Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Palm Beach IT Users Group 12 Nov13, Windstream, West Palm Beach, Fl

Starting with comments from PBIT Group Leader, John Vighetto:

"Well, all I can say about last night’s meeting is “wow”. Greg went through the history of the Internet, the history of search engines, and ended up speaking about how to optimize your website. It was definitely a 2--hour fact-filled night. Not only was his presentation informative, but for the people that attended, he offered to analyze their websites for free! I’m sure that we all appreciated Greg’s presentation and all the information that he provided.

I also wanted to thank Jennifer Cohen-Louth for hosting our meetings at Windstream and providing us with a meeting space.

I briefly touched on the new website that Greg has graciously volunteered to revamp for our group. I also quickly mentioned of the new annual paid registration to our group starting January 1, 2014. The annual membership cost will be $200 per member. This will be to offset the costs of the food & beverage supplied at the meetings, possible deposits for future IT superstars to present to our group, etc. More to come on this in a future email.

Please remember that we have our 3rd annual Christmas party at Roxy’s on Clematis for next month. We will start off (or actually end the year) but not having our regular meeting, but we will be having a 2-plus hour MAM (Meeting After the Meeting). More to come on this topic as well.
Once again, I’d like to thank Greg Tammany on his great presentation last night.
John Vighetto
Vighetto Networking, Inc.
3965 Investment Lane
Suite A-9
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
Mobile: 561.722.1514
Fax: 561. 828.2232 "
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Linked is a broad overview of Greg's presentation.  Over the past several years I have attended probably six presentations on SEO (Search Engine Optimization).  Some from Greg, others from the Word Press group, FlaDotNet and MS.  If your business has an Internet presence of any kind,  it impacts your business.  SEO is a very dynamic area, changing almost daily.  SEO presentations may help you to keep up in this area.  Don't ever miss the opportunity to attend one.  You will always pick up  something.  Check out Greg's SITE.  See the PHOTO ESSAY of the presentation and a few screen shots.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Coders Cafe - Caffeine Spaces, Boca Raton - 11/05/2013

Here was the invitation:
6:30 PM - Mobile Games with Gamemaker - James Quick - Microsoft Technical Evangelist

In this meeting we will work on designing, coding, publishing and marketing games for Windows and Windows Phone. Rapid Game Development engines allow you to leave Game Mechanics behind and focus on 'playability' aspects. During these sessions we will explore casual mobile game development using a game frameworks, GameMaker. BRING YOUR LAPTOPS - THIS WILL BE HANDS ON!!

James will have a holiday themed (Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Year’s, and Christmas) contest or drawing for a Dell Venue Windows 8 Pro tablet. The plan is to do a drawing for the tablet for every 10 apps that gets published because of the Gamemaker workshop. That means 10 apps gets 1 tablet, 20 gets 2 and so on. May have an additional prize for best Holiday App. He asked me to spread the word about this so everyone will show up ready to work on their app. There might some change the rewards if required.

James Quick is a Microsoft Technical Evangelist working in South Florida to help developers with the latest Microsoft technologies. 

Yes, and that's what happened !  James gave us an introduction to the Game Maker interface while we all downloaded and installed it.

From there, we all walked through the construction of a actual playable game!  Lotsa Fun !

Check out the Photo Essay with a few screen shots HERE .