pm EST

I love to code but the worst thing that affects my flow is unnecessary distractions. Unfortunately, for many developers, stressing about money problems are preventing them from unlocking their full potential and I want to share how easy it is to find peace in your personal finances using the benefits available to middle-class employees. This is not a get rich scheme or a sales pitch for some…


Real World UX Problem Solving

10/18/2017 at 06:00pm EST

Over the past two decades software has shifted from serving professionals to being woven into every corner of life. Users no longer accept a UI that's merely functional; it has to be intuitive, fast, and visually appealing. Our discussion will focus on the patterns and practices any developer can employ without specialized design or graphics knowledge. We'll cover how we've evolved a real-world…


Data Science for Developers

10/04/2017 at 06:00pm EST

Data science is reshaping the world the same way PCs did 30 years ago, and every software developer on the planet realizes that understanding artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other technologies is just as important as understanding algorithms and data structures. In this landmark video from Wintellect's chief data scientist, Frank La Vigne explains data science in terms every…


One of the most exciting aspects of the HoloLens is the device's ability to do spatial mapping. This is the ability the device has to scan the environment and understand it as a 3D mesh. You can then write code to handle working inside of this environment. The game Fragments uses the data to either position actors sitting down on your couch, or standing in the room. Young Conker places the level…


Docker Compose

09/06/2017 at 05:00pm EST

As a developer, setting up and maintaining your "project environments" can be a real pain. So many tools, so many ways to do it. You hear about Vagrant, scripts, Ansible, Puppet, VirtualBox, and now Docker... but how can you switch from a PHP project to a Node.js project, or (gasp) two different PHP/Node versions without breaking things. What if you needed to run multiple versions at the same time…


Azure CosmosDB

08/23/2017 at 05:00pm EST

This talk will take you through a deep dive into Azure Cosmos DB from a developer's perspective. We will explore multiple samples across the various Azure Cosmos DB APIs (DocumentDB, MongoDB, Table and Graph) using both .NET and Node.js. Come prepared for a lot of demos showing how you can tie various APIs together so you can accomplish tasks such as using the Graph API to traverse graph data from…


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