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Wednesday, September 6
 

8:30am CDT

A Radical Introduction to UX Design
Targeted at software professionals who are new to design or mostly self taught, this fast-paced, hands-on workshop presents the essentials of UX design. Participants work together in teams to design a simple mobile app by applying efficient, practical user-centered tools and techniques.
The twist: This workshop assumes less-than-ideal circumstances (very little time), and that you will need to persuade your team, managers, and clients to accept your design ideas—with something other than personal opinion.


Wednesday September 6, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

8:30am CDT

Building and Deploying a Node.js Application
Nowadays you can’t get too far into web development without encountering a reference to “Node.js” or “NPM”. Node.js is a JavaScript runtime environment which includes a package manager called NPM. Node can be used for everything from a front-end development workflow tool to a server environment for a web application. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to get started building a Node.js application. We will install application dependencies with NPM and develop the application locally. We’ll also publish the application to the web and learn how to manage both development and production environments. While participation is not required, attendees are encouraged to bring a computer with their favorite JavaScript editor installed and ready to code!

Speakers
avatar for Dustin Tauer

Dustin Tauer

VP of Training & Development, Easel Solutions
Dustin Tauer is the VP of Training and Development with Easel Solutions. He spends his time either in the classroom educating clients on the latest tools and technologies or in his office developing new and innovative web, mobile, and eLearning solutions. His passion is finding the... Read More →


Wednesday September 6, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

8:30am CDT

Data Science Fundamentals
Data scientists are increasingly taking a central role in business innovation, strategy, and the decision-making process. What makes a data scientist uniquely valuable is their ability to interact with data, gain insight, and communicate useful business intelligence to others. One very powerful tool of the trade is R statistical computing software.

During the R workshop, participants will gain hands on experience with the statistical tools frequently used by data scientists. Using tangible business examples, we will explore data visually and begin with some descriptive statistics and linear modeling concepts. From there the course will progress into more advanced multiple linear models, logistic regression, bootstrapping, simulation, and validation.

Speakers
avatar for Garth Highland

Garth Highland

Data Scientist, HDR, Inc.


Wednesday September 6, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

8:30am CDT

Legacy Application Wrangler
The world isn’t full of Greenfield applications, it is full of existing Brownfield legacy applications. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t build great software with these Legacy applications as the base. Completely re-writing legacy applications is often full or risk (technical and business) and should be avoided in most cases. A more manageable approach is to wrangle these legacy applications and move them to better patterns over time as we add value and features to the system. In this workshop we will take an existing eCommerce .NET application and begin to migrate it to a more testable, service oriented and fun development experience. Students will learn the skill of Legacy Application Wrangler, no cowboy hat required.

Prerequisite: ​An understanding of VisualStudio would be beneficial for this workshop. Any version (2013, 2015, 2017) and edition (Community, Pro, Enterprise, Ultimate) is fine.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Michel

Chad Michel

Software Architect, Don't Panic Labs
In 2000 Chad graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering. He then graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2003 with a Masters in Computer Science. After college, he worked for STI, MindVision/eSellerate/DigitalRiver, and Internap before ending up at Nebraska Global... Read More →


Wednesday September 6, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

8:30am CDT

FULL-DAY WORKSHOP - Develop an Entity Framework Core and ASP.NET Core MVC App in a Day
Interested in ASP.NET Core 2 and Entity Framework Core 2, but not sure where to start? Start here with an all day Hands on Lab where you will build a complete solution using the latest development technology from Microsoft. Using Visual Studio 2017 (15.3 or greater) and .NET Core 2, you will build a data access library using Entity Framework Core 2, complete with repos and migrations. Next, you will build a ASP.NET Core 2 web application, leveraging all of the latest that ASP.NET Core 2 has to offer, including Tag Helpers, View Components, Dependency Injection, and more!
You will learn:
  • The new project structure for .NET Core 2 Apps
  • Creating a data access layer with Entity Framework Core 2
  • Initializing data for testing with EF Core 2
  • Building a website with ASP.NET Core 2
  • Configuring the HTTP pipeline and routing
  • Using and creating Tag Helpers
  • Creating and using View Components
  • Leveraging Dependency Injection
Attendee Requirements:
  • You must provide your own laptop computer for this hands-on lab.
  • You will need to have Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3 installed (any edition). Visual Studio 2017 15.3 can be downloaded from https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/. When installing, make sure to select the "ASP.NET and web development” and “.NET Core cross-platform development" workloads.
  • You will need to install the x64 versions of the SDK and Runtimes (2.0.0).  They can be downloaded from https://www.microsoft.com/net/download/core.
  • You also will need to have SQL Server Express 2016 Local DB and SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) installed. LocalDB is installed with VS2017, but development is easier with full SQL Server Express and SSMS. SSMS can be installed from the SQL Server 2016 Express installer, located here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh510202.aspx.
  • Finally, you need to download the starter files and Lab documents for this HOL, located in https://github.com/skimedic/dotnetcore_hol/tree/master/2.0.
 

Speakers
avatar for Philip Japikse

Philip Japikse

PFJ Enterprises


Wednesday September 6, 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm CDT
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

1:30pm CDT

Data Science Fundamentals
Data scientists are increasingly taking a central role in business innovation, strategy, and the decision-making process. What makes a data scientist uniquely valuable is their ability to interact with data, gain insight, and communicate useful business intelligence to others. One very powerful tool of the trade is R statistical computing software.

During the R workshop, participants will gain hands on experience with the statistical tools frequently used by data scientists. Using tangible business examples, we will explore data visually and begin with some descriptive statistics and linear modeling concepts. From there the course will progress into more advanced multiple linear models, logistic regression, bootstrapping, simulation, and validation.

Speakers
avatar for Garth Highland

Garth Highland

Data Scientist, HDR, Inc.


Wednesday September 6, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

1:30pm CDT

Fundamentals of React & Redux
Bring your laptop and come prepared to learn for this deep dive on React and component based architecture.

Together, through a series of short lessons, assisted workshops, and "live coding," we'll create a fully-functional React application, all the while learning best practices and tips and tricks along the way. You will leave with a working understanding of React and React concepts, as well as various related concepts of the modern front-end ecosystem, such as unit testing, build tooling, and Javascript itself.

This 3.5 hour workshop is led by Object Partners consultants that have been building JavaScript applications for a number of years and love working with the latest and greatest front-end frameworks like React, Redux, ES6, and Webpack to deliver solutions for clients across many industries here in the midwest and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Dustin Schau

Dustin Schau

Object Partners, Inc.


Wednesday September 6, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

1:30pm CDT

Legacy Application Wrangler
The world isn’t full of Greenfield applications, it is full of existing Brownfield legacy applications. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t build great software with these Legacy applications as the base. Completely re-writing legacy applications is often full or risk (technical and business) and should be avoided in most cases. A more manageable approach is to wrangle these legacy applications and move them to better patterns over time as we add value and features to the system. In this workshop we will take an existing eCommerce .NET application and begin to migrate it to a more testable, service oriented and fun development experience. Students will learn the skill of Legacy Application Wrangler, no cowboy hat required.

Prerequisite: ​An understanding of VisualStudio would be beneficial for this workshop. Any version (2013, 2015, 2017) and edition (Community, Pro, Enterprise, Ultimate) is fine.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Michel

Chad Michel

Software Architect, Don't Panic Labs
In 2000 Chad graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering. He then graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2003 with a Masters in Computer Science. After college, he worked for STI, MindVision/eSellerate/DigitalRiver, and Internap before ending up at Nebraska Global... Read More →


Wednesday September 6, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.

1:30pm CDT

Understanding Blockchain
The cryptocurrency Bitcoin is well known even outside of technology spheres of influence. Underlying Bitcoin however is Blockchain - a distributed ledger with some very special properties. These properties make Blockchain an ideal data store for all variety of applications, not just financial records. This workshop, half lecture and half interactive hands-on, is designed to help you understand blockchain, and how to use it in your business.

Lecture topics include:

- Where does blockchain fit in your application infrastructure?
- What are the differences between ledgers and databases?
- How does chaining data work, and why does it matter?
- What is decentralized consensus, and why does it matter?
- What patterns identify an application as a fit for blockchain?
- What are smart contracts, and how are they developed?

Hands-on activities include:

- Model the business domain of a blockchain application
- Write transaction functions using JavaScript
- Test a blockchain application
- Interact with blockchain via REST
- Trade physical assets with other attendees via blockchain

Speakers

Wednesday September 6, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Embassy Suites LaVista Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy.