Tech on Tap 3.1 – Nothing but .NET

The Tech on Tap Brewmasters are putting together another event.  This time we’re taking on Microsoft .NET and hope you will come out to learn with us on Saturday October 18th 2014 from 11 am – 5pm at the Stone Cellar Brew Pub. We’ll update this post with more details about speakers and sponsors and flavors of beer in the near future and get the event added to our calendar soon.


You bring the tech, we bring the whiteboard (and beer)

Tech On Tap is back for 2014 with 2 events, one short (on a weeknight) and one standard Saturday episode.  For now we will stick to the weeknight event.

On July 24, 2014 we are planning a whiteboard-based networking event.  The idea is to come out from 6 – 9pm there will be snacks and a bit of beer.  In addition we will be hosting whiteboard sessions of 15-20 minutes each.  Signups for sessions are now open and we will be able to accommodate 4 sessions on the night.  The goal is to provide a chalk-talk style discussion about whatever technology interests those who sign up.

If you are interested in PowerShell and can use only a whiteboard to discuss the tech… this is the event for you.  Whether its PowerShell or Photoshop, anything is fair game on July 24th.

Send an email to to sign up for one of our 4 spots today. RSVP for beers and snacks at

As for the Saturday session… stay tuned we will get the details up shortly.


Recap: v2.2

Last Saturday, we hosted a crowd of eleven for Tech on Tap v2.2 – Diving Deeper Into PHP. It was our first foray into a programming language, so it was nice to see a few new faces – and old friends!

The day kicked off with “CI:IRL” from Beth Tucker Long (website| twitter). Beth is an experienced PHP developer, leader of the Madison PHP user group, and editor-in-chief of phparchitect - she knows her stuff! She gave a great talk on Continuous Integration – what it is, what it takes to be successful with it, and when (and when not) to use it. Slides are available here.

Then we adjourned to the Beer Garden for lunch and networking. The food was good, the beer was great, and the discussion was even better.

This did not suck!

This did not suck!

After lunch, Aaron Saray (website | twitter) led us through a group programming exercise! The group was given two challenges and had to tell Aaron exactly what to type. This was a great exercise for the programmers in the room – debating who would do what, and why – and was enlightening for the non-programmers too!

To wrap up the day, we got a tour of the Stone Cellar brewery. This was awesome. We got to walk through where the beer is brewed, led by owner Tom and restaurant manager Steve. We got to ask them questions about their brewing process and what their favorite beers were.

We closed the day with a Q&A with the speakers and one last beer. The Stonetoberfest was, as always, spot on.

Thank you to our speakers and our attendees for another great event!

Meet your speakers!

Beth Tucker Long

beth-profile-picBeth Tucker Long is the Editor-In-Chief of php[architect] magazine (, co-organizer of Madison PHP (, and she also teaches PHP courses and freelances. You can find her on Twitter (@e3betht) or on her blog ( She runs Treeline Design –, a web development company, and Playlist Event Music –, a DJ company, along with her husband, Chris.

Beth’s Presentation: CI:IRL

Continuous integration is a big picture idea for big projects, but what if your projects and pictures aren’t big? Is continuous integration worthwhile for every day projects? Learn more about what continuous integration actually is, what tools are available to help you implement it, and how you can make it work for you, even in the small stuff.

Aaron Saray

“In our industry, 20 years is a long time. But I can’t help but think I’m just scratching the surface.”

aaronAaron Saray has been absolutely enthralled with programming for more than 2 decades. He’s programmed and scripted in many languages along the way, but gravitates towards Open Source technology. Aaron has given more than 15 PHP-centric conference talks, co-founded the Milwaukee PHP Users Group, runs the Milwaukee Web Design Meetup, and authored the WROX book Professional PHP Design Patterns. His true passion is mentoring programmers and encouraging team development, which just happens to be a great fit for his current role as Development Manager of a team specializing in PHP, Javascript and HTML5.

Aaron’s Presentation: Interactive Programming – Super Pair Style

You’ve heard of Pair Programming – but have you ever tried Group Programming? When is the last time you wrote PHP and HTML just from memory, using the core language without frameworks? In a three challenge segment, Aaron will lead the group in solving three challenges – but will only program using your commands and with your input. Then, the group will reflect on the choices and see what is to be learned, and could anything have been done better. If you’ve never Group Programmed before, you’re going to be hooked!

Registration for v2.2 Digging Deeper Into PHP is Live!

Ready to grab a beer, sit back, and learn (more!) about PHP? We’re ready for you!

Register today at EventBrite and mark your calendar for Saturday, September 28!

Bringing PHP to Tech on Tap

The Tech on Tap brewmasters are at it again. For our next event we are switching things up a bit. On September 28th we focus on web developers:





We’ll have more details about the speakers, sponsor companies, registration information, and of course the beers here soon. Watch this space in the next few weeks.



It’s time to meet your Tech on Tap Speakers

David Peterson

David has been actively engaged in some way, shape, or form with SharePoint since 2004. The SharePoint Administrator at Trek Bicycles Corporation in Waterloo, WI, David is an über SharePoint geek and general Jack-of-all-trades IT guy. David is actively engaged in the SharePoint community and is a frequent speaker at user groups and conferences around the country. You can find David on Twitter @spwookiee or on his blog at

Marc Farley

Marc is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft working on the hybrid cloud storage solutions there. He is also a well-known storage technology evangelist with over 20 years of experience in the network storage industry. Farley is known for his writings, both as a storage industry blogger and as the author of popular books on network storage, including Building Storage Networks and Storage Networking Fundamentals. His latest book, “Rethinking Enterprise Storage: a hybrid cloud model” will be released by Microsoft Press in July 2013

He has worked for a number of companies in the storage industry including 3PAR, ConvergeNet, Crossroads Systems, Dell, EqualLogic, HP, Hitachi Data Systems, Palindrome and StorSimple as well as being an independent consultant.

Farley holds a BS in Physics from the University of Washington

Follow him on Twitter @microfarley

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Tech on Tap v2.1 – Backup and Recovery (Take 2)

The Tech on Tap Brewmasters – Derek, Jes, and Mark – are excited to announce v2.1, Enterprise Backup & Recovery, to be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Stone Cellar Brew Pub in Appleton, WI!

We are going back to Saturday for Tech on Tap (for now) and hope you can make it.  In addition, we have included Storage in the topics of discussion, since the backup needs to live somewhere it seemed like the right move.

For only $15, you’ll have a full day of training, networking, lunch, and drinks. You won’t find a better training value!

Enterprise Backup & Recovery: your business’s data IS the business. If you aren’t backing it up, managing the backups, and testing your restores, your business is in jeopardy. Join backup and recovery experts to learn how to safeguard your data, and talk with other local professionals about what tools and techniques they are using right now.

Click on the button below to register!
Eventbrite - Tech on Tap 2.1 Storage and Recovery

We look forward to seeing you there!

Derek, Mark and Jes

Site Malware

We have gotten a lot of people who noted to us that Google Chrome along with other browsers are saying that our site is infected with malware.

For a brief period of time, there was malware on the site. We are not entirely sure how it got there, but WordPress and all the plugins are up to date. We spent a fair amount of time cleaning that up. We believe that the malware is gone from the site, and have submitted to Google again for a malware review and we are waiting for a response.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know. You can contact me at mark(at)

Thanks for bearing with us on this one..


P.S. For the inconvenience, if you come to the next event, your first beer is on us. :)

Your speakers for Tech on Tap v1.3 PowerShell

We're just about ready to go on Tech on Tap v1.3 PowerShell and cannot wait to get rolling on Saturday October 13th. We have three speakers this time around and this blog post is to introduce you to the speakers and their sessions.

Steve Murawski is the Senior Windows System Engineer for Edgenet and a Microsoft MVP in PowerShell. In this role, he supports a dynamic infrastructure that pushes the boundaries of the Windows platform. Steven also leads two local user groups, the Greater Milwaukee IT Pro User Community and the Greater Milwaukee Script Club. He speaks regularly to local user groups and can be found at various conferences.

His session: Windows PowerShell – An Every Day Tool

Abstract – Windows PowerShell promises to be many things.. a shell, a scripting language, and an automation framework. All that is great, but unless it helps you in your day to day job, it's worthless. In this presentation, I'll show you how PowerShell as a shell is a great productivity enhancer and lives up to its promise. We will also touch on building re-usable tools that further enhance your productivity.

Adam Driscoll is a software developer and team lead for Quest Software, upcoming author, soon to be speaker and PowerShell enthusiast.

His session: PowerShell v3

Abstract – PowerShell v3 extends and improves its predecessor in hundreds of ways. In this session we will look at new features such as Windows Workflow integration, native cmdlets and CIM support. We will also examine the improvements to the help system, cmdlet discovery and some of the other core functionalities of the language.



Abstract – With the introduction of Windows Server 2012 comes a new version of PowerShell. Windows PowerShell 3.0 helps IT organizations manage more servers more easily than ever before. It also promotes consistency of configurations and processes, helps reduce errors, and improves overall service availability; it enables end-to-end automation. In this session we will start by looking at what makes PowerShell unique and useful and then move on to the basics on how to use this powerful command-line interface for day-to-day troubleshooting, configuration, and automating common tasks.


See you in just over one week…

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