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AIM Heartland Developer Conference is the region’s best developer & designer conference covering the latest trends, techniques, technologies, and best practices in software design and development.

As a conference attendee you have access to all sessions (on Thursday and Friday) so you can plan your own custom itinerary. There is a separate fee of $50 for workshop sessions held on Wednesday, September 7.  

Schedule is subject to change.

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Wednesday, September 7
 

8:30am CDT

Zero to DevOps - Morning Workshop
Competition in today's markets is driving DevOps throughout organizations to achieve business agility and reduce time to market while innovating through multiple feedback channels. This workshop will provide hands on experience for using Visual Studio Teams Services and Azure to implement DevOps practices. You will build out a release pipeline deploying a web application through multiple stages into production maximizing efficiencies using automation for infrastructure, builds, testing, and deployments. Come ready with your MSDN Azure benefits enabled to maximize the value of this fast paced workshop. Leave with the tools and knowledge how to implement DevOps using VSTS and Azure.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Douglas

Mike Douglas

Solution consultant, Deliveron consulting Services
Mike Douglas is a Solution Consultant at Deliveron Consulting Services specializing in architecting secure cloud native and hybrid modern applications. He works with organizations to continuously improve their application security and compliance controls, speed of delivery, and quality through DevOps practices. He is an active community member in leading... Read More →



Wednesday September 7, 2016 8:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Dapper II

1:30pm CDT

Zero to DevOps - Afternoon Workshop
Competition in today's markets is driving DevOps throughout organizations to achieve business agility and reduce time to market while innovating through multiple feedback channels. This workshop will be provides hands on experience for using Visual Studio Teams Services and Azure to implement DevOps practices. You will build out a release pipeline deploying a web application through multiple stages into production maximizing efficiencies using automation for infrastructure, builds, testing, and deployments. Come ready with your MSDN Azure benefits enabled to maximize the value of this fast paced workshop. Leave with the tools and knowledge how to implement DevOps using VSTS and Azure.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Douglas

Mike Douglas

Solution consultant, Deliveron consulting Services
Mike Douglas is a Solution Consultant at Deliveron Consulting Services specializing in architecting secure cloud native and hybrid modern applications. He works with organizations to continuously improve their application security and compliance controls, speed of delivery, and quality through DevOps practices. He is an active community member in leading... Read More →



Wednesday September 7, 2016 1:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Dapper II
 
Thursday, September 8
 

1:15pm CDT

Smaller Not Taller: Defeating the Mobile Application Architecture giant
Making the right decisions for a mobile project can be a very involved process of trial and error before you find a good fit. Wouldn't it be nice if you had a map? In this session we will compare frameworks and approaches based on the kind of mobile project you are doing, and walk through what the actual code looks like to accomplish basic tasks for each one. We will cover native, hybrid and mobile web approaches for enterprise-level solutions.

Speakers
avatar for HEATHER DOWNING

HEATHER DOWNING

Developer advocate, OKTA
Heather is a passionate coder and entrepreneur. She has experience working with Fortune 500 companies building enterprise-level voice, mobile and C#/.Net applications. She focuses on external thought leadership, encouraging fellow programmers to present on topics outside of the office... Read More →


Thursday September 8, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
Windsor III-IV

3:15pm CDT

Secure your ASP.NET WebApi and MVC applications
Everyday we read or hear about some new security exploit. A hacker was able to gain access to a system and downloaded millions of credit cards. Or, a hacker was able to inject code into a website and download viruses onto users computers. 100% security is not possible, but how can we make it very difficult for someone to get in?

Learn how to use the functionality provided by web browsers such as IE, Chrome, and Firefox and the .NET framework to increase the security of your site in almost no time at all. In addition, this session will also cover how to extend out security tools provided in the ASP.NET core library to write your own custom rules to secure your data.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Walker

Bob Walker

Lead Application Developer, Farm Credit Services of America
I've been a full stack developer from the start, way back in the days of .NET 1.0 when ASP.NET WebForms roamed the earth. Over the years my interests have grown from just ASP.NET, C# and SQL to JavaScript, AngularJS, TDD, Automated Testing, Automated Database deployment, Secure Development... Read More →


Thursday September 8, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm CDT
Windsor VIII-X

3:15pm CDT

Uptown Func Delegates for Everyday Development
Do delegates seem too cryptic and complicated for everyday development? Are you confused every time you see a Lambda expression in code? They don't have to be so mysterious, because .NET brings you a plethora of built-in functionality and C# makes them easy to use. In this session we'll Func<U> up until you've got a handle on how delegates work. We'll explore how, why, and when you should use delegates in your code. You will see examples of practical applications for everyday development use and how delegates and Lambdas bring you closer to mastery of Linq.

Speakers
avatar for DUANE NEWMAN

DUANE NEWMAN

Microsoft MVP, Alien Arc Technologies
Duane is Co-Founder of Alien Arc Technologies, LLC where he focuses on creating apps targeting mobile devices, modern desktops, and the Internet of Things. As a Microsoft MVP and technology enthusiast with a passion for good software he strives to bring solutions that improve or eliminate... Read More →


Thursday September 8, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm CDT
Windsor I-II

3:15pm CDT

Bridge the Dev/Production Gap With Docker
How many times have you implemented a feature in your development environment only to see it fail in production? This happens because our development, testing, and production environments often have significant differences that make shipping software less reliable. This talk will detail how to bridge this "gap" in environments with Docker.

Vagrant has helped us create reproducible development environments, but is hard to extend to production. Provisioning tools like Chef and Puppet can automate DevOps infrastructure, but aren't meant for development. Docker and containerization, however, allows us to duplicate our tools across environments to enable faster and more reliable deployments. We will learn about the best practices in achieving this goal, as well as the current challenges.

Speakers
avatar for John Oerter

John Oerter

Software Engineer, Phenomblue


Thursday September 8, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm CDT
Windsor III-IV
 
Friday, September 9
 

11:15am CDT

What's new in ALM and DevOps with Visual Studio 2015, TFS 2015, and VSTS
Microsoft is continuously releasing new features and tools designed to help individual developers and teams be more productive. Come see the latest improvements in managing work with Kanban and developer improvements in Git, Package Management. Learn how to automate everything with the new web based and cross platform build and release services. We will wrap up talking about Microsoft's direction and some of the new features coming soon.

Objectives
1. Understand new ALM features in Visual Studio 2015, VSTS, TFS 2015
2. See how new features can help developers become more efficient and produce better quality software
3. To get a glimpse into what is coming in the future for Microsoft ALM and DevOps

Speakers
avatar for Mike Douglas

Mike Douglas

Solution consultant, Deliveron consulting Services
Mike Douglas is a Solution Consultant at Deliveron Consulting Services specializing in architecting secure cloud native and hybrid modern applications. He works with organizations to continuously improve their application security and compliance controls, speed of delivery, and quality through DevOps practices. He is an active community member in leading... Read More →



Friday September 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm CDT
Windsor VIII-X

1:15pm CDT

Cloud Wars: AWS vs. Azure
Are you wanting to get into the cloud but torn between cloud providers? Perhaps you should go with AWS, the grandaddy of the cloud offerings? Or perhaps Azure is the way to go, what with all the Azure credits you get with your MSDN subscription and the integration into Visual Studio?

In this talk I will help you compare the two and make a more informed decision as you continue on your cloud journey. And yes, I will teach you how to beat box.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Oliver

Paul Oliver

Principal Software Architect, Vosaic
Paul Oliver is the Principal Software Architect at Vosaic--a Nelnet and Hudl "startup" in Lincoln. Paul graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2000 (Computer Engineering) and received his MBA from Creighton in 2014. The majority of his career was at Farm Credit Services... Read More →



Friday September 9, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
Windsor VIII-X

1:15pm CDT

Responsive Web Design with ASP.NET Core 1.0
ASP.NET Core 1.0 is a new open-source and cross-platform framework for building modern Web applications using .NET. This session will share the lessons learned in converting an ecommerce site to be responsive a year ago, what would be done differently now, and the results from the last 9 months. You'll gain some useful responsive techniques, and learn how to create a responsive web site that works great on a variety of devices using this new framework, Bootstrap and Visual Studio 2015!

Speakers
avatar for Robert Boedigheimer

Robert Boedigheimer

Principal Systems Developer, The Schwan Food Company
Robert Boedigheimer works for Schwans Shared Services, LLC providing business solutions with web technologies. Robert has been developing web sites for the past 25 years. He is a Microsoft MVP, a Progress Developer Expert (Fiddler), an ASPInsider, a Pluralsight author, and a 3rd... Read More →



Friday September 9, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
Dapper I-II