# Saturday, 12 May 2012

Here is Bill Wagner's presentation at GANG10, the October 1 event celebrating 10 years of the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group. Bill talks about asynchronous programming, including the new features coming in C# 5.

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Saturday, 12 May 2012 15:39:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Friday, 11 May 2012

The Great Lakes Area .NET User Group celebrated 10 years this past October with an all-day event, kicked off by a Leon Gersing Keynote. Here is a video of that keynote

Friday, 11 May 2012 16:39:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 07 May 2012
Monday, 07 May 2012 16:19:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Friday, 04 May 2012

At Codeslingers last night, someone pulled out some coding Katas. For those who don’t know, a Kata is a coding exercise that is designed to practice your programming skills, rather than to solve a particular business problem. I was handed the classic “FizzBuzz” problem. The assignment:

Create a function that will print the integers from 1 to 100 with the following exceptions:

  • If a number is divisible by 3, print the word “Fizz” in place of that number.
  • If a number is divisible by 5, print the word “Buzz” in place of that number.
  • If a number is divisible by both 3 and 5, print the word “FizzBuzz” in place of that number.

The output should look something like the following:


I started with a C# console application because that is the language with which I am most familiar. It was able to finish the following in under 2 minutes. It took me 5 minutes to write the unit tests.

class Program
    static void Main(string[] args)
        for (int i = 1; i < 100; i++)
            var p = FizzBuzz(i);

    protected static string FizzBuzz(int i)
        if (i % 15 == 0)
            return "FizzBuzz";
        if (i % 3 == 0)
            return "Fizz";
        if (i % 5 == 0)
            return "Buzz";
        return i.ToString();

I only occasionally code in JavaScript, so I tackled that language next. Someone recommended using http://jsfiddle.net/
as an online IDE for writing and sharing JavaScript, so I tried it and liked it. Of course, JavaScript is a dynamic language and one of my big challenges was spelling things correctly without all the help Visual Studio provides when writing in a statically-typed language. In my case, I misspelled the id of a div, which cost me at least 15 minutes. I created the following boilerplate HTML:

        <div id="fizzbuzz"></div>

Then, I used the following JavaScript (plus a bit of jQuery) to output the FizzBuzz results:

for (i = 1; i <= 100; i++) {
    $("#fizzbuzz").append(function() {
        var newLine = i;
        if (i % 3 === 0) {
            newLine = "Fizz";
        if (i % 5 === 0) {
            newLine = "Buzz";
        if (i % 15 === 0) {
            newLine = "FizzBuzz";
        var newDiv = $("<div>").text(newLine);
        return newDiv;

A simple program like this provides a fun way to practice an old language and to learn a new language. Next up, I’ll try this program with F# and Ruby, since I have very little experience with these languages.

Friday, 04 May 2012 00:40:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Wednesday, 02 May 2012
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 17:56:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 30 April 2012
Monday, 30 April 2012 15:00:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, 29 April 2012

Here is a video of Seth Juarez's Machine Learning presentation at the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group in January 2012.

Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:58:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)

Here is a video of Sarah Dutkiewicz’s Powershell presentation from the February 2012 Great Lakes Area .NET User Group (GANG) meeting.

Sunday, 29 April 2012 15:01:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Saturday, 28 April 2012

Here is the video of Glenn Block’s presentation at the November 2011 Great Lakes Area .NET User Group (GANG) meeting. Glenn described his 2 latest projects: Web API and node.js.

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Saturday, 28 April 2012 15:59:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Friday, 27 April 2012

Here is Richard Campbell’s September 2009 presentation at the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group (GANG). Richard described what developers can do to make their ASP.NET applications more scalable.

Friday, 27 April 2012 15:13:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)