March 2014 Meeting Announcement - Build and Publish a Windows 8 Game in 1 Day, even without Windows 8

Meeting Topic

Build and Publish a Windows 8 Game in 1 Day, even without Windows 8

Abstract

Building a game for the Windows 8 platform can be fun, but there are challenges: Where do I start? What if I don’t have experience writing Windows 8 apps? What if I don’t own a Windows 8 machine?

Construct 2 can help. This game development tool runs on Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8; and requires no knowledge of C# or Visual Basic. Construct’s graphical environment allows developers to build a rich 2D computer game without writing code. In this session, students will learn how to use Construct2 to create a game; how to export their game to a Windows 8 project; and how to submit that game to the Windows 8 app store.

Speaker – David Giard

David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades.  Currently, David helps people build solutions in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at www.DavidGiard.com.  His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons.

Pizza/Geek Dinner

Pizza will be provided as a snack during the meeting. A Geek Dinner will be held immediately after the meeting at The Pub at 1554 Polaris Parkway,
Columbus, Ohio 43240

When

Thursday, 3/27/2014, 6:00 - ??

Where

Microsoft Office – Columbus

Please Note: Because of fire code, the Microsoft facility will only accommodate 100 people.

Sponsorship

Our Sponsorship Policy has changed! Take a look here.

Our Annual Sponsors:

Annual Sponsor - Improving Enterprises

Annual Sponsor - Cardinal Solutions

Our Meeting Sponsors:

Sponsor - HMB

ICClogo42

Sponsor - AppDynamics

Sponsor - Sogeti

Generous thanks to Microsoft for giving us the meeting space.

Sponsor - Microsoft

Our meeting swag sponsors include:

Sponsor - JetBrains

Sponsor - Telerik

Opportunities to sponsor CONDG are available. For more information please email contact@condg.org

February 2014 Meeting Announcement - Patterns of Effective Test Setup

Meeting Topic

Patterns of Effective Test Setup: Object Mother and Beyond

Abstract

Writing clean, effective and manageable tests begins with the "fixture", the set of data used in the test. If you've ever struggled with writing the "arrange" part of a test, or if you've ever looked at someone else's "arrange" and had a hard time understanding it, then you've suffered the pains of poor fixture setup.

In this session you'll learn a collection of patterns and techniques that will help you write smaller, more expressive tests that are easier to read, understand and maintain. We'll talk about common "fixture smells", how to construct test data, and how to save that data into the database for integration tests. Although code samples will be in C# and nUnit, this is a patterns and practices talk and is relevant to other platforms too.

"Clean setup begets clean tests". Let me show you how.

Speaker – Seth Petry-Johnson

Seth has been programming for 24 years, the last 17 of them professionally. He got "test infected" in 2004 and since then have practiced TDD on multiple projects small and large. Most recently he has been focused on clean, testable code in ASP.NET NVC, Ruby and JavaScript. He loves bringing order to chaos and sharing his experiences with others

Pizza/Geek Dinner

Pizza will be provided as a snack during the meeting. A Geek Dinner will be held immediately after the meeting at The Pub at 1554 Polaris Parkway,
Columbus, Ohio 43240

When

Thursday, 2/27/2014, 6:00 - ??

Where

Microsoft Office – Columbus

Please Note: Because of fire code, the Microsoft facility will only accommodate 100 people.

Sponsorship

Our Sponsorship Policy has changed! Take a look here.

Our Annual Sponsors:

Annual Sponsor - Improving Enterprises

Annual Sponsor - Cardinal Solutions

Our Meeting Sponsors:

Sponsor - HMB

ICClogo42

Sponsor - AppDynamics

Sponsor - Sogeti

Generous thanks to Microsoft for giving us the meeting space.

Sponsor - Microsoft

Our meeting swag sponsors include:

Sponsor - JetBrains

Sponsor - Telerik

Opportunities to sponsor CONDG are available. For more information please email contact@condg.org