Thursday, March 30, 2017
Sarasota .NET Developers Group

The Sarasota .NET Developers group has been in existence since 2004. SarasotaDev focuses on building solutions using Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Office, and other related tools and platforms. This is a technically oriented group where our nearly-monthly 1.5 - 2 hour presentations concentrate on code development and software engineering techniques. Check out a list of our past events.

Meetings are generally held on a Tuesday in the middle of the month. Note that our usual location has changed to: Station 2 Innovation Center (offering coworking and business incubation services) located at 912 7th Ave East, Bradenton, FL 34208 (just east of 9th St. E on the south side of 7th Ave - this is SR-64 eastbound). Check out our website at, and especially the community events page

Note that SarasotaDev is moving our meeting announcements to You can find us listed on the Station 2 Innovation Meetup: Please join that group to be notified of free weekly entrepreneur, startups, education and networking sessions. Find our .NET oriented sessions by scanning the first line of the descriptions for 'SarasotaDev'.

SarasotaDev - Upcoming Meetings

There are several great upcoming developer and Entrepreneurs & Startup talks and events at Station 2 this year that you should be interested in - read about these below. You can find the Station 2 calendar of events here:

The meetings are all held at Station 2 Innovation - 912 7th Ave East, Bradenton, FL 34208. Note the Bradenton location. If you haven't visited Bradenton lately - you should come see the Riverwalk, and branch out from there to see the cool stuff happening in B-Town! Station 2 is a coworking space - please feel free to come during the day Tuesdays for FREE open coworking.

Tuesday education events alternate between lunchtime and evenings (schedule). The speaker for lunch events is from 11:30am-1pm, and evenings 6pm-8pm. In the evening there is an open Happy Hour from 5:30pm-6pm that you are invited to join. So - come cowork and share during the day, have a beer/wine during networking, and enjoy a great speaker at 6pm. What could be better?

Be sure to subscribe to the Station 2 Innovation newsletter which includes our events and other important happenings that you're sure to benefit from.

Important Links:
Newsletter -
Events Info -
Email -
Phone - 941-877-1599

Also join our Meetup group to be notified of regular weekly events:

March 2017 - Tue, Mar 21 (5:30pm - 8pm)

Join us for the Visual Studio 2017 Launch Event!!

Join Station 2 Innovation and Microsoft for the release of Microsoft Visual Studio 2017! With this new version of Visual Studio, developer productivity has been pushed through the roof! Developers have loved Visual Studio for more than two decades, and with this latest release the Visual Studio team is sending the love back with innovations to get you coding faster and better than ever. Please RSVP.

Come take a peek at the latest enhancements; get demos and tips from developers just like you. Bring the knowledge home and discover for yourself how much more you can achieve. VS2017 releases on March 7, and there will be 2 days of live streaming, March 7 & 8 at – go watch and learn! These are also recorded.

We’re holding our own local launch party on Tue, March 21st where we’ll watch some of the exciting bits of the keynote together and then some of our local talent will give demos of VS2017 features. Stan Schultes will lead a discussion of what’s new and exciting..

March 2017 - Tue, Mar 28 (11:30am - 1pm)

Upcoming on Tue, March 28th, learn the Secrets to Improving Web Performance with Robert Boedigheimer. Robert works for Schwans Shared Services, LLC providing business solutions with web technologies. He has been developing web sites for the past 20 years. Robert is an ASP.NET MVP, a Pluralsight author, a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and he regularly speaks at national and international technology events. Please RSVP.

Our session will start with a traditional web site and show step by step how to improve its web performance and cut its client footprint by 75%! Research shows 80-90% of page response time is due to front end tasks such as downloading CSS, JavaScript, and images. Much of that time can be eliminated with 3 simple rules: make fewer requests; send as little as possible; and send as infrequently as possible. These rules can be followed easily using techniques like minification, bundling, compression, expirations, sprites and image optimization.

There are also several tools that can help identify and validate sound web performance best practices. Many other performance boosting techniques will also be discussed, which can reduce response time while also boosting the scalability and reliability of your site. Learn the techniques that can have the largest impact on web performance with the least amount of work. 

Upcoming SarasotaDev Events in 2017: 

We are looking for topics...

Please reply to this email if you have feedback, speaker suggestions, or would like to sponsor the group.

Nearby Events of Note:  

  • BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton - After Hours South join us on the 2th Thursday of each month, from 5:30pm-until in the Venice area for great conversation! More info here.
  • Suncoast Technology Forum - TechBytes Luncheon on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11:30am-1:00pm - at the Polo Grill. More info here.
  • Tampa Windows AppDev Group - various times. More info here.
  • MADTampa Mobile App Developers- second Wednesday of the month. More info here.

Check out the Entrepreneurs & Startups education series schedule at for free events that happen most weeks, and workshop events to grow your business. 

Florida CodeCamps (CC), SQL Saturdays (SS) ITProCamps (IT), and BarCamps in 2017:

Dates are being filled in as they're known. If you haven't attended in the past, a CodeCamp is a free, all-day Saturday developer event put on by regional developers, for developers. If you've been to CodeCamp in the past, then you know you don't want to miss the upcoming season. BarCamps are similar to CodeCamps, except they're not developer-specific, covering business, design, and other topics as well.


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