December 18

Getting Started with ML.NET and Windows Machine Learning

Description Machine Learning has moved out of the lab and into production systems. Understanding how to work with this technology is one of the essential skills for developers today. In this session, you will learn the basics of machine learning, how to use existing models and services in your apps, and how to get started with creating your own simple models. In other words, if you are a .NET developer, this session is for you! We will cover the basics of ML.NET, a complete machine learning framework to work with C#, F# or any other .NET Core language. 6:00 pm - Doors open and pizza and soda will be served 6:30 pm - Session start, meetup announcements 8:00 pm - Session wrap-up, closing comments In order for us to have the right amount of refreshments, please register if you plan on attending. This session has been moved from the 12/11 to 12/18 due to a scheduling conflict. We apologize for any inconvenience. About the speaker: Coming to us remotely from the good city of Burlington (Ontario), Bruno Capuano is Regional Technology Innovation Lead at Avanade Canada and has been a Microsoft MVP for the past 10 years. He is an active Microsoft Technologies Community participant, a writer and a frequent speaker at local and international technology conferences. He also has a parallel life where he likes to hack gadgets, do some tech research or play with fun hardware! You can find him @elbruno ( or at (

December 20

2019 Holiday Party - Google Developer Group of the Capital Region

Please join the Capital Region GDG as we host our annual Holiday Party, to celebrate how far we've come in 2018 and look forward to what's coming in 2019. We are very excited about the road ahead, but never want to lose sight that you, the members of the Capital Region GDG, are the lifeblood of the group. Let's take some time to have warm interactions among friends over food and drinks at the Factory, in Ballston Spa, NY. The GDG will provide appetizers and soft drinks for this event. We truly hope to see you there. Best wishes for a fantastic holiday season! Blain, Fausto and Jason

January 14

January CASSUG Monthly Meeting

Our January guest speaker is Andy Mallon! He will talk about Demystifying Data Compression! SQL Server 2016 SP1 makes data compression available in all editions. Data compression can reduce storage costs, and provide a performance boost—and now compression is available without the added cost of Enterprise Edition. Whether you are a developer or a DBA, it's important to know how to use compression to save money and improve speed. Come learn about how data compression actually works, the differences between ROW and PAGE compression, and learn how to pick the best compression level for your data. This session will cover the details of the compression algorithms, and the costs and benefits associated with each type of compression. By the end of this session, you'll have a better idea of how the different compression algorithms work, when compression is the right solution, as well as what type of compression to use.

January 22

Front End Web Development Classes

This 12-week course in Front-End Web Development is structured around tutorials, assignments, and individual and group projects to give students hands-on practice building the pieces of code that determine how an online experience feels, and connect the user experience into the data-crunching processes of the back end. Through lecture and individual assignments, students will establish solid foundations in key tools of front end developers: HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, jQuery, JavaScript/jQuery, and collaborative workplace/version control tool Github. The latter part of the course features team based portfolio-building projects for community organizations, giving students real-world experience in web design and development. This course may be of particular interest to graphic designers, as it teaches the technical skills necessary for UI (user interface) development and wire-framing. The course may also be attractive to beginning programmers with aspirations to create mobile applications, as it establishes foundations in JavaScript that support eventual progression into Full-Stack Web Development. This course meets two evenings per week, three hours per session. Occasional labs outside of class meetings will provide further opportunities for mentoring and networking opportunities.

February 4

Front End JavaScript Frameworks Classes

This is an intermediate class suitable for students who have a strong foundation in JavaScript. It begins by solidifying student skills in functional programming, higher order functions, callbacks, currying, recursions and promises. JSX and Virtual DOM are covered and practiced, then the curriculum dives into components in React.js and other currently popular frameworks. This course meets two nights per week, three hours per session, for twelve weeks. Software developers from local firms will visit the class to provide an employer contact and student mentorship.

February 6

StartUp Tech Valley Meet-Up - February18

For those of you who are new, Startup Tech Valley is a monthly meetup for first-time entrepreneurs, experienced entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, employees of startups, service providers to startups, and anyone else who wants to be involved. To register for this event, you must go to our website.