Columbia Technology Events

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Love all that is front-end engineering: CSS, HTML & Javascript? Then this Meetup is for you. Bring your laptop and come hang with fellow FEE lovers.

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Meet with other Drupal Users in the CSRA area, share tips, tricks, expertise, and war stories.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm
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WooCommerce Live Demo

If you need a shopping cart for your WordPress site, you're probably going to be using WooCommerce. We'll cover the basics to get you started and walk through a live setup so you can see just how easy it is. Please bring your experiences with Woo to share.

Lighting Round: Let us know about products & services you recommend for the tech industry. Everyone knows something that makes their work life easier - share it with the group! This is just a quick discussion; no need to prepare in advance. Just come with your favorites in mind. General WordPress questions also welcome.


6:00-6:15 Networking
6:15-6:30 Lighting Round
6:30-7:15 Presentation & Questions
7:15-7:30 Final Group Networking

Our Speaker:

Laura Hartwig, WordPress developer and group organizer, will be the speaker for this event. You can find out more about her here.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm
ReactJS is an open source Javascript library for building user interfaces - and it is taking over front-end development. It was created at Facebook and is now being used by Netflix, Airbnb, Walmart, Bleacher Report and many of the world's top websites and companies.

Attend the July meeting of Open Source South Carolina and not only find out why, but get a very personal tutorial over the course of a couple of hours.

The meeting will be broken into three parts - an introduction to ReactJS, a discussion of features like Virtual DOM, JSX and many others, and an overview of features and processes for the advanced developer.

The meeting will also once again feature community announcements, food and beverages, swag (shirts, stickers, etc.) and networking with many of the top technologists in the state.

Doors open at 6:00 pm with food and networking, programming starts at approximately 6:30 pm ET.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm

"The Morning Game"

One of the most challenging roles in Scrum and Agile is that of a Product Owner. This role can be daunting as we strive to bridge the gap between our business stakeholders and our teams to get the work done.

Often our discussions of creating user stories to capture requirements, prioritizing those requirements, and release planning can be baffling to our partners, particularly if they have lived in a non-Agile world.

The Morning Game is a fun and engaging way to introduce and reinforce the concepts in release planning.

This Agile Midlands user group meeting will be an excellent time to invite your agile business partners to introduce them to how we organize and plan work in a context that they can readily identify with.

We will make this more intriguing by making it a visual storyboard exercise.

Come prepared to engage and have fun!

Our facilitator: Mark Shuler is passionate about working in complex adaptive systems. He focuses on the key coaching skills of teaching,coaching skills of teaching,mentoring, personal coaching, and team facilitation from the technical, business, and organizational perspectives.

Mark is an ICAgile Coaching Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC). Currently, he is a Scrum Master and coach at General Information Services in Chapin, SC.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Monthly happy hour for User Experience (UX) Professionals in the Columbia Area. Check in, network, and swap stories with others working to improve digital spaces for end users.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Abstract: SELECT statements have a reputation for being very easy to write, but hard to write well. This session will take you through ten of the most problematic patterns and anti-patterns when writing queries and how to deal with them all. Loaded with live demonstrations and useful techniques, this session will teach you how to take your SQL Server queries mundane to masterful.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the SELECT statement on Microsoft SQL Server.

Summary: Learn how to assess query performance, guarantee consistent query tuning, and avoid ten all-too-common performance killers in SELECT statements running on Microsoft SQL Server.

Goal 1: Implement a reusable Transact-SQL test harness for reliable query results.

Goal 2: Learn ten patterns that kill the performance of SELECT statements and how to avoid them.

Goal 3: Discover the high-impact metadata that shows how a SELECT statement behaves … or misbehaves.

Kevin Kline will be our special speaker for this event. He is an expert and author on topics like SQL, data management, big data, IT leadership, enterprise architecture, and building technical communities. Author of "SQL in a Nutshell", popular conference speaker, blogger, magazine columnist, and world traveler. You can follow him on twitter @kekline

Monday, June 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Meet with other Drupal Users in the CSRA area, share tips, tricks, expertise, and war stories.

This month Will is going to share tips and experiences working with Docker and Drupal.