Annual Lightning Talks

Thursday November 16th, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
Brian Dudley, Martin Mason and Christine Piffat
Lone Star College - Montgomery (MC-G G123)


It’s that time again for our Annual Lightning Talks! This year’s talks are:

Ditching the Loop - Brian Dudley

LINQ expressions, sets in SQL, vectorization in Python, Apply in R all represent a switch away from imperative programming. Working in these new ways can be difficult, but the thought processes are similar. This talk discusses how to write code that avoids explicit loops and expresses more of the What than the How.

ALM in VSTS - Martin Mason

Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is Microsoft’s cloud based solution for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). In this talk, VSTS will be used to trace a change to an SQL Server Azure DB from requirements and design using User Stories and Tasks to Deployment using Build and Release templates with full traceability throughout.

DotNet Core with Angular - Christine Piffat

Angular, TypeScript, WebPack, RxJS – what are these and where can I start as a .NET developer? Most of the articles on these technologies assume they will be used as a stand-alone application. This talk will use the new template to set up a .NET Core application with Angular and go over what is included so that you can begin learning the new client-side tools in a familiar environment.

Brian Dudley

Brian is a seasoned IT Professional Consultant with a track record of providing leadership and delivering solutions to clients and within consulting organizations. He has been focused on understanding and improving business processes across a range of industries including Healthcare, Manufacturing, Energy, Engineering, Logistics, Aviation, and the public sector.

Last Updated: November 10th, 2017

Martin Mason

Martin is a system architect with more than fifteen years of experience and the proven ability to solve the financial, operational, and technical aspects of business problems in a variety of domains.

He is a frequent contributor to the SQL Server Analysis Services forums and was awarded a Microsoft Community Contributor Award for both 2011 and 2013.

Last Updated: November 17th, 2016

Christine Piffat

Christine is a software developer with more than nine years of experience and proven ability to analyze requirements, to design, write, and maintain applications, and to work with external and internal clients.

She has successfully designed and written applications for the healthcare, transportation, oil and gas, and telecommunications industries. Christine excels in her ability to teach, train, and present complex technical material, as demonstrated through more than eight years of teaching at the collegiate level.

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