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Brian Sullivan, Senior Consultant, Improving Enterprises
Brian Sullivan is a senior consultant for
in Dallas. He got his start in programming maintaining legacy mainframe applications in COBOL at a large trucking company, but quickly realized he needed to find a more productive environment in order to stay sane. He jumped at the opportunity to help transition some of those COBOL applications to .NET, and he hasn't looked back since. He has been working with Microsoft technologies for about 7 years, and is interested in increasing the exposure of agile techniques and methodologies in the Microsoft developer community.
Brian Sullivan is the founder of the Shreveport .NET User Group and speaks frequently at local user groups and regional conferences. Brian is a Microsoft MVP in Data Platform Development and graduate of Harding University in Searcy, AR.
Building Killer Single-page Apps with Durandal
avaScript has come into its own as a language for building large, rich applications. Browser improvements have made it lightning-fast and a healthy ecosystem of libraries has risen up around it. Still, building Single-Page applications on your own can be a daunting task. That's where Durandal comes in. It leverages existing libraries like Knockout and RequireJS for data-binding and dependency management, and layers on additional features needed by real-world applications like compositional UI. Come see how Durandal can help you create web applications using state-of-the-art practices and tooling.
Real-Time Web Programming with SignalR
Web programming has always been a one-way conversation; a client calls a server and the server sends a response. But what if you could go the other direction? What if your server could call your client directly? No more inefficient polling. No more waiting for the next server poll to get your data; the server sends it as soon as it has it. Using a variety of techniques behind the scenes to smooth over the rough edges of dealing with variously capable browsers and web servers, SignalR makes real-time client-server communication ridiculously easy. Come see how this new library opens up a ton of possibilities for interactive and collaborative web applications.
Introduction to RavenDb
By now you've heard the buzz about "NoSQL" databases. But from the outside, the learning curve seems high, and you're reluctant to give up the features and safety that a relational database offers. And as a .NET developer, the tools around these technologies seem foreign and un-integrated. My friend, RavenDB is for you. Come learn about this document database, built on .NET with .NET developers in mind. We'll discuss features, installation, usage, and strategy, and conquer your fear of the non-relational database.