Tech on Tap 3.1 – Nothing but .NET (Cancelled)

We regret to inform you that Tech on Tap v3.1 on Saturday, October 18 has been cancelled due to lack of interest. We’re actively working to reschedule this topic for early 2015, so stay tuned for announcements!

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.


On October 18th we will be featuring the following sessions

11:00-12:00 LINQ – .NET’s Nifty Little Query Syntax – Adam Driscoll

1:00-2:00 Learning to Weave: AOP and Other Threads – Jon Cwiak

2:15-3:15 How do you know if the Cloud is right for you? – Larry Palmbach

In addition to the sessions, the Stone Cellar will be providing a Brewery Tour after lunch.

Click the link below to register for Nothing but .NET and join us for a day of learning and beers.


Register today! 

Meet your Speakers – Adam Driscoll

Adam Driscoll is a software engineering manager at Dell and a PowerShell MVP. He has experience working with Microsoft .NET, Android, SQL, and C++ but focuses primarily on PowerShell API development. Since PowerShell is fast becoming the automation tool of choice for both Microsoft and IT administrators, he finds it is exciting to contribute to the platform as it evolves and advances. Adam is the author of several Visual Studio extensions including PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio. PowerShell Tools for Visual Studio adds PowerShell language support to enable features like syntax highlighting and debugging within the IDE. Adam is also an avid blogger, author of Microsoft Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Look and contributing author to PowerShell Deep Dives.

What will Adam be presenting at Nothing but .NET?

LINQ – .NETs Nifty Little Query Syntax

Language Integrated Query is a powerful query syntax built into recent versions of C# and Visual Basic .NET. LINQ is capable of being utilized with any number of data stores and is commonly used with objects, XML and databases. In this session we will explore the basics of LINQ with examples alongside standard programming constructs. As we compare these methods, we will identify the caveats and pitfalls to prevent common mistakes. Finally, we will investigate the custom provider framework that is available to interface with other data stores such as Entity Framework.


Meet Your Speakers – Jon Cwiak

My name Jon Cwiak. I am a technologist, teacher, and pioneer. I like building things. I have a special affinity for such things created with ones and zeros. I work for Humana as a Senior Software Engineer where I help build people & things. I’ve liked ones and zeros so much that I’ve worked at multiple companies creating very different kinds of things over the last 15 years. Before and while working, I spent several years learning how to build things left with a double major in Computer Science and Information Science.

Later, I went on to learn more about making things & making things better and left with a Master’s Degree in Software Engineering. Away from building, I like talking about building things and regularly attend conferences like Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft Build, That Conference, and many others.

I am a member of multiple groups of people who like to build things including TechOnTap, Northeast Wisconsin Developers User Group, FoxPass, and others. I also became an Microsoft Certified Professional at building things.

When I am not building or talking about building, I spend time checking out what nature has built by hiking and traveling. I also like making things with Legos.

Sometimes there is a spill of ones and zeros. When this happens, I often get asked for help. Along the way I created a way for people to get in touch when they need a proverbial mop & bucket or just advice. You can contact me using Twitter @BinaryJanitor.

What is Jon presenting at Nothing but .NET?

Learning to Weave: AOP and Other Threads

Aspect Oriented Programming is a software architecture paradigm that helps guide where and how to implemented functionality that spans responsibilities. This talk will introduce AOP, cover some real world applications, and explain why you might want to take up weaving!


Meet your Speakers – Larry Palmbach

Larry Palmbach has over 13 years of experience delivering technology services in both Wisconsin and markets across the country. Since starting at STL, Larry has provided technology solutions for businesses big and small. He has used his know-how to provide the very best in Managed IT, Cloud, and Technology Consulting Services. Before joining STL in 2103, Larry worked for Exacta Corp for 12 years, providing technology consulting and staffing solutions for clients throughout Wisconsin. Prior to that, he worked for the Banta Book Group in New York and Chicago. He received his BA from UW Eau Claire in ’94 and now lives in Green Bay with his wife, children and dogs.

What will Larry be presenting at Nothing but .NET?

How do you know if the Cloud is right for you?

Moving to the Cloud means one thing…trusting someone else with your most valuable asset. Your data. Relinquishing that control and putting total trust in someone can be a daunting and scary endeavor. However, at STL we strive to ease your mind and educate you on how the advantages of the Cloud, as you will find, will greatly out-weigh any concerns you may have. These advantages include:

* Workforce/User Mobility

* High Availability of Applications and Systems

* Data and Systems Security

* Business and Insurance Expense Reductions

* Business Continuity/DR Strategies

* Reduced Maintenance Costs

* Scalable/Elastic IT Infrastructure

* Predictable Operating Budgets

* Regulatory Compliance

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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