November 04, 2022 at 06:00 PM [UPCOMING]
Information Security, the field of Information Technology that address the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of a computing environment and networked equipment. In this session I'll cover common terminology, touch on a variety of disciplines, and provide various rabbit holes to explore to determine which discipline is suited best for you. A rundown of the SANS Academy scholarship program will also be covered. Terminology examples include definitions for Hacker and explain the CIA triad. While discussing disciplines, I'll cover what the Red and Blue Teams are and the differences between them. The various rabbit holes will include links to free or low cost resources to learn industry tools and skills along with links to popular events where industry professionals congregate.
You will not need any equipment for this session. However, you may bring a laptop if you'd like to explore various sites as they are discussed and/or something for note taking should you choose to investigate resources at a later time.
October 21, 2022 at 06:00 PM [UPCOMING]
It's that time of year again! It's time to dust off that old resume and make sure it's in appropriate shape in case you need to use it in a job hunt!
While you might not currently be looking for new employment in the technical space, opportunity could strike at any moment. In our yearly resume building workshop at the Tracy Developer Meetup, we work as a group to leave feedback on what you've got and how you can make it better so you stand out in a crowded space.
When you come to this event, plan on bringing the following:
- At least two printed copies of your resume.
- A laptop with your digital resume, or a digital file that can be easily obtained on someone elses laptop.
We have all struggled with our resumes at one point in time, but by having these regular workshops, we can make sure it doesn't happen again.
September 02, 2022 at 05:00 PM
Do you like to code or have you always been interested in coding but don’t know where to start? The Congressional App Challenge is a great way to start your coding journey! This is a nationwide competition put on by the U.S. House of Representatives for high school and middle school students.
Join Congressman Harder at the Congressional App Challenge Kickoff Hackathon! At this event you will learn about the competition, how to code, with time to build your program at the event!
You will hear from speakers from the following organizations:
Learn more about the Congressional App Challenge on the competition's official website.
August 26, 2022 at 06:00 PM
Unity makes developing games easier than ever with its drag and drop interface and simple to digest scripting language based on C#. Anyone can pick up Unity and have a pleasant game development experience, leading up to a release on any of the supported platforms such as Android, iOS, PC, and any of the gaming consoles.
However, gamers have new expectations on how they play all their favorite games. They want to be able to play them on any one of their video game consoles, mobile devices, or computers, and resume exactly where they left off regardless of the platform chosen.
This is where MongoDB Realm comes in.
MongoDB Realm acts as a local object database for your Unity games, storing anything from player location, inventory, and stats, while giving you sync capabilities to the cloud and other devices.
In this session we'll explore some basic game development concepts with Unity and expand upon them to include data storage and sync with MongoDB Realm.
Here are some recommended items to bring to the event:
- A Mac or Windows laptop
- Unity 2021.2.10 or more recent, installed and configured
While you don't need to bring anything, it'll be more fun to hack along!
July 29, 2022 at 06:00 PM
Automating infrastructure provisioning is a key tenant of effective organisations. A new class of tooling emerged around the term infrastructure as code but often, this tooling makes use of DSLs and configuration languages to be effective.
If you want to treat infrastructure like software, you need to bring in software development practices. UX considerations, testing, portable, abstractions. Existing infrastructure as code tooling will often ask you to consider using familiar programming languages to accomplish these things, so why not use those languages to provision your infrastructure?
In this talk, we'll take a whistle-stop tour through the history of infrastructure as code and examine new, emerging approaches for defining repeatable, declarative infrastructure with the full benefits of software development.
June 03, 2022 at 06:00 PM
Computer and Information Technology occupations are predicted to grow at a rate of 13% from 2020 to 2030, exceeding the anticipated growth of all other occupations, according to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
However, as this industry grows and struggles with talent shortages, a lack of diversity and equity among US students continues to plague the educational system. In a study conducted by Code.org, female students that take an AP Computer Science course in high school are 10 times more likely to pursue a Computer Science major, while Black and Hispanic students see a 7-8 times increase.
In this session we will explore how to integrate creative content into STEM programs to attract non-traditional student populations. How to reimagine and redesign STEM projects, rewrite curriculum, and capture the interest of students from underserved and under-represented populations in our schools and communities.
March 04, 2022 at 06:00 PM
With all the innovation in the Web3 space, it's hard to navigate, but for traditional Web2 developers, you just need to know a few things to get started.
Most of us know what a blockchain is, but what makes the Ethereum blockchain a great place to build your project? What projects make a good Decentralized Application? There's Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Crypto Exchanges, and even games that integrate DeFi. Want to build NFT marketplaces? We need to know what tools we will need and manage onboarding users with crypto wallets.
This session will explore an Ethereum Blockchain Dapp built with ReactJS, Truffle Suite, and Infura (frameworks for Solidity Smart Contracts).
Smart contracts contain our logic for signing transactions, transferring assets, and anything else you want to do programmatically on the EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine). That's where a production application would eventually get deployed.
We will set up a local blockchain node, deploy our smart contracts on that node, and learn about testnets that can be thought of as a public staging environment that mimics the mainnet, where we would deploy our smart contracts before production.
January 28, 2022 at 06:00 PM
It's a new year and we're going to try to put the past behind us. Remote events are no fun because half of the experience is in the in-person networking that you get at local events.
To kick off the new year, we're going to do a show and tell event to catch up on what everyone is working on.
If you plan to attend, here is what we are encouraging:
- Bring your laptop if you have one.
- Plan to talk about an accomplishment you've made in the past year that you're proud of.
- Plan to talk five (5) to ten (10) minutes about something you've worked on recently in the development space.
- Bring a friend!
In addition to group member updates, we'll use this event as an opportunity to plan for future meetings.