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Organized by software engineer and Apex Development Group partner Miguel Zakharia and his colleagues Mike Rosenheim and Mike Wilkins, First State .NET is a community of developers focused on Microsoft technologies.
While the 33-member-strong group is mostly composed of devs in corporate settings working with Microsoft’s .NET framework, Zakharia said the meetup is all-inclusive. You don’t need to be a corporate dev (Zakharia said there are a handful of independent consultants already) and you don’t need to be an expert in any specific programming language.
“You don’t need a certain amount of expertise to attend,” said Zakharia. “It’s open to anyone.”
The group has actually been around for a while, existing in a somewhat dormant state before Zakharia, Rosenheim and Wilkins awoke it from a dirt nap about a year and a half ago.
“Before that, it was on and off,” said Zakharia. “The people running it were having a hard time finding a regular time to meet.”
Now, First State .NET meets every second Tuesday of every month and features a speaker delivering a presentation on a certain topic. The last get-together featured a presentation on microservice architecture. The next gathering (Nov. 10) will highlight tips and tricks on automating builds and deployments.
“In software development, you want to be able to build and deploy your code in the most specific manner possible to prevent any errors,” said Zakharia. “Brian [Donahue] will go through automating those steps to make it as easy as possible — pretty much a one-click deploy for your coding.”
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